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Lloydy

Link Posted 27/03/2010 - 19:17
Pentax F 35-70 3.5/4.5 SMC v.good condition for £20

Vivitar 28-70 Macro 3.5/4.5 Autofocus. v.good for £20

Vivitar 70-210 Autofocus 4/5.6 v.good. for £20 (I didn't get the serial number so I don't know the manufacturer at the moment, and it's not a Series 1.)

Tokina 75-300 4/5.6 push - pull zoom. v. good Autofocus for £60

I think I'll bite on the Pentax 35-70, that's got a good reputation and seems to be fetching a bit more than the £20 asking price

I can't seem to find much decent information on the Vivitar 28-70 at all, and that looked like a nice lens for the money.

I don't 'need' any of them but those two interest me.
Last Edited by Lloydy on 27/03/2010 - 19:19

hefty1

Link Posted 27/03/2010 - 20:33
The F 35-70 is quite a nice lens, certainly better than the average "kit" offerings over the years. Kris (womble) was looking for one to go with one of his film bodies but I don't know if he ever found one...

Don't know about the other three but I'd find it hard to get very excited by any of them to be honest. Doubt you'd lose much (if anything) on them though if you wanted to pick them up / try them out / sell them on again.
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smc

Link Posted 27/03/2010 - 20:37
The 35-70 is a good lens, not much bigger than a standard 50mm, and has a distinctive signature.
Last Edited by smc on 27/03/2010 - 20:38

davex

Link Posted 27/03/2010 - 20:56
Quote:
Pentax F 35-70 3.5/4.5 SMC v.good condition for £20

If you can get it for £20 do not hessitate.

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Lloydy

Link Posted 27/03/2010 - 22:00
davex wrote:
Quote:
Pentax F 35-70 3.5/4.5 SMC v.good condition for £20

If you can get it for £20 do not hessitate.

Davex.

That's kinda what I'm thinking, they're in a local pawn shop so they're available singly.

But why is the Vivitar 28-70 such a mystery, is it a complete dog?
It's a decent looking lens and a nice range, it's got macro, and the speed is average, so it ticks a few boxes. My wife's just told me we've won £15 on the lottery, so I might just take a punt on it.

Mongoose

Link Posted 28/03/2010 - 17:31
I had a Vivitar 28-70 3.5-4.5 for a while, but mine was Manual focus, not sure if they would be the same. "Macro" meant 1:4 so nothing to write home about, but useful occasionally. Overall it was a nice lens, nothing special, but nothing wrong with it either.

Vivitar never made lenses, they always bought them in from other people so the one you've seen may not even have been made by the same people as mine was, but if it is the same then it's worth a punt at £20.
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Dangermouse

Link Posted 28/03/2010 - 19:55
Definitely buy the F 35-70mm, that's a fair price and it's one of their better kit zooms. Obviously check for scratches or fungus and that all of the controls turn.
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womble

Link Posted 29/03/2010 - 00:45
hefty1 wrote:
The F 35-70 is quite a nice lens, certainly better than the average "kit" offerings over the years. Kris (womble) was looking for one to go with one of his film bodies but I don't know if he ever found one...

Nope not yet, although I have just picked up a S-M-C Takumar 28mm f/3.5

K.
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Lloydy

Link Posted 29/03/2010 - 15:05
I bought the 35-70 this morning for £20, and it looks ok.




It's unmarked and spotless with the original caps, so well worth the money.
It looks very grey in that picture ( blame the C**** ) it's actually a lot darker and looks fine on the black camera.

It was in the display case along with the other lenses and two teleconverters ( a Teleplus and a Vivitar )and a Pentax Sfx camera, so it probably all came in together and it all looked in great condition except for the Vivitar 2800 flash which had exploded batteries, but is probably salvageable.

The gear is in the Wellington, Telford, 'Cash Converters' if anyone is interested in the other stuff. (They won't sell or reserve over the phone )
Last Edited by Lloydy on 29/03/2010 - 15:09
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