Tony, I have the Canon FD mount 70-210 f3.5 Vivitar Series 1 (Kiron) lens,
still, and, yes, it is old. but it always produced images the equal of
anything produced by my current crop of EF mount Canon lenses, and its build
quality is superior to any but my 100-400 "L". I just had it out last
night, and its zoom and focus movements were smooth and damped and there was
no sign of "zoom creep," unlike my current 28-135.
"Tony Spadaro" <tspadaroncmaps.rr.com> wrote in message
news:e3%Qa.288633$jp.7811668twister.southeast.rr. com...years> For it to be a real Series 1 Vivitar it would have to be 20 or moreand> old - meaning that it is a stone age design in zoom terms. There are a lot
> of us who were never impressed by Series one Vivitars back in the 70s when
> they came out. The build quality was never anything to write home about,survive> I certainly never saw any proof that they produced sharper pictures.
> The only sure way is to test the two lenses and see which, if either,
> produces a better picture, and which, if either, feels like it willmuch> any amount of time. If it's a newer, Cosina made, Vivitar I can prettythe> guaranee you it will not be worth the money - no matter how cheap.
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> "Peter Patershuk" <ppatershukshaw.ca> wrote in message
> news:CNYQa.465789$Vi5.12096016news1.calgary.shaw. ca...> > Hi,
> > I am trying to make the decision to purchase either the Vivitar S 1
> > 70-210 f 3.5 (62mm) filter made by Tokina and is built like a tank orvery> its> > Pentax (AF) SMC F 70-210 f 4-5.6 (49mm filter) this lens is purported to
> > have ED glass elements and produces very good images some of the best in> > class. Also it is alot lighter and build quality is ok. Both are inreviews.> > good shape and are like new.
> > After reviewing many internet sites both lenses get excellentterms> distortion,> > My concern is how do I judge their qualities such as sharpness,> support.> > contrast, flare resistance etc.
> > What is the real information verses cult status and band wagon> > Is the Vivitar S1 70-210 f 3.5 still able to compete in such glowingA> > with the newer technology.
> > The cameras I have are ME Super and the MZ 6 and lenses are Pentax> 4-5.6> > 50 mm 1.7, Pentax AF 28-70 f 4. I am inclined to the Pentax F 70-210 f> what> > because of the MZ 6. But I really would like to get a understanding of>> > are the true attributes of the Vivitar S1 70-210 f 3.5 (62mm).
> > Thanks for your time, Peter.