I have the Vivitar 19-35. Have only had it a short time but so far I'm happy with it. I also have the 100-300 (not the 400) zoom, and am less impressed with that. The build quality is not to the same standard as the wide-amngle, and the results are consistently soft.
The Phoenix 100/3.5 seems to be the same lens as the Vivitar, and is extremely good for the price.
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I have owned the Vivitar Series 1 19-35 AF for 3 years and have been very happy with it. The main problem I have is flare with the large front element so you must be careful in composing your photos. It probably has the lowest ratings according to those web sites that chart all those things but it works just fine in the real world...at least for me. I use it primarily for art style photography of vintage aircraft and automobiles...photos of emblems, badges, dashboards, motors, ect and it works great for me. Just my 2 cents worth. Try one out and see what you think. Bob
The lenses are manufactured in Korea by Samyang Optical Inc., originally part of Samsung Heavy Industries, they were "reorganized" in June 1992. The company was acquired by Polestar in October 2000. I have found no further references yet. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile, My Gallery Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
Yeap. The three Vivitar Series I that I had also said "Made in Japan", just like my imitation Zippo lighter of those days said "Made in USA", actually for the town they named USA. I don't remember whether today "made" means parts/components or just assembled. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile, My Gallery Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
"Made in" generally refers to the point of final assembly. I have an old portable TV set that says "Made in USA" on the back of the case, but when I opened it to repair it once, virtually every part was imported, including the picture tube.
>Vivitar and Phoenix look like the same lens to me. Are they, >in fact, the same lens under a different name? Does anyone >have experience with their 19-35 zoom? How about their >100-400? > >TIA, > >- WG The newer models of the Vivitar Series One line are made by Cosina. Having sampled them a bit, I would recommend staying away from them. However, the older Seies One's are quite good! Send me the serial # of your Viv lens, and I will send you the name of the manufacturer, and the date it was made.
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