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Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) Lens

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Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) lens

Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) lens

Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) lens

Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) lens

Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) lens

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Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) optical design

Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Canon FD, FDn, Nikon F (FX, DX), Olympus OM, Pentax K, Minolta SR (MD, MC)

First year of production: 1977

Last year of production: 1981

Optical design: 8 elements in 7 groups

User reviews (2)

Photos (11)

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Owners (6)

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Average price: $308

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
90mmf/2.5f/2280.39358644/22,790/3,5

Additional information:

The Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina) is a legendary macro lens, designed and manufactured to the order of Vivitar by Tokina, a Japanese manufacturer of optic systems.

The lens can take 1:2 macro scale pictures.  With an additional extender the Vivitar makes it possible to take 1:1 macro scale pictures.

Together with the Tokina AT-X 90 mm f/2.5 MACRO  and the Panagor 90 mm f/ 2.8/ 2.8 macro it forms the trio of the most successful and respected macro lenses with the  focal length of 90 mm produced by third-party manufacturers.

This was one of the first computer-designed lenses.

After discontinuation of the macro lens production for Vivitar, Tokina went on manufacturing it under its own brand mark of the Tokina AT-X 90 mm f/2.5 MACRO. This variant of the lens differed in exterior build, smaller size and weight, as well as the filter diameter of 55 mm and minimum aperture of f/ 32. Optical scheme is completely identical.

The Vivitar Series 1 90 mm f/ 2.5 Macro has been valued by the photographers up to now due to several reasons:

  • very sharp, but at the same time very flexible image, completely functional aperture at f/ 2.5;
  • versatility; because of its optic characteristics it is fit for shooting in many genres, including portraiture;
  • very beautiful blurring of out-of-focus area – bokeh, the lens is widely known under the nickname of Bokina;
  • nice natural color and excellent contrast in the pictures;
  • very good mechanical build quality, just glass and metal.

The lens is well resistant to side and back light. There is a notable drop in contrast when shooting against the light. It is recommended to use it with a hood.

The Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro is suitable for macrography (especially with extender), portraiture, as well as for shooting different objects and fragments of nature.


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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 06.09.2010



Photos taken with this lens Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina):


Warhammer
Autor: Relayer
5 0 1909

Bee
Autor: Relayer
5 0 1624

Portrait
Autor: Relayer
5 0 1766

The flowers
Autor: Relayer
5 0 1369

Mechanical quality5.006
Optical quality5.006
Usability4.336
Pricing / Value3.836
Bokeh4.836
Overall lens rating
4.60

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Owner reviews: Vivitar Series 1 Macro 90 mm  f/ 2.5 (Tokina)

Gary Sutherland 24.01.2013 04:25:47
Period of use: 8 months

Strengths:

Build quality.

Sharpness.

Bokeh.

Did I mention the superb build quality?


Weaknesses:

The need for the adapter to reach 1:1 magnification might bother some folk, but the resulting picture quality is worth this minor hassle.


Comments:

Mechanically, this lens is a work of art. It is a joy to use and I will never let it go.




Bakin 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 2 years

Strengths:
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Sharpness!
  • Reliability.

    Weaknesses:

    No autofocus :) ...

    Comments:

    An excellent lens. Not often in the secondary market. Good as a macro lens and a portrait lens! Generally lenses from Vivitar good. How many used lenses - all worthy! But this very worthy :)