Question about Vivitar Cameras
If you can fit a filter to the front of your lens, you could buy a wide angle adapter like a 0.5, with the screw size that fits your filter screw.
But the wide angle front lenses, were designed for compact camera's and video camera's And although the 18 mm could become like 12 mm, but you will introduce colour fringing, distortion and more , that can't be corrected in normal programs like Lightroom.
I used a wide angle 0,5x (52mm) Hama and a tele 1,5x from cannon, on my video and later on my canon powershot G9, to find I was looking for a DSLR. I never was quiet pleased with the results.
And yes, sometimes you can't go farther back, but then I shoot 2 or 3 pictures.
Now I use a 12 - 24 on my Nikon DSLR. Now I get the pictures I want in a quality that fits.
My 0,5 and 1,5 are somewhere in a box. I payed the same (new) for both as for my Sigma 12-24. With the sigma I do have fun.
Posted on Jun 05, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
In order to know whether the mount on the lens will work correctly with the camera body, you need to provide the model of the lens, not just the serial number.
Many manufacturers (Vivitar included) make lenses that will mount SLR cameras. Sigma, Nikkor (Nikon), Quantaray, Vivitar all make lenses that will mount Nikon bodies. Nikon-mountable lenses will also mount Fuji bodies. Please indicate model number of lenses.
Chances are, however, they will NOT mount to the SLR bodies you have chosen. You can take your lenses to Ritz or Wolf Camera (any camera shop for that matter) and see which will work. What you are really looking for is whether the camera will be able to use features such as auto-focus and aperture from the body (if the lens doesn't have an aperture ring).
Posted on Mar 28, 2008
Bob, there are several reasons why this won't work, mainly cost
An older manual focus wide angle will work in the manual mode on a D50. The can be had very cheap on eBay and the like.
Converting one that has a Canon FD mount to a Nikon is possible, but you would need one with a Nikon mount for parts. The focal plane distances are different between Nikon and Canon. An adapter for this is not possible without adding optics to compensate
Posted on Apr 04, 2008
This lens was manufactured by Kino (aka Kiron) made in 2001. I will try to find out it's compatibility list and post it here when I have it.
Posted on Jul 08, 2008
SOURCE: lens for Nikon D60
I will try to help you, but please understand that my experience is with Nikon film cameras. Assuming that the D60 works in a manner similar to a Nikon 35 mm body and that Sigma macro lens work like Nikon macro lens, you should be able to determine the usable subject to lens distance by experimentation. First, make sure the lens is in the macro mode. To do this you must set the auto-focus mode control to the manual focus mode (see your manual). On Nikon lenses, you must first set the focus ring to infinity, then move slider switch, which has two positions marked; "normal" and "macro., to the macro position. You should now be able to rotate the focus ring to the macro range. Use the zoom ring to zoom in and out and focus with the focus ring. The the range over which the lens to subject to lens distance will yield an in focus image will be rather limited and in the range of an inch or so to 6 or 8 inches.
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
With all due respect, your lens is not worth repairing unless you are already experienced in making lens repairs, and from your question you clearly aren't. The Vivitar 24mm f2 and the f2.8 versions are not the easiest of lenses to start learning on. The fault is either due to wear (new spares no longer available, used spares in very short supply) or one or more loose/missing internal fasteners (probably the focussing ring limiters), but investigating and accurately fixing the cause is not cost effective.
You can buy a replacement on auction websites for anywhere between £30 and £80, and for about £20 to £60 less if you're prepared to accept the f2.8 version which is one stop slower at maximum aperture. Even at the higher price you'll find that it's cheaper than having your lens professionally fixed (or even for paying for a diagnostic strip-down only to be told it's irreparable). However, you can offset some of the cost by selling your lens in it's current condition and honestly described as being for spares or repair. As it's the faster f2 model it's always in demand and will appeal to those who have the skills to restore it to working condition. Another one to search for (and much easier to find) is the excellent Tamron 24mm f2.5 which typically sells for around £20 to £35, although you may have to spend more to obtain the correct interchangeable Adaptall-2 mount for your camera (but you can get most of that back when you sell the unwanted mount supplied with the lens). As the maximum aperture is f2.5 the lens is only about a half a stop slower than yours.
I hope that my reply has helped, if so please rate my answer.
Posted on Feb 22, 2010
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