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Vivitar 28/2 Close Focus

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dixeyk, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7702187150/" title="GAHHHGOYLE by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7702187150_ff8834e6a7_b. "1024" height="680" alt="GAHHHGOYLE"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7702183950/" title="Still life with Honda by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7702183950_fd270b6759_b. "1024" height="680" alt="Still life with Honda"></a>

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    It is a REALLY fun lens to have on a NEX. Close focus to about 6-8 inches, nice feel to it and incredibly sharp images with a wonderful depth to them. I wish the subject matter were good enough for the lens.
     
  2. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Very sharp and a very smooth bokeh for a 28mm! Do you have a pic of the lens?
     
  3. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
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    These are the images of the lens from the person that I bought the lens from (I didn't take them). It's about the same size as my Konica 24/2.8. It's doesn't feel as solid but seem well made none the less. IQ wise it is really pretty nice. I got the lens and the adapter for about $120 (and that seems to be right in line with others I have seen listed). I think its a steal.
     
  4. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Hard to argue with results like these. Looks like a keeper. :)
     
  5. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    It really is. I find that I really enjoy the flexibility of getting close to the subject if I want. The lens is really sweet. I put this lens in the same category as my Konica 24/2.8 (although I think th eKonica renders a bit better...but it's really close). I do find that the colors on the Vivitar seem a bit over the top but its easily fixed in LR.
     
  6. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Really love the 1st image.
     
  7. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Thanks that thing was attached to the side of a house on an embankment. I almost slid own a hill trying to get that in focus.
     
  8. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

    276
    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Paul
    +1
     
  9. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7707724934/" title="One by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7707724934_aa17ba811f_b. "1024" height="680" alt="One"></a>

    Here's a little more of what the lens can do sharpness wise...this was at f4 or f5.6 (I think).
     
  10. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7720743872/" title="I'm Sorry, What Were You Were Saying? by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7720743872_1e7d859d72_b. "1024" height="681" alt="I'm Sorry, What Were You Were Saying?"></a>

    I guess this qualifies as a candid ;)
     
  11. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    That's a severe hang-over if I ever saw one! :D


    I'm beginning to think this lens is quite rare. I've only found one so far, not exactly cheap either... but could be well worth it.
     
  12. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Yep, they aren't something you see everyday and not cheap in the way some adapted lenses (good ones) can be, but I am very impressed with it. That said, I think it's a deal considering what it is capable of. I would put it on par with my Konica 24/2.8 and those seem to fetch between $175-$200 USD so it's a deal compared to that. It has a very nice silky smooth action that is really nice to use. The lens feels a bit lighter than I expected relative to my Konicas and Super Taks but still has a nice weight. My experience this far has been that it's in the "keeper" pile and not the "I could sell it if I had to" pile.
     
  13. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    My thought exactly. Pic made me laugh for sure. :)
     
  14. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    some good dollars for this lens, it would be a great investment but would be worth it, great detail and sharpness, also thinking to buy it
     
  15. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7730647890/" title="Chuck Taylors by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7730647890_06b2113d76_b. "1024" height="680" alt="Chuck Taylors"></a>

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    This is an extremely fun lens.
     
  16. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Took the Vivitar to the zoo...surprisingly useful

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7821059328/" title="Verdant by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7821059328_d0faa918b1_b. "1024" height="680" alt="Verdant"></a>

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7821229734/" title="Panthera by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7821229734_ed4f129aa1_b. "1024" height="680" alt="Panthera"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7821232344/" title="Mister Pissy by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7821232344_8d2d8c6555_b. "1024" height="680" alt="Mister Pissy"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dixeyk/7821060202/" title="Damp Snake by dixeyk, on Flickr"> 7821060202_f6a323bd82_b. "1024" height="680" alt="Damp Snake"></a>

    Some in surprisingly dark conditions. The NEX's ability to do nice high ISO really came through
     
  17. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Wow, I would've thought they were taken in the wild, had you not mentioned the word... zoo.

    Did someone say national geographic? :eek:
     
  18. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    Thank you...you just made my day :eek: