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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forenseil.. herewith pics of tele Vivitar 200mm f3.5 18 blade Tmount ser#76578. poor pics in a rush.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Vivitar 55mm f2.8 Auto #9710XXXX (not macro!) with 49mm filter thread.

I'd give it 2 star... it wasn't that good, very soft wide open and closed :S.

edit :

Went trough my lens again and I have that Tokina made 90-230mm f4.5 with "tx" mount.
A good 3 star if not 4. It's has "ok" sharpness and a bit of ca, but the close focus mode is very nice for macro.

http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic.php?t=3216&view=next nice thread about thise lens. I got the 2nd generation.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kryss wrote:
Forenseil.. herewith pics of tele Vivitar 200mm f3.5 18 blade Tmount ser#76578.

That's exactly what mine (#72293) looks like. Kiron?


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome work going on here, thankyou so much Cool


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rio Rico...I do not know what make I am hoping Forenseil may tell us.How do you rate this lens?.Regards


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one of those Vivitar presets, sent it to Big Dawg

Its one of those with the curious slotted aperture blades - ie., on one end the blades have a turned up edge, not a pin, and this goes in a slot. Quite a distinctive design.

I suspect most of this old preset line was by Kino, as the 28/2.5 of the line (a preset) is almost identical to the very familiar automatic 28/2.5 made by Kino.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks,for it's age mine is in ex++ condition and you are correct about the blades.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ForenSeil wrote:
martinsmith99 wrote:
There is a 24mm F2.8 by Tokina.

Do you know the filter size?

I had the original Tokina 24mm F2.8; I would say a good lens but nothing special on it.

52mm. It was probably the same lens, but I think mine was a dud as it was never sharp.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 (made by Tokina with S/N starts with 37, 55mm filter)


Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 (made by ? with S/N starts with 40, 52mm filter) (****)


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also think the 200 F3.5 is probably made by Kiron
I've added your lenses and some others Smile


PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to know it's by Kiron,guess that's why it takes great pics and smooth bokeh.Thanks.


PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ForenSeil wrote:

Could you also give a rating for your 200mm/3.5 Komine lens?


Yes, but I'll have to take one of the two out and give it a workout. I had a Canon FD mount one first, and have only used it with film cameras. Later I bought one in Nikon mount, but after buying it I just stuck it on the shelf, and have not tried it with my EOS and Nikon-EOS adapter yet. So, I'll take it out and put it through its paces and report back.


PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got the 55mm f2.8 Macro on it's way!

I'll give it a try and rate it when it's here!


PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:06 am    Post subject: Vivitar Auto 200/3.5 (Kiron?) Reply with quote

kryss wrote:
Rio Rico...I do not know what make I am hoping Forenseil may tell us.How do you rate this lens?.Regards

I'll also have to delay giving it a rating, need to shoot some more. I recall that it passed my sharpness and aberration tests, back when I was culling 200s. I also recall specular highlights rendered as big fat Xmas ball-ornaments. I'll have more to say when I'm healthy enough to do some outside shooting.


PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

martinsmith99 wrote:
ForenSeil wrote:
martinsmith99 wrote:
There is a 24mm F2.8 by Tokina.

Do you know the filter size?

I had the original Tokina 24mm F2.8; I would say a good lens but nothing special on it.

52mm. It was probably the same lens, but I think mine was a dud as it was never sharp.


Meanwhile I found out that there are at least two 24mm/F2.8 lenses with 52mm filter screw mount made Tokina for Vivitar, one is identical the Tokina RMC- the other is an older non-RMC version (they are looking slightly different).

I had the original Tokina RMC version which is a good lens (see comparision charts here (in German) http://www.kameradoktor.de/testsigma24.jpg).
A pic wide open in 100% view wide open can be seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/54671350@N02/5622606568/sizes/o/in/set-72157626379920671/
Good sharpness in center and low CA, but strong distortion.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recently, I bought a Vivitar 80-200mm f/4.5-32 zoom lens (non-close-focus; minimum distance about 2 meters) in M42 mount with one-touch focusing and zooming, and a 55mm diameter filter thread. The serial number 229.... indicates that it was produced by Kino Precision (=Kiron) in 1979. Online, I saw a photo of another like it made in 1980, and a magazine ad published in 1979. Is there any info out there on its optical design and its performance?


PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ForenSeil,I have a Vivitar 80-200mm F4 macro focusing zoom(RL edition in green lettering) ser# 77406619 in P/K mount,I do not see this on your list,I only see the Tmount f4.Regards


PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramiller500 wrote:
Recently, I bought a Vivitar 80-200mm f/4.5-32 zoom lens (non-close-focus; minimum distance about 2 meters) in M42 mount with one-touch focusing and zooming, and a 55mm diameter filter thread. The serial number 229.... indicates that it was produced by Kino Precision (=Kiron) in 1979. Online, I saw a photo of another like it made in 1980, and a magazine ad published in 1979. Is there any info out there on its optical design and its performance?

I have the same lens in Pentax KM mount #220xxxxx (1980?) that cost me all of US$7 shipped. I haven't really shot it much, just enough to see that it passed my sharpness and aberration tests back when I was clearing-out extra lenses in that range. But since I have most of my interesting lenses packed for a long journey (delayed by illness) I may take it out for some fun when I'm healthy enough again.


PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RioRico,

Here's an example in FD mount from 1978:
http://www.kundrotas.com/2010/12X/DSC_0733.JPG

Get well soon!


PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ramiller500 wrote:
RioRico,

Here's an example in FD mount from 1978:
http://www.kundrotas.com/2010/12X/DSC_0733.JPG

Get well soon!

Yup, that's it all right. I shot mine a bit yesterday. Optics are good but I've not enough light for it to do justice. Heavy cloud cover makes my forest even darker. There should be more sunlight Tuesday as we (probably) pack for the journey, delayed a week now. And thanks, I am doing better, was even able to drive a bit today. Ah, in a few days I'll be high and dry at elevation on the Arizona-Sonora border, leaving behind the blizzards that will hit our Sierra Nevada mountain abode. The desert-mountain sunshine should put me straight.


PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a
Vivitar Sereis 1 28mm f1,9 ser.no. 37xxxxxx (made by Tokina) I think *** stars,
Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f2,8-4 ser.no. 09xxxxxx (made by Cosina?)


PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! Smile
I've added the lenses+rating Smile


PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dimitrygo wrote:

Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 (made by ? with S/N starts with 40, 52mm filter) (****)


I've been reading back through this thread and came across this image. I don't recall seeing a Vivitar before with a 40xxxx serial number, but I can say that I've owned a Vivitar lens that used the same font style as your lens has, and my old lens, which was one of the legendary 135mm f/1.5 presets, was made back in about 1968, so I suspect your lens dates to the 1960s based on the lettering used.

Sorry, still haven't taken my 200mm f/3.5 out yet to give it a workout. Been busy lately, but I haven't forgotten.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your list has a 200 f3.5 made by Tokina but you do not indicate if it is a T4 or not. I have a T4 version of this lens, serial number beginning with 37.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Vivitar 28-200 f3.5 / 4.5 one touch macro zoom. 72mm filter size.
Serial No. 7770**** Kobori Manufactured.
It's big, heavy, and has a very short throw for focus. The images are OK, but nothing special. It's not the easiest lens to use so the effort to focus makes it a lens I don't pick up often.
I would give this ** and no more.



Vivitar 80-200 f4 one touch macro zoom. 55mm filter size.
Serial No. 7750**** Kobori manufactured.
This is by far the best of these two non Series 1 zooms. It has a bigger throw on the focusing, it's a lot smaller and lighter, and far easier to use. And the images are very good, I did a rough test with this and my Series 1 70-210 f3.5 ( Kiron ) and it was hard to tell them apart.
This deserves ****, I think it's a bit of a sleeper.