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11-19-2007, 05:12 AM   #1
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Vivitar 28mm F2

I have been considering getting a fast prime for occasional low light use, as my few attempts in low light so far have shown that the 18-55 doesn't really cut the mustard in these situations.

I have seen a Vivitar 28mm F2 in a local camera shop.

Is this considered to be a reasonable lens? Is 29 a good price for a lens of this type?

Many thanks,


11-19-2007, 05:21 AM   #2
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I'd buy it, if that helps, only because of Vivitar's reputation and the fact it'd go quite nicely on both APS-C and film. Seems like a pretty good price to me.
11-19-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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I bought it, and certainly don't regret it for the price I paid, which I think was about $50 [Canadian]--a little less than 29. Indeed, it's my current walk-around lens, and stays on my camera (K100D) unless I know I'll be around a particular abundance or dearth of light (which would prompt me to attach the kit lens or a 50/1.4, respectively).

The focal length on the 100D is pretty much right on the nose for a normal, and the extra stop of light sure is handy, but I have no idea how sharp the lens actually is, or how the colours or contrast are. This is because I usually take lousy photographs, and when they are good it's because the light or the subject is particularly miraculous.

If you want a sharp lens with good contrast and colour rendition, you'll have to ask someone else for advice. If, however, you merely want a fast(er) prime that's classifiable as having a 'normal' focal length as decades worth fast 50mm lenses are reserved for portraits, I can say that it does a little to fill in the gap that exists when going from 35mm film to the smaller sensors of Pentax DSLRs.

Two caveats, though: at this focal length and aperture, it is actually quite difficult to focus in low light, even with the cheap, third-party split image focusing screen I had installed. I've lost quite a few shots there. Also, it's a little prone to flare, so if you do buy it get a nice long shade as well. The one I use appears to have come with a 75mm, or something, and I don't see any vignetting at all.

At 29 pounds, you haven't a great deal to lose, since the only comparable option (and, hopefully, my next purchase) is the elusive Sigma 28/1.8 at six (ten?) times the price.
11-19-2007, 06:01 PM   #4
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I have the 28mm 2.8 and love it.

I wouldn't hesitate spending 29 for the f2.0, or any other Vivitar that I've seen either.

11-19-2007, 11:12 PM   #5
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I have the 28mm 2.8 for my N*kon film slr and i love it its my main lens! I wish i had a 2.0! If i had the chance i would take that in a heartbeat.
11-20-2007, 12:34 AM   #6
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It was my main lens until I bought a old screwmount 35mm f2 mrmorrill.
Some of my best all time images were taken with it.
11-23-2009, 05:22 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by little laker Quote
... old screwmount 35mm f2 mrmorrill...

Do I have to chase that lens when being satisfied with the MC Flek 35/2.4?

Best, Georg


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