Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom review

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Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom review

The Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom has a namesake - Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom, in real life, these are completely different lenses.

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom N / AI is a film zoom with a constant maximum aperture of F / 3.8, which gives reason to consider it faster than lenses with F / 4. Although, in fact, the difference between F / 3.8 and F / 4 is a breeze. The lens is suitable for modern Nikon F mount cameras and is an AI lens. How to use old Nikon AI non-autofocus (manual) lenses - read about AI-S.

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom, 75 mm, focus on MDF

A single-ring lens, a wide rubberized ring serves both to change the focal length (should be pulled to or away from you) and focus. When focusing, the ring rotates 180 degrees, MDF is 1.3 meters. The lens has a scale for focusing distance, focal lengths and a mark for focusing in the infrared spectrum.

When focusing, the front lens rotates and the trunk of the lens travels forward. It was convenient enough for me to focus with the Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom, on camera Nikon D700 the green dot suggesting good focusing worked very well.

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom, rear view

The diaphragm consists of only 6 blades and closes to F / 22. I want to note that when changing the focal length and when focusing, the rear lens remains stationary, which is pretty good, because you do not need to worry about the effect of a vacuum cleaner. Also, when changing the focal length, the linear dimensions of the lens do not change.

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom. The diameter of the filters is 62 mm.

Despite MS enlightenment, the lens does not carry backlight into the spirit, in which you can get any kind of artifacts in the photo. This flaw can be attributed to its old optical design. With sharpness on camera Nikon D700 everything is in perfect order, even at F / 3.8, the lens creates images of acceptable quality and even at extreme focal lengths.

I have always had the suspicion that the lens was initially calculated to fit a wider range of focal lengths. For example, we can assume that this lens was designed for a range of 70-210 mm, but the extreme positions of the zoom were very weak in terms of optical performance, so they were taken and cut to values ​​of 75-205 mm. This is just my guess :).

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom

Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom on Canon EOS 700D

Such a lens has been assembled for centuries - glass and metal. Of the mechanical flaws, I found only a spontaneous change in focal length under its own weight.

On the case you can find the inscription Lens Made In Japan, pleasant to the eye.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 203 MB, 21 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700.

Canon EOS 700D + 1Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1: 2.8 L IS USM and Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Nikon on N8008S

Canon EOS 700D + Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1: 2.8 L IS USM and Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom Nikon on the N8008S

Although I am skeptical about the old manual zooms, they can sometimes please with their work. So, for lack of money, with the purchase of such a cheap, but quite suitable lens, you can get a 'telephoto' and a 'portrait lens' and even the makings of an artistic lens with not the worst bokeh.

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The Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom N / AI is a simple, cheap manual zoom lens. It is well made, has a constant maximum relative aperture and produces photographs that are quite suitable for many tasks, the main thing is not to shoot with it in backlight.

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Comments: 31, on the topic: Review Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 MC Macro Focusing Zoom

  • Niklover

    Thanks! I also expected a video review.

    • Alexander

      And I chose and use Nikkor Af 80-200mm f2.8D ED MK3 as a TV set on Nikon and even shot a video review about it
      the truth is not as steep as that of Arkady but still for a start I think it's better than not writing ANYTHING)))

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Thank you for sharing :) do the same!

  • anonym

    I think on this glass “quite suitable pictures” as you put it, can only be obtained by the pros, the rest will not be very good.

    • Lynx

      In this case, it turns out that the “rest”, even on the top “gold” glasses, will have “not very good”.

      • Yarkiya

        Precisely, there is a good saying - “if something doesn't work out for you, then YOU are doing something wrong. "

  • anonym

    I can add that the lens aperture is still intermediate values ​​...

  • anonym

    Does he lose much in the picture to Vivitara 70-210 3,5?

  • Andrei

    Good day to all! Thank you very much Arkady for the review of this Vivitara. I myself have one, but I have some other modification or something. Firstly, it has a very small stroke of the focus ring ~ 75 °, which is quite difficult to get into the zone of sharpness even with Lushnikov’s dandelion mounted on it, and secondly I have a different color of enlightenment of the rear and front lenses and I have never had problems with flare and catching hares. Something like that.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Most likely not like that.

