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Vivitar 50mm f2.0 Auto

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1 3,559 Sat January 13, 2018
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No recommendations $12.00 6.00

Fully manual 50mm
Mount Type: Pentax K

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Registered: August, 2012
Posts: 630
Lens Review Date: January 13, 2018 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $12.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: compact and cheap
Cons: full manual; only stops down to f16
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 5    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 5    Camera Used: K10D   

So I got this little lens as sort of a bonus piece, thrown into a bundle with a Takumar-A 2X Teleconverter. I know nothing about it other than what I can see. It's made in Japan and I think it might be made by Cosina, given that it has an eight-digit serial number, beginning with a 9, just like my Vivitar 28mm f2.8 lens. Its six-blade aperture only stops down to f16. Given that I had zero expectations about this lens' performance, I can say I am not disappointed. On my K10D, the lens will only operate wide open and as such, it has a very shallow depth of field. It's ridiculously soft shooting distant objects, like the side of my barn but it's surprisingly sharp shooting close up and produces a pleasing bokeh. I'm not sure whether I will keep this lens and if I do, I doubt it will see much use. It isn't very well suited for use on an autofocus DSLR body and would likely be at its best as a starter lens on something fully manual like a K1000.

Note: the $12 cost listed above represents a somewhat generous portion of the $27 I paid for this lens and the Takumar-A 2X Teleconverter together. I have arbitrarily assigned $15 of the purchase price to the teleconverter. In the very likely event that I sell the lens, I will adjust the cost to show the price for which I sold it as I believe that will be a more accurate assessment of its true market value.
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