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07-11-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
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Vivitar 90 f/2.5 ?

Just wondering what a good price for this lens is and how many versions there are? Is the IQ comparable to the 105mm that everyone raves about?

07-12-2008, 05:24 AM   #2
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I never owned the vivitar series 1 90/2.5 but I did own the Tokina atx 90/2.5 (which is close to being an exact knockoff of the vivitar lens formula). The Tokina was an amazing lens - noticeably sharper than a copy of the Pentax A 100/2.8 macro that I owned at the same time. The only knock I have heard about the vivitar 90mm is the fact that it is flare prone (a flaw that was supposedly improved upon in the tokina version). I would expect to pay about $150 for one in nice shape. Just make sure you get the macro extender with it (without it the lens only goes to 1:2 vs 1:1 with the extender)

Just as an interesting side-note, about 10 years ago the 90/2.5 series 1 was THE macro lens to own. It was considered a step above all the other 3rd party macros (tamron 90mm, vivitar 105mm, kiron 105mm, etc.). Now the Vivitar 90mm doesn't seem to get much interest - interesting how opinions tend to change over the years.
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I payed 240.00 for mine and it's the Tokina model, this is it.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/28621-sold-vivitar-series-1-90mm-2-5-macro.html
You can read about it. I can post some photo's if you like. This lens will never leave my hands..
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A Vivitar with the 1:1 adapter just sold on ebay a few days ago for $342.00. I have never seen one of these but I read that they are a wonderful lens.

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