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Vivitar Series 1 28mm f1.9

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by flextone, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. flextone

    flextone Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jun 11, 2013
    Hi, first time poster long time lurker...

    I wanted to ask if anybody here has experience with this particular lens, and your thoughts about it. Prices on these seem to be mad... 200-450$, and I have an offer for 100€ which tempts me. Not a lot of info on the web for this one.

    Thanks
     
  2. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    842
    Feb 20, 2013
    I can't speak for the 1.9. I wasn't interested because the 28/f2 close focus version was so highly acclaimed, a lot cheaper, and smaller and lighter. I have it and it's very sharp even at f2.
     
  3. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
  4. flextone

    flextone Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Jun 11, 2013
    hmm... not very encouraging. Thanks RnR.

    my problem is that there's contrasting information about this lens, even with sample photos, sometimes it's sharp wide open, sometimes hazy etc.
     
  5. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Hasse
    You have this lens? Or you can get it for 100Euro?
     
  6. HarryS

    HarryS Mu-43 Top Veteran

    919
    Jun 23, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    I'd suggest the Sigma 30mm f2.8. They are $199 in the USA, £149.45 in the UK, so they must be priced under 200 Euros where you live.

    Too much variability in 30 year old lenses. I have an old Vivitar (Kiron) 28 F2. Most web links I've found rave about its sharpness, but mine is not very good at F2 in my opinion.
     
  7. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    959
    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Vivitar is really a shell of what it used to be. It used to be the case that the "Series 1" lenses were contracted out to whomever they could get the best price from. However, they always requested the lens be made with relatively tight tolerances so the Series 1 line was usually very very good.

    Now, it seems like they're not all that good. Most Vivitar products are being produced with very poor quality.

    Apparently the current run of 285 HV flashes are absolutely unreliable and nearly unusable. That's a shame because my 10 year old 285HV (with low-voltage sync so it won't blow modern cameras to smithereens) is a fantastic flash.
     
  8. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    This depends on the travel the lens has been thru until today. Unfortunately with many of these, the owners in between have a bigger impact than the original QA the lens went thru.
     
  9. tjdean01

    tjdean01 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    842
    Feb 20, 2013
    Of course my 40-150 is sharp wide-open at f4 and the sigma 30 is sharp at f2.8, but my sharpest fast lens wide open is the Vivitar 28/2 (I have the Komine close focus version which I bought because I read it was sharper wide open than than the Kiron non-close focus version). I have Konica Hexanons 40/1.8, 50/1.7, 57/1.4 and Pentax 50/1.7 and I don't like to use any of them wide open. The 40 is garbage wide open. The Vivitar is the only one (and I'm guessing the reason you can't find it for less than $200).