Product Review- Pentacon 135mm f/2.8 First Edition

If you looking for vintage lens that has low price with good quality but has a low price, this lens will get your attention. Not everyone knew this brand, but for some people it’s an underestimate and underprice lens simply because it’s not made by Zeiss company.

Build in East German in the year of 66-78, it has predecessor from the other brand called Meyer-Optik Görlitz Orestor 2.8 135. Armed with 15 blades, simply makes this lens becoming “Bokeh Monster” that could create very creamy and smooth bokeh. Yes, it could make those who loves bokeh got their orgasm.

The difference between the first edition and the second, only the amounts of blades and the price. You will get 15 blades and higher price for the first edition, and 6 blades and lower price for the second edition.

Available in mount M42, Exakta, and Praktika you will need a converter to your camera. The day I got it, I surprised by the built quality, it’s a total tank! With weight almost ½ kilogram when it fell on to your foot it will be fine, but probably not with your foot. The image quality is also astonishing, in my case it will reach it’s best sharpness in f4-5.6, and the bokeh? Like I said before, totally beast. But, the lens also has a few cons, like the minimum focusing range, you need to stand at least 150cm-160cm from your object but you can use extension tube to overcome it but, of course you will lose infinity focus.

So, heres the sample that I took.

f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/100 (without Ext. Tube)

From the picture above, we could see that this lens has creamy styled bokeh. Based on my experience, the sharpness will decrease at full aperture.

F/5, ISO 200, 1/80 (With Ext. Tube)

With Extension Tube you can shortened the focal length but it depends on how many stack you put. You will reach the optimum sharpness in the F/5.


This lens could give you good result with affordable price. The glass has bright contrast that give Yellowish image, but you can manage it by changing your white balance.

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