Every once in a while you get a new favorite thing.
Today, that favorite thing is a Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm F2.8-3.5.
Holy hell do I love this thing. I got it for like $15 at an antique dealer, and it’s now one of my goto lenses.
You may ask? Why Lee? Why is this your new/old favorite hotness for lenses?
It’s fast, it’s got a great zoom range, and it’s a push-pull lens which makes it extremely fun to shoot with. Shots like these aren’t uncommon.
Anyway, you can get these lenses on the cheap on Ebay for next to nothing. Maybe ~$50 which is a steal in my opinion. This whole experience kinda makes me want to find more Vivitar lenses. I’ve been having a lot of luck with them.
Edit – (21-MAR-2019) – I did it… I’ve been buying more Vivitar lenses. Actually, I’ve been buying up more used lenses in general, but I get excited when I see a Vivitar for cheap. I have found that all of my manual Vivitar Lenses have been amazing thus far. More importantly, I discovered why this is the case. Apparently Vivitar subcontracted lens development to other companies. Vivitar itself was merely a brand/importer of lenses and camera accessories. There is a nifty guide as to which company originally manufactured determined by the starting digits of the serial number. The Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm F2.8-3.5 that I found completely by chance happened to be manufactured by Komine. Komine, as it turns out, is highly regarded as being one of the best, if not THE best company that made lenses for Vivitar.
I now have three Vivitar lenses and they’re all great. This one in the post, a 28mm prime F2.0 lens (serial number 22XXXXXX originally made by Kiron), and a 90-230mm zoom F4.5 close focus lens (serial number 37XXXXXX originally made by Tokina). I think people are charging way too much for the Vivitar 28mm F2 on EBay, however. I’ve seen that lens go for about $120 on EBay. The 90-230mm close focus is going for $22 and that’s actually a really good deal.
Maybe I’ll do a Vivitar Lens Review as a follow on to this article.