Vivitar 70-210mm f/3.5 First Impressions

17Jan09

MF Family of Four
MF Family of Four by David Chu on Zooomr

Just a shot of my manual focus lenses.

Nikon LC-62
Nikon LC-62 by David Chu on Zooomr

Included was a new Nikon lens cap. Nice.

Aperture Half Clicks
Aperture Half Clicks by David Chu on Zooomr

Unlike any other lens I’ve used, the aperture ring has half clicks from f/5.6-f/16. f/22 to f/16 has no half clicks, and there’s no stop for f/4. Also, when you turn the aperture thing the lever in the rear doesn’t move, but if you raise it from it’s “stopped down” position, it’ll open up if stopped down. The half clicks might take a bit to get used to, but it’s not a bad thing in my book.

M - R
M – R by David Chu on Zooomr

Minimum focus distance mark. 4 feet, or 1.2 meters.

Focal Length Divided by Eight
Focal Length Divided by Eight by David Chu on Zooomr

This thing is pristine. Looks like it’s never even been to a horse race with dust kicking everywhere (it has! http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbwa1/2665407185/in/set-72157607083706855/)

Reverse of Nikon
Reverse of Nikon by David Chu on Zooomr

This lens’s focusing ring is opposite from most Nikons… it’s clockwise to focus closer rather than anticlockwise wise to focus closer (from the back of the lens).

I’ll post some shots with the lens tomorrow, if the weather cooperates.

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