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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:08 am    Post subject: Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 by Cosina Reply with quote

Sweet little lens. Surprisingly sharp with an MFD of 0.19m. The only thing with the copy I just got is the fungus behind the front element. I first took the nameplate off and later found out the way to remove the front element and clean the fungus. The lens corrected my impression on Cosina made Vivitar's. Actually the Vivitar 50mm f/1.7 and f/1.9 made by Cosina are pretty good as well.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pics of the lens.
Is IT possible?
Thank you.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

papasito wrote:
Pics of the lens.
Is IT possible?
Thank you.


Sorry it was late last night. As the name ring is off on my lens, I found the lens in the following link is the same as mine.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/196018-vivitar-24mm-f2-8-1-5-makro-p-ka-cosina.html

Here are two of my "close up" shots.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 by Cosina Reply with quote

vivaldibow wrote:
Sweet little lens. Surprisingly sharp with an MFD of 0.19m. The only thing with the copy I just got is the fungus behind the front element. I first took the nameplate off and later found out the way to remove the front element and clean the fungus. The lens corrected my impression on Cosina made Vivitar's. Actually the Vivitar 50mm f/1.7 and f/1.9 made by Cosina are pretty good as well.


I've seen many, many images with this little gem @ MF forums: it produces high quality images. For me, its nice price and amazing close focus abilities make it highly desirable. I found an excellent Sigma 24mm f/2.8 before I found one of these so I shoot with a Sigma. But the 2 lenses are not that different--the Sigma also has superior cf abilities: .18m, I think. There are some excellent Vivitar lenses out there--no doubt about it.

There are some users opinions of the Cosina here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/cosina-24mm-f-2-8-mc-macro.html


PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 by Cosina Reply with quote

Focusthrow wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
Sweet little lens. Surprisingly sharp with an MFD of 0.19m. The only thing with the copy I just got is the fungus behind the front element. I first took the nameplate off and later found out the way to remove the front element and clean the fungus. The lens corrected my impression on Cosina made Vivitar's. Actually the Vivitar 50mm f/1.7 and f/1.9 made by Cosina are pretty good as well.


I've seen many, many images with this little gem @ MF forums: it produces high quality images. For me, its nice price and amazing close focus abilities make it highly desirable. I found an excellent Sigma 24mm f/2.8 before I found one of these so I shoot with a Sigma. But the 2 lenses are not that different--the Sigma also has superior cf abilities: .18m, I think. There are some excellent Vivitar lenses out there--no doubt about it.

There are some users opinions of the Cosina here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/cosina-24mm-f-2-8-mc-macro.html


The CF ability is really nice to have. I have the AF version of the Sigma 24mm f/2.8 in Minolta MA mount. I ordered an MA to nex adapter so I can use as an manual lens on my A7ii. I owned other Vivitar 24mm's by Kiron, Tokina and Komine. Will definitely find some time to compare with Cosina.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been quite happy with the Cosina/Vivitar 28-70 I got for a song, as well as the Cosina/Vivitar 100/3.5 macro lens, and was also happy with the reasonable performance of the Cosina made Minolta MD 70-300. It is true they are not made (Primarily) of metal, but the resolution and contrast of all lenses I've tried so far has been acceptable when compared to the price paid. The lower reputation enjoyed (?) by Cosina products makes them a bit of a bargain.


PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I purchased this lens based on beautiful samples that other people posted on this forum, and I sold it shortly after. My impression was that it takes very beautiful images in close focusing situations, with pretty good sharpness and smooth bokeh (especially for a wide angle lens!). However, my copy proved to be average-to-below-average in all other instances -- no good sharpness at any aperture... In the end I thought that for my needs the Vivitar 28/2 Close Focus was a more well-rounded choice. (The 28/2 commands much higher prices unfortunately, so the Cosina has the edge here by a very wide margin.)


PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alun Thomas wrote:
I've been quite happy with the Cosina/Vivitar 28-70 I got for a song, as well as the Cosina/Vivitar 100/3.5 macro lens, and was also happy with the reasonable performance of the Cosina made Minolta MD 70-300. It is true they are not made (Primarily) of metal, but the resolution and contrast of all lenses I've tried so far has been acceptable when compared to the price paid. The lower reputation enjoyed (?) by Cosina products makes them a bit of a bargain.


