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Got my Vivitar Series 1 today...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:17 pm    Post subject: Got my Vivitar Series 1 today... Reply with quote

Today in the Morning, the Postman brought this fine Lens to me. Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm, f 3,5 (Kiron Version) Got for 10,- GBP at eBay UK and it's really in mint Condition. Clear Lenses, no Scratches or something. Just fine. Front- and Rearcap and a Lenscase was also included

I've had to go to Work then but I've done a few Test Shots and I have to say: I'm impressed. For this Price its a fine Lens. A Bargain.

The first two Shots..





@70mm


@210mm


Last edited by tbrand on Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:17 pm; edited 1 time in total


PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The low prices for these classic Series 1 Version 1 zooms just astound me. Mine (same version, 880g) was only US$32 (including shipping). I'll admit that I'm more likely to carry a Takumar-A 70-200/4 (660g), or Sears-Ricoh 70-210/4 (650g) or 80-200/4 (560g), all US$9 each, because of weight. But that Viv has a crispness that's hard to beat, especially at such rock-bottom cost.


PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to use my JC Penney 80-200. It only weighs 528 grams, and on my Minolta X370 it feels just right.

But I do plan on picking up one of these Series1 Kiron made ViV. zooms while they are this cheap.


PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are making me feel I paid too much for my version 2 Tokina 710 gm model; fifty something $ if I remember correctly.

Like RioRico I am more apt to mount the Sears 80-200 for the lighter weight.


PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You Guys are right. The Vivitar is no "Lightweight". Nothing to have in your Bag with you everytime.

Whatever, I like the Lens and my Purchase.


Otherwise I would like to know some Recommendations for lighter and good Tele Zooms with OM Mount to put on my E-520.

Any Ideas? Thanks.


PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Tokina version (Type 2 series 1 70-210) is quite a bit lighter but has less macro capability. The characteristics are the same between the version 1 (Kiron) and the version 2 (Tokina) except for the weight and less macro capability. The Tokina version is a little harder to find and will cost just a tad more. Paid 50 dollars US for my group 2 lens and 32 dollars US for my Group 1. The group 3 A lens will cost around 100+ in US dollars. The OM mount ones are not as available as the PK and C/FD and M/MD mount ones. I love them all and use them interchangeably.


PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a great lens and a fantastic bargain. I have the Kiron and Tokina versions and the Tokina version is worth getting if you want a "compact" version of the lens. Nice pics btw. I think even with the weight issues, I think the optics are well worth it.


PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is another Shot of the Roof youve seen above at 70 + 210mm. Now Ive added the Vivitar Macro-Teleconverter x2 and now you see the Roof

@420mm (free Hand)



I guess you can see, that the Image Quality is getting less, but its good enough for such a Bargain Lens with added Converter. Ive seen much newer Lenses with crapier Image Quality at 420mm. Rolling Eyes