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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As with Focusthrow, I am new to this forum but not to forums in general.
I have spent the boring winter months (Southern Hemisphere) upgrading my Vivitar lens collection, which now includes four Komine primes.
The 55/2.8 macro, 135/2.8 CF, 135/2.3, and 200/3.0
I haven't owned them long enough for more than a few test pics, but overall I am totally impressed and have no intention of selling them on.
I'm driving them with an m4/3 body so I expect my results to differ from ones with a larger sensor.
Oh, and a compliment for Focusthrow, judging by your pics in this thread you could make any lens sing let alone the Komine wonders.
Cheers,


PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
As with Focusthrow, I am new to this forum but not to forums in general.
I have spent the boring winter months (Southern Hemisphere) upgrading my Vivitar lens collection, which now includes four Komine primes.
The 55/2.8 macro, 135/2.8 CF, 135/2.3, and 200/3.0
I haven't owned them long enough for more than a few test pics, but overall I am totally impressed and have no intention of selling them on.
I'm driving them with an m4/3 body so I expect my results to differ from ones with a larger sensor.
Oh, and a compliment for Focusthrow, judging by your pics in this thread you could make any lens sing let alone the Komine wonders.
Cheers,


Welcome to the forum in general & this thread in particular--& thanks for the kind, generous words. I own 3 of the Komine primes to which you refer. New Zealand, wow--superb!--it’s an extraordinarily beautiful place in which to shoot/live--can’t wait to see some of your samples here in this thread. Best jt

In the meantime, here is another:


PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Focusthrow for your welcome.
Here's a sample pic from the 200mm f/3.0, stopped down to f/5.6, and on m4/3,



PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another sample from the Vivitar 200mm f/3.0, stopped down to f/5.6.




PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And this time with the 55mm f/2.8 macro. As close as I could get to the subject without falling in the water,



PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^^That looks plenty sharp, and with very pleasant bokeh.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

invisible wrote:
^^^^That looks plenty sharp, and with very pleasant bokeh.


Thanks, especially considering it is "cropped" by using a m4/3 body. It would look even sharper on full-frame.
My latest "thing" is bokeh, and I'm interested in manipulating it when I have the chance. I have tried different aperture settings but of course there's more to it than just aperture.
Cheers,


PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another frog, 'tis the season for them.
This time with the 135mm f/2.3, wide open.



PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm moving very shortly and have got loads of old stuff to sort through, knew I had a 400mm f5.6 but thought it was Tokina, turns out it's Komine.
Finding some cool stuff though, wonder what will be next.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
And another sample from the Vivitar 200mm f/3.0, stopped down to f/5.6.




Excellent out of focus transitions with the 200mm--lots of sharpness too. The first shot, at least on my library computer monitor (non-calibrated of course) appears to have a slight green tint. jt


PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
And this time with the 55mm f/2.8 macro. As close as I could get to the subject without falling in the water,



Nice shot--not sure, there's just a tiny peek at its front right limb, but it looks to be a tree-frog of some sort: I do not see webbed feet, but what looks to be the limbs of the climbing frogs. BTW, I actually own a pet frog, one of those so-called poisonous varieties. He's so cool and loves to pose for pics. jt


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
Another frog, 'tis the season for them.
This time with the 135mm f/2.3, wide open.


Excellent shot: love the beautiful OOF transition, the colors and f/2.3 in this composition. This has me inspired to post some shots with my Series1 135mm 2.3, wide open--will try to get them up for tomorrow. jt


PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Focusthrow, thanks for the comments.
Yes I see the green tinge on the quail, and the branch. Possibly reflected color from the foliage, he was parked up a tree.
And the frog is actually an Australian native, apparently becoming scarce in Australia due to parasites, and now more common in New Zealand. It is a tree frog, called the Green and Gold Bell Frog.
And your pet frog, that's neat.
The 135mm and 200mm lenses from Komine are a pleasure to use. I quite like the focal length 135mm for reasonably close objects.
So, let's see some of your pics please.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the risk of becoming overkill, here's another frog pic with the 135mm f/2.3, wide open,

I call it, "We're just good friends, honest".



PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
At the risk of becoming overkill, here's another frog pic with the 135mm f/2.3, wide open,

I call it, "We're just good friends, honest".



