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Popular Science

1989-05

They are available in fixed-focal length models, like the economical 28mm and 35mm lenses; as well in versatile zoom lens configurations. In fact, some of the new high-tech zoom lenses, like the Vivitar 28- 210mm, offer everything from ...

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Popular Photography

1988-01

We believe the very short physical length of the lens made TTL autofocus measuring impossible. Does this parallel, separate position cause the lens to autofocus incorrectly? We'll deal with this shortly. The 28-+70mm Vivitar weighs 16 ...


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35mm CAMERA OUTFITS VIVITAR SYSTEM 35 6 pc. Outfit ALL FOR ONLY 224 50 220 Body 50mm f 1.8 Vivitar Lens 135mm f2.8 Auto Vivitar Lens Vivitar 2x Tele Converter ■ Vivitar Mode! 200 Automatic Flash Vivitar Custom carrying case (or above ...


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Vivitar Camera Lenses . An attempt has been made to break down the Vivitar lenses by family, that is, a group of lenses that were marketed together for a period of time.

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  • Goja

    52MM Vivitar 2.2x Telephoto and 0.43X Wide Angle High Definition w/ Macro Portion Lenses for NIKON DSLR (D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D3000) + Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth

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    List Price: $49.99

    Backed with DigitalGoja 90-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
    Also compatible with the PENTAX (K-30 K-50 K-500 K-5 K-5 II) DSLR Cameras. 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL zoom Lens.
    Includes lens covers, caps and soft carry pouchs.
    52MM Vivitar High Definition 0.43x Wide Angle lens with Macro Portion and 2.2x Telephoto lens for 52MM digital and video cameras.
    NOTE: PLEASE VERIFY YOUR CAMERA'S LENS THREAD SIZE BEFORE ORDERING. This kit is compatible with 52MM lenses only. Lens sizes vary regardless of camera brand or model. Your camera's lens thread size will be marked somewhere on the lens barrel or printed underneath your lens cap. This number is always preceded by a "Ø" (diameter) symbol. For example: Ø52 = 52mm lens thread size.


  • Vivitar

    Vivitar High Defifinition 2.2X Telephoto 58MM Lens

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    Rating (19 reviews):
    (2.3/5)
    Vivitar

    You cant give zero stars...

    0 1/5 Amazon Customer (El Paso, Texas) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar High Defifinition 2.2X Telephoto 58MM Lens (Electronics) This is completely useless. Semi-sharp at center at 1x zoom and blurry all around. Completely useless at any point beyond that. Will make your images milky. Would give a 0 star but cant. Tried it on different cameras, same result. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 6, 2013

    poor lens

    0 1/5 Frank - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar High Defifinition 2.2X Telephoto 58MM Lens (Electronics) The lens is poor. It does not AF for Nikon 55-300mm. I can not comment on the quality of picture it produces because I can not use it with my lens. It won't focus. It is usable in manual but I want AF lens. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 4, 2012

    Vivitar 2.2X Telephoto lens

    0 1/5 JDS (Missouri) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar High Defifinition 2.2X Telephoto 58MM Lens (Electronics) I didn't expect really high quality for the price, but this lens is VERY poor. So poor as to be almost usueless. I do not recommend it for anyone. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 24, 2012
    List Price: $74.99
    Price: $6.51
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    22-58T 2.2X Telephoto 58mm
    High quality


  • Sakar International, Inc.

    Vivitar 85mm 1.4 Portrait Lens for Sony (VIV-85MM-S)

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    Rating (6 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Sakar International, Inc.

