Choose the best: Comparison of FIVE 135mm manual lenses on a 28MP sensor

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Choose the best: Comparison of FIVE 135mm manual lenses on a 28MP sensor
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Comparison of following five 135mm manual lenses:

  1. Vivitar Auto Telephoto 135mm f/2.8
  2. Rokinon Automatic 135mm f/2.8
  3. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/3.5
  4. SMC Pentax-A 135mm f/2.8
  5. Quarry Optics MC AUTO Macro (1:5) 135mm f/2.8

Set-up: WB set to daylight; same camera on tripod; hood on all lenses; same settings on camera.

Note 1: There are three to four pictures taken at each full f-stop with every lens

Note 2: some photos appear duplicate but they are in either different lighting conditions or a slightly different focus point.

Note 3:I could not find any information about Rokinon or Quarry lens online. If you find some, please post links in this thread

General impressions on handling: Vivitar feels the best; everything about this lens suggests this is a premium lens (except image quality :-)). Takumar appears as cheapest low-quality product.

Poll:

Please, judge the lenses on four aspects separately (in comments):

  1. Sharpness
  2. Contrast and colours
  3. Bokeh
  4. Chromatic aberrations

Based on all those factors above, please vote the lens with best over-all image quality (please, ignore the “convenience” of Pentax-A lens, or the used-price :-))

F/2.8

Vivitar @f/2.8

Vivitar @f/2.8

Vivitar @f/2.8

Rokinon @f/2.8

Rokinon @f/2.8

Rokinon @f/2.8

Rokinon @f/2.8

Pentax-A @f/2.8

Pentax-A @f/2.8

Pentax-A @f/2.8

Quarry @f/2.8

Quarry @f/2.8

Quarry @f/2.8

F/4

Vivitar @f/4

Vivitar @f/4

Vivitar @f/4

Rokinon @f/4

Rokinon @f/4

Rokinon @f/4

Rokinon @f/4

Pentax-A @f/4

Pentax-A @f/4

Pentax-A @f/4

Quarry @f/4

Quarry @f/4

Quarry @f/4

F/5.6

Vivitar @f/5.6

Vivitar @f/5.6

Vivitar @f/5.6

Rokinon @f/5.6

Rokinon @f/5.6

Rokinon @f/5.6

Rokinon @f/5.6

Takumar @f/5.6

Takumar @f/5.6

Takumar @f/5.6

Pentax-A @f/5.6

Pentax-A @f/5.6

Pentax-A @f/5.6

Quarry @f/5.6

Quarry @f/5.6

Quarry @f/5.6

F/8

Vivitar @f/8

Vivitar @f/8

Vivitar @f/8

Rokinon @f/8

Rokinon @f/8

Rokinon @f/8

Rokinon @f/8

Takumar @f/8

Takumar @f/8

Takumar @f/8

Pentax-A @f/8

Pentax-A @f/8

Pentax-A @f/8

Quarry @f/8

Quarry @f/8

Quarry @f/8

F/11

Vivitar @f/11

Vivitar @f/11

Vivitar @f/11

Rokinon @f/11

Rokinon @f/11

Rokinon @f/11

Rokinon @f/11

Takumar @f/11

Takumar @f/11

Takumar @f/11

Pentax-A @f/11

Pentax-A @f/11

Pentax-A @f/11

Quarry @f/11

Quarry @f/11

Quarry @f/11

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POLL
Vivitar Auto Telephoto 135mm f/2.8
8.3% 1  vote
Rokinon Automatic 135mm f/2.8
8.3% 1  vote
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f/3.5
16.7% 2  votes
SMC Pentax-A 135mm f/2.8
66.7% 8  votes
Quarry Optics MC AUTO Macro (1:5) 135mm f/2.8
0.0% 0  votes
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