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11-16-2009, 04:10 PM   #61
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Thanks, Steve.

I posted in the off-brand thread.

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Well it was my lucky day I guess. I responded to a posting on Craig's List for a Pentax ME Super with 2 lenses - a 50mm and a Vivitar 28mm... it turned out to be the A02 variety! Looks like a winner so far. I'll have to test it more tomorrow in the daylight.

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I just happened onto essentually a K13 varient. but it is not vivitar,, but Kiron, in MD mount that I have converted into a preset K mount using a flanged adaptor.

I was able to take enough spacers out, and with the thin (0.8mm) flange of the adaptor achieve infinity focus.

Funny thing though, the flanged adaptor at $8.5 including shipping represents more than 60% of the total expenditure
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Nice finds! Happy New Years Shooting!

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Hi guys!

I just scored the "A" version of the K02 on eBay, so my non-A version will be up for sale shortly. If anyone's interested ahead of me actually listing it, let me know via PM.
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Btw... the markings on the "A" version don't correspond to any of the "A" versions listed in the bestiary... it's a f/2.8 Close Focus, but there's no "SMS" on the bezel.
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I did just see an A-version go for 70 ($113) on UK Eekbay. I think these threads are driving up the prices a bit.
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I gave up on trying to get a close focus version of this... I ended up buying a Sigma Mini-Wide II 28mm. I'm hoping this will be similar to the Vivitar Close Focus... any comparisons?

By the way, in my first tests against the 18-55mm kit lens, I'm kind of disappointed in a supposedly "macro"/close focusing 28mm.... the kit lens seems to focus just as close and zoomed in to 55mm you get a pretty good close up!

So, maybe the Sigma or one of these Vivitars would be sharper than the kit, but right now I'm not seeing a huge advantage... One nice thing about the Sigma Mini Wide II is that it's got the "A" setting - it's my first lens with that.

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I added this thread to the Lens Club Index "sticky."
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QuoteOriginally posted by deadwolfbones Quote
Btw... the markings on the "A" version don't correspond to any of the "A" versions listed in the bestiary... it's a f/2.8 Close Focus, but there's no "SMS" on the bezel.
Could you send on the complete inscription? And better yet a picture of both the front of the lens and the barrel? Then I can update the Bestiary. Thanks.

Oh, and congrats on the score!
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Robin:

The markings are "Vivitar / 28mm 1:2.8 / MC / CLOSE FOCUS WIDE ANGLE / NO. 28XXXXXX / 49MM". Identical to the K02, so this one should probably really be A02.

You can see the images here: VIVITAR 28MM F2.8 CLOSE FOCUS WIDE ANGLE W/PENTAX P/K-A - eBay (item 220539230284 end time Jan-11-10 19:14:59 PST)
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Hi Robin ~ I think I too have a variety of Vivitar 28mm that isn't on your site - and it's a good one too. Interestingly, it doesn't say Close Focus anywhere, yet focuses down to 0.23 meters just like the A02 lens I also own. In comparison shots I recently took, I would say it performs as well or perhaps even a smidge better than my copy of the A02 lens. Here's what it says on the front:

Vivitar / RL EDITION (in blue lettering) / 28MM 1:2.8 / MC / WIDE ANGLE / 49MM

The serial number is on the aperture ring opposite the aperture numbers and reads:

PK-A/R-PK97011618

Here's a direct link to the other post where I show photos of the lens:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/867366-post370.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by BobD2 Quote
Hi Robin ~ I think I too have a variety of Vivitar 28mm that isn't on your site - and it's a good one too. Interestingly, it doesn't say Close Focus anywhere, yet focuses down to 0.23 meters just like the A02 lens I also own. In comparison shots I recently took, I would say it performs as well or perhaps even a smidge better than my copy of the A02 lens. Here's what it says on the front:

Vivitar / RL EDITION (in blue lettering) / 28MM 1:2.8 / MC / WIDE ANGLE / 49MM

The serial number is on the aperture ring opposite the aperture numbers and reads:

PK-A/R-PK97011618

Here's a direct link to the other post where I show photos of the lens:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/867366-post370.html


I think that baby holds a Ricoh pin, waiting to attach to your mount like a vampire. Beware.
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BobD2: I saw your pictures and description in the "other thread" -- thanks.

I will try to update the list soon. Eventually it will have illustrations as well, but things always get in the way of doing that.
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The markings are "Vivitar / 28mm 1:2.8 / MC / CLOSE FOCUS WIDE ANGLE / NO. 28XXXXXX / 49MM". Identical to the K02, so this one should probably really be A02.
Sorry for the delay but I'm just updating the list today. I think your variant is already in the Bestiary, as A03.
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