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