Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Kiron and Pentax K-x

2010-02-25
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron
I finally find the time to test my copy of Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro on K-x. First some product shots on the lens mounted on k-x. The lens goes well in style and offers superb manual focusing for macro shooting.

pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron
It feel great in buying this lens back after I sold a similar lens with Lester A Dine 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Dental Macro. I was wrong about the Lester A Dine in the past regarding bad 1:1 pictures. All bad pictures with exception on purple fringing/CA are my faults in not using it correctly when focus distance is past the 1:2 margin. I simply can't hand-hold shot beyond 1:2. The DOF is literally razor thin when I am in between 1:2 to 1:1 in focus distance and it is beyond my ability in hand-holding. No matter how hard I try, it ain't working for me in hand-holding.


Some flower close up test shots mostly in 1:2 to 1:3 distance wise when I could still manage to hand hold. Beyond the 1:2 marking, I would have liked the help with several aids:

  • A macro flash ring light to open up the DOF while keeping the shutter not too low
  • A mono-pod to try out
  • A tripod that can collapse lower to the floor
  • Some railing support that can be used with the tripod
  • Some means to keep the flowers still from the wind


1/320 sec, f/5.6, 100mm, iso 100, 0 Ev, K-x
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron test shots

1/320 sec, f/5.6, 100mm, iso 100, 0 Ev, K-x
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron test shots


1/125 sec, f/5.6, 100mm, iso 160, 0 Ev, K-x
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron flower shot


1/200 sec, f/5.6, 100mm, iso 160, 0 Ev, K-x
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron test shots

1/250 sec, f/7.1, 100mm, iso 100, 0 Ev, K-x
pentax k-x white and vivitar 100mm f/2.8 1:1 macro kiron flower shot
I am happy to rectify my past LBA remorse into selling too soon. At the moment, I don't want to visit my rational (the evil) part of my LBA mind as I do have overlap with Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Ex DG Macro


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6 comments:

tokyoso said...

Looks good on the camera.

I need to get one of these. Still have to work on my macro flower shots, one of these days when I get to go out on a nice flowery day.

Hin Man said...

Thank you for the visit. The other macro lens that I recommend highly are the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 1:1 Ex DG and Tamron equivalent 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro. Both can work better as short tele-lens as they have the focus limiter. At some point I need to revisit my overlapping macro lens and pick one to go.

tokyoso said...

Thanks for the great blog! I learn something new everytime I read. Love those flower pictures...!

I'll keep an eye out for those lenses.

Anonymous said...

Excellent shots. Yes, the big manual focus macro lenses are not hand holders. But, when you get it right, they make such lovely images. Glad you came back to the Vivitar for a second chance. Looks like it and the Pentax go well together. Happy shooting :)

Jimmy Yen said...

Sharp and Beautiful, Great shot!

Kit said...

excellent shots ! Classic manual lens always look fantastic on the white k-x.

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