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12-28-2008, 10:24 PM   #1
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Vivitar 100mm f/2.8, anyone have this?

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Just picked up a P30T body (fully functional,) SMC-A 50mm f/2, and
Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 (Kiron made) 1:1 Macro.... for $50.

Craigslist, thou art divine.

Anyway, the Viv isn't mint, some of the distance lettering has rubbed off, and there
is a little dust in the lens, but this is basically the Series-1 105mm macro.

Took some test shots around the kitchen, and it meters perfecty, nothing is
decentered, everything seems perfect optically. Just needs a little TLC to
spiff it up cosmetically.

I've owned several 105 S-1's but sold my last Viv S-1 105 to drum up funds
after getting the Sigma 70 and DA 35 macros, and always deeply regretted it -
now this baby is like my Viv 105 coming back to me like a bedraggled pet finding
it's way home after a cross-country trek....

It's exactly the same lens, down to the extractable hood, the 'feel' of the
silky focus, everything. SN 227..... = Kiron. I think this was made from
1985 - 1987, and then Vivitar started marketing it as the S-1 105 from
1987 to 1993.

Hope it warms up this week so I can get outside with it to really try it out.

Some wide-open, handheld ISO 800 "just gotta shoot it tonight" tungsten shots:







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12-28-2008, 10:25 PM   #2
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12-29-2008, 12:34 PM   #3
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I bought one of these off of ebay for around $240 last summer when the Viv 105 was selling for around $500. I felt like I stole it. It's an awesome lens. I can't believe you found one that cheap.
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I love mine.







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Took it to the indoor part of the zoo this afternoon, and... major problem - it's
actually stuck wide-open

I didn't notice that last night, because I just shot it wide open indoors.

Emailed Eric, maybe he can make it right for a reasonable amount.

Anyway, thanks for the replies. Even wide open, this lens is a good performer and
is truly excellent as a portrait lens.

I'm off to the "Dead Lenses Club" to post today's zoo results...


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12-29-2008, 06:55 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Took it to the indoor part of the zoo this afternoon, and... major problem - it's
actually stuck wide-open

I didn't notice that last night, because I just shot it wide open indoors.

Emailed Eric, maybe he can make it right for a reasonable amount.

Anyway, thanks for the replies. Even wide open, this lens is a good performer and
is truly excellent as a portrait lens.

I'm off to the "Dead Lenses Club" to post today's zoo results...


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Hmm, you might wanna open it up by yourself? It's a manual lens, should be a easy fix. Mostly it's the oil on the aperture blades ...
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Have a look at THIS thread.

It seems both of us have ran into the same problem

I thought I had a good deal when I posted that topic at dpreview (yes, the one you posted in your first post), but you've got yourself a bargain even though the lens has stuck aperture blades....
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QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Hmm, you might wanna open it up by yourself? It's a manual lens, should be a easy fix. Mostly it's the oil on the aperture blades ...

If I had a miniature screwdriver set, maybe I'd consider it. Actually, I do have a set that I use for computers, etc, but nothing has a head small enough for the screws on the k-mount.

QuoteOriginally posted by deepbluish Quote
Have a look at THIS thread.

It seems both of us have ran into the same problem

I thought I had a good deal when I posted that topic at dpreview (yes, the one you posted in your first post), but you've got yourself a bargain even though the lens has stuck aperture blades....

Wow - and you just posted that, didn't see that one!

My blades were completely stuck, and there was some dust in there - Eric quoted me a preliminary $30 to fix the blades and clean the elements. Seeing as I spent a whole $50 for the P30T + A 50 f/2 + this lens, adding $30 + shipping to the cost to get it done professionally by someone who has done this so well and for so long is pretty much a no-brainer to me.

I'm about s excited to get this lens back & perfect working order as any new AF lens I've purchased in the past year.


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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
My blades were completely stuck, and there was some dust in there - Eric quoted me a preliminary $30 to fix the blades and clean the elements.
I often see people on here mentioning this Eric person, I have some lenses that need sorting (a Pentax-F 50mm f1.7, Tamron Adaptall 2 35-80mm f2.8/3.5 and a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm Kiron) and even though he may be in the USA if he is as good as it seems then maybe it would be worth my while getting in contact.

Could you PM me his details by any chance?

Thanks.
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I often see people on here mentioning this Eric person, I have some lenses that need sorting (a Pentax-F 50mm f1.7, Tamron Adaptall 2 35-80mm f2.8/3.5 and a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm Kiron) and even though he may be in the USA if he is as good as it seems then maybe it would be worth my while getting in contact.

Could you PM me his details by any chance?

Thanks.

Here's the Link to his page, including his contact info.


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Cheers for that, have fired off an email in the hope that he may be able to help.
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Jay, I love stories like this

Boston's Craigslist is seriously lacking in photography deals.
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Orange County's Craigslist is ever worse

EVERYTING is C*non and N*kon... as I'm sure we could all guess, based on the rampant snobbery and one-upsmanship rampant in Southern CA lol
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Thinking about selling mine...

Love the craigslist..

I got this exact lens (I think - Seral # 226... means Kiron made in 1986, right?) in the original box for $45 on Baltimore CL. I live in DC so I have double the CL power

BTW, from the same seller I got the SMC A35/2, A50/2, K1000, Viv 283 flash, and a bunch of random goodies for a price I'm too ashamed to mention

Anyway, the 100mm seems in perfect condition, except I had to remove the mount plate to fix the "A" contact, the spring was stuck. In the process I stripped a couple of the screws b/c they were so tight , but now it seems to function perfectly on both my K10D and Super Program.

Now, I'm considering selling the lens, but I see so many people who will never sell theirs or who have regretted doing so. My main interest in this focal length is for portraits, and I was eyeing either the Tamron 90mm or the D-FA 100mm. Does anyone have comparitive experience with these, esp. as a portrait lens?

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