Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto Review

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Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto Review

Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto Review

The Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto is an old film camera lens with the universal Vivitar TX mount. With an interchangeable shank, it can be attached to any camera. True, I had some problems installing the supplied lens on my Nikon cameras, so for the review I used Vivitar 300 / 5.6 on Canon 350D through Nikon-Canon adapter.

Key Features of Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto

Key Features of Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto

Vivitar 300 / 5.6 - very well built. The lens is massive, pleasant to the touch, with a built-in retractable telescopic hood. Made in Japan with a rubberized focusing ring that rotates 270 degrees. Here are just a minimum focusing distance of 6 meters, which is not at all pleasing.

Vivitar 300 / 5.6

Vivitar 300 / 5.6 when focusing on MDF with a hood installed.

Unlike good workmanship, the optical properties of the lens are very weak. Vivitar 300 / 5.6 is afraid of backlight and side light, at F / 5.6 it has weak sharpness and strong chromatic aberration. If you close the aperture to F / 8.0, then the sharpness comes back to normal. Personally, I did not like the lens.

Vivitar 300 / 5.6

Vivitar 300 / 5.6 lens enlightenment

Take off hand on a telephoto lens with a weak aperture and manual focusing is quite tedious, but still I have no problem using 'dark' telephoto lenses on a sunny day. At ISO 200 and aperture F / 8, you can shoot on a sunny day without problems at shutter speeds no longer than 1/320 s, which is quite enough to avoid blurring the picture when shooting handheld.

Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto

Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto Lens Shank

Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 has interesting aperture control ring... F5.6 is available in the middle of the aperture ring. The diaphragm is closed by rotating the ring both left and right. It's a pity that there are few intermediate values ​​- only F / 5.6, F / 8, F / 11, F / 16, F / 22.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
All shot on Canon EOS 350D. EGF lens on Canon 350D is 480mm. Everything is filmed at F / 5,6-F / 8.0 using a lens hood. On-camera JPEG L, high quality (without any processing). Noise reduction at slow shutter speeds was turned off. Parameters: contrast correction - 0, sharpness - 0, saturation - 0, tone color - 0. Used white balance: 'Sunny'. The size of the photos has been reduced to 3 MP. It took me a lot of work from a huge number of photos to choose at least 10 for review.

Vivitar 300 / 5.6

Vivitar 300 / 5.6 on ZZ

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The Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto is an old manual focus telephoto lens. Has an excellent build and built-in lens hood, but the image quality is 'weak'.

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Comments: 13, on the topic: Review Vivitar 300mm 1: 5.6 Auto Telephoto

  • Ibrahim

    In any case, it is very nice to see your lens on your blog)) Thank you so much! Write to me in the mail, I'll throw you the details of sending)

  • Alexey

    Here it is interesting - I have almost the same, but I have the marking - soligor and focal 4,5 80-200, but it looks really one to one !!

  • Ampels

    To whom the mare is the bride. Comparison similar to yours.

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      How aptly noted! The comparison is completely inappropriate, yes ....

  • Paul

    But as for me, a perfectly acceptable image, especially for an amateur)))

    • anonym

      And it seems to me that the author has greatly softened the characteristic of the lens as “weak”. This is a natural, heavy, soapy ram.

  • Alexander

    Mdaa, pictures do not please)

  • anonym

    Maybe it's the Canon 350 that didn't make friends or the lens is a poor-quality test lens - it looks like solid, but in reality it's not very good, however, like all tested here except for super-expensive lenses ... My Sony 8MP mirrorless camera shoots better than these "masterpieces"

  • Igor_K

    Your lens is a later version - rebranding Tokina RMC 300mm F = 5,6. It differs by a smaller MDF 4,5m versus 6m in the tested one, by a different type of enlightenment, and probably by a different optical scheme. The shots from the later version are really much better. From the "old sores" - there is a pronounced chromatism, but it is partially "treated" in FS, etc., but the contrast, sharpness and color rendering have significantly increased. I have a version with a non-replaceable OM - bayonet, I use it on Kenon, and I can say with confidence that at its price, the lens gives out a very adequate image quality!

  • Valentine

    Has anyone ever used the vivitar AF 100-300mm 5.6 - 6.7 lens? How is the experience of using eggs?

  • Oksolin

    how is Vivitar Auto Telephoto 135/2.8 compared to Jupiter-37A 135/3.5 and how is it
    docks with Canon 450d

    • B. R. P.

      Connects through an adapter. It depends on which mount is on the lens.

  • David

    I have one of these with a pk mount. Either side of the orange f 5.6 there are matching f-stop numbers in white on the left-hand side and green on the right hand side. If I remove the PK mount I can choose whether to replace it with the white numbers working or the green numbers working. Can anyone tell me what this is all about. Is it for left-handed and right-handed photographers?

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