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REVIEW: Vivitar 28mm f/2 Close Focus

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-02-27

Vivitar 28mm f/2 Close Focus

Specs:

Lens:
28mm

Aperture:
f/2 to f/16
6 bladed aperure

Closest Focus:
0.23m (0.75ft)

Weight:
270g

Mount:
Nikon F (Ai)

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)


Image quality

Wide open:
Good sharpness
Farly mild corner softness for a fast wide angle
Vignetting which is gone by f/4 on a full frame

Renders very good at all apertures.

Analogue B&W film
Vivitar 28mm f/2
                            Close Focus
Download full size image. Here (up to 5mb)
f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Really nice!
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus

Flare / Backlight
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus



Digital
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Download full size image. Here (up to 5mb)
f/2 - f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus

Flare
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus


Filming
Vivitar
                                              28mm f/2 Close Focus




Sample
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus
Vivitar
                                                          28mm f/2 Close
                                                          Focus



More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/vivitar-28mm-f2-mc-close-focus-wide-angle/



Build quality

Very good and solid.
The lens have also a nice feel to it.


Conclusion

One great little lens with nice image quality.
It renders good at all apertures and have a nice bokeh.
Fast aperture of f/2 can be handy and it is still quite lightweight.
Build quality and feel are good.

But flares can look quite bad and can be a problem.


Thumbs up:
Image & Bokeh
Build quality & Feel
Closest Focus of 0.23m
F/2


Thumbs down:
Flare



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Technical Info

Analogue B&W film
Scanner: Plustek OpticFilm 7600i
Film: AGFA CINEREX (X-ray film)
Developer: Kodak D76

Digital
Canon 500D with lens mount adapter
Auto White Balance and ISO 100

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