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09-21-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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vivitar 28mm quality question

im going to be getting either a bauer vivitar 28mm or a 28mm off of ebay. the bauer one is priced cheaper and i understand its fully plastic but will i see much different picture quality as opposed to older vivitar manufacturers' ?

09-21-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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A Vivitar 28mm is a good lens to have in your bag. But do note that the various versions of these lenses all have completely different designs, and they all perform differently. The favoured sources are Komine, Tokina and Kino (later known as Kiron), and personally I would stick to these. Read (a lot!) more here:
09-22-2012, 03:28 PM   #3
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I had the Bauer and was not impressed (soft edges). I ended up with a SMC-M 28 f2.8. I also had a Vivitar 28 f2.5 which was OK, but somewhat bulky for the extra 1/3 stop.
09-23-2012, 02:58 AM   #4
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I've got three Kiron's - PK, Canon FD and Minolta MD - and I like them a lot. I used the PK on my K10 and it was my 'go to' wide lens, excellent results and a lens I could trust.
The other two I've used on film cameras, with great results. I'm using the MD on my Sony NEX as well but it loses out to the Tefnon 2.8 24 ( more commonly knows as an Elsinor lens ) but not by much.


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