|Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:31 am Post subject: Vivitar Series 1 70-210/3.5 (Kiron version)
|Vivitar Series 1 70-210/3.5 (Kiron version)
I actually have two of these, one each in Canon FD and Nikon mount, both purchased some months ago from the Adolph Gasser closing out sales, for their customary $5 each. I really miss Adolph Gasser!
The Nikon version has rather stiff zoom, so I used the Canon one on a Nex 7, for the most part.
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Its a bit awkward on such a tiny camera, but there was no helping it, its my only camera to which I can adapt Canon FD.
These are of course quite famous lenses, for which there is a very great deal of detail and background online. I presented my Tokina version of this some time ago, and there is considerable information there, and on the accompanying comments (thanks guys!).
Much more information on Mark Roberts site -
Nice writeup and many comments on Pentax Forums -
Mine seems to be quite a late copy, from 1981 by its serial number. My Nikon one is from 1975.
To summarize, this was a revolutionary lens when it came out in 1974, and it and the subsequent line became tremendously popular, among professionals as much as amateurs, as this was a better zoom in many ways than what Nikon, Canon and etc. were selling at the time. It does show its age in its size and weight, which is substantial! This thing is a beast, about 2 lb.
In part, what makes the Kiron version unique even versus its successors in the Vivitar Series 1 line is it is, besides a superlatively high quality zoom, also, practically speaking, a macro lens, as it was understood at the time, being able to approach 1:2 (1:2.2 per specs), which was where most longer focal length macros went. Its certainly not the best macro lens ever, but for then, and now, its more than good enough for most purposes, especially considering its versatility. Its the same sort of Swiss Army knife of a lens as the much later Tamron SP 60-300.
Anyway, I am very please with these. The macro feature requires switching it to a macro mode using the ring with the "wings", which is locked with a button. Macro focusing is then done by "zooming", plus finer focus with the focus ring. Or, as usual, moving it backa and forth a bit. This setup is a bit clumsy, as the zoom ring, of course, binds when you dont want it to, etc., and there are two focus controls not one, etc.
The other major defect is that this was the original creeping lens, where the thing shifts its zoom setting if you look at it funny. All subsequent creeping zooms learned to misbehave from this one. My Nikon mount one, conversely, does not creep at all, but thats because its zoom mechanism is way too gummed up.
Performance is just fine, with the usual inconsiderable aberrations wide open, a bit of purple fringing as usual. The Tokina version may be just a bit sharper, but it would be difficult to settle this point.
Samples - most wide open (f/3.5)
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The Bird -
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I like Pentax DSLR's, Exaktas, M42 bodies of all kinds, strange and cheap Japanese lenses, and am dabbling in medium format/Speed Graphic work.