I agree with most of the other reviewers about this lens. I used it while driving a 96 foot long hay hauling semi that worked in and out of the fields. Distortion is minimal and density across the field is very uniform. The true f-stops are a third stop lower at 50 mm and half a stop lower at 90 mm. It’s missing some focal length on the long end, but is half a stop faster in return. Many people do not like it mainly because it was manufactured by Cosina. Test charts The following images are pixel-level crops from the test chart.

I’ve never been a fan of all-in-one zooms. In my opinion very well suited for portrait photography. The IQ is very nice. Sun Jun 19, While not perfect at 28 mm with some field curvature leading to soft corners, it performs nicely at all other focal lengths when closed down one f-stop. Page 1 of 2. The build quality is very high and leaves little to be desired. My favorite lens so far.

The arm vivita reaches down into the lens to move the aperture blades won’t come out. For me the decision was part getting a very good deal on the mm f4. Your comment about sports just reminded me of something.

Tue Jun 21, One thing to be aware of is that this lens is known to suffer from sticky aperture oily iris blades. Its heavy, feels solid, focus is smooth. Anyway, regarding flare, that’s what the hood’s for.


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Vivitar S1 mm, Canon F-1, chromes: Product Key Features Camera Technology. I got a sries similar lens but its a mm Series 1 and I really love this lens. This item doesn’t belong on this page. At wide aperture around the 50mm range, colors pop and the sharpness is merciless.

Thank you all for your comments and contributions. Flying Circus by Glenn Seplak.

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If you like a manual focus zoom then this lens is a good choice. Page 1 of 2. I don’t recall feeling handicapped because it was varifocal. The Vivitar weighs in at 0. The result is far better resolution at a pittance of a price for both madro Video and stills. And I find it as useful now as I did all those years ago.

For starters, I fixed the broken links in my above post. Olympus OM-2n, Vivitar Series 1 mm f2.

The non-Series 1 version was made by Kobori. Tarantula Hawk by Glenn Seplak.

A quick inspection and again the lens was ok. But the CAs of the Vivitar mm Series 1 are tiny above 35 mm focal length, which makes this less of a problem.

Review: Vivitar (Komine) Series 1 28-90 mm f/2.8-3.5 Macro Focusing Zoom

Both of them are adequate, but not up to the quality of the Series 1 or the Kiron Click on them to serries the crops in full size and cycle through them easily.

Southern New Mexico Posts: Explore Trending More More. Sharp, focus distance, nice Bokeh, robust. It is worth it to pay more for the A setting. I LOVE this lens. Here’s another link to one: Nevertheless, it allows to obtain a fairly good artistic images blurred background. Those who love the lens cite the sharpness and speed. The IQ is very nice. The Vivs are difficult to work with but get it right and they are superb.


The following images are pixel-level crops from the test chart. I shot a video with this lens and it turned out great: While it will be difficult to leave the primes at home, this one delivers the goods as an excellent walk around lens that has speed, optical quality and a really fine, all metal build.

There’s 2 kinds of people in the world, those who love this lens, and those who hate it. Many SLR cameras come as a “body only,” which means that the camera is sold alone with no lens. My copy of this lens arrived with minor mechanical and optical flaws including a loose front element, astigmatism and very unevenly distributed sharpness. While the top right corner showed excellent performance, the left one was very soft.

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