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05-12-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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LBA - Vivitar 24mm f/2 MC

Found a Vivitar 24mm f/2 MC selling locally today. There is a small ding on the filter thread but, filters screw on regardless so it's just cosmetic.

I took a few quick test images of my daughter. f/2 is very useable with just a touch of softness, PP sharpening helps plenty. f/2.4 and up cures that completely.

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Looks good!
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Cost?

24 2 is SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!
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A komine made vivitar! Must be good.

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Ira, I don't generally do this but, here are some 100% crops at f/2, 2.4, 2.8 and 3.5

Photo Gear Photo Gallery by ajuett at pbase.com

f/2 is soft but, when viewing at a reasonable size (not 100%) and slightly sharpened its pretty good. f/2.4 looks better and f/2.8 is great, imho.

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Ajuett: Oh, I paid $90 CDN in a shop, not a private sale.
That's a great price for the f2 version--good for you! I saw a Kiron 24mm f2 go for $200 on the Bay recently. And that is a great lens to have in the bag---I find 24mm my most useful FL for landscapes. Congratulations.

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causey A komine made vivitar! Must be good.
Yes, I would agree with you Stefan. The Komine made Vivs I have used were outstanding.
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A komine made vivitar! Must be good.
How does one tell if its Komine made?
Thx
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How does one tell if its Komine made?
Thx
When I found the shop had the Vivitar 24mm f/2 I asked the filter thread size. On this particular model the 52mm filter thread version is made by Komine and the 55mm is made by Kiron.

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Komine's S/N begins with 28...
I have a Vivitar (komine) 28mm f2.8--outstanding. My main low light wide lens.
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Komine's S/N begins with 28...
I have a Vivitar (komine) 28mm f2.8--outstanding. My main low light wide lens.
Thanks for that tip. I only knew the difference for this particular 24mm lens and that is the filter size. In the future I'll look out for that serial number sequence.
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Komine's S/N begins with 28...
I have a Vivitar (komine) 28mm f2.8--outstanding. My main low light wide lens.
Is it 28 for all of their wides?
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Is it 28 for all of their wides?
A lot of info here, Vivitar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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QuoteOriginally posted by ajuett Quote
Doesn't list serial numbers, but it looks like my 24 2.8 is Kiron (376XXX).

But I was surprised to learn that my 28 2.8 is Tokina-made (372XXX).

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Seems weird that as long as Vivitar was around, they only had one 28 2.8 in manual focus? Because that's all Wikipedia lists.

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Is it 28 for all of their wides?
For all of their lenses (at least the Vivitars)--but I guess you've already figured it out.
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For all of their lenses (at least the Vivitars)--but I guess you've already figured it out.
Thanks. I'll look for that when I see any Vivitars for sale.
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