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07-08-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Vivitar Series 1 105mm f/2.5

A friend of mine told me that his cousin has one of them for sale in mint condition (like new). I am trying to get that. Considering the fact that this lens has got great reviews, could anyone suggest a better price for this? The asking price is close to $400. Is that a fair price?

How is this compared to Tamron 90mm f/2.8? I don't have a problem for manual focus.

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07-08-2008, 08:02 PM   #2
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re: Vivitar Series 1 105mm f2.5

I don't know the current going price for these, but I can tell you what I paid if it helps.
I bought one new-old-stock in the original box with all papers and box, case, unused about 18 months ago from a long-time seller on e-bay who specializes in buying out old stock from closing stores. Mine is a Kiron (serial 22xxxxxxx), Pentax P/K-A mount version. Back then, it was advertised for $250/make an offer, and he accepted my offer of $200 plus shipping. Back then he had about a dozen in all!
It is an absolutely incredible lens, worth every cent. I cannot compare it to the Tamron as I do not have one, but it can resolve to beyond the limit of my K20d sensor and is very flat-field in use, with great color rendering.
If you get one, see if you can find a secondhand Lester Dine ring/point flash, which fits its 52mm filter thread and was designed to work with it. They come up fairly frequently on e-bay. They can be used as a straight thyristor auto gun (with low voltage at the contact) or are pretty easy to modify for multiple switched manual power levels.
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buyer here is selling for $350, it's exactly the same
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographer-s-marketplace/31484-kiron-le...1-1-ratio.html
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400.00 is what thay have been going for in here. I'd get the Lester A Dine if I didn't already have a Vivitar Series 1 90mm 2.5 Macro.

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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
I heard that the Vivitar Series 1 105 f/2.5 is made by Kiron. But I am not sure whether the Lester-Dine is the same (The Vivitar labelled one is f/2.5)

I think I am able to get the Vivitar for around $375 from my friend's cousin. As per my friend it is in mint condition (LN) and comes with all user manuals, original packaging etc.

-IU
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QuoteOriginally posted by iunknown Quote
I heard that the Vivitar Series 1 105 f/2.5 is made by Kiron. But I am not sure whether the Lester-Dine is the same (The Vivitar labelled one is f/2.5)

I think I am able to get the Vivitar for around $375 from my friend's cousin. As per my friend it is in mint condition (LN) and comes with all user manuals, original packaging etc.

-IU
same optics.
07-08-2008, 10:38 PM   #7
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Is the Lester Dine an 'A' lens?

My Series 1 105 is an 'A' lens, but my Series 1 90mm macro is not...

Just don't remember reading if the Lester is an A or an M
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Great Lens

Back in the early 80's I used a Vivitar 90/2.5 Macro on a Nikon F2 film SLR. FWIW that thing was on my camera probably 90 % of the time, absolutely one of the best. Don't remember what I payed for it >then< but considering inflation and its intended use $400 doesn't sound that bad. I paid $399 for my Sigma 70/2.8 Macro this past fall.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
My Series 1 105 is an 'A' lens, but my Series 1 90mm macro is not...

Just don't remember reading if the Lester is an A or an M
the one's i have used were A.
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