  • DimDimych

    The photo of a girl in a white skirt shows that the lens is chromate and is subject to strong frigging.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I wonder what to expect from a similar lens :)?

  • Peter

    I use this lens. More precisely, the name is the same, but my enlightenment is of a different color - bright blue. In terms of sharpness at the long end, it turned out to be significantly better than the Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f / 3.5 ver. 2! Although the chromatite is pretty ...

    • Igor_K

      I absolutely support you about the sharpness at the long end - it is really better than the Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f / 3.5, which is quite natural in general (the aperture is slightly lower, the FR is slightly shorter, the zoom ratio is lower). Arkady has a wonderful idea in his review that “75-205” is a “cropped” “70-210”. The result is a very good lens, and it is also important that it is noticeably smaller and lighter than 70-210 \ 3,5 ,five. Personally, I have 70-150 \\ 3,8 - small, light and sharp, with a very decent pattern. Below is the "cat test" on the ancient D70, focal 150 \ 3,8, BB-AUTO, sharpness +

      • Ivan

        It is BETTER series 1. Optically and mechanically. And 70-150 brings them both down)). Well, as it were logical. Better current L in mechanics from the boot and Nikkorov 2 glasses 4.0 and 4.5, respectively. There are no miracles. But the object is really valid!

  • Nikita

    I heard that this is a parfocal lens, is that true?

    • Ivan

      I doubt how trombone can even be parfocal yourself think!

  • Alexey de Paris

    What cool pictures. Photos with pigeons place in a museum of modern art. You can find a lot of interesting things on it. A whole reason for reflection and discussion.

  • Ilya

    Good afternoon. Such a lens with a c \ fd bayonet mount, can it be planted on a Nikon d3100 using such a ring ??

    Thank you in advance.

  • Oleg

    Good day! Please tell me what is better in your opinion Vivitar 85-205 / f3.8 or Jupiter 21. Thank you in advance.

  • anonym

    good day! who is familiar with the lens Lenmar 85-205 3.8, on the Internet info 0, only about vivitars

  • Valery

    Good afternoon.
    This lens has recently been acquired, but it does not focus on infinity. T. E. The focus ring rises to infinity, but there is no infinity. It works only as a macro. What could be the reason?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      What camera and lens mount?

      • Valery

        Pentax K5 camera, Pentax bayonet mount


    tengo un zoom vivitar 75-205 que quiero vender y me estan preguntando si tiene montura m42 y que diafragama tiene y la verdad es que no se donde encuentro esa informacion en el lente gracias

    • Mr noe

      adjunte una foto de la bayoneta (parte posterior de la lente) aquí

  • Jacek Oleszkiewicz

    Mam od…. wielu lat wlaśnie pompkę. :) Kiedyś była założona do OM-1 .Teraz nie zmieniła rodziny i od czasu do czasu zakładam do OM M5MII (albo do innych w systemie m43. Na dodatek mam jeszcze pierścień tele x1,5. Nigdy jednak nie robię bez statydwugie i wężyka spustowego. Przy takiej armacie mikro drgania są nieuniknione i wyzwalanie migawki przez dotyk ekranu to za mało. Ostatnio myślę jednak aby dokupić rolkowe podparcie dłuższych obiektywów i zamontować je na saneczkach do makro. Wtedy ograniczę drgania tylko do całości a usztywniając statyw (ciężarkiem) prawdopodobnie zredukuję drgania do minimum System M43 dla OM ma wygaszanie drgań w korpusie więc powinno to wystarczyć.

  • Sergiy

    Tell me the red line of hyperfocus at what aperture and is there a hidden macro mode?

    • B. R. P.

      Hidden macro mode? There is nothing unhidden. This is NOT a macro lens.

    • Rodion

      Macro mode is available in Vivitar Series 1 70-210 / 3.5 (I, Kiron). Quite like this.

      • B. R. P.

        Well, that's a different matter.)

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