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Jeffreybch Registered since 09th Mar 2013Sat 09-Mar-13 04:41 PM
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"Vivitar Lenses"


CR
          

Hi,

Quick question, I was offered a couple of Vivitar (new) Lenses and I was wondering if your think they may be a good idea to improve my D3100?

The lenses are a 2.2X Professional Telephoto Lens and a 0.43X Professional Wide Angle Lens w Macro.

Also, I'd appreciate any explanation as how and when to use them?


Kind Regards,

J.

  

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MEMcD Moderator
09th Mar 2013
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Jeffreybch
14th Mar 2013
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Leonard62 Gold Member
10th Mar 2013
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JosephK Silver Member
11th Mar 2013
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Jeffreybch
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 09-Mar-13 08:13 PM
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#1. "RE: Vivitar Lenses"
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Hi Jeffrey,

In a word, No!

It sounds like they are Auxiliary Lenses that screw into the filter thread of your kit lens.
They were designed to be used on P&S cameras that don't have interchangeable lenses. They are usually very cheap, more so when compared to an actual interchangeable lens and optically very poor. Image Quality will be significantly compromised. In addition, Nikon lenses, especially the kit lenses were never designed to be used with these converters and the added mass at the end of the lens can actually damage the lens barrel that won't be covered by the warranty.
The risk to your equipment more than outweighs the reward.

Made Decades ago, the Vivitar Series 1 lenses (Manual focus) with AI and AIS Nikon F mounts can be used on the D3100 though only in full Manual exposure mode without metering.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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Jeffreybch Registered since 09th Mar 2013Thu 14-Mar-13 02:41 PM
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CR
          

Thank you very much, that was a good answer!

  

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Sun 10-Mar-13 11:46 AM
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Sun 10-Mar-13 12:03 PM by Leonard62

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Hello Jeffrey,

Marty covered this issue pretty well. My response would be a little more harsh. These lenses are a scam in my opinion. To label them professional is an advertising lie. They are targeted to the unknowing novice. Stay away.

Len

edit: The company that makes these Vivitar products is not your father's Vivitar. The company just purchased the name 5 years ago and is not the same company that made the Series 1 lenses in the 80's.

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JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006Mon 11-Mar-13 02:26 AM
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>edit: The company that makes these Vivitar products is not
>your father's Vivitar. The company just purchased the name 5
>years ago and is not the same company that made the Series 1
>lenses in the 80's.

Good to know!

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

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Jeffreybch Registered since 09th Mar 2013Thu 14-Mar-13 02:41 PM
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CR
          

Thank you, your assistance is appreciated!

  

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