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Showcase Vivitar 28mm f/2.0 Close Focus (Komine)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by tjdean01, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
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    Untouched jpeg taken at f8. Click for full size

    This lens is very sharp and not easy to find. It took me all summer to get a good copy. If you search Ebay you see a lot of the Kiron-made 28/2s but they don't say "close focus" on them and are not as good. The Komine-made copies have serial numbers beginning in 28~. If the guy knows what he has he'll sell the lens for $300 but you might get lucky and get it cheaper. I've seen it in Pentax, Minolta, Olympus OM, and Canon FD mounts. Pentax is most expensive, Canon FD easiest to find.

    Wide open the lens is totally useable. At f2.2 it's good and very good at f2.8. When you hit f5.6 it's simply amazing. I haven't had a chance to go out and shoot macro with it or anything but if the 28/2.8 close focus thread is any indication it's going to be fun! I'm sure I'll be posting more in the future.

    And some comparisons of different apertures: f2.0, f2.2, f2.8, f4.0, f5.6, f8.0

    Vivitar | 28MM 1:2.0 | MC | CLOSE FOCUS WIDE ANGLE | NO. 28xxxxxx | Ø49MM FILTER
    manufacturer: Komine
    filter: 49mm
    markings: green meter scale
    optics: 8 elements in 7 groups
    full focus range: 3/4 turn
    front element turns: no
    aperture blades: 6
    aperture range: f/2-f/16 (with half stops)
    minimum focus: 23cm
    maximum magnification: 1:5
    weight: 280g
    diameter / length: 64mm / 43-55mm (48.5mm official)
    year: 1983
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  2. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    Been using this lens a lot indoors. Here are some pics from the antique shop. Most of these were taken at f2.3.

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  3. edwardconde

    edwardconde Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Antique shops are awesome. How often do you hit up the shops? I frequent 2 in my area.
     
  4. GeBathan

    GeBathan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 11, 2012
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    Gerard
    what adapter to use on this lens ?
     
  5. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    It depends on the mount. I have one in Minolta's SR mount (commonly called MD), and is is a great performer.
     
  6. GeBathan

    GeBathan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 11, 2012
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    Gerard
    Im bidding on one right now and it says Vivitar 28mm f2 MC Close Focus Lens,would this work on a Minolta MC/MD mount adapter?
     
  7. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    Depends. We would need to see a picture of the back, or where it says Japan on the aperture ring, it should have a code that tells you what mount. Link to bidding? Common ones you may see are FD (Canon FD), N/Ai (Nikon), PK (Pentax K mount), AR (Konica), MD (Minolta). Also, you may want to check and make sure the front serial starts with 28 (means it is a Komine make, which the pictures on here are from).
     
  8. GeBathan

    GeBathan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 11, 2012
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    Gerard
  9. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    You would need an OM-m43 adapter for it. IIRC, 50orsohours has one listed in the Buy/Sell for ~10.

    Referenced: Vivitar 28 mm 1:2.0 MC "Close-Focus" Wide-Angle Lens For Olympus.

    I used it with an OM-2N film camera, but can be used with modern DSLRs using readily-avail. adapters.
     
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  10. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    I go quite a bit with my mother, actually. She buys and sells stuff, I take pictures :) Around here, I have NEVER seen a piece of photographic equipment worth buying, which is unfortunate because I hear a lot on the forum about guys getting bargains :(

    Vivitar 28mm f2.0 Close Focus - You have to be careful trying to buy this lens. Besides the obvious due diligence required when buying any other lens--checking for condition, fungus, haze, mount--you have to make sure it's the correct lens. So, the front of the lens itself will say "Close Focus" and if says that the serial number will begin with a 28~. It will also say "1:2.0" instead of "1:2", meaning it was made by Komine and is the correct lens. If you can only see the side view, note that this Komine version has the front focusing barrel protruding, at all times, at least a half an inch. It's not the prettier of the two. You should expect to pay around $200 for this lens, unless if you get lucky. I've seen them go for a lot less...and I've seen them listed for much more. (Note, there's a larger 1.9 Komine version, which, if you can get it cheap, get it, but it's about the same optically as Komine 2.0 and is larger and more expensive.)

    Vivitar 28mm f2 - This version looks better, but isn't as good optically--it's made by Kiron, doesn't have the front barrel protruding as much, doesn't say "close focus," and says "1:2". And this is where the problem lie. I've seen a lot of people advertise the Kiron-made version as the Komine version. I've mailed them, some are happy that I've fixed their mistake; some are angry that I caught them lying.

    2.8 version - this is also very good (there's a thread here about it). Again, make sure it says close focus, serial starts with 28~, etc. These can ALWAYS be found on Ebay for anywhere from $40-80. There is also an "RL" edition of this lens. I think it has a little more blue writing on it. It's the same thing, however. I have one in an FD mount I don't need anymore, if anyone's interested.

    FD Mount - For every 10 of these that come up on EBay, 5 are in the FD mount. The are less desirable, probably because the FD mount is so big (but solid!). If you are already familiar with FD, you can likely save a lot buying it in FD mount as they're are going for like $150.
     
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  11. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Damiano Visocnik
    It was your thread that sparked my interest in this lens.
    I was missing a "nifty-fifty" (equivalent) on my Olympus system and since I love manual focusing the modern offerings were not as appealing (although I love the small size).
    I had a look around and I scored a Komine 28mm f2.8 close focus on eBay for not a lot of money. The lens is in superb condition; I like how it focuses very precisely and it's easy to use on M43 (not all vintage lenses work well for me).
    Bad news is that my girlfriend was in town (well, that was not really the bad news ;)) and she immediately loved the lens and would not let go of it. Glued it to her E-M5 and with big puppy eyes wanted to keep it
    Not wanting to put up a fight I let it go (not her, the lens :confused:) and I started to search for the legendary Komine 28mm f2.0 close focus.
    Found some in good shape for $350 but that felt too steep for a lens I was not really sure about.
    As I was browsing for a possible f2.8 I noticed a fuzzy image on eBay of a front plate saying the magic word: f2.0 close focus.
    The guy had it listed as f2.8 (his gig is old model cars, not vintage lenses, obviously) and let it go for $20.
    The shipping cost me more from UK to OZ! and the lens turned out to be absolute mint (still has the sticker "passed" on it).
    First test shots today prove that the lens is worth even the asking price of $300, if manual focus is your thing.

    Rain is preventing me to go further afield to get a variety of images but I always wanted to capture some rain drops on a leaf...

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    Thank you tjdean01 for leading me to this great lens. :hail:
     
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  12. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2015
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    Damiano Visocnik
    a log detail at the beach
    @f4.0

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    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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