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04-06-2009, 07:56 AM   #1
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tell me about the Vivitar (Kiron) 75-205mm f/3.8

so i got religion and got out my old film kit. ME Super w/50mm f/2 SMC and the above mentioned Vivitar. the body and 50mm i got for my birthday in 1984 and the Vivitar i swiped from my mother 20 yrs ago (she's finally giving up her ME Super and 28mm f/2.8 this week ).

i did a little research, found it was a Kiron (s/n starts with "22") but not much else. this is the push-pull/one-touch. i never really knew that much about the quality of the Vivitar, but from what i can gather it's not a bad lens.

so, please tell me your experiences. what's the sweet spot on this lens? any aperture/focal length combos i should avoid? any info is much appreciated

04-06-2009, 08:33 AM   #2
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I have a Kiron 80-200 and it is a very good lens. Mine is the trombone push-pull zoom. Color and contrast are excellent.
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I just got one of these with a Super Program on the marketplace. I had just bought a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 the day before, so I doubt I'll keep this one, but it'll be interesting to see how the two compare.
04-06-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
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looks like i was wrong on the 28mm- turns out it's a Vivitar/Kiron f/2. i'll post up some shots as soon as i get the light seals replaced in mine (i'll probably have to do mom's as well)

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QuoteOriginally posted by swensonorama Quote
looks like i was wrong on the 28mm- turns out it's a Vivitar/Kiron f/2.
I had this one before (sold because I found a 28mm with PKA mount), and currently have a copy of its brother 24mm F/2.0.

Both of the 28mm and 24mm are soft at F/2, but sharp starting from f/4. Both suffer from oil contamination on aperture blades. Fortunately they are fairly easy to disassemble.
04-06-2009, 08:24 PM   #6
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I used to own this lens - very sharp, heavy, nice lens.

04-26-2009, 12:39 PM   #7
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I just got this lens and it's really nice. I read somewhere that it's cheaper sibling of the Kiron-made Series1. Here's a few samples from my K100D converted from raw with lightroom defaults

wide open 205mm@f/3.8



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