    fantastic lens

    Vivitar/ Rokinon/Samyang 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens.I just purchased and received this lens today and I am extremely pleased with it. The focus ring glides like a pro lens, the defocused areas are smooth and buttery, the colors are very nice and it is deadly sharp. I think it is already my favorite lens. Using manual focus takes a little practice but you can develop an eye for it pretty quickly if you try. I find that slowing down to tune the focus gives me a little extra time to notice the framing, the background, and the light. It makes for more artistic photos if you allow that to happen.I highly recommend this lens.additional: A few weeks later, this is still my favorite lens. It is a special purpose lens and that is how I use it. The one thing I have noticed on the Sony A-580 is that you cannot judge exposure by what you see in the viewer. Your photo will be several stops (depending on the light) brighter that what you see. With this lens, I am... 5/5 Amazon Customer "Niko B" (Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 85mm 1.4 Portrait Lens for Sony (VIV-85MM-S) (Electronics) Vivitar/ Rokinon/Samyang 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens.I just purchased and received this lens today and I am extremely pleased with it. The focus ring glides like a pro lens, the defocused areas are smooth and buttery, the colors are very nice and it is deadly sharp. I think it is already my favorite lens. Using manual focus takes a little practice but you can develop an eye for it pretty quickly if you try. I find that slowing down to tune the focus gives me a little extra time to notice the framing, the background, and the light. It makes for more artistic photos if you allow that to happen.I highly recommend this lens.additional: A few weeks later, this is still my favorite lens. It is a special purpose lens and that is how I use it. The one thing I have noticed on the Sony A-580 is that you cannot judge exposure by what you see in the viewer. Your photo will be several stops (depending on the light) brighter that what you see. With this lens, I am... Read more, May 24, 2012

    Awesome.

    0 4/5 cycleography - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 85mm 1.4 Portrait Lens for Sony (VIV-85MM-S) (Electronics) Great for the price, sharp.MF takes some getting used to but its fairly easy.Love it, if you are looking for an 85mm this one is a great choice. 0, April 28, 2014

    A great lens

    0 5/5 F. W. Woodington (Van, Texas United States) - See all my reviews, May 13, 2013
    List Price: $279.99
    Price: $214.99
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    Aperture Range: F/1.4 - F/20
    Includes removable lens hood, lens caps, lens pouch, instruction manual, and 1 year Vivitar warranty
    13 Elements in 7 Groups
    Angle of View: 28.3 Degrees
    Minimum Focusing Distance: 3.3 ft


  • Sakar International, Inc.

    Vivitar 500mm Mirror Lens (V-500MR)

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    List Price: $94.99
    Price: $55.97
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    Includes 30.5mm Rear Lens Filter
    Super Spectra Lens Coating
    T-mount Lens
    Compact Ultra Telephoto Lens
    Aluminum Alloy Construction


  • Goja

    52MM Vivitar 0.43X Wide Angle High Definition Lens with Macro for NIKON D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D3000 D7100 D7000 DSLR Cameras + Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth

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    Rating (50 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Goja

    Very nice

    0 5/5 TroyL - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 52MM Vivitar 0.43X Wide Angle High Definition Lens with Macro for NIKON D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D3000 D7100 D7000 DSLR Cameras + Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth (Camera) This lens fit my Nikon D3100 with no problems. Nice quality, fast shipping. Gives a nice wide angle shot with only a very slight fisheye. Metal and glass, no plastic. Mine was a Vivitar-brand lens... a nice surprise. Only inaccuracy I noticed was that it's actually a .43 and not a .45 as listed. Otherwise, no complaints. I will order again. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 7, 2012

    you pay what you get

    I am beginner, not knowing much about a lens or photography. After reading all 5 stars review, I want to try this one.It is a vivitar len. Shipping is free and quick. The Package is cheap ( it is free, I can not complain), so I feel about the lens.I tested it using my D3000 with AF-S 18 to 55mm lens. It works.For the quality of a photo, I think I get what I paid for. Comparing between photos with/without this lens, photos are not as clear as without it. It becomes too blurs on edge and a photo can not be viewed in its original size.I will not recomment this len if you want to use it for its wide angle.Yet, it could be feature if you only want a image clear on center and blur on edge. I will load an image after this review. I took it today at the Dallas new Klyde Warren Park. It is good that this lens blurred people on the edge.The reason I write this review is that I am disappionted and all reviews for this... 3/5 B. Liu (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews, November 3, 2012

    Great lens, great price.

    0 5/5 Forrest - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 52MM Vivitar 0.43X Wide Angle High Definition Lens with Macro for NIKON D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D3000 D7100 D7000 DSLR Cameras + Premium MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth (Camera) I bought this for my Nikon D60 and it fits and works great. Also, great price and value with the cleaning cloth included. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 28, 2012
    List Price: $29.99
    Price: $14.99
    You Save: $15.00 (50%)
    Also compatible with the PENTAX (K-30 K-50 K-5 K-5 II) DSLR cameras with a 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL zoom Lens.
    Compatible with the Nikon D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D3000 D7100 D7000 DSLR cameras with a 18-55MM or a 55-200MM zoom lens.
    Also compatible with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and the EOS M Compact System Mirrorless Camera EF-M 18-55mm IS STM zoom lenses.
    NOTE: PLEASE VERIFY YOUR CAMERA'S LENS THREAD SIZE BEFORE ORDERING. This kit is compatible with 52MM lenses only. Lens sizes vary regardless of camera brand or model. Your camera's lens thread size will be marked somewhere on the lens barrel or printed underneath your lens cap. This number is always preceded by a "Ø" (diameter) symbol. For example: Ø52 = 52mm lens thread size.
    Backed with DigitalGoja 90-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.


