Great 'Gift' VIVITAR Pentax 'K' fit 200mm f3.5

Peter Elgar

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 11:31
a Good Camera Club Mate and Fellow FLICKR member gave me this great lens! Here is a heavy but SHARP VIVITAR 200mm f3.5 made by KOMINE Initial Tests show it is useable at full aperture and at f4 and f5.6 really sharp !

Vivitar 200mm f3.5 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
Here is a result only stopped down to f4

Pentax MZ-5 with Old T-Max 100 by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
been a member of Pentax Club since the Ron Spillman era! Got COMPUTERISED at last - DIGITISED? Taken the PLUNGE - BUT FILM STILL RULES !!!


Link Posted 19/05/2020 - 10:08
There are a lot of different old 200mm lenses around but I think most of them are not great performers, with a particular problem being purple fringing. Of course, on B&W film that's no problem and sharpness and decent contrast are the main requirements for it to be good on that medium.

I rarely use lenses that long but I have the K 200mm f/4, which is significantly better than the later M version, with the big difference being fringing.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses


Link Posted 19/05/2020 - 23:13
Hello Peter.

Hope you are enjoying your new acquisition.

Just as a matter of interest & curiosity, here are links to a couple of other photographers who share your enthusiasm for this lens:-

Best regards.
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!
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