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04-22-2011, 12:44 AM   #1
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[SOLD] Vivitar Series 1 (version 3) 70-210mm f2.8-4 lens (Worldwide)

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Vivitar Series 1 (version 3) 70-210mm f2.8-4 lens

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AUD$180

Item Location
Melbourne, Australia

Item Description
Up for sale is a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f2.8-4 lens.

This is version 3 of the lens, made by Komine (serial #28531034), and has the 'A' setting on the aperture ring. Based on my research, the version 3 lenses with the 'A' aperture setting seem to be one of the most desirable out of all the other versions.

I can't fault the condition of the glass, can't see any blemishes, scratches or other defects. Aperture is nice and snappy, the one touch, push-pull zoom/focus ring is nice and smooth. The body has some minor brassing on the aperture ring and on the edges of the zoom ring. Markings are clear and in good shape. Overall I would say the lens is in very good to excellent condition. Generic caps included.

I am not sure if the lens has the Ricoh pin or not. However, I have mounted this several times on my K-r and have never had a problem mounting or dismounting it from the body.

You can see some example shots taken with this lens here

Note the side view of this lens has some sunlight reflection just under the f2.8 mark on the aperture ring. This is not brassing on the ring! A better example of the level of brassing is just under this section on the aperture ring. Hope that makes sense

Please note this lens weighs around 900g-1kg. This will obviously affect the shipping price (which will still be at cost). Happy to post it anywhere.

Any questions please ask. Thanks

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
At cost - contact me for a quote (I'll pay a third of your shipping cost)

Shipping Services
Australia Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Contact me within 3 days of receiving the lens if a return is necessary. Item must be returned in the same condition it was received in.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

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04-22-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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Nice stock pictures, excellent lens!
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A bump for a great lens that deserves to be on page 1.
04-25-2011, 01:32 PM   #4
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A great lens doesn't say enough about this piece - I will bump also, I can attest to its incredible performance. ***, **** **** *** ** **** ********** *** ** **** ********* ** * **** * *****...

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No love for a fine lens at a competitive price?
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No love for a fine lens at a competitive price?
I believe people want to do you a favour and force you to keep that gem.
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Seeing as I'm fairly new to this whole thing, this is the auto-focus model? Uses the camera aperture control etc etc?
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I believe people want to do you a favour and force you to keep that gem.
It seems that way! It is a little too weighty for my liking, but I may have to live with it !

QuoteOriginally posted by Lurch Quote
Seeing as I'm fairly new to this whole thing, this is the auto-focus model? Uses the camera aperture control etc etc?
It's manual focus only but supports aperture control and metering from the camera.

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ok, cool.
Hmmm.
PM me a quote on postage to Canberra?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lurch Quote
Seeing as I'm fairly new to this whole thing, this is the auto-focus model? Uses the camera aperture control etc etc?
The three legendary versions of that lens are manual focus only. Version 3, like this one, often has the aperture control on the lens (so it can auto-expose). That's why it's more expensive.

The newer versions are extremely poorer at sharpness, contrast, and saturation. If you're interested in one of those lenses, go for the first three versions. You can find complete descriptions by googling vivitar series 1 70-210.
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Version 3 (which is the best one) had an early version and a late one, as bdery mentioned, the "A" control is on the later. The only other difference (which is a tell sign) is cosmetically, the "Red Ring" (if I am not mistaken) started with Version 3 (Konime) AND when they started producing them with the "A" control.

So, Version 3 would have a serial number beginning in "28", a Version 3 with the "A" setting will also start with a "28" and will also have the "Red Ring" in the barrel...
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Ok, so nutshell version - this very one here, is the one to have?
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In a nutshell, and IMHO, Yes. I shoot with this same lens and will probably buy one for my son once I get him his digital body. He is just learning photog and shooting with a ptax program plus and a couple of small primes, doing quite well for being 9. When I get his KX body, I will be in the market for another one of these...
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Nice. Thats what I like to hear
I'm just trying to decide between this, and the more versitile 70-300mm Sigma (the Macro switch one)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lurch Quote
Ok, so nutshell version - this very one here, is the one to have?
Usually, yes. The first version was better at macro and was faster at the tele end, but this one is faster at the wide angle, and better overall (a bit sharper, A settings, etc).

QuoteOriginally posted by Lurch Quote
I'm just trying to decide between this, and the more versitile 70-300mm Sigma (the Macro switch one)
The Sigma will give you AF, but poorer performances regarding sharpness, colours, aberrations. The only "inexpensive" lens I've seen that compares well with the Vivitars is the FA100-300 f4,7, it's as sharp and better with aberrations but lacks the "pop" of the pictures from the Vivitars.
 

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