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Owner reviews: Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5
Great sharpness and contrast. Excellent color rendition. Perfect for general photography, from scenics to portraiture. Convenient macro close-focus setting.
Varifocal zoom means you have to refocus every time you zoom in or out. But this being a one-touch zoom design, that really isn't as much of an issue as you might think. Also, it vignettes slightly in the corners at 28mm when stopped down.
This unassuming little 28-90 is one of the sharpest zoom lenses ever made. Period. Vivitar made about a bazillion of them, spanning about a decade. So they are plentiful. If you're shoppin on eBay, don't fall into the sucker traps of Buy It Now, unless the BIN is a cheap one AND there's nothing wrong with the lens. The average price shown in this listing is about $90+ too high. I have bought the Viv S1 28-90s off eBay, even in a popular mount like Nikon, for $25 to $40.