Vivitar 105mm f/2.5 Macro Series 1 Reviews

Dec 24th, 2007Russ

Priced Paid
4250.00

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

This is a clone of the phenomenal Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Kiron lens. And like the Kiron model, it's superb. It was made by Kiron, for Vivitar.

Kiron Kid
Feb 18th, 2008digisearch

Priced Paid
AU 125.00

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

I have the Kiron 105mm f/2.8 macro lens too. I have tried the Nikkor 105mm AF and the Nikkor 60mm AF Micro lenses and this inexpensive manual focus Kiron Micro lens is the easiest of the trio and produces results as good as or better than either of the prev. mentioned Nikkors.

Also marketed as the Lester Dine orthodontic micro lens this Kiron is a quality item and is a joy to use on a D200. It's dead sharp image reproduction is rather phenomenal. It has a huge focus ring throw which makes precise focusing easy which is essential for macro exposures. It achieves a true 1:1 macro reproduction ratio and stops down plenty to get tremendous depth of field.
I bought mine 2nd hand for not much $$ and sold my other two micro Nikkors. I'd recommend this gem of a lens to anyone who wants a no comprimise dedicated manual focus macro lens.
Feb 19th, 2008bcpathol

Priced Paid
$150

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a year

I have the Vivitar Series 1 version. The lens is excellent, no doubt, for macrophotography. It is heavy and you can feel it. Even the focus ring itself is a joy to turn! Remember however, that this lens is made for macro work and macro work only; its performance will not be stellar under bright sunlight and for back-lit objects. The far-away objects (like buildings of a cityscape) will not be recorded any better than your average zoom lens. In other words, you cannot (and, perhaps should not) use this one as a general purpose lens.
Sep 17th, 2009CheesyDaddy

Priced Paid
180 USD

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
More than a year

Warning(Achtung!): This is top notch quality lens, pure beauty pitch black tack sharp beast. Yes, it is on par with some Nikkor lenses optically. But real honey is the smoothest industrial design the world has seen. Just turn that fat ring and you will know! A few pics here:

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