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Vivitar 55mm F2.1

Sharpness 
 7.0
Aberrations 
 7.0
Bokeh 
 8.0
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 10.0
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.00
Vivitar 55mm F2.1

Vivitar 55mm F2.1
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Vivitar 55mm F2.1
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Vivitar 55mm F2.1
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Description:
This is considered a RARE lens and not much info has been found online about it.

-It has 6 blades.
-On the filter thread can be read "U Mount" which means it's an M42 mount lens.
-It takes 49mm filters.
-This is a very compact (but not quiet a pancake) lens.
Its aperture is in the range of f/2.1 to f/16.
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount



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Registered: July, 2016
Location: New York, NY.
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: July 25, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact, easy to focus, lightweight.
Cons: Slightly soft wide open. Close focus aperture
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony a7II   

This is a hard to find lens.
It's lightweight, compact, has a bubbly bokeh, wide open is a bit soft. Call it "glamour" look... ok, maybe not too sharp wide open, specially when shooting further that 3 feet from subject.
Contrast and color rendering: 7/10
Some chromatic aberration present wide open and very improved at f/4
On test, shooting at 30 degrees of light source starts showing some ghost/flare, which I suspect comes from non-coated front element.
Focus throw is about 80/85 degrees.
Definitely a "close portrait" kind of lens.


Only negative observation is that the closest it can focus is almost 2 feet.

Photo below was taken wide open (f/2.1) at the closest focusing distance.

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