  • Vivitar

    Vivitar 500MR Lens 500 Mirror Telephoto Lens

    Photography (Vivitar)

    Rating (11 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Vivitar

    Excellent value

    0 5/5 Robin - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 500MR Lens 500 Mirror Telephoto Lens (Electronics) Solid quality construction. Sturdy, yet lightweight, and doesn't have the least "dinky" feel to it. Very smooth focus ring with just the right amount of resistance. This f/8.0 version is, with its 72mm diameter, very portable and quite a bit smaller than the f/6.3 variant with its 92mm diameter. I'm very pleased with it, but if I could wish for one thing it would be a secondary fine-grained focus ring (or thumbscrew as seen on some lenses), to counter the usual extreme tele lens annoyance of getting accurate focus on long distances. Potential buyers should also be wary of the fact that mirror reflex lenses, regardless of what focal length, have an incredibly narrow depth of field - lots of patience is required to get sharp images. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 15, 2011

    Great value, but this lens is not for everybody.

    I've only spent an hour or so testing this lens, but so far I'm quite happy with it.But be realistic, this is NOT an "L" class lens, nor is it "fast glass"! For $100 (in round numbers), however, it is fairly decent.First, be sure to order an adapter that fits YOUR camera to go with it. For my Canon T3i, I got a fotodiox product, which has worked fine.Also, as you may wish to keep the adapter attached to your lens for convenience, get yourself an extra cover for the back of Canon lenses (cheap!), or whatever brand ofcamera you have. The back cover that comes with this lens will NOT fit your adapter!I've gotten nice, shsrp, even impressive images on this overcast day in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, but focusing IS a bit difficult. You might want to focus with the "Live View" screen, if that lets you "zoom in" even further to nail that focus.I probably would not recommend this lens for trying to get your kid's winning... 5/5 Beulah "Beulah" (Kensington, MD) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 500MR Lens 500 Mirror Telephoto Lens (Electronics) I've only spent an hour or so testing this lens, but so far I'm quite happy with it.But be realistic, this is NOT an "L" class lens, nor is it "fast glass"! For $100 (in round numbers), however, it is fairly decent.First, be sure to order an adapter that fits YOUR camera to go with it. For my Canon T3i, I got a fotodiox product, which has worked fine.Also, as you may wish to keep the adapter attached to your lens for convenience, get yourself an extra cover for the back of Canon lenses (cheap!), or whatever brand ofcamera you have. The back cover that comes with this lens will NOT fit your adapter!I've gotten nice, shsrp, even impressive images on this overcast day in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, but focusing IS a bit difficult. You might want to focus with the "Live View" screen, if that lets you "zoom in" even further to nail that focus.I probably would not recommend this lens for trying to get your kid's winning... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 28, 2012

    Great Value

    0 5/5 Michael A. Gruich "Elwhappo" (Iowa) - See all my reviews, October 4, 2011
    List Price: $199.99


  • Vivitar

    Vivitar 8mm Ultra Wide f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens for Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D7000, D7100, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, & D300 Digital SLR Cameras

    Photography (Vivitar)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Vivitar

    Awesome lens for little money.

