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09-11-2009, 08:01 AM   #1
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Vivitar 90mm f2.8 macro

I have (for almost 30 years) a Vivitar 90mm f2.8 true 1:1 macro lens with k mount. Built by Komine (serial num. starts with 28) I bought this back in the 70's with my original MX. It is a beautiful lens and takes very sharp photos. However, I cannot find any information on this lens on the Net. Anyone heard of this lens and does it have a good rep? I am thinking of selling it and also would like suggestions on what its worth. It is in excellent condition - body looks good for its age, the glass is perfect (I take very good care of my gear) and the blades are clean and snappy. Thanks in advance for any advice and if someone is interested, make me an offer!

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Same lens (possibly) in another branding sold for $225:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/65544-sale-sold-elicar-v-hq-90...-macro-ka.html
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More info here: Vivitar 90/2.8: from what I recall: Nikon SLR Lens Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
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Thanks for the info. It does look like the same lens (I will post pics over the weekend) Unfortunately it doesn't get much use (I really don't need a 1:1 any more) and I need some cash. I will post it in the marketplace this weekend and see if there is any interest.

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Does it have the A setting on the aperture ring?
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no "A" setting - it is equal to "M" mount. I will try to post pics tonight.
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Yup, I have this lens. Kinda poor man's macro, extends almost twice its length going to 1:1.

I haven't shoot much with mine but like other Komine made Vivitar lenses, this one's really sharp.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jkglogau Quote
I have (for almost 30 years) a Vivitar 90mm f2.8 true 1:1 macro lens with k mount. Built by Komine (serial num. starts with 28) I bought this back in the 70's with my original MX. It is a beautiful lens and takes very sharp photos. However, I cannot find any information on this lens on the Net. Anyone heard of this lens and does it have a good rep? I am thinking of selling it and also would like suggestions on what its worth. It is in excellent condition - body looks good for its age, the glass is perfect (I take very good care of my gear) and the blades are clean and snappy. Thanks in advance for any advice and if someone is interested, make me an offer!
It has a VERY good rep and will beat most modern zooms in resolution by a lot. The Series One version is more high grade but Komine also made some of the best Series Ones and their Non S-1's were among Vivitar's best stuff. The Series One version goes at over $100 ebay but if not a Series One I'd still expect $65-80.

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Worth note, My Pentax K 100 Macro,while razor sharp is just 1:2,as is the famed Tamron 90,though the Tammy can be had with the tube to make it a 1:1

Unless you really have a great macro lens...why sell it?
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