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    Default Still remember Vivitar Series one lenses

    Hi
    What happened to Vivitar Lense company, one of the best lens maker in eighty's, i still remember top quality pictures produced by Series one lenses, any friend still using these lenses.

    Regards
    aloks

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    Default Re: Still remember Vivitar Series one lenses

    It it so hard to check online?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivitar
    Alpha

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    I still have the first version of the famed 70-210 3.5 that was said to rival the notorious Nikkor 80-200 4.5 zoom. Some say that the third version was the best.

    There are still quite a lot of Series 1 lenses floating around, with many happy owners!

    Just for fun:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3538/...dfa7394047.jpg
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3586/...1e3841ef00.jpg
    http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h4...ce/Vivitar.jpg
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2624/...ddb0db8dcc.jpg
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...26tbs%3Disch:1

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    Yeah, there's some guy selling the Vivitar Series 1 28-105 f2.8-4 and 70-210 f2.8-4, together for $300!

    Was very disappointed to know that there's no OM to F mount adaptor! If there was, I would have bought it down!

    Regards,
    gibss
    Nikon & Pentax :)

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    Default Re: Still remember Vivitar Series one lenses

    Not that someone can't make one, but it would be useless.

    Nikon's mount flange dimensions/distance virtually precludes the use of almost every other lens on it ... unless a lens can be physically retrofitted with an F mount, and still fall withing the minimum required flange distance.

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    I am still using the Vivitar F3.8 19MM Wide angle lens for Contax and it's a gem.
    5D/5D3/Zeiss/28-85/100 F2/200 F4/50 F1.4/70-200/24-85/85 F1.4
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeisser/

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    I used to have a Vivitar 28-70 2.8, but the auto-focus was horribly slow...

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    I'm using the Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 Close Focusing. It's not Series One, but it's by Komine.

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    > There used to be some real gems in the older Vivitar 1 series.

    Indeed!

    > I'm not an expert on these older lenses, but I thought it all boiled
    > down to who made each different Vivitar 1 lens.

    Yes and no. Vivitar developed the specs for each lens and then somebody else built it. So, any innovations with a given lens and the intended level of quality for each lens were heavily dependent on Vivitar's "attitude".

    > What will be different with these new vivitar series 1 lenses, is that
    > none of the old players in vivitar manufacturing are involved anymore.

    Probably at least mostly true. However, it remains to be seen what will be Vivitar's (Sakar's) new "attitude". I think that a manual focus 85/1.4 is a good sign...

    > Anyone familiar with Sakar. I only know them for making cheap 3rd party
    > add-on lenses for consumer camcorders. (like a tele-extender lens or a
    > wide angle converter lens)

    As I remember, Sakar, back in the 80's, say, used to sell "regular" lenses that were sold to very budget-conscious camera store consumers. (It went from "Why buy a Pentax/Nikon/Canon/Minolta/Olympus when you can buy a Vivitar" to "Why buy a Vivitar when you can buy a Sakar".) I personally have no experience with Sakar lenses, though.
    I quote others only to better express myself

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