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    Vivitar Lenses

    Hey how are the Kiron (22) made vivitar zooms. Are they all as good as the Series One 70-210 lenses?
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    35mm SLR : PENTAX MZ-M w/ PENTAX FG Battery Grip

    SIGMA 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF (Pentax AF Mount)
    18-55/3.5-5.6, 35-70/3.5-4.8, 70-210/4-5.6, 80-200/4.5
    28/2.8, 50/2, 135/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/3.5, 300/5.6

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptOfGondor View Post
    Hey how are the Kiron (22) made vivitar zooms. Are they all as good as the Series One 70-210 lenses?
    Bringing a Vivitar lens to a photoshoot is like bringing a pea shooter to a gunfight. Vivitar lenses in my experience are soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhys View Post
    Bringing a Vivitar lens to a photoshoot is like bringing a pea shooter to a gunfight. Vivitar lenses in my experience are soft.
    I would guess you have not shot the older (pre-mid eighties) Vivitar Series 1 lenses? Or their older series 1 90-180mm macro lenses? Or their Series 1 f/3.5 Constant aperture (67mm filter) one-button macro lens?
    There is a 600mm Vivitar solid catatropic mirror lens any serious collector might consider giving up the first joint of their pinky finger to have.
    You might change your mind when you visit Robert Monaghan's Third Party Cult Lens site (see URL in below quote).

    Mortimer Snerd
    Thu, 09 Aug 2001 16:17:02 -0700
    --- Skip <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
    > These are their Series 1 lenses, trying to bank on
    > the reputation of the old Series 1 lenses from
    > the '80s.

    Actually Series 1 lenses go back to the late Seventies, and the ones that were made by Kiron are pretty darned good for their day. (the 90-180 macro,
    90 macro, original 70-210 f3.5, the one-touch varifocal 35-85mm f2.8, etc.)

    Check out Bob Monaghan's Third Party Cult Classics lens page if you own any older MF cameras and are looking for lenses:

    http://www.smu.edu/%7Ermonagha/third/cult.html

    Warning: You can spend days surfing Bob's photography pages, not only is he knowledgeable (though opinionated) he's a pretty good writer and an ace
    list-maker. If you really like medium format Bronicas, his pages are a BLACK HOLE for time.

    > I've heard that
    > they are pretty
    > poor, but then, again, their really cheap
    I have two older "K" mount Vivitar 70-210 Serie 1 lenses which I will gleefully use whenever they deliver my new Pentax K10D.
    Their f/3.5 constant aperture 70-210 Series 1 flat-out kicked the butts of most manufacturers mid-range zoom lenses back in the seventies.
    Still a kick butt lens today.
    Last edited by Razr; 12-03-2006 at 10:27 AM. Reason: Left out copy

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    Mind sending one over for an extended evaluation? :P. jkjk

    They got a bunch of Kiron made (non series 1) vivitar lenses at the camera store I go to and I was wondering if they are as good or close to the famed Series 1 stuff.
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    Gallery : DeviantArt

    dSLR : SAMSUNG GX-1L
    dP&S : CASIO EXILIM EX-S500
    35mm SLR : PENTAX MZ-M w/ PENTAX FG Battery Grip

    SIGMA 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF (Pentax AF Mount)
    18-55/3.5-5.6, 35-70/3.5-4.8, 70-210/4-5.6, 80-200/4.5
    28/2.8, 50/2, 135/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/3.5, 300/5.6

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptOfGondor View Post
    Mind sending one over for an extended evaluation? :P. jkjk
    For the price you'll pay for even a cherry copy of one of them you certainly won't be dissappointed.

    They got a bunch of Kiron made (non series 1) vivitar lenses at the camera store I go to and I was wondering if they are as good or close to the famed Series 1 stuff.
    I seriously doubt it. About the next best thing to an older model 67 or 62mm model Series 1 70-210 is a TOU FIVE-STAR lens by Cosmicar, one of which I also own and would vow (not swear) is the match for the older Serie 1 lenses, though the TOU FIVE-STAR is a f/4 constant aperture, a tad slower than both 67 or 62mm Series 1.
    But because I like the palette (output of fast film-lower contrast-less saturated than "slow" film) I shot all of them with ISO 400-640 or ISO 800 film with absolutely no regrests.
    Which means all should be sterling lenses with a PENTAX ("K" mount) DSLR body (any).

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