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A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

Since receiving my beautiful E-P5 courtesy of Steve ( Ricoh ) I've been really getting back into manual focus with the older lenses - they were always a bit unbalanced on the tiny E-PM2. Got a cheapo lens 6 months ago from a market stall dealer for a tenner- looked unusual and pristine- a Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 Auto Wide-Angle. Believe made by Kiron. A HUGE front element ( 67mm ). Built like a tank- smooth focus. I love these older lenses- a lot of fun Going to take it out for a spin today
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Re: A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

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Re: A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

Great stuff, I'd love to see some photos also.
I keep thinking about purchasing some old lenses for a bit of fun.
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Re: A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

All of my photos go onto my Flickr account so will set up an album for the lens pics that I've taken today
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Re: A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

Hi there!

I have a SUN 28mm f2.5, which I had thought might be the same as the Kiron, but it is nowhere near as big as yours, with a front filter size of only 55mm. Fun to play with and cheap as chips (certainly less than 20), I have mine on a tilt adapter at the moment and I am playing with adjusting the plane of focus.

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Hi there!

I have a SUN 28mm f2.5, which I had thought might be the same as the Kiron, but it is nowhere near as big as yours, with a front filter size of only 55mm. Fun to play with and cheap as chips (certainly less than 20), I have mine on a tilt adapter at the moment and I am playing with adjusting the plane of focus.

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I think Tokina also made this lens but the smaller diameter one. Been using mine today for some ICM at the seaside
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Re: A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

I've had a Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 since the 70's. It's got weird bokeh and CA at times but there's something about the images that keeps me using it. If I go to this year's Wiarton Willie Festival it could well end up on the camera.
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Great stuff, I'd love to see some photos also.
I keep thinking about purchasing some old lenses for a bit of fun.
You should consider some of the older glass ! I've been using it on digital since my Sony A100 DSLR ( mostly Tamron Adaptall ). A lot of fun - depends on your style of photography Also the cost can be quite low for the quality of optics- of course sharpness isn't everything and much depends on your focusing skills and eye.....
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Re: A Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 surprise...:)

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Since receiving my beautiful E-P5 courtesy of Steve ( Ricoh ) I've been really getting back into manual focus with the older lenses - they were always a bit unbalanced on the tiny E-PM2. Got a cheapo lens 6 months ago from a market stall dealer for a tenner- looked unusual and pristine- a Vivitar 28 mm f2.5 Auto Wide-Angle. Believe made by Kiron. A HUGE front element ( 67mm ). Built like a tank- smooth focus. I love these older lenses- a lot of fun Going to take it out for a spin today
I use a Kiron (Vivitar Series 1) 105mm macro for everything from medium telephoto down to 1:1 on my EM-1. The resolution is excellent.

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I use a Kiron (Vivitar Series 1) 105mm macro for everything from medium telephoto down to 1:1 on my EM-1. The resolution is excellent.

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The cone flower in my gallery was taken with the 40 year old Vivitar and has resolved pollen and spider webs despite being handheld and the lens only being stopped down to f/2.8 or so.
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