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Tele Vivitar 85mm f/1.8
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:21 am    Post subject: Tele Vivitar 85mm f/1.8 Reply with quote

Don't know who made these tele vivitar's. This 85mm f/1.8 is not too bad. Wide open sharpness quite decent, slightly better than Soligor 85mm f/1.8.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is from the classic era the serial number will give you the maker. Eg if it starts with 22 it's kino precision aka kiron, 37 is tokina. The full list is easily googled. Could we get a photo of the lens? Renders nicely, the photographer shows its capabilities well! Like 1


PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sounds to me as if it might be an early preset lens. This series had the older five digit serial numbers. They are T-mount lenses.

And, yes, of course a photo of the lens would tell the tale.


PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the nice words!

The lens looks like the one in the following link.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/vivitar-85mm-f-1-8-pre-set-t-mount.html

I haven't quite experienced the glowing effect mentioned in one of the review and feel the wide open sharpness is indeed pretty good. Pleasantly unexpected! Smile

I've only seen Tele Vivitar 85mm and 135mm. 28mm and 35mm might be called something else. These vivitars, since are preset lenses, so I am assuming they should be quite earlier.


PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wolan wrote:
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This is another one I just took. I probably should wait a little late and see if I can create the star effect with smaller aperture.


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I think having a model in the picture would make it lively. Laugh 1


PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same lens, mine is very "glowy" and not that sharp, still i like the rendering and with the number of blades the aperture has it s great for pics at f2, f2.8 with oof bokeh highlights been still perfectly circular.

Tomas


PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always wondered if this lens was a copy of the Canon LTM 85/1.9, they have a similar balance about them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pre-serial number system.
I had a couple of these at one time or another.
Fairly scarce.

I suspect the early Vivitar presets were mostly, if not all, from Kino/Kiron.
The ones that have transitioned from preset versions to auto such as the distinctive 28/2.5 are Kino.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luisalegria wrote:

I suspect the early Vivitar presets were mostly, if not all, from Kino/Kiron.

Komine also was producing for Vivitar (ie : the 135mm 1.5)
The dof table styling is same as the 135mm 1.5 and these are (as the ir charts for zooms) a good indicator for origin (the 20mm 3.8 kino made has a different dof style)


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The samples have a Komine feel to them. The lens on PF also looks like a Komine


PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a 200 f3.5 that is from the same series - same style - as this lens which is branded as 'Dollonds'. I have seen on the internet the same lens as a Vivitar, and I have seen, and handled, the identical 200 / 3.5 branded as Tokina. ( I tried to buy it ) It's a very distinctive style and construction.
Whoever made these lenses, they did a good job. it's my favourite old 200 by far. And the pictures from the 85 are excellent, it's a great series of lenses which I will have no hesitation in buying.

This is the 200 / 3.5


PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wolan wrote:
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've stumbled upon a few old Tokina lenses under various brands and they've all impressed me with their quality.