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    Dear Viktor,

    I’ve come across an amazing 135mm legacy lens, which I thought I should share with you and your readers.

    I’ve done my own rudimentary lens test for sharpness, which combines it with a 2x teleconverter and matches it against a modern zoom lens (Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L II), an old Nikon AIS 300/4.5 prime lens, and an old Minolta AF 100-300m f/4.5-5.6 APO D zoom.

    You can see my primitive test with sample shots here:
    http://www.anthonymak.org/Photography-Scratch-Disk/135mm-Lens-Comparison/n-WzH2DC/i-2Tmnh2f

    The lens I’m raving about is a Minolta MD 135/2.8 with 2x TC (Minolta 300-s). In my opinion, this combination produces sufficient sharpness to be used as a travel lens combo, because it’s quite small and light. Thus, easy to pack. When combined with a Vivtar 1.5x TC, it produces a 135/2.8, 200/4.x, and 270/5.6. All very useful.

    You should note that there are many versions of this lens, including two MC versions and at least 3 MD versions. But, they are not created equal. I have bought 6 lenses ranging in price from £20-70 before I discovered this lens. The others I bought (MC, MD-I, MD-II) were much less impressive. This lens is what’s referred to by the Minolta geeks as the MD-III version from 1981.

    You can identify the lens from the Swiss website below (it’s in German, but use Google Translate to convert it to your language of choice).

    http://artaphot.ch/minolta-sr/objektive/171-minolta-135mm-f28

    Warmest regards,

    Anthony

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