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    Vivitar series 1...

    just ordered a lens for the nikon. it's a 70-210 f3.5 vivitar series 1 AI. i had read that there were five version, version one through three having exceptional optics and the latter two not so much. so, looking over my order i noticed that the one coming my way is 67mm which i now understand to be the first version. considering i only paid $17 i figure there's a piece to this puzzle that's missing. is this lens really a turd? if it is i'm fine with that, i wasn't expecting much for $17, and really it was an impulse buy.

    chime in if you have experience.

    thanks guys, you're the best.
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    A friend had that lens in Minolta mount. It was big, heavy; and really sharp.
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    heavy indeed, i think i read it's just over 2 lbs.!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BimmerJake View Post
    just ordered a lens for the nikon. it's a 70-210 f3.5 vivitar series 1 AI. i had read that there were five version, version one through three having exceptional optics and the latter two not so much. so, looking over my order i noticed that the one coming my way is 67mm which i now understand to be the first version. considering i only paid $17 i figure there's a piece to this puzzle that's missing. is this lens really a turd? if it is i'm fine with that, i wasn't expecting much for $17, and really it was an impulse buy.

    chime in if you have experience.

    thanks guys, you're the best.
    If this lens has a serial number beginning with "22" or "37", you have a great lens, provided it wasn't screwed up by a previous owner. Version 1, which is the one I have, was made by Kiron back in the mid to late '70s, I think. The serial number for this lens starts with "22", and the filter size is 67mm. Version 2 was made by Tokina and it is also supposed be a real good lens. The serial number starts with "37" and I think that the filter size is 62mm.
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    I first used one of these on my Nikons at work in the mid '70's and was so impressed that I now own one in M42 and one in Konica. Only drawback is that they are heavy. Now that I'm getting old, I'm considering drilling holes in 'em to reduce weight.

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    I've got a Series 1 zoom, 100-300mm, f:5. Serial number begins with 37. I love it. It is mated to an old Nikon F body, along with a sports finder. It is a heavy lens, but sometimes a bazooka is what you need.

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    The list of makers.

    Who made this Vivitar?
    Dang! It won't upload my file.
    Goggle the question "Who..............Vivitar" to find out which company made your V. lens.

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    I had the S1 70-210 f3.5 unfortunately it was stolen back in the early 80's but as others say it was an outstanding lens, I replaced it with the f2.8 model which I still have and that's equally as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy View Post
    Who made this Vivitar?
    Dang! It won't upload my file.
    Goggle the question "Who..............Vivitar" to find out which company made your V. lens.
    well, i can't confirm until it arrives, but here's what i know (assuming that keh.com's description was accurate).

    it's f/3.5 which narrows it down to either version 1 or 2 (the others are f/2.8)
    it has a 67mm filter ring, if this is accurate it points to version 1

    version 1 was manufactured by kiron (this is also assuming the info online is accurate), it's a 15 element/10 group, 2 lb beast.

    when it arrives i'll confirm all the assumptions
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    When in doubt..............go analog.

    Wrote out the list.
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