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REVIEW: Vivitar 300mm f/5.6

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-12-21

Vivitar 300mm f/5.6

Specs:

Lens:
300mm

Aperture:
f/5.6 to f/22
6 bladed aperure

Closest Focus:
6m (20ft)

Weight:
727g

Mount:
M42

Covers:
Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative)


Image quality

Wide open:
Not crazy sharp but good enough
Some corner softness but still have a little even at smaller apertures (Fullframe)
Little vignetting

Renders very good at all apertures.

Analogue B&W film
Vivitar 300mm
                            f/5.6
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f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

Bokeh
Nice
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6


Digital
Pictures taken with a Canon 500D at ISO100 and I used a M42 to Canon mount adapter
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6
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f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16 - f/22

Bokeh
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6


Sample
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6
Vivitar
                                                          300mm f/5.6


Filming
Vivitar
                                            300mm f/5.6

Build quality

Very good and with a nice solid and quality feel.


Conclusion

Nice lens with good image and build quality.
Wide open is not crazy sharp but more than enough I would say.

Can be a bit tricky to focus a f/5.6 lens on a SLR intended for manual focus.
The focus aid doesn't work at that aperture.
Not a problem you find on a Digital SLR especially if you use liveview.

Thumbs up:
Image and build quality
Bokeh


Thumbs down:
Closest Focus: 6m (20ft)



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