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Vivitar 28mm f2.5

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f2.5 - f16





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      My copy of this lens was Kiron made with a 62mm filter size.   Kiron make Vivitars are usually

very sharp and this lens fits that description.    If the serial # starts with 22 it is a Kiron.   

     I am impressed with the image quality of this little gem.  It is sharp at 2.5 and razor sharp at f5.6.     

     Color rendition is accurate.   Colors are rich and separated well.

     Bokeh is surprisingly smooth.   Bokeh fringing is minimal and mostly gone by f4.

     Chromatic aberrations are well controlled.    

     Contrast is excellent.    Micro contrast is surprisingly good.  

     Images have a 3 dimensional feel which makes this a good choice for street photography.

     This lens also produces nice b/w images.  See pic below.  No effects were used.

     Vivitar 28mm 2.5's regularly sell for $25 to $40.  It is a bargain.   Make sure you by one made by Kiron or Tokina.  The Tokina version is also a very good lens.

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ISO 800 - f4

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ISO 200 - f5.6 - 100% crop

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ISO 800 - f2.5 - 100% crop

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ISO 800 - f4

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ISO 800 - f4 


f2.5 - slight color shift


f4 - clean

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ISO 800 - f2.5 - 100% Crop

Bokeh backlit

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ISO 800 - f4 -

neutral b/w


f5.6 - clean

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