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Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 auto zoom

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100% of reviewers $60.00 8.00
Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 auto zoom

Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 auto zoom
Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 auto zoom
Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 auto zoom

The Vivitar 35-105mm f/3.5 Close Range Zoom is a rebranded Tokina 35-105mm from tokinas "heavy metal" range (inc. the 100-300mm f5, 2 ring 70-210mm f3.5 )of the late 1970's. Pushing the zoom ring forward would enter a "Close Range" focusing mode where the zoom ring functioned to control a helical focusing unit that would disengage when the zoom ring was moved back to the "zoom" setting.

Badging: Vivitar
Manufacturer: Tokina
Manufacture Date: ca 1976
Focal Length: 35-105mm
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/16
Diaphragm Type: Automatic
Diaphragm Blades: unknown
Filter Diameter: 72mm
Minimum Focus: Normal: 1.4 m (4.5 feet), Close-Range: 29 cm (11.4 inches)
Mounts: Canon FD, M42, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus OM, other mounts
Elements: 14
Groups: 8
Weight: 700g (24.7 oz)
Accessories: unknown
Example Serial Numbers: 37607840, 37612844
Original Stock Number(s): unknown
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount

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Registered: March, 2017
Location: Trois-Rivières
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: February 6, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $60.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Low cost, built like a tank, great optics overall
Cons: soft when wide open, heavy
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Canon 550D   

For the price I paid it (49$ + shipping), it's quite a steal. While it's a bit soft when wide open at f/3.5, closed down to f/5.6 makes it sharper and perfectly usable for photo or video. Sure, at f/5.6 it's not as fast as other lenses, but for a fixed aperture lens, in that price range, delivering that quality, it's a bargain!
Even at f/3.5, if you don't mind soft images, it's usable. It gives that "retro" look!
As many Vivitar lenses, there's a bit of chromatic aberration on either end of the zoom, unfortunately. Purple fringe when 105mm, CA on edges at 35mm. Better at f/5.6 for sure.

Overall, for the price of that lens, considering it gives a good range to work with and that it has a constant aperture, I really like that lens. Not the best, but cheap in price and fairly good in quality!
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