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Latest Review Posted Vivitar 28-85mm f2.8-3.8 Variable Focusing
I don't believe the Kiron version is the same as the Vivitar? in fact the patents belonged to Ponder and Best based on their design. It would be difficult for a supplier to explain they reverse engineered what they were given in the first place, then put under another brand label? It was a Vivitar design and not something Kino/Kiron tried to get Vivitar to buy from them. I believe it is a different lens designed their way at Kiron, in the USA using CAD and it even cost more than the Vivitar, of whom was irritated over a 1 million dollar service charge by Pekin Elmer using NASA computer time. Ponder and Best were extremely upset by the added expense a computer created. That was typical then, computers were cussed at more than praised and people resisted them over the cost realized in using their abilities. Kino Precision did not have access or the ability their US Kiron counter part had, and Kiron was viewed as driving up cost in the industry and was a business casualty of sorts?

'resistance' that part of human emotion that denies progress over expense - the 80's were that period, a struggle between old and new Disco and Rock?

For those of us born in that century, this was the 80's a fierce battle of change and resistance to change

Loads of Rhetoric regarding Vivitar was pumped into online forums by a few select/slick individuals hyping 3rd party lenses, mainly Vivitar and Kino and as a direct result of their intended actions to over inflate and drive up interest an...

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