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Old Feb 10, 2015, 7:38 PM   #1
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When leading long hikes in the mountains, most of my attention must be on the hikers, not on the camera. Also, when assisting hikers over tricky places on the trail, I sometimes end up down in the creek or crouched off-trail. So it seemed like a good idea to get a cheap zoom lens, one that wouldn't much matter if it got dropped or submerged, in a focal range suitable for landscape snapshots. Got a great deal on an old Vivitar 24-70, and took it out for a few test shots...
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Old Feb 10, 2015, 7:40 PM   #2
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This old lens has a very short focus throw, so it was a bit difficult (for my old eyes) to get accurate focus. But it was surprisingly sharp when I did achieve good focus.
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Color seemed a bit on the yellowish side - easily fixed in PP. But good overall color quality.
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Old Feb 10, 2015, 7:42 PM   #4
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There were several times when I wished it were a bit wider, but in most cases, the zoom range was just fine.
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And the "macro" function at 70mm let me get fairly close.
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This lens seems to "play well" with the Raynox 150, to allow some true macro shots.
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Old Feb 10, 2015, 7:44 PM   #7
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Well, the Vivitar 24-70 will NOT become my favorite lens, but it will be useful on those guided hikes. In fact, have already had it out for one, and will post those photos soon.

Thanks for any comments or suggestions - especially from any other owners of this cheap old lens.
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Old Feb 12, 2015, 12:11 PM   #8
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In the hands of a capable photographer, even a mediocre lens can do a credible job, as you have shown here. Well done.
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Very nice!..I love trying out old lenses,too..just picked up a Super Tak 50mm f/1.4 for real cheap that I want to try out...someday when the minus temps go away lol
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Looks like a keeper, excellent shots here.
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