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05-30-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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This lens and I go way back to the 80s

Hey folks I just thought I would just post this image of a lens that has been through it all (thick and thin) with me since I received it as a gift on my 15th birthday, I wanted a zoom lens so badly when my pops handed down my Pentax ME.
It has been through thousands of shots, I have taken slide shows of our youth group at the church I used to go to, it has photographed several weddings (with awesome results) and most of those weddings were relations so I had to get it right lol.
I had to do some modifying/filing to get it to work on my K-x but compared to my kit 200mm Zoom it doesn't do as well, maybe it is showing its age or I am doing something wrong, either way I am going to keep playing with it just for fun.
I know it isn't the Series one Vivitar zoom but it actually held up very well after all these years, I am now 46 years old, I cannot believe I have had that lense for over thirty years now, I even still have a 50mm 1;1.4 that still works awesome on my new camera that has accompanied that zoom all these years. well with out further delay here it is~
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Here is a sample image of how well it still does in macro mode
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Here is me back in the day with it in use, nobody knew what I actually looked like because that camera was always in my face.
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Ha, old memories of good times... Yeah, hang on to that one just for the sentimental value.
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Ha, old memories of good times... Yeah, hang on to that one just for the sentimental value.
That is the only reason I hang on to it.....sentimental value lol. Actually if I really concentrate on it I can really get some nice images out of that old lens, I just got to remember its drawbacks and work around them lol.
either way it will reside on my old ME Super on my desk sort of like a shrine to the 'good ol days~
PS: this was taken with my SMC 50mm 1:1.4 lens at f~16 assisted with onboard flash on my K-x @ 100 ISO and 180 Shutter speed

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05-31-2011, 05:48 AM   #4
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I have a Focal QII 70-210 that I received sometime around 1985 and one of the reasons I use it still today is because I can.
I bought it to use with my K1000 upon graduating from high school and have used it on a few Pentax bodies over the years.
Nostalgia is a big part of it but also because it is still useful at times even on our digital camera bodies.

I'm right there with you.

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This lens and I go way back to the 80s
I must admit, I still have a few in daily use from this era, think of it as good value for money.
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I have a Focal QII 70-210 that I received sometime around 1985 and one of the reasons I use it still today is because I can.
Hey, Birddude: Matt has just revealed the identity of your mystery-60-300. I thought I'd recognized it. Focal is the K-mart house brand.
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