Swan Portrait (With a very old lens) [eng/срп] Портрет лабудова (веома старим објективом)

in PHOTOGRAPHY [DAC]5 months ago

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Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro lens adapted on Fujifilm X-T20


Most pleasurable weather this autumn in Serbia allowed me to go out by the river and meet a nice family of swans…


I took the opportunity to test another of the old lenses found at the flea market. This time, it’s a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro lens from 1978. So, let me introduce you to the participants of this post:

Веома лепо време ове јесени у Србији омогућило ми је пријатан сусрет крај реке с породицом лабудова…


Прилику сам искористио за тестирање још једног од старих објектива пронађених на бувљој пијаци. Овог пута, то је Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro објектив из 1978. године. Дакле, да вам представим учеснике:

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Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro version 2 from 1982
Duration / Трајање: 8:18 (енг.)


Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f3.5 Macro version 1 from 1978
Duration / Трајање: 16:43 (енг.)


This lens was produced by Tokina for the American company Vivitar. It is designed as a professional lens with an aperture of 3.5 in the entire zoom range and with an excellent macro function. My copy isn't exactly mechanically perfect, but it's optically flawless, and it's by far the fastest telephoto lens I've ever owned. Of course, you can't expect miracles from a 40-year-old manual telephoto lens on a modern digital camera. The usual problems are chromatic aberrations and manual focusing, which with all the assistance options, is not reliable. The rule applies to all old lenses: Always take several shots in a row, one will probably turn out sharp. So, it’s not easy to ‘nail’ the focus, but when you manage to do it, magic happens. I have deliberately posted all photos without any processing, just as they came directly out of the camera (OOC). See first how full frame looks like, and then a 100% size crop:

Овај објектив производила је Токина за америчку фирму Вивитар. Замишљен је као професионални објектив са блендом 3,5 у читавом распону зума и са одличном макро функцијом. Мој примерак није механички сасвим исправан, али је оптички беспрекоран, и то је засад најбољи телеобјектив који сам имао. Наравно, од 40 година старог мануелног објектива не можете очекивати чуда на савременом дигиталном апарату. Највећи проблем су хроматске аберације и ручно фокусирање, које уз све опције за асистенцију, није поуздано. Уз све старе објективе важи правило: Увек направите неколико снимака у низу, један ће ваљда испасти како треба. Дакле, није лако ‘набости’ фокус, али кад вам то пође за руком, настаје чаролија. Све фотографије намерно сам поставио без било какве обраде, баш онако како су изашле из фотоапарата (ИИФ). Погледајте како изгледа пун кадар а затим исечак 100% величине:

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Full frame / Пун кадар

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100% Crop / 100% исечак



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Full frame / Пун кадар

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100% Crop / 100% исечак



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Full frame / Пун кадар

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100% Crop / 100% исечак



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Full frame / Пун кадар

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100% Crop / 100% исечак


My copy was only $20. In my opinion, more than acceptable for such beautiful portraits of swans…

Мој примерак коштао је свега 20 долара. По мом мишљењу, више него прихватљиво за овако лепе портрете лабудова…

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What do you think? / Шта ви мислите?


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We have a few of them in here too. Nice shots you got of these beauties.

Thanks, @acesontop

i have the same lens lying in a bag bought it as a set combined with other lenses back in +/- 2013 it's to heavy for my liking i prefer light camera , the quality is good enough for most photographers.


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