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01-31-2011, 06:38 AM   #1
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Vivitar 400mm 5.6

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Do anyone recognize this lens? Is it multicoated and so called auto?



Is it native K mount or some T? mount?

Is that lens same as tokina 400/5.6?

Is 30euros too much for it??


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01-31-2011, 07:20 AM   #2
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this looks like an older version of the lens I own, (a 400F5.6 Multi coated K mount)

The lens is a very typical telephoto design from the late 1970's. I got mine new as an inventory clear out in 1982 for $169 canadian.

as for shots, I can't judge your lens, but here is one I posted taken on Ektachrome, just after I bought the lens, using my KX

Cant tell now what aperture and shutter speed,

You need to have a better look at the mount, as it does not look like a native K mount, It is a different version than mine, as the focusing is 4 meters (13 feet) where as mine is 22 feet,

serial number will help in telling maker, there is a thread somewhere with the list of serial numbers vs makers

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Hi again

I got some photos about that lens:




It is Tokina made from 1978?
It is auto version, but I think it is not multi layer coated
That is some T mount ?
Is that worth of 30 euros?

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01-31-2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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according to the following site, this is a Tokina lens

Vivitar Lens Manufactuers

30 euros is about a base price for any lens that works.

for a 400 it is not too bad, and this lens should deliver at least equal to what mine delivers. Mine is made by Komine.

as for the mount, it almost looks like an interchangeable mount.

Not only Tamron had them in the late 70's but soligor and vivitar also, but tamron were the only ones who kept with it.

see this link it is a T4 mount

http://www.photoimagenews.com/lens.htm


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01-31-2011, 12:47 PM   #5
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I think the lens has a TX mount. Soligor and Vivitar both sold lenses with interchangeable T4 mounts. After a while, Vivitar refined the system slightly and called their new version TX. The reason I think it's TX is that the mount looks like a K mount. The T4 system didn't have a T4 to K adapter, but there was a TX to K adapter. It won't matter functionally - the adapters are even somewhat interchangeable - but the TX lenses were a bit newer than T4. This lens might be similar to the Tokina RMC 400/5.6. I had a TX 135mm f2.5 that was pretty good, but the lens coatings were pretty average for a late 70s lens.
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If it was multi coated, i would expect it to say MC on the front, mine does.

I also note the filter diameter is a little smaller, mine is 77mm not 72.

basedupon serial number manufacture date for the OP's sample is 3rd week 1978, where as mine is 1st week of 1980. As noted earlier, the OP's lens is a tokina, mine is Komine.
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Look about this link Flickr: Discussing Tokina 400 5.6 - Is this a keeper? in No metering lenses on Nikon DSLRs there is a Tokina RMC 400 5.6 it looks same, and I think it is also 72mm diameter. It says RMC but I don't see different colours on those reflections. Could it be "same" lens?

Hey looks this https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/mini-challenges-games-photo-stories/51234...st-prizes.html it is definetly same lens, is it?

And I think this one Hoya 400mm f5.6::Manual Focus Lenses is same lens too.

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Edit: I think i might go for it...
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QuoteOriginally posted by LeGuillotine Quote
Edit: I think i might go for it...
as I said for E30 it is not a bad option. It should give some reasonable results

I have not used my vivitar 400F5.6 at all on my digital cameras, as I have a Signa 70-200F2.8 and a 2x TC, which give excellent results and focus to about 6 feet as opposed to 22 feet.

I should really take it out again for the bigger birds any way and see how it performs.

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30 euros is about a base price for any lens that works.
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Auction ended, I didn't get it. Happy seller got 82 euros. I think it is very high price for that lens. But I hope buyer get satisfying results.

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I had one of those a while back and it was a tx mount. It was not too awful bad stopped down a little, nice and small for a 400mm. It would flare pretty bad and a lot of fringing wide open.I did learn that I wanted a good 400mm out of the deal.

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Basically any older, manual, name brand fixed 400 is worth at least 75 euros and could get very high prices.

You don't see many 400s around at all.

I paid around $100 US for my Viv about a year ago, and although I never use it, I like knowing I can stick it in my bag if need be one day. I'm guessing I'll use it for sunsets and sunrises, but these types of shots don't excite me.
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