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specs on older lens: vivitar 100mm/f2.8 1:1 macro telephoto

Rita L. Weygint , Sep 15, 1998; 12:50 p.m.

Hello All, I've recently purchased a used lens from a pro who was looking to "unload" some of his extra stuff. He had purchased this lens used as well, knowing that one of his students would most likely want to get ahold of a nice macro lens for cheap. I was a taker. The markings on the front of the lens are: Vivitar 100mm f2.8 1:1 macro telephoto. I've looked in the B&H catalog and can't find reference to this lens...maybe it is not being made any more? How old is this thing? Do any of you know where I can get ahold of info on the the lens? I am very pleased with it, by the way. It is in beautiful condition and a weighty little thing--metal-not plastic; very smooth focusing; stops from f2.8-f32 with half stop increments as well. It is a manual focus lens, but with my FE-2 and interest primarily in macro work, autofocus isn't that important to me. I do have one very good quality Nikon macro lens (60mm-f2.8), but sometimes want more working distance. Without "breaking the bank" so to speak, I thought this thing was a good buy. Any input? Thanks to all of you who have created and continue to maintain this site; I visit nearly every day!


Richard Shiell , Sep 16, 1998; 01:17 a.m.

Your lens, like many of the Series 1 lenses from Vivitar, was made by Keno Precision Optics of Japan. They sold lenses directly to the USA for a while under the Kiron name. Their products are uniformly well-made and dependable, and most, like your macro lens, are extremely sharp as well. Enjoy.

Marcus Erne , Sep 16, 1998; 09:33 a.m.

Hi Rita, I bought the very same lens in 1991 in Pentax mount. At that time it was just being discontinued and replaced by a Series 1 lens. I was offered a very nice price by the local dealer and having won a coupon in a photo contest, I only had to pay a little extra in addition to it.

I used this lens over the years a lot and it was capable of doing sharp pictures. I used it even as a telephoto lens because of the large 2.8 aperture. I only sold it because I switched brands (mounts) in 1996/97; otherwise I still would use it. In my opinion a big bang for little money. My brother-in-law keeps at least in the family. Lens ratings on the internet show it as a "good" lens.

Have fun with it.......


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