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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


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

Optical design

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

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Average price: $308


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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

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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


Build quality.



Did I mention the superb build quality?


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


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

  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Sharpness!
  • Reliability.


    No autofocus :) ...


    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 :)