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Vivitar Series 1 (Kiron - 22xxxxx) 105mm f2.5 (100mm f2.8) Macro

Sharpness 
 10.0
Aberrations 
 9.4
Bokeh 
 9.6
Handling 
 8.8
Value 
 9.8
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Vivitar Series 1 (Kiron - 22xxxxx) 105mm f2.5 (100mm f2.8) Macro
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Description:
According to this blog this renowned lens can be found in the following guises:
  1. Kiron 105mm f/2.8
  2. Lester A. Dine 105mm f/2.8 (Dental lens, often labeled with a dental focusing guide)
  3. Rikenon 105mm f/2.8
  4. Rolleinar 105mm f/2.8
  5. Vivitar 105mm f/2.5
  6. Vivitar 100mm f/2.8

See also the Kiron 105mm listing for more reviews.
Not to be confused with the 90mm f2.5 (37xxxx = tokina - the "bokina" ) macro, or the 90mm f2.8 (28xxxxx = komine) macro.
Can be found mainly in PK and M42 mounts, sometimes in P-KA.

Weight: 23.1 oz. (656g)
Length: 4.04 in. (102.5mm)
Filter Diameter: 52mm
Min. Focus: 1.15 feet (.351 meters)
Max. Magnification: 1:1 (life size)
Diagonal FOV:
Horizontal FOV: 23.2 degrees
Horizontal FOV on Digital:
Min. Aperture: f32
Optical Construction: 6 elements in 6 groups, multicoated
Mount Type: Pentax K
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: December, 2014
Posts: 16
Lens Review Date: July 21, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $275.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, Handling, Bokeh, integrated hood
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-5   

This was my first real macro lens. Absolutely pleasing image quality, nothing to complain about. The handling is very fine due to the long focus throw. Very solid build and quite heavy.
You get a very nice lens for little money. If you can live without autofocus, you maybe get the best price-performance ratio possible. I see no need for AF for a macrolens, itīs more bothering than useful in my opinion.

Iīve only used it for macro works. Never used it for medium or long distance.

Pictures are in my album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3NHXE8
   
Junior Member

Registered: March, 2014
Posts: 28

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 1, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $285.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Super sharp and a pleasure to use
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: k50   

I'm hesitant to give anything straight 10's - but this lens is awesome! As a macro lens, the focus (magnification) is smooth and easy. Images are clear and the colors are vivid. Stopped down a little, it really becomes an impressive piece of glass. However, even wide open, images are useable if not respectable.

I purchased purely for macro use but have found it to be a handy little short telephoto lens as well. Even shots taken into the sun are well rendered. To my eye, it creates a very pleasing starburst. Minimal CA and fringing - even with sun glare on the water and snowy trees against a deep blue sky.

   
Forum Member

Registered: December, 2013
Posts: 80

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 16, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $246.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, IQ, build quality
Cons: Out of production
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

This lens looks and performs AMAZING !
I was lucky to buy one in mint condition (with brand new box, leather bag, manual and of course...lens itself).
I have nothing but good words about this lens and i will update the photo collection at the following adress:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/120508193@N05/sets/72157642434368763/


P.S. I wonder why some people post only coments and not pictures in a forum about photo gear like this ...
   
Junior Member

Registered: July, 2011
Location: Lodi Ca
Posts: 29

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 20, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $201.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, built like a tank
Cons: little heavy-hard to find
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 9   

Just picked up a Vivitar Kiron 100mm 2.8 Macro (basically the same lens as 105mm 2.5). Wow was I surprised how it performed! Built to last and as sharp or sharper than my 43mm 1.9 and DA70 limiteds. Highly recommend
   
New Member

Registered: April, 2013
Posts: 16
Lens Review Date: May 31, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, bokeh, overall IQ
Cons: hmm... heavy, if it could be cons
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 5    Value: 10   

First of all, its a macro lens not a lens with macro ability, because it's not everyday shooter. But I can imagine it as a portrait lens on one condition: your model is patient and does not move. And of course, his or her skin is perfect, unless you want to have a lot of work in Photoshop. Lens is extremely sharp and quite expensive, but worth every cent.



   
New Member

Registered: March, 2012
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: October 4, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: optical, solid, 1:1 macro, price
Cons: heavy
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

I have buy a vivitar 105 2.5 series 1 from ebay. It very wonderful. please see my pictures http://fastpoin.pp.163.com



   
Site Supporter

Registered: November, 2010
Location: California
Posts: 2,056
Lens Review Date: May 28, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $280.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Greatest macro lens
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I have most macro lenses, this is the last I bought, I am really happy with it. Very fast, great IQ, and easy to use. Some samples:


Vivitar105-2.5-HooverFliesHavingSex-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Vivitar105-2.5-MiniMosca1-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Vivitar105-2.5-AVEJA-Ocupada-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Vivitar105-2.5-Mosca1-Crop-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Vivitar105-2.5-Mosca2-crop-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr


Vivitar105-2.5-Justa4thofjulyrose-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr




PentaxGallery-Viv105-2.5macro-PassionFruitFlower3-1 by Palenquero, on Flickr
   
Senior Member

Registered: February, 2008
Location: Iowa
Posts: 170
Lens Review Date: December 22, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp
Cons: It's a work out
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

An absolute great lens. The macro is incredible. The colors and sharpness are fantastic.
Coupled with my K20D and Battery Grip, it can be a workout. But that isn't always a bad thing.

