Opinions on Takumar 135 prime vs Vivitar Series 1 Zoom

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by chenick, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. chenick

    chenick Member

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    Hi guys!

    Post #2 - here goes :smile:

    I have been assembling a few lens for my 'new' SLR, a Pentax Super ME

    I intended to go for the SMC Super Takumar primes as I have heard some really good things about them. I currently have a 28mm and a 50mm F1.4 SMC.
    I picked up a plain Takumar 135mm F2.5 recently (not realising it wasn't an SMC Super Takumar) and haven't heard any good things about it since :sad: (soft etc.)

    So... should I replace it with a SMC variant, of which there are many highly rated versions? (or maybe I should shut up and wait for my film to be developed!)

    Alternatively I have a cheap Series 1 F3.5 Vivitar 70-210 zoom arriving soon, any opinions on this? (version 2 according to
    http://www.robertstech.com/vivitar.htm

    How sharp are these compared to a prime? even if it is 'just' a Takumar 135?

    Thanks for your thoughts!!

    -Nick
     
  2. Neil Souch

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    Hi Nick,

    I picked up a plain Takumar 135mm F2.5 recently (not realising it wasn't an SMC Super Takumar) and haven't heard any good things about it since :sad: (soft etc.)

    Correct 100% on that one I am afraid. It is not considered as good as the other Takumars but remember for portaits this may be nice (soft). I am currently trying to sell mine as well!

    Alternatively I have a cheap Series 1 F3.5 Vivitar 70-210 zoom arriving soon,

    I have not used the Series 1 Vivitar 70-210 but have owened / used a Vivitar Series 1 35 to something. That was certainly a nice zoom for its day. IIRC the Vivitar Series 1 zooms were highly regarded here in the UK. But they were heavy and bulky. Give the 70-210 a try, I am sure you will be impressed.

    Cheers,

    Neil.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    I didn't see either lens there on photodo!

    Anyway I was more interested in opinion of the Tak over hard facts :smile:
    I was hoping someone would say "it's a great lens!"
    Anwyay I'll reserve judgement until I've seen what is is capable of (or not as the case may be!)

    Cheers,

    -Nick