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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

Member Since 19 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active Jun 17 2019 03:12 PM

Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm f5.6-8.0 - Sample Photos

06 May 2019 - 01:22 AM

This is a BIG Vivitar long manual-focus telephoto zoom, which was probably aimed at press photography, ornithology, etc.It's fairly heavy and seems to be all-metal construction, and is an old trombone-style twist to focus, push and pull to zoom, design.It offers 1.5x macro on 35mm, probably closer to 1x on DX bodies.Download attachment: Vivitar_100-500_001.JPG Download attachment: Vivitar_100-500_002.JPG

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Lens Database?

17 April 2019 - 10:58 PM

Is anyone updating the lens database lately? I uploaded some info on the Vivitar Series 1 100-500 a few weeks ago, but it doesn't seem to be visible.

Body recommendations?

07 April 2019 - 03:01 PM

I got a D90 a couple of years back and it suits me in a lot of ways, but I could really do with AI / AI-S compatibility, which I should have thought of when I bought it. I just got a nice Vivitar Series 1 100-500 which really does need metering to avoid a lot of wasted shots, and my 8mm Yongnuo is also AI-S. I was thinking about getting both lenses chipped, but I can live without focus confirm, I'm reasonably good at doing it by eye, so I decided that a saner option would probably be a body with support for older lenses.


What I need, basically, is the same resolution as D90 (I really have no real use for anything higher), liveview (useful for photomicro etc.), and support for AI/AI-s, early motor-in-body AF, and AF-s.


What I don't need is higher resolution or video capability.


It looks like something like a D300 would suit my needs - any other suggestions?

Another Lens, Another Phase of the Moon

28 March 2019 - 07:36 PM

I picked up a Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm f5.6-8 at a car boot sale. Cost me £15, I think it's going to replace my cheapo 500mm as my main long lens - can't believe that a zoom is giving better results than a prime lens, but the series 1 lenses weren't cheap and it's still in very good condition so I suppose it's possible. This is cropped from the full frame on a D90. 1/800 f16, 500mm.





Yongnuo YN50 F1.8N

02 January 2019 - 03:54 PM

Picked up one of these cheaply via a pawn shop web site, arrived today and it's actually a fairly nice lens - fairly basic "motor in lens" AF design, no controls other than the auto/manual switch and manual focus ring but seems to be pretty sharp and reasonably solidly built. I'm going to wait for better weather to get some test shots, then I'll see how it compares to my old 50/1.8D


Anyone else tried one?