Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC review

For the opportunity to review Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC N / AI many thanks to Klochnik Roman, who sent me him from another area.

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC review

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC review

The “Series 1” is considered by the Vivitar to be a top class lens series. The Vivitar 70-210mm f / 3.5 in my review is indeed a very good lens. My Vivitar 70-210mm f / 3.5 has a Nikon F mount and has an N / AI lettering on the lens barrel, which most likely means 'Non-AI', but in fact, my copy is AI-compatible. How to use such old lenses without autofocus is described in the section on AI-S. I used Vivitar 70-210mm F / 3.5 with my camera without any problems Nikon D700 and film Nikon AF N8008s. With a film camera, the lens gives accurate confirmation when focusing successfully, with a green dot in JVI.

Of course, the Vivitar 70-210mm F / 3.5 is 'made in Japan', the assembly of the lens at the highest level is a large kilogram piece of metal and glass. The lens uses 67 mm filters. Vivitar 70-210mm F / 3.5 has a pump-action design (to zoom you need to pull or push the zoom ring), and this is a single-ring lens. The lens has one large rubberized ring, which is designed to change the focal length of the lens and to focus. I really like single-ring lenses.

Enlightenment of the front and rear lenses of the Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC lens

Enlightenment of the front and rear lenses of the Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC lens

When focusing, the front lens of the objective both rotates and travels back and forth. But the rear lens remains stationary both when focusing and when zooming - this is very good news for people who are worried about the cleanliness of the matrix of their camera. Focus ring rotates 180 degrees. The focusing is smooth. The MDF, in normal lens operation, is 2 meters.

The lens has macro shooting mode... To enable this mode, set the focal length to 210mm and press the white button on one of the lens 'ears', then turn the ears to the left until it stops. Despite the fact that there is even a separate switch for macro, with the Vivitar 70-210mm f / 3.5 I was unable to achieve the declared magnification of 1: 2.2, so the Macro inscription in the lens name costs more 'for show'.

View of the Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC lens on a Nikon N8008s film camera

View of the Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC lens on a Nikon camera

The Vivitar 70-210mm f / 3.5 has a pronounced VMC coating. Aperture only accepts intermediate values ​​from F / 3.5-F / 22.0. The number of aperture blades is 6 pieces. The Vivitar 70-210mm f / 3.5 is a constant f / 3.5 zoom lens, which is only 2/3 stops smaller than f / 2.8. I even thought about replacing my Jupiter-37A 135mm F / 3.5 with this Vivitar, but I changed my mind, since Jupiter is much lighter :). This lens can even be an alternative to the 70-200 / 2.8, especially for video shooting.

Sample Photos

Everything is filmed on Nikon D700. Photos without processing, only reduced to 3 MP and imprinted data from EXIF. Vivitar 70-210mm F / 3.5 creates sharp and contrasting photos. The lens has an interesting bokeh. The vignetting of the lens is minimal. In general, this lens showed very good results.

Examples of photos on film, digitized in a photo lab, Lightroom auto level:

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Conclusions

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC is an excellent telezoom with constant aperture F / 3.5 and good image quality. The only pity is the macro mode is 'not real' and there is no internal focusing, otherwise this Vivitar is very good.

On Radozhiv there was another review of such a lens MC Vivitar 70-210mm 1: 4.5 Macro Focusing Zoom.

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Comments: 116, on the topic: Overview of Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm 1: 3.5 Macro Focusing Auto Zoom VMC

  • Igor

    Hello to honest people
    I bought this lens with M42 someone remade under Nikon for the presence of infinity?
    PS
    super paragon pmc ii auto tele zoom 75-200mm (m42) remade for nikon but how will this finalization affect ...
    1. was unscrewed and a little bayonet mount was cut from the inside
    2. the rear lens block (it is locked with two screws) was twisted about a half turn after which infinity appeared
    chromatism after this does not come out and the sharpness does not fall?

  • Igor

    the issue was partially resolved by disassembling thereof and turning the mount and adapter through

  • Victoria

    Good evening. I am looking for manual optics about 200mm, having studied the reviews on this glass - I realized that it is far from the best option. What can you advise? You can either fix or zoom.

    • Yura

      A great option is the nikon 180mm f2.8 lll. But it costs a lot. I bought on Ebey for 22t.r But I did not have time to test yet, once (

      • Victoria

        Agree. But while I look in the direction of the manual, autofocus is not necessary.

  • Stanislas

    If this is not macro, then what is this ?! https://ibb.co/wBc8WRM

    Probably you just didn't bring it close enough, because, according to the instructions, the minimum focusing distance in macro mode for this lens is 54 mm !!!

  • Jury

    I can sell this one with Lushnikov's dandelion in excellent condition. If anyone is interested, write. yurkov68@gmail.com

  • Jury

    I forgot to write that the bayonet is Nikon.

  • Sergiy

    What difference does it make if it's just zoom, not auto zoom?

  • Bob

    I would be very interested in knowing what the image distance and background distances were for those swirly bokeh photos.

    • Rodion

      This lens has delicious swirly bokeh at 135-200 mm focal length. 70-135 mm range is not so interesting considering bokeh rendition. The vivitar 70-210/3.5 has relatively large minimal focusing distance 2 m and it is the only real disadvantage of this lens. Macro-mode is not easy to use because of slow switching into it – so, it doesn't compensate huge minimal focusing distance. I wish the photos you highlighted were taken on the distance about 2-3 meters.

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