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11-09-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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I think I got a great deal on Viv S1 105mm Kiron Macro

I'm pretty sure I got an awesome deal on a Vivitar Series 1 105mm Macro lens:

Vivitar Series 1 105mm f2.5 1:1x Macro for Pentax MINT - eBay (item 330285355630 end time Nov-09-08 15:14:11 PST)

Even though I've been looking around for a reasonably priced macro lens I didn't think this one was in my budget, so I hadn't really done any research on versions out there etc. When I saw this one come up Buy it Now I didn't have any time to do any investigating.

Seems like it is a Kiron version based on the serial number. I just hope that there aren't any later versions that should be avoided as with the 70-210 S1 (v4+).

Since I bought this I didn't have the money to get the Tamron SP 70-210 f3.5 I had been watching for a while... So what's the verdict? Did I just get the deal of the century or did I mess up?

11-09-2008, 05:34 PM   #2
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You got a steal on that! Easily worth twice that price. Serial no starts with 22 so it's a Kiron, the only thing I could think of that would be bad is if somehow it's not an "A" style lens, i.e. no auto-aperture setting. I'm not even sure if there were regular K-mount S1's. Congrats, you'll love it!
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Thanks - sounds like I did indeed get a good deal. Makes me feel better about not getting the Tamron, which ended up going for $90.

Not sure if you specifically meant 105mm's, but there were definitely Vivitar S1's that didn't have the "A" - my 70-210mm v1 is an example. However from what I have been able to find out so far, it seems like only "A" 105mm's were made.

Can't wait for it to get here.
11-09-2008, 07:24 PM   #4
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Great deal!- whats funny is that I was lucky on Friday with one for $169:

I was browsing the BH used inventory and there it was: Kiron 105mm/2.8 macro 1:1 PKA, modified by Lester DaKine condition 9 $169 ...- at B&H!!?? Someone there must not have known what the lens was- I got sweat on my forehead, my hands started to tremble- but still I never typed my password this quickly before.
I still can not believe it until I get it.

11-09-2008, 07:37 PM   #5
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I don't think KEH has been keeping up with the prices on these lenses either. Just for kicks I checked on what price they were willing to pay for a EX condition Vivitar Series 1 105mm Macro: $76.

I hope it is in as good condition as it sounds like, being new old stock only used a few times.
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It's almost too good to be true - good condition Viv 105's go for $380 - $500. Hopefully there's nothing wrong with it...
11-09-2008, 08:50 PM   #7
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That's what I was thinking too. So I started worrying if there was some version of the lens that was no good etc. For now I'll just believe that I am on a lucky streak. The other day I picked up a P3 with a SMC-A 35-70 F4, SMC-A 70-210 F4, Takumar-A 2x TC, Starblitz flash and some filters for a very reasonable price.

Now I can just wait for everything to be delivered to see if I was actually lucky or not

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