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03-05-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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Vivitar 70-150 f3.8

I found this lens advertised locally on craigslist for $30 and having sold my Tamron 70-200, it seemed like it might be a useful replacement. I generally shoot long or very short and have been filling the gap between my 12-24mm and f*300mm with manual lenses. This is a Kiron made for Vivitar 70-150 f3.8 macro non series 1 lens in very good condition. I wasn't expecting much, but the first tests were a pleasant surprise. Heres a couple of shots with crops, first at 70mm second at 150mm. It is not a true macro and the closest distance for the 'macro' function is approximately 2ft. The third pic is with the macro function at f3.8

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03-05-2010, 10:57 PM   #2
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This is one of my favorite cheapo zooms. My copy is in M42 mount in 2-touch zooms. There are similar zoom in 1-touch design with similar performance.

I used the zoom Vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8 from Kiron recently with K-x in M mode. I shot the following in close up range, with cosina 1:1 matched macro adapter which is like a +3 diopter.

The Kiron zoom always surprises me with good sharpness. I recall occasional tendency of colder blue tone in pictures. A warming filter may be a good add-on. Also, the built-in lens hood seems too short to be effective.

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03-05-2010, 11:19 PM   #3
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Very nice Hinman. Mine is the one touch bayonet mount. This is an excellent lens and a real bargain. I'm looking forward to trying it with the raynox and kenko extension tube
10-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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I've heard this lens is very awkward to focus when in macro mode. Can't you simply focus it with the focus ring like any other lens?

10-20-2012, 08:05 PM   #5
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Awesome lens. I looked a long time for one of these in a Pentax mount actually. I'm very happy with mine so far. For a zoom lens it can be very sharp and it's a lovely portrait lens. Seeing someone else's portraits online and a mention of it was what sold me on the lens.
10-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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When I first got into photography as a kid, this was one of the lenses my dad handed to me along with an old Nikon F2 Photomic, Nikkor pre-AI 50/1.4 and Vivitar 35/2.8. Not a bad starter setup to say the least!

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