Auto Beroflex 1 review: 3.5 f = 135mm

According provided by Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm lens. Many thanks to Roman Jurasik.

Auto Beroflex 1 review: 3.5 f = 135mm

Auto Beroflex 1 review: 3.5 f = 135mm

Beroflex 135 / 3,5 is an old non-autofocus lens for film cameras with M42 mounting thread. The 'Auto' prefix symbolizes only the presence of an automatic blinking iris. The aperture can also be controlled manually as the lens has an 'A-M' switch.

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found at There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, with the Nikon F-mount), you need to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows you to focus correctly at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless cameras, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. Canon: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For Pentax cameras with K mount, you need an M42-Pentax K adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS/PANASONIC/LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with 'E'/'FE' mount series SonyNEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK / XIAOMI: For cameras with a bayonet mount Micro 4/3 (Micro 4:3) you need an adapter M42-Micro 4/3, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with Canon EF-M mount need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with Canon RF mount need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. Nikon Z: For cameras Nikon Z series (FX/DX) need an adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount, you need an M42-Samsung NX adapter, you can find it at this link. There are no adapters for the NX mini camera yet.
  10. PENTAX: For Q-mount cameras, you need an M42-Pentax Q adapter, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount you need an M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a bayonet mount Leica M need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

Auto Beroflex 1 Side View: 3.5 f = 135mm

Auto Beroflex 1 Side View: 3.5 f = 135mm

All Beroflex lenses that have been in my hands, for some reason, turned out to be of very low optical quality. The Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm from this review has finally demonstrated normal image quality and proved that there are good Beroflex lenses.

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm lens

Enlightenment of the front lens of the Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm lens

Beroflex 135 / 3,5 - classic 135mm fix. He cannot boast of good aperturewhich is only f / 3.5. There is a huge number of 135-s aperture F / 2.8, which is 2/3 stops better. But at the same time for 135mm F / 3.5 - not so bad! Recall at least the fact that the legendary Soviet Jupiter-37A has the same parameters, while Jupiter and Beroflex 135 / 3,5 can be used already with F / 3.5.

Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm aperture lens petals and rear lens enlightenment

Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm aperture lens petals and rear lens enlightenment

This instance of Beroflex 135 / 3,5 has a white (they also say that the color is gray or metallic) body color. The lens is well assembled, it is pleasant to work with it, it is not modern Chinese plastic :). Beroflex 135 / 3,5 made in Japan, front filter diameter 52mm.

Beroflex 135 3.5

Beroflex 135 3.5

The focus ring is rubberized and rotates 270 degrees, which is pretty good. When focusing, the entire lens unit of the lens is linearly shifted, while the front lens does not rotate. MDF is 1.5 meters. It turned out to be quite convenient to focus. The number of aperture blades is only 6 pieces. The aperture closes down to f / 22. The lens has depth of field scale for F / 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22 and an infrared shift mark. Beroflex 135 / 3,5 has a built-in hood, which I did not notice when shooting with this lens for two days :)

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
Everything is filmed on Nikon D700 using a simple adapter M42-nikon. With a lensless adapter, you can focus within 8 meters. On-camera JPEG L ('optimal quality' compression). Functions: vignetting control, ADL, noise reduction at long exposures, noise reduction at high ISOs were turned off. All shot in Picture Control mode SD (standard mode): contrast correction - 0, brightness - 0, saturation - 0, hue - 0, sharpness - position 5 between 0 and 9. Used white balance: 'Shadow' and 'Cloudy'. The size of the photos has been reduced to 3 MP. Filmed using a trigger Commlite ComTrig T320umbrella and SB-910.

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Beroflex 135 3.5 on film ZK

Beroflex 135 3.5 on film ZK


Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm is a good old prime that can serve as a portrait lens perfectly. The image quality is at a normal level for such a lens. In general, it is difficult to make a bad 135mm lens, and even with this aperture.

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Comments: 15, on the topic: Review Auto Beroflex 1: 3.5 f = 135mm

  • Andrei

    jupiter or beroflex?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Jupiter, smaller MDF, smoother focuser, easy to any system through the shank, Yu-37 can be found with the MC, in my opinion the Yu-37 is sharper.

  • Novel

    In addition, Daniof Berofleks set up his own hood and camera on the camera, so that it’s below Jupiter-37a. First time, education in Boreflex is more beautiful than Jupiter without MS.
    Tsey ob'єktiv to finish not fouls, ale Jupiter-37a all the same, we will reduce.

    ps You can Beroflexi in okremiy razdіl vinositi, є yak minіmum 3 reviews of the rіznykh berofleksі.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I singled out the lenses separately, but thanks for the hood - when I shot and twisted it in my hands I did not notice it.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Cyprus fire autumn to face)

  • Sergei

    I had auto revuenon 135 2.8 of the second modification (not the one that Arkady had in the review) the design is full copy paste from this beroflex, and the duralumin hood also protruded .. the quality didn’t surprise me, the bokeh was like from the usual 18-105 to 105, the sharpness is also mediocre, and HA is noticeable. I think that u37 and u11 are the most tolerable 135s, despite the fact that there is a spread of quality and are made like an ax.

    • Ampels

      If from the Soviet, then yes, but if at all, then the Germans are more pleasant from 135-k.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    The contrast gives a good one. I would like to understand from these pictures which ones without a flash.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Everything without a model - no flash.

  • Novel

    Here are my photos of broken objects. Maybe someone will be tsykavo.

  • Igor

    On the canon 550v with adapter m42 it will be possible to focus on infinity?

  • Amateur photographer_

    It looks like a brand that has been releasing the optics of high quality, low Kiev “Arsenal” is the Russian Krasnogorsk plant.

  • amateur photographer_

    On ebay auction, you have 25 to 50 dollars, not more.

  • Vlad

    :) Thanks for the honest review. I just got a Beroflex in my hands. Your review is very helpful!

  • tessai

    Bokeh twists like a helix

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