    I just got it and took some shots in my room. So a more detailed review will follow.I use this lens together with a Nikon D5300. The images seem sharp, for the price the quality is awesome. If you want to see examples, go on flickr and search for "Vivitar 8mm". This will give you an idea whats possible with this lens.As you might have noticed, this is a "manual lens". It means, that all the automatic settings that I am used to are not working. This means, no autofocus and also no automatic shutter/aperture. And no automatic flash. The camera still gives a hint, when the picture is sharp, but all settings have to be set manually, so point and shoot will not work or require luck.Still, using the lans makes fun and spending some time with the manual and getting used to manual mode should do no harm.The lens comes with a bag, a microfiber, and caps. The caps look cheap and the mount is the other way round, but the lens itself gives no worse... 4/5 Maximilian B. - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 8mm Ultra Wide f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens for Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D7000, D7100, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, & D300 Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics) I just got it and took some shots in my room. So a more detailed review will follow.I use this lens together with a Nikon D5300. The images seem sharp, for the price the quality is awesome. If you want to see examples, go on flickr and search for "Vivitar 8mm". This will give you an idea whats possible with this lens.As you might have noticed, this is a "manual lens". It means, that all the automatic settings that I am used to are not working. This means, no autofocus and also no automatic shutter/aperture. And no automatic flash. The camera still gives a hint, when the picture is sharp, but all settings have to be set manually, so point and shoot will not work or require luck.Still, using the lans makes fun and spending some time with the manual and getting used to manual mode should do no harm.The lens comes with a bag, a microfiber, and caps. The caps look cheap and the mount is the other way round, but the lens itself gives no worse... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 1, 2014

    Love this Lens!

    0 5/5 MELISSA FERREIRA (NORWALK, CA, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 8mm Ultra Wide f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens for Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D7000, D7100, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, & D300 Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics) I couldn't be happier with this lens. It is my first time purchasing a fisheye lens so I am unable to compare it to a Nikon or Canon but I will say....the photographs I have been able to take with this lens are of amazing quality! I am having tons of fun with this lens. You can't beat this price and you definitely get your money's worth and more. I recommend this lens. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 15, 2014

    The Vivitar Fisheye lens is awesome! No adapters needed to fit on the Nikon ...

    0 5/5 kelly - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar 8mm Ultra Wide f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens for Nikon D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D7000, D7100, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, & D300 Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics) The Vivitar Fisheye lens is awesome! No adapters needed to fit on the Nikon camera I have, (which is the D3200), and it takes some of the most awesome pictures I have yet to see. The price of the lens is very competitive with others I had looked at, and is well worth the money to get these awesome pictures. Thank-you! Kelly 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 29, 2014
    Ultra-wide 180° diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats--will produce a rounded image that doesn't cover the entire frame when used with compatible full frame digital cameras
    Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12" (30.48 cm) for enhanced close-up shots Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood
    Ultra wide-angle 8mm fisheye lens with exaggerated perspective and approximately 180° angle of view, for dramatic effects
    Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghost images
    Manual focus lens with no electronic connections to the camera for automatic focus nor metering.


  • Vivitar

    Vivitar 8mm f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens for Canon EOS Rabel, 7D, 70D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, 60Da, 60D, T5i, (700D) T5, (1200D) T4i, (650D) T3i, (600D) T3, (1100D) T2i, (550D) T1i, (500D) SL1, (100D) XS, (1000D) XSi, (450D) XTi, (400D) XT, (350D) Digital SLR Cameras

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    Lens has a minimum focusing distance of 12" (30.48 cm) for enhanced close-up shots Lens includes a built-in petal-type lens hood
    Manual focus lens with no electronic connections to the camera for automatic focus nor metering.
    Ultra wide-angle 8mm fisheye lens with exaggerated perspective and approximately 180° angle of view, for dramatic effects
    Ultra-wide 180° diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats--will produce a rounded image that doesn't cover the entire frame when used with compatible full frame digital cameras
    Lens is constructed with hybrid aspherical lenses for outstanding, sharply defined images Lens features super multi-layer coating to reduce flare and ghost images


  • Sakar International, Inc.

    Vivitar VIV-CL-52 Close-up 52mm +1/+2/+4/+10 Lens Set

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    Rating (56 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    Sakar International, Inc.

    Digital Concepts

    0 3/5 Charles W. Allen "Alien" (Wilmington, DE) - See all my reviews, August 23, 2011

    These do allow for very nice macro shots.

    0 5/5 pracchia - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar VIV-CL-52 Close-up 52mm +1/+2/+4/+10 Lens Set (Electronics) I have been able to take some quite nice macro shots. I have stacked them up on a 35mm 1.8 lens and got the best results. The depth of focus will become very small making the slightest movement cause you to lose focus. I usually shoot in burst to compensate for this. You can also use programs like helicon to stack the photos to really get some amazingly sharp shots. I purchased another set for my zoom lens, but these honestly work the best on a higher aperture lens in my opinion. For the price of these it is a cheap way to get into macro photography. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 31, 2013

    Don't listen to the negative reviews.

