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Vivitar / Panagor (komine) Auto Wide-Angle 35mm F1.9

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Vivitar / Panagor (komine) Auto Wide-Angle 35mm F1.9

Vivitar / Panagor (komine) Auto Wide-Angle 35mm F1.9
Vivitar / Panagor (komine) Auto Wide-Angle 35mm F1.9
Vivitar / Panagor (komine) Auto Wide-Angle 35mm F1.9

This komine made (28xxxxx) fast 35mm lens can be found in the mounts of the era including M42 and PK. The panagor version has a different barrel, is given as f2, not f1.9 and has a 58mm rather than 55mm filter. Howevere the optical schemas look the same.
You won't be able to get this lens for $10 unless you are extremely fortunate - up to $150 on the s/h market is typical depending on condition and mount.

Optics: 8 elements in 6 groups
6 blade aperture
Has Manual/Auto switch
filter ring: 55mm
length: 68mm
weight: 330 g or 11.6 oz

Review by Yu Lin Chan - Lens Bubbles blog.
Bengt Kohler Sandberg reviews the panagor version.
Mount Type: Pentax K
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Registered: July, 2016
Location: New York, NY.
Posts: 1

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 6, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $140.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, easy to handle.
Cons: Soft wide open.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: Sonsung NX30, Sony a7 II, Canon 5D MkIII   

I've had this lens for a while and used it with all of my systems.

It could be dissapointing wide open if compared with today's optics, however at f/1.9 it has that glamour-like glow that I love and can be virtually gone when shooting with flash at a fast speed.
Stepped down its amazingly sharp. Great for portraiture and landscape.

The focusing ring has a long throw, great for shooting video.

If you like manual lenses it's definitely a lens to try, a keeper. If you haven't shot manual lenses you're missing a lot.
New Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 6
Lens Review Date: September 27, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, well build
Cons: Busy bokeh, long and heavy, becomes well known and expensive
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    Camera Used: A7   

This lens is extremely sharp from wide open, without glow. Stopped down, it's sharper than my very trusty Nikkor 35mm f/2.
Colors are good. Mechanically, the Vivitar feels like a tank.

Downsides are:
- It's much bigger than expected for a 35mm f/2 (almost) lens, it's quite heavy. It's thinner but longer than the Nikkor.
- Bokeh is not the best, still ok, not "exploding" like the 28mm f/1,9 or the Komine 28mm f/2 but not as smooth as the Nikkor. Can be pleasing thought depending on pictures.
- It becomes quite well known for it's sharpness and prices are rising.

Mine was a very good value for about 80 in m42 mount. Body has some wear but optics are pristine.
Inactive Account

Registered: January, 2011
Posts: 440
Lens Review Date: August 18, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: extremely well made, sharp, sharp lens
Cons: kinda long, m42 manual iris

I wasn't expecting much from this lens, but my copy has really impressed me with how sharp of a lens this is! Also the build is really good, with beautifuly smooth click stops, and a well-damped focus ring.
It makes a great "standard" lens on aps-c, only down side is that it's a manual iris.
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Registered: August, 2009
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 30

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 13, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast, Close focus, good IQ
Cons: Soft and glowy wide open
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

I wasn't intending to get this lens... it was bundled with some others that I was surprised to win on eBay. This copy is in excellent condition and effectively cost me well under $10 including shipping.

Let's start with a close-up shot wide open:

Nice, eh? Ok, I cheated and adjusted levels a bit to improve contrast, but that's all.

Wide open, this lens is still sharp enough, but it has low contrast and some classic fast-old-lens glow. It is a very appealing softness that works well for portraits and generally is more character than defect. Bokeh are generally nice, although there is a thin bright ring visible in the PSF.

Stopped down, it gets perfectly sharp. Contrast is still relatively low.

On film, the low contrast would be the issue, and 8/10 would be about as good as the IQ gets. That's assuming that the full-frame edges hold up, which I haven't tested. However, on my 14MP APS-C digital, the contrast is not low enough to be harmful and image quality is about 9/10.

Mechanically, aside from being a little large, it is competitive with Takumars of the same period. Build is easily at least 9/10.

Which brings me to the obvious comparison: this vs. my 35mm f/2.0 S-M-C Takumar. First, let me say that the Tak is better. In fact, it is technically much better wide open and contrast is consistently better in just about any circumstances. However, the images from this Vivitar are just as pleasant to look at, perhaps more romantic as opposed to the documentary look of the Tak. The Vivitar bokeh are better. Did I mention that the Tak cost over 12X as much!

One more comparison: this vs. my 35mm f/3.5 Super Takumar. These lenses are opposites. The Tak has great contrast, making appealing images by overly intense colors. These two lenses almost define the boundaries for how different IQ can be and yet both be quite good.

In summary, despite the price, this Vivitar is really viable as a "fast normal" for APS-C. It is nothing short of stunning for the price I paid....
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Registered: April, 2009
Location: Hampstead, NC
Posts: 15,615
Lens Review Date: January 22, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp at F4.0, Fast
Cons: soft wide open

I promised more of a review after time, but I've realized that I don't use this focal range that often as I tend to shoot more nature, and I'm not the greatest on manual focus.

The lens is soft wide open, but is pretty sharp by f4.

I got this lens with a Spotmatic lot at a pawn shop and got a fantastic deal, I think it's really worth a lot more than I paid for it. It's really a more useful focal length for a DSLR than a 50mm. I would definitely use it more if I lived in a city, this could be a great street lens, especially in low light. Here are a few more photos:

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