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04-17-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (version1)

I am looking to buy one of these Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (version1) do i need a adapter for it? I will be using it on a K-X
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevingun Quote
I am looking to buy one of these Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 (version1) do i need a adapter for it? I will be using it on a K-X
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No adapter needed if you get it in "K" mount - they also make this particular one in M42 screw mount, if you get the screw mount one you will need an adapter...
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That lens comes in a number of different mounts and Vivitar made a number of different 70-210 lenses so be sure EXACTLY what you are buying. If you can post a link to the lens you are buying rather than the lens database that would help.

The mount could be k-mount in which case no adapter is needed, except that some Vivitar lenses of this vintage have a large shield around the aperture lever which makes them impossible to use on modern DSLRs without modification.

It could be M42 which will work on your k-x with an M42->K-mount adapter.

Or it could be for some other camera altogether (Nikon, Olympus, Minolta, Konica) it which case it will not work. Although in some cases the mount can be modified to make it work, sort of, if you have the skills. Not sure that would be worthwhile in this case.
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Here is a Description of it Pentax ME Super 35mm Camera with Vivitar Series 1 Macro Focusing Zoom Lens 70-210mm 1:3.5

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Here is a Description of it Pentax ME Super 35mm Camera with Vivitar Series 1 Macro Focusing Zoom Lens 70-210mm 1:3.5
It's K mount so you should be fine... (it could actually still be screw mount, but if so it would include the adapter with the body which you could use on yours)...
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Thanks for the help guys
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Great lens, this was my first purchase, way back in 81 after I got my Ricoh XR2s with an F2 50mm.

The lens is, however heavy, and does not come with its own tripod mount. I would advise strongly NOT to mount this on a tripod using the body mount due to the weight of the lens.

The lens also suffers from zoom creep to the point that if you try to do macro, with a tripod, it is not possible to focus straight down and hold focus.

Those are the bad points, on the good side, it is arguably the best optical design of the series 1 zooms in this range, it is sharp, fast, has great contrast and colors, and is easy to use with the one touch zoom ring/ focusing collar. The 180 degree focus throw is gradual enough to be accurate, but short enough to quickly focus on anything. It is also a true zoom, and not a varifocal, meaning that as you zoom in and out, the focus point does not change.

You should invest in a good round hood for the lens. I say round hood because the front element rotates when focusing, so the hood needs to be round
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Thanks for the info Lowell. I think i have one at home that will fit it hopefully

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QuoteOriginally posted by kevingun Quote
Thanks for the info Lowell. I think i have one at home that will fit it hopefully
enjoy the lens, it was a great performer for me for over 20 years. I still have it but it gets little use, since I replaceed it with a Sigma APO 70-200F2.8 EX (non DG non Macro) which from all accounts is the sharpest of the sigma zooms at 200mm
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