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05-07-2016, 07:47 PM   #166
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niceshot -- For right now, I just have it set on 24mm. That was the end of the range I didn't have with any other lenses.

royden -- I'll check the other Vivitar lens club for repair advice.

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I've had my Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5 (ver 2) for a couple of years now and rarely bring it out due to its size, but it is really a stellar performer - arguably one of the better values out there in the PK legacy glass world.

Pentax K-3 | Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5






and on 35mm...

Pentax MX | Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5 | Portra 160 | NCPS scan


Pentax MX | Vivitar Series-1 70-210mm | Superia 800 | NCPS scan
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
I've had my Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5 (ver 2) for a couple of years now and rarely bring it out due to its size, but it is really a stellar performer - arguably one of the better values out there in the PK legacy glass world.
V2 of the VS1 70-210's is my favorite version overall (despite the fact that V3 sometimes seems a bit sharper). As for "size", I find the lens pretty compact (although a bit "weighty") for a telephoto zoom.

I will say that your lens seemed to do better on FF film than on the K-3 -- the hummingbird photo seems a bit duller than some of the others -- was it shot through a window glass or through a window screen? -- was it shot wide open? -- was it overly cropped? -- or...? (Just curious.)

Thanks for sharing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
I've had my Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5 (ver 2) for a couple of years now and rarely bring it out due to its size, but it is really a stellar performer - arguably one of the better values out there in the PK legacy glass world.

Pentax K-3 | Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5






and on 35mm...

Pentax MX | Vivitar Series-1 70-210/3.5 | Portra 160 | NCPS scan


Pentax MX | Vivitar Series-1 70-210mm | Superia 800 | NCPS scan
nice i will have to get ver 2 very nice pics

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QuoteOriginally posted by fwcetus Quote
V2 of the VS1 70-210's is my favorite version overall (despite the fact that V3 sometimes seems a bit sharper). As for "size", I find the lens pretty compact (although a bit "weighty") for a telephoto zoom.

I will say that your lens seemed to do better on FF film than on the K-3 -- the hummingbird photo seems a bit duller than some of the others -- was it shot through a window glass or through a window screen? -- was it shot wide open? -- was it overly cropped? -- or...? (Just curious.)

Thanks for sharing.
Thanks. I agree - for the length/range it is certainly NOT large - I just normally carry very small kits and do little telephoto work, so for me personally it's "large" - but by most comparisons it is small. Honestly I may begin taking it out more.

That particularly hummer shot isn't entirely representative. There was a fair bit of LR work for a more filmic look (which I prefer) and that dim look is actually what I was after... Also it was late afternoon in back of house shade. But I'll see if I can export a more neutral version of that shot for comparison.Now that I look at it more closely (I just accepted the dim/dull because really, that's how it was in the bush that time of day)...
This was at ISO1600 1/800 shutter, wide open at f/3.5 - and SR was turned off! haha... Needless to say it was not well-planned. I was actually shooting three hummingbirds nearby with my MZ-S and ran the roll out. A few minutes later, and even dimmer I just threw the Vivitar on the K-3 sitting nearby without much of a thought as to what it had been doing previously.

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Coincidentally - I found a single shot (I'd forgotten about) of the same scene on Long Lake as taken above (which was taken with this lens on the MX on Portra) but instead using the K-3.



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(I really would recommend viewing all of these on Flickr - always an odd compression that happens with both flickr links and direct embeds on this forum)

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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
Thanks. I agree - for the length/range it is certainly NOT large - I just normally carry very small kits and do little telephoto work, so for me personally it's "large" - but by most comparisons it is small. Honestly I may begin taking it out more.

That particularly hummer shot isn't entirely representative. [...] I just threw the Vivitar on the K-3 sitting nearby without much of a thought as to what it had been doing previously.

Coincidentally - I found a single shot (I'd forgotten about) of the same scene on Long Lake as taken above (which was taken with this lens on the MX on Portra) but instead using the K-3.

(I really would recommend viewing all of these on Flickr - always an odd compression that happens with both flickr links and direct embeds on this forum)
1. On the lens size - I understand. For me, more of a telephoto guy, the lens isn't large at all.

2. Thanks for your explanation on the hummer pic. And I did check it on Flickr already, just to see what it really looked like.

3. That second scenic of Long Lake "was more like it" -- a nice quality representation of what the lens can do.

4. However, the link to Flickr for that image came up with "This photo is private. Oops! You don't have permission to view this photo." (although I had no trouble with the other Flickr links).
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QuoteOriginally posted by fwcetus Quote
1. On the lens size - I understand. For me, more of a telephoto guy, the lens isn't large at all.

2. Thanks for your explanation on the hummer pic. And I did check it on Flickr already, just to see what it really looked like.

3. That second scenic of Long Lake "was more like it" -- a nice quality representation of what the lens can do.

4. However, the link to Flickr for that image came up with "This photo is private. Oops! You don't have permission to view this photo." (although I had no trouble with the other Flickr links).
Hahaha.... The original was "soft and dark" - no fault of the lens.

(That other link should work now - that's normally my private acct, so at least I know default permissions are working)

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3. That second scenic of Long Lake "was more like it" -- a nice quality representation of what the lens can do.
I prefer the film version by quite a margin, but I understand what you mean.
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some of my MF Vivitar Series 1 70 - 210 mm macro focusing zoom photos

I have a Vivitar Series 1 1:2.8-4.0 70 - 210 mm macro zoom mf 62 f which is the Kormine (Version 3 http://www.robertstech.com/vivitar.htm) It does have the A setting

here are a couple of photos I took today at the Topeka Zoological Park in Topeka KS using the Pentax K 3.

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