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Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 Lens

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Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 lens

Optical design

Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica), C/Y (contax/yashica), Canon FD, FDn, Canon FD, FDn, Konica AR, Konica AR, Nikon F (FX, DX), Nikon F (FX, DX), Olympus OM, Olympus OM, Pentax K, Pentax K, Minolta SR (MD, MC), Minolta SR (MD, MC)

Optical design: 14 elements in 12 groups

User reviews (2)

Photos (34)

Tests (1)

Owners (14)

Views (35313)

Average price: $133


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
28mm - 90mmf/2.8 - f/3.5f/1660.2367680/24111.5/4,4

Additional information:

Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5 is a kit  zoom lens for cameras of different systems.

The lens is based on a  push-pull principle (focal length is changed by pushing or pulling the focusing ring, the lens length is changing at the same time). It is multi-coated.

At the focal length of 28 mm it enables you to take 1:3.3 macro scale pictures.

Manufactured by Komine (28 in a serial number).

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Posted by: SharkDD   Date of publication: 27.02.2011

Photos taken with this lens Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5:

Christmas Tree Bokeh
Autor: Nik_SSG
5 0 4029

Christmas Tree Bokeh 2
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5 0 3211

Christmas Tree Bokeh 3
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5 0 3113

Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.4
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5 0 2472

Mechanical quality4.437
Optical quality4.268
Pricing / Value4.437
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Vivitar Series 1 28-90 mm f/ 2.8-3.5

Michael McBroom 18.02.2013 00:50:53
Period of use: 30 year


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.