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Old Feb 26, 2010, 6:46 PM   #1
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Default New lens...Vivitar Series 1 85mm f/1.4

Got a wedding coming up and I decided to add a fast 85mm to my arsenal just in case. After bidding and loosing three times in a row for three different SMC Takumar 85mm f/1.8 lenses I decided to go ahead and spend less money and buy a new Vivitar (Samyang) series 1 85mm f/1.4. (The Takumars all went for around 500 dollars). I have a friend that has one (The vivitar) and he allowed me to use it for a couple of photos a while back so I already knew of it's IQ. Very good at wide open and decreasing in IQ as you go to higher aperture numbers. Wide open is where I want it (for low light capability)so I'm hoping it does well there. Just opened the box and have to get a little daytime sleep first but since I have the weekend off I'll have time for some photos,which I'll post soon.

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Old Feb 26, 2010, 9:37 PM   #2
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Hi Dawg,

Congrats on the 85/1.4! I don't shoot enough at this FL to really want one, but it looks like a very nice lens. I've been tempted by the FA 77 Ltd and the FA* 85, but couldn't justify the asking prices. Probably the biggest reason why I even looked at them is because of the bragging rights that they bring, and that's not even sufficient rationalization for a confirmed LBAer to pop @ $1K. . .

I think you'll get some really good use from this lens. It's good to see Vivitar Series I regaining some of their past good vibe -- when I was a kid, they were really well regarded, but they lost an awful lot of juice in the intervening decades. . .

On a less than positive note. . . the f22 shot does show at least 7 dust specks . . .

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Hi Dawg,

Congrats on the 85/1.4! I don't shoot enough at this FL to really want one, but it looks like a very nice lens. I've been tempted by the FA 77 Ltd and the FA* 85, but couldn't justify the asking prices. Probably the biggest reason why I even looked at them is because of the bragging rights that they bring, and that's not even sufficient rationalization for a confirmed LBAer to pop @ $1K. . .

I think you'll get some really good use from this lens. It's good to see Vivitar Series I regaining some of their past good vibe -- when I was a kid, they were really well regarded, but they lost an awful lot of juice in the intervening decades. . .

On a less than positive note. . . the f22 shot does show at least 7 dust specks . . .

Scott
Yeah but those spots were photographed with a 85 f/1.4 lens!!!! LOL
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Those look nice, smooth bokeh at f1.4. How is it to manual focus?
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Those look nice, smooth bokeh at f1.4. How is it to manual focus?
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Very firm,,,not stiff just firm. Like a Macro lens you have to turn it a lot to move from one end to the other of the focus range. All that means is it is very easy to fine tune your focus.
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Have not posted in a while(if anyone cares to remember me) but as a owner of this lens(and a friend of Dawgs) I thought I would....

Nice test of this lens Dawg! Your photos here definitely shows off some features of this lens,nice color retention,sharpness and bokeh. This is a great lens for this focal length that is affordable considering the options like the FA or the star lenses.Also this lens is a "A" lens for Pentax and works great in aperture priority as I think the C and N users have to stop down manually a real plus for us P users...looks like you got a nice copy there Dawg!
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Have not posted in a while(if anyone cares to remember me) but as a owner of this lens(and a friend of Dawgs) I thought I would....

Nice test of this lens Dawg! Your photos here definitely shows off some features of this lens,nice color retention,sharpness and bokeh. This is a great lens for this focal length that is affordable considering the options like the FA or the star lenses.Also this lens is a "A" lens for Pentax and works great in aperture priority as I think the C and N users have to stop down manually a real plus for us P users...looks like you got a nice copy there Dawg!
Thanks Larry. It is working pretty good.
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