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10-14-2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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vivitar 19-35mm AF

what do you think about vivitar 19-35mm f 3,5-4,5 with autofocus?

has this lens some features: good colors, sharp?

10-14-2008, 01:22 AM   #2
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I almost got one for myself, but couldn't have one because of seller stupidity.
10-14-2008, 01:28 AM   #3
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hello ftpaddict

but there are not many info in the web about this lens.
have you a link?

what do you like about this lens? why buy a vivitar 19-35mm and not a pentax 16-45mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by platinum Quote
hello ftpaddict

but there are not many info in the web about this lens.
have you a link?

what do you like about this lens? why buy a vivitar 19-35mm and not a pentax 16-45mm?
I wanted an affordable wide-angle lens for one of my film cameras. That is why I went for the Vivitar, not the 16-45.

I didn't get any in the end.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
I wanted an affordable wide-angle lens for one of my film cameras. That is why I went for the Vivitar, not the 16-45.

I didn't get any in the end.

and on a digital aps-c camera? do you prefer a 16-45mm pentax?
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QuoteOriginally posted by platinum Quote
and on a digital aps-c camera? do you prefer a 16-45mm pentax?
I do not own a copy, but those who do are very pleased with it. The constant aperture is a nice bonus.
10-14-2008, 06:59 AM   #7
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i read that
Vivitar 19-35mm = Tokina 19-35mm

it is truth or not?
10-14-2008, 07:18 AM   #8
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I have the Vivitar 19-35 AF and like it a lot. I just lent it to my son in law for his film Pentax, so I don't know if I'll see it any time soon.

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Platinum,
you want to use this on APS-C, right?
As far as I know the Pentax 18-55 kitlens is equal or better than that Vivitar/Soligor/Tokina lens on APS-C.
If you use the kitlens carefully say 21mm upwards and say f/6.3 upwards you might be surprised how good it really is. It is said to be the best kitlens by far with any manufacturer.
YMMV,
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I have what I think is a Cosina version of the Series One (it has a rubber cover on the zoom ring that styled just like the Version 4 of the Viv 70-210 2.8/4)-and it's one of those lenses I hate. I bought it before I knew about the different lens makers Vivitar used over the years, and it was cheap, and it looked superficially similar to the Tamron 19-35. I've never found it to be particularly sharp, even at F8, at least on my K100d. I've just taken a couple of test shots with it on my K20d earlier this month, but I haven't had time to look at them yet. I noted that my K20d had some trouble getting an AF lock with it pointed at a telephone pole from about 100 ft away against clear blue sky (I use just center-point AF), but I think that might be an issue with a lot of super-wides (IIRC).
10-14-2008, 10:53 AM   #11
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I have Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5

I have the Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5. Though I love my kit lens with DA 18-55 f/3.5-5.6. I like the Tokina better in terms of sharpness, color and build. And I saw Vivitar 19-35 that looks like my Tokina. If the Vivitar bears the serial number of staring with 37. It is likely a rebadged version of my Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5. My Tokina is darn good for its price. Its price ranges from $100 to $150 and I saw it new for $150 in eBay sometime. It is a macho lens with 77mm filter and you have to have a lens hood for the lens as it is prone to flare with large front element. I use it exclusively for wide angles.

If you have the kit's lens, I would suggest to take up the comment of using the kit's lens passing 21mm upwards and stopped down to at least f/5.6 in short end and f/8.0 in long end. If you don't have kit's lens, get one for $50. It is your best $50 investment. But if you are into better build with a better lens for wide angle, look for this Tokina lens. But if you are willing to pay more, forget about this lens and go with some better zoom such as Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or the good copy of DA* 16-50 f/2.8.

For my recent Macau trip, I use the Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5 throughout for wide angle shots, both indoor and outdoor. I have great liking on the lens


Macau trip with Tokina 19-35 f/3.5-4.5

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And some of my most memorable photos are taken with this Tokina lens

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Photo taken without lens hood
the red dot comes from flare



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10-17-2008, 04:24 AM   #12
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i now know the serial number of Vivitar 19-35mm AF:

90xxxxxxx

Who made this Vivitar lens?

Cosina? Tokina?
10-17-2008, 04:38 AM   #13
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i read here ("FotoPete" user)
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/5734-kiron-serial.html

that Vivitar made by Cosina have a serial number 09xxxxxxx
and Vivitar made by Tokina have a serial number 37xxxxxxx

and when serial number is 90xxxxxxxxx who did make it?
10-17-2008, 10:04 AM   #14
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i think that Vivitar 19-35mm made by Cosina.

Cosina 19-35 and Vivitar 19-35 are very very very similar. also the same lens hood.

Tokina 19-35 is different and has also a different lens hood.
10-17-2008, 02:41 PM   #15
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QuoteOriginally posted by platinum Quote
i think that Vivitar 19-35mm made by Cosina.

Cosina 19-35 and Vivitar 19-35 are very very very similar. also the same lens hood.

Tokina 19-35 is different and has also a different lens hood.
I do have a cheap plastic Vivitar that has serial number 99032042 and I can't tell if it is from Cosina. All that I know is that the build quality on my 24mm is all plastic but that thing rocks in my gear as it is both cheap but serve my 24mm prime need very well.

Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 in K mount with 99032042 serial

If you get the Vivitar with a serial number starting 37, it is from Tokina, it will be a safer bet as I have tested it thoroughly and really like it. And if you wait, you can have my copy when I upgrade my Tokina to Tamron 17-50.

According to this page

Vivitar Lens Manufacturer

the serial number starting with 9 is from Cosina but I also have seen variants with 09. 37 is sure from Tokina and not Cosina.

Thanks,
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