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Showcase Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 Zoom Lens

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by shaolin95, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Hello!
    So since it is not a common lens or so it seems, I decided to post a few images here of how it looks. Except for the Moon images, all pictures were taken hand holding it. :)
    Anything you want me to test, let me know and I will try my best.
    I love big lenses so for me its a keeper since CA is surprisingly controlled but I guess since it is not that fast, that helps.

    So there are some test images I did with a couple of stuffed animals on the yard (my wife demanded that I used those models lol) , some birds and random things around the neighborhood.
    Not sure how to make the forum let you click to see the full image size so I added a 100% Crop of the moon image too.
     

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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Wow, impressive results for such a focal lenght zoom lens and handheld!!!
    Besides the moon shot which is very good I also like #4 and #6 a lot! Very sharp and beautiful bokeh :thumbup:
     
  3. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    On this second page I added a shot from Bridal Veil in Provo Utah at 600mm on a tripod.
    The rest of the images are from the Stuffed animal tests at different apertures and some random objects all JPGs as I got lazy to edit lol
    PLEASE NOTE: My JPGs settings were messed up (Contrast +1) but I least it shows what type of detail to expect from this lens. To me, is very workable and worth keeping specially considering the price and range..and when on APS-C of course you get even more range.


    PS All tests here were done with the Lens Turbo 2.
     

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  4. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Why thank you for the kind words!
    I was not expecting much from the lens so I was pleasantly surprised indeed. Glad you liked it too! :)
     
  5. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    I'm on a cell phone, but looks good to me. Exceptional job hand held with no IS at those focal lengths.
     
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  6. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    I should really start using my monopod more instead of making it harder on myself though. Thanks for kind words! :)
     
  7. epracer71

    epracer71 TalkEmount Rookie

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    Jan 16, 2014
    Those are excellent. I will start my search now


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  8. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Glad you like them! I took it to a Rodeo event yesterday and while there was some decent sun light I used it for some events so I will post those later too. I got home almost at midnight and I had to wake up at 5am so I barely check a few images due to curiosity as on the LCD they were looking pretty good. I was really surprised and took some at 600mm too although from where I was sitting I didnt really need that long range but if they look good tonight after PP since I shoow RAW, I will be one super happy camper :D
     
  9. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Didnt have a lot of time today but here are some shots from the Rodeo with the 120-600mm on a monopod. :)
     

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  10. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Man, the clarity on those rodeo shots is amazing.
     
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  11. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Please note that those are RAW images I edited quickly in DXO so that helps a lot but I was very happily surprised by how it performed, Guess the extra stop of light I get with the Lens Turbo 2 comes in handy to let me use it under lower light than expected too. :)
    Thanks!
     
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  12. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Great action shots



    (Especially the one in the red shirt on the black horse !)
    :biggrin:
     
  13. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Thanks!
    Yeah I wanted to take more like those but my wife seats with me to view all my pictures (its our hobby) so I play it safe :D
     
  14. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Very nice!

    So - with the Lens Turbo 2 adapter you are getting a full frame view correct? With a "regular" adapter the focal length on a APS-C would be 900mm. Am I getting this right?

    Thanks for sharing - great rodeo shots!
     
  15. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Thank you! :)
    It gets very close to FF but I think is more like 1.1 crop factor instead of the 1.5 our cameras have so yes, when not using the Lens Turbo my lens becomes a 900mm monster and that is how I did for my Moon shot crop. Heck I even added the Canon 2X Type B adapter and another 2X adapter to REALLY make it a beast but as you can imagine, it was like looking into a Black Hole of darkness :D
    It was fun to create the frankenstein lol
    That is one of the reasons I decided to stay with APS-C for now. Cheaper, and the Crop factor actually becomes a feature when I combine it with the Lens Turbo since my lenses become like two different lenses in one. :2thumbs:
     
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  16. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Resurrecting this thread to say: Nice shots all, and looks like a nice lens! Do you still have and/or use it?
     
  17. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Well, after finding one of these beasts in Minolta MD mount and seeing this thread, and after some confirmation of quality/results from @shaolin95@shaolin95 (Thanks!), I pulled the trigger and picked up a copy of the Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 Telephoto Zoom.

    There was precious little other good information/details on this lens on the web, except for these two listings (and this here thread, of course):
    http://oswegophoto.home.comcast.net/~oswegophoto/120-600.html
    http://www.pentaxforums.com/userreviews/vivitar-120-600mm-f-5-6-8-zoom-lens.html
    and a few other various forum posts sharing impressions and a few photos. Generally positive results.

    The lens just arrived yesterday morning, Saturday. Unfortunately I had to go to work, so I wasn't able to really play with it much. However, I did manage to get in a few "test shots" from the top of my office parking garage. Set it up on a tripod and took some shots of a nearby building under construction. And I brought along my SEL55210 for some comparison shots. I also brought my new-to-me Minolta MD 300/5.6, but the shots from it weren't so good (overexposed and/or low in contrast), so I've left those out.

    So here are a few of those test shots:

    First, we start at its widest, 120mm. Please excuse the tilt of the image compared to those from the SEL55210 below - the weight of the large Vivitar 120-600 pushed the horizontal adjustment of my tripod down and I failed to correct level before shooting. And it was pretty windy up there, making it very hard to manually focus and get a non-blurry shot. But I did my best...
    20830301150_b9c22fc822_h. DSC05517 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 @ 120/8-11


    Next step, 200mm.
    20831598749_f7d1757416_h. DSC05518 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 @ 200/8-11


    Taking it to 300mm. Shake getting worse, of course.
    21008508152_844c8924ac_h. DSC05519 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 @ 300/8-11


    Finally, out to the max, 600mm (on APS-C, that's a full-frame equivalent of 900mm... wow). Focus was tough again, but achievable.
    20395785574_8f1fe8be8c_h. DSC05520 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 @ 600/11-16


    And, some from the SEL55210 for comparison:

    Starting with the SEL55210 at its widest, 55mm, for a nice view of the whole building. (See, I told you there was a tilt... the 55-210 shots came first and then the Vivitar pushed the tripod mount down... my bad.)
    20830372298_c961aa580c_h. DSC05509 by SRHawk64, on Flickr

    Now zoomed to 136mm.
    21025857261_49d30a07d8_h. DSC05510 by SRHawk64, on Flickr

    And the SEL55210 out to its max, 210mm (on APS-C, a full-frame 315mm equivalent).
    20395709804_ff75e60677_h. DSC05511 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
     
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  18. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
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  19. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jul 3, 2013
    Those good to me and the lens looks in excellent shape as well! Congrats on the "The Beast" :D
    The 600mm shot looks detailed enough for me so looks like you are going to be happy camper for sure.
     
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  20. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    The sky was (to me) surprisingly clear after midnight, so I pulled out "The Beast" and went for a moonshot. (PP = Some pre-sharpening and B&W landscape style set in Capture One; but no cropping.)
    Liking it!

    20876562619_083cb64a40_h. DSC05538c1 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Vivitar 120-600mm f/5.6-8 @ 600/11; ISO 200, 1/200.
     
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