Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Minolta MD Mount- Vivitar SCS 28mm f/2.8 Close Focus Lens

Minolta MD Mount- Vivitar SCS 28mm f/2.8 Close Focus Lens
January 2012- Carl Garrard
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Snapshot Review: Vivitar was once a more well known and respected lens maker during the film era than they currently are. They produced a large quantity of high quality prime lenses that you can find on Ebay now for mere pennies compared to new lenses. This one is one of my favorites for the price that I use on my Pentax and 4/3 gear alike. I purchased this lens for a mere $20.00 plus shipping and it arrived in like new condition. Mounted on the 4/3 mount it gives a 35mm equivalent close focus magnification of  1:2.5 (35mm magnification is 1:5) and has a reasonably bright f/2.8 aperture just as the name suggests.

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It is light, small, well built, with a dampened smooth focusing ring- the quintessential film era prime lens in terms of build and quality (they make them like this now, but not for this price!). Because the Vivitar has a better than average magnification quality, you have more control over out of focus areas and its more versatile than most primes in this genre. I find it quite a bargain.


Close focus showing 1:5 magnification (35mm equivalent)

It has a 6 bladed aperture and ranges from f/2.8-f22. It is made mostly of metal and so is the mount. The focal length and price make this lens a great 4/3 or m4/3 candidate with an easy to find adapter. As long as you don't mind the Vivitar name, the lens is quite a bargain and highly recommended for it's price.

Close focus example f/2.8 on DMC-L1 4/3 mount

Close focus example f/2.8 on DMC-L1 4/3 mount

Take a look at this lens if you are shopping used for lenses you intend to use on adapters, or if you still shoot film, its a very nice film lens for an older MD mount Minolta film camera.

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Cheers,
Carl

4 Comments:

Blogger tokyojerry said...

I have an older Minolta SRT-101 with it's 58mm f1.4 prime lens still in pretty good condition. I reckon this lens could be used on that camera being an MD mount? More importantly, since I seldom shoot film these days, is that lens adaptable to Sony's Alpha A-mount for use on the A65/A77?

January 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger C.GARRARD said...

Yes MD mount can be used on current A-Mount cameras with the use of an adapter (pretty cheap these days too).

Carl

January 15, 2012 at 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Such a great article it was which It is light, small, well built, with a dampened smooth focusing ring- the quintessential film era prime lens in terms of build and quality. In which The focal length and price make this lens a great 4/3 or m4/3 candidate with an easy to find adapter. As long as you don't mind the Vivitar name, the lens is quite a bargain and highly recommended for it's price.. Thanks for sharing this article.

February 11, 2012 at 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Josh M. said...

Informative article! I like my Lumix L1 a lot. I'm about to move to the Philippines for several months while my wife has a our baby there. Can you suggest a good alternative wide-angle lens and adapter I can use while abroad? Thanks! - Josh M.

November 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM  

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