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Old Aug 21, 2009, 7:14 PM   #11
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The # on the front of the lens is 28222758. What does that mean?
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a Komine lens.. they did quite a few outstanding lenses.. not sure if i've ever seen a bad komine.. as the kirons are also highly rated..
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Old Aug 22, 2009, 6:41 PM   #12
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Thanks for the lens ID - now how did you know??
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 1:03 AM   #13
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This site has a list of maker codes for Vivitar lenses:

The 1st two digits of serial number (or first one digit, in the case of 6 or 9) designate the manufacturer:
6 Olympus
9 Cosina
13 Schneider Optik
22 Kino Precision (Kiron)
25 Ozone Optical
28 Komine Co. Ltd
32 Makinon
33 Asanuma (Tokina)

37 Tokina
42 Bauer
44 Perkin Elmer (US)
47 Chinon
51 Tokyo Trading
56 Kyoe Schoji
75 Hoya Optical
81 Polar

http://www.mflenses.com/Vivitar-lenses.html
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 5:32 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions!

The # on the front of the lens is 28222758. What does that mean?
Hi Mole,
The 28 at the start of the # indicates the maker was Komine, that's why Roy asked I'm sure. ... Jack

Edit ... Oops !, missed seeing the second page on this one, my old eyes must be getting worse, apologies.

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Old Aug 23, 2009, 9:46 PM   #15
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I also use these pages for research on Vivitar lenses.....

http://www.robertstech.com/vivitar.htm

http://homepage3.nifty.com/3rdpartyl...party-list.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/200512140...t.html#vivitar

http://www.vermontel.net/~wsalati/CasualCollector/t4_for_two.htm

http://www.mflenses.com/content/view/59/

http://cybernetdenis.net/vivitar.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/vivitar/70-210mm.htm

And now this one. Thanks BB2!!

http://gabriel.mp3-tech.org/blog/ind...y090320-154132
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 12:38 PM   #16
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Here is a BroadLeaf Mt Mint, with and without a Raynox close-up lens:
which Model of Raynox close-up lens
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 3:21 PM   #17
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Hi mole,

Very nice!!!

Great colors and very smooth bokeh with the lens alone. With the Raynox, the bokeh seems a little busier, but the added magnification and even shallower DOF makes this less important to the image as a whole IMO.

I don't know how I missed this thread before. . .

I'm one who decided early on that I would only go for A-series lenses and later, so I don't have much experience with fully manual lenses. The MF lenses I do have are all teles, and I usually use the AFA to gain AF (along with a bump in FL) for me to use them effectively. I'm obviously missing out on a bunch of fine old glass with this self-imposed rule, but it's probably for the best. . .I have too many lenses as it is (if there is such a thing). . .the LBA devil made me add this last

BTW, the newer algorithms for metering in the K-7/K-5, and I'm assuming the Kx/Kr are reported to improve metering for manual exposure lenses.

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Old Apr 18, 2011, 4:53 PM   #18
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Petertan - sorry to be so late answering your question - have been tied up with a big park event, and this is the first time I've had time to "stop by" here. This is an old thread from almost 2 years ago, but I believe it was a Raynox DCR-150. Hope that helps!

Scott - Thanks for your helpful input and interesting perspective on this. This old Vivitar is a fine lens, but I rarely use it. Might have to take it out again sometime.
PS - a sure cure for LBA is to have no money!!
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Old Apr 20, 2011, 2:41 AM   #19
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This site has a list of maker codes for Vivitar lenses:

The 1st two digits of serial number (or first one digit, in the case of 6 or 9) designate the manufacturer:
6 Olympus
9 Cosina
13 Schneider Optik
22 Kino Precision (Kiron)
25 Ozone Optical
28 Komine Co. Ltd
32 Makinon
33 Asanuma (Tokina)

37 Tokina
42 Bauer
44 Perkin Elmer (US)
47 Chinon
51 Tokyo Trading
56 Kyoe Schoji
75 Hoya Optical
81 Polar

http://www.mflenses.com/Vivitar-lenses.html
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Apologies for being a bit nit-picking here, but I spotted that your list doesn't include "37", which is the code for Tokina itself - as opposed to the "33" for Asanuma, which is an alternative "badge" for some Tokina lenses.

Certainly, "37" lenses crop up a lot more often than "33", and in fact I would say that the "big 3" Vivitar suppliers (in terms of optical qualities as well as manufacturing volumes) would be Tokina, Komine and Kino (who subsequently broke away from Vivitar and traded under the Kiron name - but not for long).
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Oops, just spotted that you HAVE included "37", i.e. Tokina. Sorry about that!
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