If you have the chance to buy one, do it!
   
Veteran Member

Registered: March, 2011
Location: Maryland (Right Outside Washington DC)
Posts: 2,902

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 7, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build Quality, Handling, 2.5 Max Aperture, Sharp, IQ
Cons: None

Well, just an incredible lens, from the build quality to the rendered image quality, just a great professional choice for a macro lens. This lens is unbelievably sharp throughout and gets almost too sharp @ f/11~13, I have actually had to soften images in LR using a negative value for the clarity adjustment to take some of the sharpness out of the photo.

Shot with Kx @ f/11 using off camera hand-held flash

Untitled by Joe.Penn, on Flickr

Shot with K5 @ f/13 using off camera hand-held flash

Untitled by Joe.Penn, on Flickr

Shot with Kx @ f/11 using off camera hand-held flash

Green Lacewing by Joe.Penn, on Flickr

Shot with K5 @ f/5

Flower Macro w/ Smooth Bokeh by Joe.Penn, on Flickr



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Site Supporter

Registered: January, 2010
Location: The Black Hills
Posts: 1,073
Lens Review Date: July 28, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $240.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharrrrrrp, well built, great bokeh.
Cons: None for me.

I join the bandwagon for this lens. Got it after reading reviews here and looking at lots of images taken with this Vivitar on line. It has lived up to everything I expected at at this price point, and beyond. I do not auto focus so no effect there. And the weight is no problem for me either. So far have taken more short telephoto shot than macros. I think it is great for both. Can't wait to do more Macro work, and learn more about it.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 2,035
Lens Review Date: March 26, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, works well with AF360FGZ
Cons: None

I got this lens New Old Stock from Trader Jim. Like most Pentaxians, I knew of the reputation of this lens and its 3 variants as a legendary macro lens. There was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity to acquire this lens as a brand new item. The lens, when it came, not only did it not disappoint, it astounded me. I have found that the lens works beautifully with the AF360FGZ, ring flash not really required. The results were so good that I passed up the opportunity to buy the Voigtlander SL 125 macro, it would have been splitting hairs trying to decide which lens to use. Additionally, the lens works a treat with the AF 1.7x adapter giving the option of autofocs wth this adapter. Together they sometimes produce a painting like effect resulting in beautiful shots.

The build quality is superb, its a pleasure just to look at, let alone use. I dont miss autofocus at all, just move the whole camera forward or back.

Also makes a great portrait lens wide open at 2.4, its just a touch soft wide open in the corners, giving a pleasing look to portraits, that would otherwise be brutally sharp.
   
Senior Member

Registered: February, 2007
Location: Prevost, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 296
Lens Review Date: September 3, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $175.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, solid and fun to work with
Cons: Heavy

I had this lens for 4 years now and I do all my macro work with this lens. It is sharp from F:2.5 but extremely sharp from F:8 and on. Beautyfull bokeh and nice colours.

Worth every cent paid. And fun to operate.
   
Junior Member

Registered: November, 2008
Location: Lyon, France
Posts: 31

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 17, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $70.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Large aperture, built quality, good IQ, colours
Cons: Heavy, purple fringing, "cult" lens

I am reviewing the Vivitar 100mm f2.8, the same lens but was marked differently.

I bought this lens after reading many positive reviews of this lens. Yes, many people call it "legendary" but compare to my Vivitar 100m f3.5 (made by Cosina). I can't find any thing much superior.


Positive: Large aperture, built quality and IQ is very good. Bokeh and colors are excellent.

Negatives: Heavy. A little heavy for photomacrography when you use with many macro accessories. Sometimes LoCAs are visible.

Ex:


Original link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vietlh81/4091560311/sizes/o/
   
Inactive Account

Registered: May, 2007
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Posts: 652

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 7, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp. Great bokeh. Great build. Very smooth focusing.
Cons: Purple fringing. Very low contrast below F4 on my version. Very heavy.

Fantastic lens. One of the sharpest I have ever used on film or digital. The build quality is great and the focusing smooth. I did not like the result at anything below f4, but beyond that it was incredible. It did have a tendency to purple fringe on high contrast areas. Sadly I sold mine and will eventually replace it with the Voigtlander macro, but would not hesitate to buy one again at a reasonable price.
   


1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: September 23, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $187.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: An extremly impresive lens that delivers excellent results
Cons: A wee bit of purple fringing in contrasty situations which stopping down helps somewhat.

My version is the Kiron 105mm f2.8 from the mid 80's.

This lens was designed for macro work and delivers excellent resolution,contrast and bokeh....I like this lens better in some cases then my Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8 and the Micro Nikkor 55mm f2.8 which was quite surprising...definitely one of the better macro lenses.
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