Pentacon Review 2.8/135

According provided by lens Pentacon 2.8 / 135 (zebra, Pre-set with 15 petals) huge thanks to Igor.

Pentacon Review 2.8/135

Pentacon Review 2.8/135

This is a very short review, as I already wrote about a complete copy of this lens - Pentacon 2.8 / 135 in black.

Different lens enlightenment. On the left is a zebra, on the right is black.

Different lens enlightenment. On the left is a zebra, on the right is black.

The lens options in black barrel and zebra frame are different:

  1. different design of control rings and their coloring.
  2. different lens enlightenment.
  3. different color marks, 'zebra' has red marks, 'black' has orange marks.

In all other respects, the lenses are completely identical.

Objective differences

Lens differences

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
All shot on Canon EOS 350D. EGF lens on Canon 350D is 216mm. All shot on F / 2.8-F / 8.0 using a lens hood. On-camera JPEG L, high quality (without any processing). Noise reduction at slow shutter speeds was turned off. Parameters: contrast correction - 0, sharpness - 0, saturation - 0, tone color - 0. Used white balance: 'Sunny'. The size of the photos has been reduced to 3 MP.

Two similar lenses

Two similar lenses

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).

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Material prepared Arkady Shapoval. Please, if this material was useful to you, help my project. And don't forget that everyone can write your review for one or another photographic equipment.

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Comments: 31, on the topic: Pentacon 2.8 / 135 review

  • Guest

    Now your look all dry and dry. Sooner, stink like you were all alive, bully, soulful. Really good bulo chitati.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I see no reason to describe an almost complete copy of the lens, at the same time, for example, what is missing in the review ?

    • Yuriy75

      Citizens, you’re not watching a series, a person is trying for free for us, if the differences between the lenses are minimal, why go deeper into the details, you can read them by clicking on the link. Moreover, this review was previous. And the Arcadia of creative successes, accommodating and not picky customers, as well as a creative spark, which always pushes for new achievements and experiments.

    • Yuriy75

      Moreover, the photos speak more eloquently than words !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    It's dry there.
    Just having recently read about the helios, the jupiter, ... like the bullets were written earlier, yours and the last look, the stench earlier, it seemed like more beautiful boules were written, not so dry, as if it was more soulful. Navigate the view "Review of the Pentacon auto 2.8 135 MC" nabagato

    • Arkady Shapoval

      These are features of the psychological perception of information.

    • Andrei

      To date, Arkady has tested a huge number of lenses, and not only with all possible focal and aperture variations. You must agree to write about the same thing. Moreover, when "shit" in kamentarii, then any person's all desire comes to naught.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        :) you need as Ken or Photozone, turn off comments in the reviews :)

        • Andrei

          Arkady! Then you’ll get your PM downloaded and during the work I’ll call and ask what to buy (helios-81n or nikkor 50 1.8?))))))) And talk about how his whale no longer drags) or why my helios 44-2 such is not sharp and there is no infinity and how to do it and who has it) or how much is the glass that was in the review and why you are not a seller and write about lenses and what is your interest in it)

        • = MK =

          Nі, not varto, kommentarі often fun;)

  • Alexander

    I wanted to say about the sore point, I myself was not from Ukraine, but from Latvia, respectively, I don’t know the language, as well as many who read this blog from Russia or many more from where, I myself hooked many on it from my country, and not only, and honestly, it is very difficult to read comments in Ukrainian, sometimes it is not even possible to grasp the essence, I will not be intrusive, but I think it is more correct to comment in the language in which you read the article .... am I wrong? IMHO

    • Stepan Bandera

      Soundly. Ale Bagato Ukrainians don’t competently write the writing :)

      Arkadiyu, dyaky for chergovogo looking around. I love the creative work!

    • Novel

      Alexander, with all due respect - wrong. The site is located in a deliberately Ukrainian domain zone, so local visitors have the right to leave comments in the state language or in one that will be understood by others. If we were in Lavtia, I would be grateful for articles in Russian instead of Latvian, but demanding the same from local commentators is too much. Well, the worst end is the Google translator.

      • Alexander

        Roman, there is truth in your words, you will have to use the translator further and read in the style of "mine is yours not to understand"

    • Lynx

      why do you need comments in Ukrainian?
      They are most often “inquiring” rather than informing, and these are the problems of the people who wrote them that the Russian-speaking segment will not bother with the translation and answer them, not yours. ))

  • Alexander

    And many thanks to Arkady for his titanic work

  • Artem

    Good evening everyone! Recently I bought a “Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Orestor 135 2.8” exacta mount. In principle, as far as I understand, this is the “progenitor” of this line of glasses ... Maybe someone who understands will tell you where you can find an adapter from exacta to nikon, if such exist at all ... (without losing infinity, of course). Thanks in advance!

  • Ivan

    I wanted to ask, I have a choice: there is a black, zebra and a 6-petal car, which is better to take?

    • Ivan

      I will answer myself, I took black but with 15 petals :)

  • Igor

    Ivan, how much did you buy with 15 petals and what is the approximate price for a lens with 15 petal-black lenses now?
    thank you

  • Ivan

    Wow, more than a year has passed, and I still did not answer, I didn’t just come here, I gave 100 green, though in very good condition ...

  • Cream

    Hello Arkady!
    I have such a lens (zebra), it stands on it that the aperture closes to 32, and on my copy it does not close further 8. And at 8 there is a bold red dot. Why is that? Maybe there is some kind of limiter somewhere? But I didn’t find one.

    • B. R. P.

      The diaphragm control mechanism may be defective. Or maybe ... “For presetting, pull the aperture ring towards the front lens and set the desired value, and then release the ring into place. Using a preset, you can set only fixed values ​​of the F-number, but the aperture control ring rotates smoothly and you can set any intermediate aperture.

  • Anastasia

    I don’t know if you are still responding to the comments, but it's worth a try :)
    My question is, the M42 adapter does not fit, a couple of millimeters is not enough to wind it onto the lens, can you advise what else you can try?

    • Maria

      Bayonet for sure 42?

      Maybe you have one?

      • Anastasia

        I don’t know :) Everywhere they write that M42, but I don’t know how to check :)
        You can say for sure that the adapter that was on Helios 44 cannot be screwed onto this one, since the hole is small for it.
        Thanks for the link, I'll try, it might work :)

        • Maria

          The only one who will tell you is the seller. In order not to point your finger at the sky. Usually in the catalog, the seller immediately indicates the mount (or changes, alterations to which the lens was subjected) and you can select an adapter in advance. Sometimes lenses are supplied to them directly on the camera. Good luck

        • Michael

          Ruler. thread diameter 42mm

    • Tserg

      Anastasia, judging by the photo you posted, you were sold an incomplete lens, without a rear part with an M42 thread. Compare the shank of your lens with the shank in the photo posted by Arkady and you will understand everything. And the shank on these lenses is unscrewed and the M42 thread or the bayonet mount is on it.
      Lately written, but maybe it will be useful to someone. Sometimes unscrupulous ones are sold without this shank. It is very difficult to find it on sale, except to order a new one from a good turner, but exact dimensions are needed.

    • Tserg

      I looked at my Pentacon today. There, Anastasia, where you tried to wind the adapter, there is no thread at all. It's just a round tube with a diameter of 43 mm. Behind it, down on a wider part, there is a thread onto which the shank is screwed either with a thread or with a bayonet mount. A shank for such a lens with an M42 thread sometimes comes across on a German ebay branch, I once met. Take a look, if it's still relevant, you might be lucky. And if not, then only to the turner. It is not difficult to carve it, the main thing is to observe the dimensions with an accuracy of 0,1-0,2 mm.

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