    0 5/5 Joshua - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar VIV-CL-52 Close-up 52mm +1/+2/+4/+10 Lens Set (Electronics) I tested these with both the 18-55mm lens my camera came with and a 55-300mm lens I have. They work great individually and even work well when all 4 are stacked together, however with that many layers of glass you cant expect magazine level quality. There is definitely a range from about 40-55mm at which they work best. Too low or too high and you'll get some darkness or blur at the edges. Also, it's imperative that each piece is as clean as possible, since the slightest smudge will be noticeable. Lastly, make sure you have a tripod as it's difficult to take extreme close ups with a shaky hand. All in all though, for less than $15 this is a great way to get into macro photography.**You also might want to consider getting an external flash, as the built in flash could be blocked by the lens when you're so close to what you're photographing. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 6, 2014
    Enables macro photography using a standard lens
    Includes nylon filter wallet
    Includes +1, +2, +4 and +10 diopter filters
    Ideal for photographing small items


  • Vivitar

    Vivitar Series 1 85mm f/1.8 Manual Focus Portrait Lens for Canon EOS

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    Rating (5 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Vivitar

    Good performer, low price

    This Vivitar appears to be f2.0 wide open, When compared to the canon 85mm fd 1.8, it matches exactly when the canon is stopped down to f-2.0,( exposure, sharpness), however the Vivitar has better contrast. I have not compared higher f-stops as of yet. This lens is great on the pana, g6, gh2-3, or apsc, and works fine on fullframe (5d2) no vignette at all, even with hood attached. Focus barrel is smooth for 75% of the rotation, the last 25% seems to be slightly rubbing something, feels as if there's less grease on that portion of the internal mech, I've heard of this same issue on the Opteka 85mm, which I am guessing is the same lens, however the rubbing doesn't effect focusing, but you do feel and barely hear it. When using a follow focus it's less noticeable. This lens has a short throw, not ideal for a 1st AC, but it's workable with practice, I'm also hoping that with some working in, it will lessen or eliminate the rubbing all together, only time will tell. The lens body is... 4/5 maranfilms - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar Series 1 85mm f/1.8 Manual Focus Portrait Lens for Canon EOS (Electronics) This Vivitar appears to be f2.0 wide open, When compared to the canon 85mm fd 1.8, it matches exactly when the canon is stopped down to f-2.0,( exposure, sharpness), however the Vivitar has better contrast. I have not compared higher f-stops as of yet. This lens is great on the pana, g6, gh2-3, or apsc, and works fine on fullframe (5d2) no vignette at all, even with hood attached. Focus barrel is smooth for 75% of the rotation, the last 25% seems to be slightly rubbing something, feels as if there's less grease on that portion of the internal mech, I've heard of this same issue on the Opteka 85mm, which I am guessing is the same lens, however the rubbing doesn't effect focusing, but you do feel and barely hear it. When using a follow focus it's less noticeable. This lens has a short throw, not ideal for a 1st AC, but it's workable with practice, I'm also hoping that with some working in, it will lessen or eliminate the rubbing all together, only time will tell. The lens body is... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 7, 2014

    Fun lens, be aware it is manual focus only

    The Vivitar 85mm f/1.8 lens is low priced, but has good performance based on my personal experiences with it. I would recommend it for someone who doesn't mind manual focusing and doesn't want to print 11x17 or larger. At 8x10, the prints from this lens are great.At the price point, you shouldn't expect Canon L glass level of performance, however, for the price you can expect to have fun with the 1.8 aperture and a decent shot.In terms of the image quality, there is some color fringing (Lightroom can fix this, so I assume Photoshop and Aperture can as well). Bokeh can be nice and creamy. I have seen sample images on-line where the bokeh was a bit harsh, however I have not YET had that experience with this lens.Build quality is OK. It feels kind of cheap and the included lens hood, if you remove it from the lens, can make the lens itself look pretty odd with the way it bulges. I just leave the hood on regardless because it doesn't add much weight and... 5/5 Stephen Lerch - See all my reviews, January 2, 2014

    poor build

    0 3/5 cobos leon - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vivitar Series 1 85mm f/1.8 Manual Focus Portrait Lens for Canon EOS (Electronics) images are great, but the build quality was poor. the aperture and distance ring can go in any direction. if you don't mind that its a great manual to keep near by. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 5, 2014
    Compact and lightweight
    Aspherical lens elements provide high quality images
    Constant f/1.8 aperture
    Ideal focal length for portrait use
    Bright f/1.8 aperture


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