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Vivitar 75-205 f3.8 lens


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Christian Deichert , Jul 24, 2003; 05:30 p.m.

If this is the 2-touch lens with the matched 2x teleconverter and a 58mm filter ring, I had one for a couple years (Minolta mount). Can't say I was ever disappointed with it, but I sold it when I switched over to Minolta prime lenses.

Unfortunately, it's been so long since I had it, I don't think I have any photos left on line that I took using this lens.

Scott Pickering "25 ASA" , Jul 28, 2003; 07:20 p.m.

Vivitar Series 1 lenses

I managed to find a couple of Vivitar 28-90 Series 1 and 70-210 Series one lenses. Hopefully I'll get them. Are todays lenses sharper then these two, like the EF Canon lenses? Im just wondering what insurance would replace the 2 Vivitar lenses with today since Vivitar is now out of business. Hard to beat the Vivitars f2.8 on the wide lens for the price they are going for. Also if anyone buys lenses off Ebay, is there a way to get the serial number checked before buying to see if its a stolen lens or not?

William Kemper , Sep 06, 2005; 04:18 p.m.

In my opinion, and I'm a guy with many of them, just about any lens made in the past few years, be it Sigma, Vivatar, Tamron, or a class 1 lens by Canon or Nikon are all pretty close. The age of computer manufacturing has arrived, and they all sell good lenses. And I love to shop for them on eBay, and get real nice lenses cheap

Tesselator Tesselator , Oct 22, 2010; 01:39 a.m.

Wow! What a confusing thread! OK, so it was last posted to over 5 years ago... The lens is much older than that. :)

Let's be clear here. There are at least seven different lenses that were mentioned in this thread mistakenly for each other. Notably there are the:

  • Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/2.8-4 Lens review *
  • Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 Lens review *
  • Vivitar 70-210mm f/4.5
  • Vivitar 70-210mm f/4.5 Macro
  • Vivitar 70-210 f/4-5.6
  • Vivitar 75-205 f/3.8 (1 and 2-touch, made by Kiron) *
  • Vivitar 75-205 f/3.5-4.5 macro focusing (made by Tokina) *

Of the Series 1 listed above there are 5 versions that I know of. This page details some of the differences: Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Macro Zoom. The Vivitar 75-205 f/3.8 in it's two versions are somewhat different animals from the Series 1 versions. I have not directly tested the differences in resolution and so forth but I would be willing to bet that they are very similar in the IQ they produce.

Prices for any of the lenses with an "*" listed above here are as of 2010, in the $150 ~ $250 range - USD. Unless there is significant damage or the seller just doesn't know any better, you can expect to pay approximately in this price range for any one of these lenses. The lenses not marked with an "*" (above) may go for as little as $20 even if in pristine condition. They are not very sharp and really not worth your time to mess with.

I hope this serves to straighten out some of the misinformation on this page.

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