A little knowledge is dangerous

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dixeyk, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
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    I have been looking to pick up a Minolta 135/2.8 with 4 elements in 4 groups. It is said to be the best of the Minolta 135's and have also to be quite close to the Elmarit 135 of the same era. I was on a forum not long ago and noticed form a graphic posted in the discussion that the 4/4 version of the 135 could be identified by the little diamond marking above the aperture ring where all other versions use a little white circle.

    fast forward a few weeks and I notice an eBay seller (Henry's Cameras) with a Minolta MD 135 PF yet the image sure looked like the 4/4 version. The 4/4 versions typically command a much higher price than other versions of the Minolta 135's. After doing some research I came to the conclusion that the eBay ad was the 4/4 version but mislabeled. I ended up with the winning bid of $31 and it arrived today. It is indeed the 4/4 version and it is in immaculate condition.

    Moral of of the story? It pays to do a little research. I can't wait to try it out.
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  2. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
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    It's amazing how lucky people who prepare are.

    Nice one.
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  3. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 4, 2013
    I can confirm that the wrong version of the Rokkor 135mm F2.8 is not a great lens.

    Although perhaps the one I tried was underperforming due to so called "cleaning marks" on the rear element. I don't believe anybody that says "will not impact picture quality" especially if they are the eBay seller.
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
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    Patience and knowledge pays off.
  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
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  6. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
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    The internet makes something like this a lot simpler than it might have been.
  7. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
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  8. sam

    sam TalkEmount Regular

    Nov 23, 2015
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    I love henrys, spend a lot of time there, I drag my wife in too, in the used store. Have picked up a few nice lenses they did not know they had, in the used bins.
    Last one was a Canon FD 24-2.8

    My Minolta 135, unfortunately not 2.8, but 3.5, is quite nice