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[WTB] Vivitar 70-210mm f2.8-4 | Location: USA

Discussion in 'Expired Listings' started by tjdean01, May 26, 2014.

  1. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Vivitar 70-210mm f2.8-4


    I'm an idiot so I keep missing these on ebay when they go for $50. I missed on the other day I bid $45 and it sold for $46 (I would have bid more but it was a lot of old camera gear and I didn't know if the lens was in tip top shape.

    The lens is huge. I don't really care about the mount. I have adapters for Konica AR, OM, Pentax K. The lens seems most popular in Nikon mount. The serial numbers must start with 28xxxxx and have grips on the body (the rubber body does not start with 28xxx).

    Why do I want this? I can't afford the $1000 for a 35-100/2.8 or a 40-150/2.8 when it comes out. But, since the above lens sells below $100, I think I can suffer it being heavy, starting at 70mm, and manual focus.

    Let me know whatcha got! :) 

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  2. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

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    OK , so this is a nice lens too. I like mine and do not wish to sell it (I don't think). I am an eBay and used lens addict and would like to try and help you on this.
    I will message you if i see one for you.
  3. relic

    relic Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I once bought a Vivitar 70-210 1:3.5 Macro Focusing Autozoom (Series 1) made by Kino. I was hoping to use it on my E-P1, but I've never tried it because I thought it was much too heavy (the lens does not have a tripod mount). I bought it used I think from KEH; it appears to be in excellent condition: no scratches, etc. on the optics, and is in very good cosmetic condition. It is not exactly what you are looking for: it is not f/2.8-4, but apparently a constant f/3.5, and the serial number is not 28xxx but rather 22421410. Filter diameter is 67 mm, weight without end caps is about 910 g; has end caps, but no lens hood. Please PM me if you are interested. Thanks.
  4. dougjgreen

    dougjgreen Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Doug Green
    Can I make a suggestion? I agree that the specific Vivitar Series 1 70-210 lens is the best version of that lens, but I find it to be over-priced relative to quality at the $70+ that it usually goes for on ebay in good condition. I would suggest some other alternatives that are pretty close to the same quality, but cheaper, or lighter.

    You can get the excellent Tamron 80-210mm f3.8~4.0 zoom for $30-35 on ebay.

    You can also get several camera manufacturer's 70-200 or thereabouts lenses for less than that Vivitar goes for.
  5. Kwekwe

    Kwekwe Mu-43 Regular

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    I've a Canon FD 70-210mm F4 that's rather nice
  6. RDM

    RDM Mu-43 All-Pro

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    I agree that the constant f/3.5 is the best value of them. It delivers great image quality and can be had very inexpensively.
  7. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 20, 2013
    Thanks for the tips. But yeah, I've decided that I definitely want this one in Olympus, Konica, or Pentax mount.
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