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Vivitar 70-150 f3.8 Close-Focusing Auto Zoom #2282

Tom Maher , Jan 23, 2008; 11:46 p.m.

I've been wondering if the very nice images I'm getting from this lens are unique, or possibly characteristic? I'll get some images up within the next day or so but, before I add this to my list of items up for grabs, I wanted to know if I was passing up a gem. I think I should keep it, though I'd be interested in knowing what others think.

It is..

Vivitar 70-150mm 1:3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom No. 22826060 w/ 52mm Dia filter thread.

I'm not aware of anything 'auto' about it despite that inclusion in it's naming. It seems like a fast manual zoom, and I love the fact I can get very close to subjects. It also works well with a Vivitar 2X - 22 TeleConverter I have. Likely better than any other lens I own which I find somewhat annoying since it's one of the least expensive lenses I own.

I'd say wiht a some confidence I'm the first person to ever mount it to camera, I bought it used but, it was obviously not used before or not at all and, I know it's old. Maybe from the late 80's? The 'passed' sticker has '86' on it..

Thanks all.


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Markus Maurer , Jan 24, 2008; 01:27 a.m.

Hi Tom, I would like too see photos from the Vivitar on a Pentax body to compare it with my Tamron SP 70-150mm F 2.8 portrait lens which is excellent but heavy.

Miserere Mei , Jan 24, 2008; 09:13 a.m.

Tom, I have 3 of these Oldies but Goldies (and a 4th one is on the way) and it's quite annoying for me. You see, they're mostly manual (only 2 have the "A" setting for aperture) so they're a bit of a pain to use (meaning they require some work on my behalf, sheesh). However, they produce great pictures, and more importantly, they cover focal lengths and wide apertures that I cannot possibly afford to replace with modern glass.

So, I'm sort of stuck with them for the time being, trying to make the most of them while I bid my time until I can afford their modern counterparts.

I would definitely like to see some pictures taken with your Vivitar, and also some pictures of the lens itself. I think I've seen some on eBay in the past, but I've never tried to get one. So with the TC does that give you a 140-300mm f/7.1 that's sharp wide open?

Miserere Mei , Jan 24, 2008; 09:17 a.m.

Oh, and the "auto" on the lens refers to the fact that it will stay wide open while it's mounted on the camera but stop down *automatically* to the chosen aperture when you release the shutter. Yeah, you know your lens is old when they call this basic function "automatic" :-)

Miserere Mei , Jan 24, 2008; 11:05 a.m.

Tom, is it the push-pull version, or does it have 2 rings?

Tom Maher , Jan 24, 2008; 12:58 p.m.

It's a two ring version.. close-focusing - 70 - 150 etc.. It does not have the 'A' and it is quite nice with a Vivitar 2x (AT-22) teleconverter. When I get home this evening I'll get some samples up.

It also includes the built-in lens hood and 52mm filter thread. Originally designed for manual focus cameras only, it required me to remove the inner ring though it works superbly.

Yes, with the 2x the numbers are, 140-300 f7.. It's sharper than my Sigma 100-300 DL f4.5-6.7 at 300mm f7..

Miserere Mei , Jan 24, 2008; 02:09 p.m.

Looking forward to those pics, Tom. I think I have the same TC (2x-22, with no pin contacts), but no Vivitar lenses to use it with :-)

Miserere Mei , Feb 06, 2008; 12:53 p.m.

Wow...2 weeks later and I'm still waiting! :-D

Tom Maher , Feb 07, 2008; 06:42 p.m.

Oops - seems I forgot to include some photos :)

Mounted on the K1000

Tom Maher , Feb 07, 2008; 06:43 p.m.

another view..

On the K1000

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