Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Series 1 (Kiron) mount question
I picked up this lens for ten bucks for the 67mm Hoya filter on it and then discovered that it has a good reputation for IQ. The bayonet-type mount seems to fit a Pentax SLR body that I have but the EBay listings don't show a Pentax mount. I don't know the various mounts: can it be some other mount? Minolta,Canon, Konica, ?? I am considering a twenty dollar adapter to allow it fit my D600, but I need to be sure that I am ordering the right one since it will come from China. I do a lot of MF macro and enjoy exploring the subtle differences between the different lenses. I am expecting a $300 200mm Micro Nikkor MF in the next few days so the bee and butterfly photos are going to increase exponentially. Tom
#1. "RE: Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Series 1 (Kiron) mount question" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Thu 04-Jul-13 05:52 AM
Your new lens was actually made in a Pentax K bayonet mount version. Since it fits a Pentax camera, that must be the version you have
#2. "RE: Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Series 1 (Kiron) mount question" | In response to Reply # 1TBerryhill Registered since 16th Jan 2013Thu 04-Jul-13 11:50 AM
Thanks Brian, After I posted that, I did more research and, while I did not come up with a definitive answer, I did get a good visual and graphic tour of the various lens mounts that have been offered. Nikon's adherence to the original F mount has certainly been of great benefit to owners like me who are still using the lenses first purchased in 1969.
Have you had any experience with adapters like this:
I set exposure by chimping the histogram so the loss of all auto functions is of no consequence. I do find the focus confirmation dot to be of use when I am stopped down to smaller apertures. Tom
#4. "RE: Vivitar 70-210 f3.5 Series 1 (Kiron) mount question" | In response to Reply # 3NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010Mon 08-Jul-13 12:22 AM
I too have this lens, it's a cult classic. It's very sharp and easy to zoom and focus. As for the lens mount using adapters, I use a Canon FD to Nikon adapter so I can use the Canon nFD 500 f/8 mirror lens on a Nikon body. I also have the Nikon AI to micro 4/3rds adapter and it works perfectly. This adapter lets me used unmodified non AI lens on my Panasonic G-1. The use of adapters has breathed new life into my older manual focus lenses.
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