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05-13-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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[SOLD] Vivitar Series 1


Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f/2.8-4 A 3rd edition $175 + shipping

This is the semi-legendary 3rd edition (Komine) of the Series-1 70-210, and it's near-mint, a pretty rare find, especially in this condition. The Vivitar Series 1 70-210 came in 5 original editions - the first three were the best, and the third the sharpest of those three.

Quote From Mark Robinson's excellent overview of this series:
Note 2: The presence of the of the "A" setting, in addition to its high resolution, is what makes version 3 so desirable today, but Vivitar/Komine only added this feature part way through the production run so not all version 3 lenses have it: Be sure to check before buying.
This lens has the 'A' setting.

In 1975 Vivitar introduced the "Series 1" line of lenses. They were intended to compete with the best offerings of the major camera manufacturers, albeit at a very high price -- they were quite expensive even by OEM standards. Nonetheless, discriminating photographers who could afford the price snapped them up and they are still much sought-after by photographers willing to give up auto focus in return for top quality optics, construction and versatility.

The most famous of the Series One lenses was the 70-210 macro zoom. One of the first zooms to offer any kind of macro capability, it offered outstanding optics in a highly versatile package. There were several versions produced over the years, the first three of which are still very desirable lenses.

Here's the link to the full overview, including Modern Photography's resolution tests:

Vivitar 70-210 Series 1 Macro Zooms - Mark Roberts Photography

Here's the forum review ---> Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - 70-210mm F2.8-4, version 3

I'll post photos of the lens itself this afternoon.


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PM Sent re: Viv s1 70-210

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Exactly 15 minutes.

Lens sold pending perusal of lens photos to verify condition.


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When are you going to run out of lenses?

And good ones too.

05-13-2008, 01:49 PM   #5
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I bought the same version from this forum and it's an excellent lens. Works great with the Pentax 1.7X TC. It is a beast though, weighing in at around 14 oz.

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wow! what a great piece of lens


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