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Old Apr 29, 2010, 7:05 AM   #21
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You might keep an eye out for some Kiron lenses. They are usually very inexpensive because most people have never heard of the company - it's long gone. The only thing you have to look out for is that some can get oil on the aperture blades - I have a 80-200 in that condition that my father had bought new. The lens is very sharp but not very useful in its current condition. The same lens can be bought for less that it would cost to repair mine, but I'm too sentimental to get rid of it. It originally sold for $500, quite a bit of money for a lens back in the '80s. It's a K-mount lens - no A setting.
I read somewhere recently that although most Kiron lenses are brilliant the 24 & 28 can also be subject to the same oil issue (not sure which exact versions so worth checking that out if you are in the market for one of those lenses). Seems in the USA (and here) it costs in the region of US$50 / 60 to get that fixed (clean the aperture blades and replace the original grease with new synthetic grease which doesn't melt under the same conditions / temperatures the original grease does.
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Old May 2, 2010, 9:34 AM   #22
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Hmm, thanks guys, i went ahead and purchased a Vivitar Macro Zoom 70-210mm f4.5-5.6, i hope its decent.

Anyway, here's some pics i took with the 50mm prime and my new strobes:



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I like that second one a lot. The Viv should do you well, just remember it may have a little more lens flare and CA than some more modern and better coated lens. Not something to be upset over as most times you'll not even notice it.
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Old May 3, 2010, 5:17 PM   #24
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Thanks biddawg.

What setting should I put when it ask me to input focal length since the vivitar is 70-210, should i put in 70 since that's the lowest?
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Old May 3, 2010, 5:48 PM   #25
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Here's a shot i took with the vivitar macro 70-210. I think its pretty sharp, but what do you guys think?

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Old May 3, 2010, 9:19 PM   #26
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I'd put that down as very sharp, looks like a keeper lens. It has some purple fringing, you'll have to watch out for that when processing pictures. But it looks very nice.

If you know what focal length you are going to use, input that. Otherwise, I'd be tempted to put in 200 since that's the longest focal length. You can experiment and see if that will work all right at 70 or not.
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