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Old Jan 11, 2008, 4:16 PM   #1
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Scouring thedreaded site post Christmas I found a couple of lenese I liked the look of, and won them both.

Probably paid over the odds for them, but this is the UK you know.

This one for some added reach, plus it is a PK fit (no adapter ring to mess with

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...STRK:MERFB:IID

It is in mint condition - too dark to test properly, but slightly soft wide open, and needs a monopod unless very bright outside. One to lay away for the summer.

This one I felt was a bit of a steal, as there were no real details or pictures to go by

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...STRK:MERFB:IID

However, I asked a couple of questions - Vivitar 90mm f2.8 serial number 28801374 (indicates a Komine construction) which had only been used on a copy stand to photograph stamps. Again, mint condition. This lens is long at 1:1 and the internal flash causes 50% shadow. However, the Sigma clears the lens fine - got to get a stepping ring to use my ringflash with it, and at some point invest in the necessary cables to get the flash off camera, £90 over here.

Feel free to comment on my purchases.


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Old Jan 11, 2008, 6:23 PM   #2
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Hmm, I have the 400mm...I really hope yours is better than mine: http://www.mflenses.com/vivitar-400m...-review-4.html

Mine has a terrible red CA problem, which renders it almost useless in bright sunlight.




The macro is definitely a steal, 1:1 is always fun, and f2.8 so probably a great portrait lens too!

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Old Jan 11, 2008, 6:53 PM   #3
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Looks a little worrying Tom, as your lens looks the same as mine.

Guess I will have to see what the pics look like when I try it properly.

Indoors, with flash, it looked ok on the camera screen, but time will tell.

If it is no good, then it goes back to eBay.

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Old Jan 11, 2008, 8:31 PM   #4
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The 90 should be a keeper Dal. I almost got a 400mm like that one but was out bid at the last minute...I went on and bought my old Alpex 6.3 and it turned out to be a really good lens...Never really know do we?



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Old Jan 11, 2008, 10:19 PM   #5
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the viv 400 is a coin toss as far as IQ is concerned. 50/50 at best.

the macro? you got a great price on it. it's a bonafide legend. maybe not quite as sharp as the 105mm but who can tell unless you're pixel peeping.. enjoy it.

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Old Jan 12, 2008, 5:28 AM   #6
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Cheers guys. It's how I tried to explain to the wife - a little over on one and a little under on the other, all balances out.

She believed me so all is good.


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Old Jan 12, 2008, 8:58 AM   #7
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Hi,

If you really needed to convince her, Then show her the prices for the lenses in the U.S. :P

Your prices in the U.K. are far more realistic than the ones here.....:G

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If you really needed to convince her, Then show her the prices for the lenses in the U.S. :P

Your prices in the U.K. are far more realistic than the ones here.....:G

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i don't think so. i've noticed the prices are usually close to double what they are here..
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Old Jan 13, 2008, 6:00 AM   #9
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Too true Roy.

Whatever the dollar price is usually the pound price as well.

Not sure what the Bigma goes for over there, but here it is £728 (this should mean a price of $1400 for you guys)


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Old Jan 13, 2008, 7:29 AM   #10
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I had the 400mm too and recently sold it for 50 quid. I was not to happy with it but hope yours is ok

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