Showcase Vivitar 55mm f/1.4

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by chicks, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

    Found this at the Goodwill over the weekend, adapter just arrived today. Low-light test shot on Olympus E-P2, ISO 400, f4. Pentax screw mount (M42).

    Believe this lens was made by Cosina, not sure if it can be traced back to the Zeiss design. Markings: Vivitar 55 MM 1:1.4 AUTO VMC NO. 94401630

  2. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

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  3. kurtwist

    kurtwist Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Feb 6, 2011
    Southern Calif.
    Very cute!! Who blinked first?
  4. Harmonica

    Harmonica Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2012
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  5. BarefootPilgrim

    BarefootPilgrim Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Westchester, IL
    OMG... an Empire turntable! :bravo-009: Brings back some marvelous memories. I dearly loved mine until it disappeared during a cross-country move along with a large portion of my album collection and a couple of Macintosh power amps -- all rare classics today.

    No matter though. Now I spend all my spare cash on photo stuff instead of high-end audio gear. :rofl:
  6. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Looks like a quality lens, Nice find.
  7. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

    Heh, finding vintage audio at thrift stores and on CL, fixing and selling the stuff I don't want, is how I paid for my Oly. That Empire was pretty ugly when I got it (free with a McIntosh MAC-1700 receiver), but it's looking good now, definitely a keeper, and will last my lifetime, at least, playing my 600+ thrift store Jazz LPs. :cool:
  8. Harmonica

    Harmonica Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 15, 2012

    That serie number 94491630....first 9 there shows that you were's cosinas. After that I'm not absolutely sure, but I believe that the second number (4) indicates the production maybe 1974 or 1984. VMC someway tells on the other hand, that this is not any kind of very old lens. Ok, anyway I'm guessing the current relationship between Cosina and Zeiss did not yet exist at those days.
  9. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

    Found some macro rings today for Pentax screw mount, which this lens has. Playing around with the shortest one - 11mm.

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  10. WJW59

    WJW59 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 20, 2011
    I'm pretty sure this lens was released in the late '70's (77~79) and was not sold with any of the Vivitar bodies of the time.
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  11. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

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  12. chicks

    chicks Mu-43 All-Pro

    Not much info on this lens to be found, but ran across this test. Not sure if these numbers are good, bad or mediocre...