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10-10-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Vivitar 85 1.4 ($210) and Tamron 17-50 2.8 (SOLD)

Vivitar 85 1.4 - It pains me to sell it. It is every bit capable as a portrait lens. Truly one of the best values for lenses right now. I am just selling because I need to sell some of my lenses that I don't use. It is so good for the price point. The optics themselves are clean. The focusing ring is tight going from infinity to 1 meter, but it is a little more loose (not loose at all) heading back towards infinity. These lenses (the bower, and rokinon's also) are all over the board at their little quirks about their focusing stiffness. The focus is spot on with my K5II and I can nail 1.4 pretty consistently with the stock screen and focus confirm. Rendering - pretty amazing. Comes with a 3 stage screw on rubber hood (72mm), generic rear cap and a nikon lens cap. Sorry, it is what I had for it
The verticle picture of my daughter is an example of how good it is wide open.
$220 - $210 shipped in the US.

Tamron 17-50 2.8 - Excellent performer. Sharp from wide open. I've read reports that many of them don't have the "BF/FF" like everyone says they do, but the 40-50 focal plane changes and therefore appears to be softer. With my +3 adjustment on K30 and +10 on my K5II this thing is sharp and beautiful. It truly is a great performer. Fast AF, and the "macro" is quite handy. I just don't use much, especially now that I have a Sigma 30 again.
The last picture is at 50mm at 2.8 (no additional sharpening) so you can see it still does pretty well. Great lens. Comes with hood and Tamron caps (both).
$240 - $225 shipped in the US
SOLD

If you are international and have GOOD FEEDBACK PM me and I will check what the extra shipping is.

I accept Paypal as Payment method.

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10-11-2014, 06:47 AM   #2
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I'm assuming these are both Pentax mount lenses?
10-11-2014, 07:46 AM   #3
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You are correct. Sorry I didn't specify, but I specified that they were used on a K5II and a K30.

Price drop to $210 for the Vivitar and $225 for the Tamron.

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10-13-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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Tamron 17-50 sold and now the Vivitar 85 1.4 is looking for a home. Just a note on that as someone had asked me about it - many of these (Rokinon, Samyang, Bower, Vivitar) had stiff focus rings that loosened up after a little bit of use. This one focuses pretty well, and it is a terrific portrait lens.

Price is $210 shipped in the US. Get it now!

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Bumping the 85 1.4. Someone buy this! You will love the pictures!
 

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