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01-29-2010, 10:52 PM   #31
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Miserere: I have a beautiful, mint M42 version of this lens. I agree it's a great performer, and even though I don't use it much, I'm not going to sell it because it's a highly underrated lens that doesn't fetch much money. That's my excuse for keeping it, anyway.
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Stevebrot: Ditto
Mine was an M42 (1971) and also mint! Actually, it looked brand new. and I kept saying to myself "this lens is highly underrated, I won't get much money for it--I'm keeping it." Then one day I caved and sold it. Funny thing is the buyer complained about PF in a PM, something which never was an issue for me. He still has not rated our exchange--perhaps there is time to talk him into sending it back. You two guys have given me that sickly butterfly in the stomach feeling--like I made a mistake I'll regret for decades to come. But there is only so much room in my hiking backpack...................................God. I'm conflicted!!!!

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105mm 1:1 Macro

I've used it more as a portrait type lens than macro....

but here Is a macro..



and a few more..







A couple Portrait types...





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Some sunset pics with the Series 1 28-90.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
Mis that second shot... where is that?
In an alien world, where robots rule the land....

Actually, it's in the Boston financial district

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In an alien world, where robots rule the land....

Actually, it's in the Boston financial district
Robots. Yum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jewelltrail Quote
You two guys have given me that sickly butterfly in the stomach feeling--like I made a mistake I'll regret for decades to come.
It's what we're here for

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M42 Vivitar 2/28 Ser. 22xxx (=Kiron) =M11 on K100D
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Vivitar 400mm F5.6 TX mount.



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Georg!!!! Surely only a manual focus Vivitar could have taken that excellent bird shot!!! Bravo!
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QuoteOriginally posted by georgweb Quote

M42 Vivitar 2/28 Ser. 22xxx (=Kiron) =M11 on K100D
This shot proves Georg has 3 hands!



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Thanks for the compliments!
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This shot proves Georg has 3 hands!
Two hands and you focus with the bread .-)
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Georg!!!! Surely only a manual focus Vivitar could have taken that excellent bird shot!!! Bravo!
Oh, I'm sure some guy with a Nikon D90 could have nailed that shot with AF

Honestly though...that is one super BIF!

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Ok, I will play!

Despite the fact that I have the focal length pretty well covered, I caved in and bought a Vivitar 28/2.8 CF (K02) from Deadwolfbones. The lens came yesterday and here are a couple of shots. Nothing special, just the kind of things I shoot when I am evaluating a new lens:

First the birch bark...

K10D, Vivitar 28/2.8 CF (K02), f/4

I like to shoot the birch bark because it has a lot of detail and subtle tones. If a lens is going to shine, its qualities will show here.


Next the patio ornament...

K10D, Vivitar 28/2.8 CF (K02), f/4

I like this patio ornament because it is right outside my kitchen door, has interesting surfaces and colors and is often strongly backlit. If a lens has subtle faults, they will surface here!

Overall, the initial verdict is pretty positive. The lens is tiny (almost as small as my Pentax-M 50/1.7) and very light with decent build. I am impressed. The real test will come when I do a more comprehensive comparison with my standby Tamron 28/2.5 02B.

I don't shoot much with the Tamron due to a general lack of "pop" on the digital images I have taken with it. The Vivitar is intended as a replacement. Putting the two lenses side-by-side, I am a little ambivalent. The Tamron has better build and similar close-focus capabilities. It was also more expensive new. I followed the Vivitar with the Tamron on the two subjects above and the results were very competitive. The Viv had the edge with better contrast (particularly with the blue ball), but only slightly. I will post the results of the shoot-out when it happens.

Steve

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