Didn't realize there is a Vivitar 28-70 there, probably because it is a Cosina-made. Laugh 1 The 100/3.5 is said to be really good, except for the plastic feel. Right now, if I just check Cosina lens price, they are not at that of a bargain anymore. My thinking is that at least there are Cosina Voigtlander there.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

invisible wrote:
I purchased this lens based on beautiful samples that other people posted on this forum, and I sold it shortly after. My impression was that it takes very beautiful images in close focusing situations, with pretty good sharpness and smooth bokeh (especially for a wide angle lens!). However, my copy proved to be average-to-below-average in all other instances -- no good sharpness at any aperture... In the end I thought that for my needs the Vivitar 28/2 Close Focus was a more well-rounded choice. (The 28/2 commands much higher prices unfortunately, so the Cosina has the edge here by a very wide margin.)


That's a good point. I have yet to test at non close up situation. From the link on Pentax forum, the normal distance performance doesn't look that great. My copy is just at a very bargain price with fungus, so I grabbed it. Interestingly, I recently got a 28mm/2 CF at bargain price as well due to imperfection. My initial close-up testing makes me have the feel this 24mm/2.8 is even a tad sharper at minimum focus distance. Certainly, there was just based on my impression through EVF. Need a more thorough test (probably with macro focusing rail).


PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 by Cosina Reply with quote

vivaldibow wrote:
Focusthrow wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
Sweet little lens. Surprisingly sharp with an MFD of 0.19m. The only thing with the copy I just got is the fungus behind the front element. I first took the nameplate off and later found out the way to remove the front element and clean the fungus. The lens corrected my impression on Cosina made Vivitar's. Actually the Vivitar 50mm f/1.7 and f/1.9 made by Cosina are pretty good as well.


I've seen many, many images with this little gem @ MF forums: it produces high quality images. For me, its nice price and amazing close focus abilities make it highly desirable. I found an excellent Sigma 24mm f/2.8 before I found one of these so I shoot with a Sigma. But the 2 lenses are not that different--the Sigma also has superior cf abilities: .18m, I think. There are some excellent Vivitar lenses out there--no doubt about it.

There are some users opinions of the Cosina here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/cosina-24mm-f-2-8-mc-macro.html


The CF ability is really nice to have. I have the AF version of the Sigma 24mm f/2.8 in Minolta MA mount. I ordered an MA to nex adapter so I can use as an manual lens on my A7ii. I owned other Vivitar 24mm's by Kiron, Tokina and Komine. Will definitely find some time to compare with Cosina.


After you've gotten comfortable with the Cosina, would love to hear your thoughts on it in light of all the other 24mms with which you have worked. Best, jt


PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine Miranda branded, looks like Cosina brand.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:05 am    Post subject: Re: Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 by Cosina Reply with quote

Focusthrow wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
Focusthrow wrote:
vivaldibow wrote:
Sweet little lens. Surprisingly sharp with an MFD of 0.19m. The only thing with the copy I just got is the fungus behind the front element. I first took the nameplate off and later found out the way to remove the front element and clean the fungus. The lens corrected my impression on Cosina made Vivitar's. Actually the Vivitar 50mm f/1.7 and f/1.9 made by Cosina are pretty good as well.


I've seen many, many images with this little gem @ MF forums: it produces high quality images. For me, its nice price and amazing close focus abilities make it highly desirable. I found an excellent Sigma 24mm f/2.8 before I found one of these so I shoot with a Sigma. But the 2 lenses are not that different--the Sigma also has superior cf abilities: .18m, I think. There are some excellent Vivitar lenses out there--no doubt about it.

There are some users opinions of the Cosina here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/cosina-24mm-f-2-8-mc-macro.html


The CF ability is really nice to have. I have the AF version of the Sigma 24mm f/2.8 in Minolta MA mount. I ordered an MA to nex adapter so I can use as an manual lens on my A7ii. I owned other Vivitar 24mm's by Kiron, Tokina and Komine. Will definitely find some time to compare with Cosina.


After you've gotten comfortable with the Cosina, would love to hear your thoughts on it in light of all the other 24mms with which you have worked. Best, jt


I'll do my best to do it. Smile I got different lenses with the same focus distance and plan to do side-by-side comparison.


PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IAZA wrote:
Mine Miranda branded, looks like Cosina brand.
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Nice samples. I like the motorcycle one the most. It shows the wide angle feel of 24mm.


PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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