Comparing Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm Zooms

v1 from Kiron

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 from Kiron
  • Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5, v1 from Kiron
  • serial number starts with 22
  • best in color and contrast
  • bokeh is very nice, next to Komin and better than Tokina
  • heaviest unfortunately, it is actually not much heavier than Komine copy, but it is bulkier
  • best build quality in construction
  • very inexpensive to get
  • sharpness square evenly with the Komine copy. But I do prefer the Tokina on sharpness when stopped down
  • close up is at 1:2.2 and I think the weight and the bigger size in barrel may hinder the usefulness in close up

v2 from Tokina

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 from Tokina
  • Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5, v2 from Tokina
  • serial number starts with 37
  • best in sharpness when stopped down to f/5.6 and smaller
  • lightest of the three and much usable in walk around
  • does quite poorly in close up with magnification at 1:4, I see ghosting in close up
  • color and contrast are reasonable, but I like the Kiron and Komine copies better for color, contrast and saturation
  • best in focusing ring, maybe my copy with Tokina is newer than the other, the focusing ring in my tokina copy is the best among the three versions that I have tried.
  • very inexpensive to get, a less competed model that should go well in terms of cost and value

v3 from Komine

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 from Komine
  • Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/2.8-4.0 from Komine
  • serial number starts with 28
  • the only version among the three that has 'A' settings
  • weight is middle tier in 860g in between 710g Tokina and the 879g Kiron
  • perhaps the barrel are not as big, I feel similar handling to the Tokina
  • close up is found quite decent at 1:2.5
  • I still prefer the color and contrast from Kiron but I will give the Komine slightly better than Tokina
  • sharpness is middle as 2nd runner after Tokina
  • Bokeh is best among the three versions, very close with Kiron copy
  • Some moderate Purple Fringe noted in test shots,
  • best overall due to the 'A' setting, faster speed in f/2.8 in the shorter end.
  • cost more than twice of v1 and v2



Unknown said...

Great reviews, much appreciated for your time in differentiating among these subtle variations

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