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02-20-2009, 05:52 AM   #1
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K-mount Komine Vivitar lenses uncommon?

I've been looking around for Komine lenses with bayonet mounts and mostly come across M42's. Are K-mount Komines uncommon or just coveted?

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LoL wondering where did all the Vivitars go? (ask Hin or Ron ......jk...doesn't mean I'm not jealous. )

Komine was one of those 'fail safe' manufacturers of Vivitar lenses so if you do see one, don't wait too long haha.

I've got their Series 1 28-90 and their macro 90/2.8. Very sharp, good build quality and nice colour!
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Yeah, I have a 135mm and I really love the build and the colours I get from it. I had a 400mm that I'm almost regretting selling, but I never would have used anything that long.
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What focal lengths are you looking for? There are plenty of 28mm f/2.8 Komines out there.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nachodog Quote
Yeah, I have a 135mm and I really love the build and the colours I get from it. I had a 400mm that I'm almost regretting selling, but I never would have used anything that long.
ugh I regret not buying the Vivitar 400/5.6 when I had the chance!
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ugh I regret not buying the Vivitar 400/5.6 when I had the chance!
I've never read anything good about that particular lens. In fact, it has a pretty bad reputation AFAIK.
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I took a test shot with that one day at the store and I remembered being pleasantly suprised by the colour and it was pretty sharp too.

I didn't buy it because I had just bought a Tele-Lentar 400mm at the time and didn't feel like putting down another $125...the lentar turned out to be worse.
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I'd like a nice 28mm, but I'm a bit of a K-mount snob. Not really interested in fooling with an adapter ring.

I only took a few shots with the 400mm I had, and it wasn't the most impressive lens. It was no slouch for the price, f5.6 is pretty wide for something that long and that inexpensive. Though it was pretty soft wide open and really heavy. I don't have a heavy duty tripod and fine tuning the composition was tough. There was definite signs of CA as well. I think that it would be great for amateur wildlife shooters. I got rid of it cuz I live in the city and don't leave very often. Can you image someone walking around downtown with one of those on a monopod? Creepy and suspicious.

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Haha yea you are most correct and its especially the case in the society we live in today.

I had the oppurtunity to use/wield my Tele-Astranar 400/6.3 (a 400mm of similar league) at a somewhat infamous urban photographer hot spot, The Brickworks.

Its been taken over by a green NGO whos aims are to restore the old brick factory into something of an arts/historical venue. There's still much work to be done as much of the site is still largely in declining shape. Despite the security patrols many photogs still make their trips down to the site with aims to sneak into the complex for photos.


Anyways, there was a lookout point overlooking the valley and that's where I pulled out the 400mm, got down in a prone position and starting taking crack shots of the site below much to the amusement of my buddy photographers.
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Something good about Vivitar by Komine 5.6/400mm

I read Tom De Nies review here: http://www.mflenses.com/vivitar-400mm-f56-lens-review.html
I'd like to add this is really good build lens compared to all Japan 1:6.3 / 400mm Beroflex clones. It's also heavier.
Glass looks awesome. First let me say i do agree about chroma noise. But i wanted to post this topic since i do not agree about lack of sharpness.
This lens is really sharp wide-open. In very useful sens for me.

Here a sample shot in rainy day, wide open, Pentax K10D, ISO 400. All three the same photo: 1. 90% crop 2. mirrored crop with color histogram 3. resized and sharpened a bit.



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Another sample that shows plenty of chroma and plenty of sharpness here: Manual Focus Lenses :: View topic - Vivitar by Komine 5.6/400mm - sharp open wide?
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Nachodog: I've been looking around for Komine lenses with bayonet mounts and mostly come across M42's. Are K-mount Komines uncommon or just coveted?
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I do not know how rare or plentiful they are, but I too have a tough time finding these in K-mount. On the other hand, M42 (even older) can be found without too much problem. The lenses are so very good that I take the trouble to put my adapter on my M42 Vivitar (Komine) 200mm f 3.5 every now and then. The build quality is excellent too. Beautiful lenses.
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