LOL--humor doesn't always come through in these threads! Smile

The Vivitar Series 1, 135mm, f/2.3 lens is a beautiful lens with excellent performance. It is always a special feeling to take it for a walk in search of photo opportunities. The pics below are all wide open & all were done on a full-frame sensor, except the 1st one. jt


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 small can almost feel the texture in those headstones.


PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr G wrote:
I'm moving very shortly and have got loads of old stuff to sort through, knew I had a 400mm f5.6 but thought it was Tokina, turns out it's Komine.
Finding some cool stuff though, wonder what will be next.


The 400mm 5.6 Komine sounds mighty interesting to me--would love to see a few with it if you ever get the dust off of it and get it mounted on a body: I've not met a Komine I did not like & 400mm is something I've been looking @ for some time. jt


PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
Hi Focusthrow, thanks for the comments.
Yes I see the green tinge on the quail, and the branch. Possibly reflected color from the foliage, he was parked up a tree.
And the frog is actually an Australian native, apparently becoming scarce in Australia due to parasites, and now more common in New Zealand. It is a tree frog, called the Green and Gold Bell Frog.
And your pet frog, that's neat.
The 135mm and 200mm lenses from Komine are a pleasure to use. I quite like the focal length 135mm for reasonably close objects.
So, let's see some of your pics please.


Yep, I do believe you're right: green tinge most likely due to reflections off of leaves. Although a little work, it can be corrected for just the subject if needed. Thanks for the information on the frog--really love frogs--they are the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to monitoring fresh water these days. Agreed on the 2 series 1 tele Komines--& both so similar cosmetically, ergonomically. Clearly, Vivitar hired Komine to produce a certain look for this Series1 line--a continuity, which I suspect they felt would contribute to sales.

BTW, my 135 Series 1 is so close to new looking that it amazes me (I paid a good deal more for this): it was made in 1972, apparently, from the first batch of 100 made. It's amazingly sharp (in closer-focusing situations, particularly), wide open even--to the edges. Vignetting is so well controlled that I'm amazed. @ Infinity focus it surely is usable wide open, but drops off--not like I've got a need to shoot infinity @ 135mm @ 2.3. It's Achilles' heel, IMO, is on digital, particularly wide open, blooming manifests itself clearly--though PPing usually allows for most if not all of it. jt


PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
Like 1 small can almost feel the texture in those headstones.


Agreed & thanks. Shooting this close, @ 135 2.3, really requires flat subjects in order to get enough of the subject in the focal plane---tombstones, IMO, are great for this. JT


PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own 2 of the Komine 28mm f/2.8s: a close-focus version & a non-close-focus version. Here is one, @ f/5.6, on Full-frame sensor, with the less desirable, non-close-focus version. No cropping.



PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1


PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 better scenery than I've got too.

Looks like I have to add that lens to my collection.

Cheers


PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
Like 1 better scenery than I've got too.

Looks like I have to add that lens to my collection.

Cheers


I just did a search on eBay for Vivitar 28mm f2.8 CF.
Quite a few hits, but one in particular is a mystery to me. It's the SMS version.
refer https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vivitar-SMS-28mm-1-2-8-MC-Close-Focus-Wide-Angle-Lens/302513473629?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
Everything else looks the same except for the addition of SMS on the front of the lens.

Does anyone know what the letters SMS refer to ?

I've seen it on other Vivitar lenses but I'm still none-the-wiser.

Whoo Turtle PS, I also hit the Buy-now on a Komine 28/2.8 CF MC in OM mount, near-mint and boxed, for 39.95GBP. Just have to be patient with our postal system. If I go bankrupt it's all your fault.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3dpan wrote:
I just did a search on eBay for Vivitar 28mm f2.8 CF.
Quite a few hits, but one in particular is a mystery to me. It's the SMS version.
refer https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vivitar-SMS-28mm-1-2-8-MC-Close-Focus-Wide-Angle-Lens/302513473629?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
Everything else looks the same except for the addition of SMS on the front of the lens.
Does anyone know what the letters SMS refer to ?
I've seen it on other Vivitar lenses but I'm still none-the-wiser.

Take a look at http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Talk:Vivitar#SMS_Edition (and also check out the info on the similar "RL Edition" just above it on that page).


PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recognise that name! Welcome to the forum 3dpan! Great bunch of folk here - just as friendly as they are over on mu-43.com Very Happy