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Anyone ever use a Vivitar 100mm macro lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by drschurch, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. drschurch


    May 15, 2008
    Dandridge, Tn
    Being P.B.H.(poor, broke and hungry) and wanting to get into some macro stuff I came across this lens. Anybody have any sample pics for me? Should I believe all the great things I have been reading about this lens?
  2. It sounds like a coffee grinder, the focus ring isn't very smooth at all and it requires an adapter filter to get to 1:1 but the darn thing takes very good pictures. These are the only two I currently have available to post if they help you at all. I bought mine used for $35 and it is re-badged as a Promaster so I can't really complain too much about it. If you are on a budget it is fine but after using a borrowed Nikon 105 Micro it makes it really difficult to want to use this lens again.

    NIKON D70s    ---    100mm    f/4.5    1/100s   

    NIKON D70s    ---    100mm    f/8.0    1/30s   

    I find myself using my Nikon 28-105 in the macro mode more for my macro style shots. It only gets a 1;2 ratio but offers a little more working distance, more depth of field and zoom capability (50-105 in macro mode). The working distance of the 100mm macro requires tou to get extremely close with the 1:1 adapter installed on the lens and unless you are photographing small objects such as insects, coins or stamps, the focal length can be too long to fit the subject fully in the frame.
  3. drschurch


    May 15, 2008
    Dandridge, Tn
    Wow thanks Jeff. Those shots look great. Do you shot insects with Nikon 28-105? If so can you show me a few shots with it?
  4. Sorry, no bugs but some flowers with the 28-105 in macro mode:

    They are not a sharp as a dedicated prime macro lens but I am satisfied with the quality. They appear sharper when they are printed than on the computer screen so no sharpening has been applied, just a slight levels adjustment.

    f/16 75mm
    NIKON D70s    ---    75mm    f/16.0    1/1000s   

    f/16 75mm
    NIKON D70s    ---    75mm    f/16.0    1/320s   

    f/7.1 75
    NIKON D70s    ---    75mm    f/7.1    1/800s   
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