Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom with Fuji X-T1

Vivitar were a popular manufacturer of third party, add on lenses in the 1970s and 1980s. They produced some fantastic quality lenses, and some of more dubious quality, but were a popular choice for those of us that couldn’t afford the camera manufacture’s home produced lenses. In this post, I see how one of the Vivitar range, the Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom performs on my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera. Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom pictures Because they […]

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Vintage & Classic Lens Index

This is the Index page to the classic lenses I own and have reviewed. Follow the links for reviews and sample pictures. Related Posts:Vintage camera repair indexAn index of camera typesHow to check the health of a vintage cameraChecking a vintage camera’s apertureChecking a vintage camera’s shutterChecking a vintage camera’s uncoupled exposure meterAuto Chinon 28mm f/2.8 M42 lens on digital cameraStrip down, clean and lubricate an Auto Takumar 55mm…

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Vivitar 28 – 85mm F/3.5-4.5 MC Macro Focusing Zoom on Sony Nex

This is a review of the Vivitar 28 – 85mm compact, variable aperture zoom lens when used on a Sony Nex camera. The version of the lens I have is fitted with a Minolta MD mount, although they were available (as all Vivitar lenses were) with other mounts fitted. Images of the Vivitar 28 – 85mm This is a small, compact wide angle to short zoom lens made for full frame 35mm film cameras. It is of solid, well made construction […]

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Vivitar series 1 70 – 210 mm Macro Zoom

This post is about this classic telephoto zoom lens, a Vivitar Series 1 70 – 210 Macro Zoom, which I bought from eBay UK this week. This lens was made in several different versions over the years, and it’s generally accepted that the first three versions were the best in terms of sharpness and contrast. I picked my copy up from eBay for £50 which seems to be the going rate for a good clean example, and for that I […]

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