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nikono Registered since 08th Aug 2008Tue 19-Aug-08 08:51 PM
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" Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon - Anybody??"


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Hello everyone,

I just got this lens Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon. Its a Manual focus lens. I got it for a throw away price, and was curious to know if anybody has used it.. I have no idea how this lens would perform so if anybody could give me some input it would be great...

Thnx
Nikono

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mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Tue 19-Aug-08 09:48 PM
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#1. "RE: Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon - Anybody??"
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It will only work in full manual with no metering. Not having metering is not that big a deal since you can use the histogram to adjust after your initial shot.

The Series One were by far the best lenses that Vivitar marketed, but they weren't great. Try it and see how you like it.

Gerry Rhoades
Montana Pens
www.montanapens.com
D40, F4, FM2n, N90s and not enough glass

  

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nikono Registered since 08th Aug 2008Wed 20-Aug-08 03:34 PM
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#2. "RE: Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon - Anybody??"
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Thanks.. I'll try it out and let you all know..

- N

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If I wouldn't have spent for my passion and saved all that money, then i would've had a fat bank account but no photos to cherish.. I'm happy now!!

Gear:
Nikon D40
Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S DX VR lens
Sandisk Extreme III 4GB SDHC
Lowepro Top Load Mini
A Passion for Photography!!!

  

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epp_b Registered since 27th Aug 2008Wed 27-Aug-08 06:48 PM
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#3. "RE: Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon - Anybody??"
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I'm looking to get this lens for cheap to use on my D40. Yes, I know, I won't have metering and AF, I can manage that myself. Is it worth $20-or-so dollars to use instead of my close-up lens set or is it complete garbage?

  

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mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Thu 28-Aug-08 01:07 AM
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#4. "RE: Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon - Anybody??"
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If you can get one for that price and the there's no fungus, minimal dust, no scratches on the elements and it focuses OK, it would probably provide better image quality than using a close-up filter set. BUT, if the the close-up filter is a Canon 250D or 500D or one of the Nikon "T" series, then it may not. Also, I have no idea what magnification that lens provides so it may not provide as large an image. The lens is not complete garbage and in it's day was very good for a 3rd party lens. Times have changed and we now have 3rd party makers who can and do produce lenses that are comparable and in some cases better than Nikon.

Gerry Rhoades
Montana Pens
www.montanapens.com
D40, F4, FM2n, N90s and not enough glass

  

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Drewhound Registered since 01st Mar 2007Sat 06-Sep-08 12:31 AM
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#5. "RE: Vivitar 70-210mm f4.5 macro zoom for Nikon - Anybody??"
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There were a number of different versions, there's more information about them on this link but basically the first three are the ones to go for

http://www.robertstech.com/vivitar.htm

I've got the first version which goes to nearly half life size and is excellent.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewhound/2450519042/sizes/o/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewhound/2450518514/sizes/o/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewhound/2763936858/sizes/o/

At all focal lengths any of the first three versions make the 55-200 and 70-300s look poor!

Andy




>I'm looking to get this lens for cheap to use on my D40.
>Yes, I know, I won't have metering and AF, I can manage that
>myself. Is it worth $20-or-so dollars to use instead of my
>close-up lens set or is it complete garbage?

  

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