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Vivitar 800mm
Posted By: bdery, 04-05-2013, 04:40 AM

I stumbled upon something pretty rare I believe:

Vivitar 800mm lens with case - Ontario Cameras For Sale - Kijiji Ontario Canada.

It looks like it's in good shape. Any takers? (I do not know the seller)
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04-05-2013, 08:04 AM   #2
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I can't seem to view the page correctly. I have a Vivitar 500mm telephoto and while it's NOT easy to use, it can deliver.
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For $100, why the heck not?

I did find some sample photos on the web and as you'd expect they were nothing special. It's more a spy tool than a high-quality imaging tool I expect...
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I have the 600/8 version and actually like it. Sure it's real old-school, but can produce really good results IF you can nail the focus, which is not always easy. The two part design helps for transport b/c it is about 3 feet long!!
I had a chance to try out this 800/8, thinking it would be similar.. well the copy I tried was pretty bad as far as IQ, extremely low contrast, lots of CA/PF and I really couldn't get a razor sharp image with it at all. The worst part was a "foggy" hot spot in the middle which I attributed to light reflecting & scattering off the sensor (since this effect was reduced on stopping down). The rear element is very close to the mount, and I think that's the cause of this problem (while the 600mm version is far far inset).
IMHO you will get easily better results with the Q + 135mm lens!

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