blog‎ > ‎

Vivitar finally revealed!

posted Feb 16, 2009, 4:26 AM by Jose Velasquez   [ updated Feb 26, 2009, 3:03 AM ]
The Vivitar Series 1 is really a Samyang/Polar/Wallimex Pro/Bower lens! Adorama recently posted a picture of it on their site. It's a bit pricey, but I guess they do have to make a profit as well as cover their import costs. Those people at Fredandiranda's were correct in guessing that the Vivitar would be the Samyang/Polar lens. Although it seems strange, apparently it's not uncommon practice for Vivitar.

Someone at a
Flickr group I belong to said that Vivitar is merely a brand, and that it's nothing new for them to simply add their badge/brand to a lens made by someone else. It does make me wonder who will end up "re-making" Vivitar's other lenses, if those rumors that the Series 1 line lenses are being redone are true. 

In any case, that Korean 85mm f1.4 (I don't know what to call it anymore) is now available under different names in different parts of the world. I hope people are smart and buy it as cheaply as possible.  

As a side note, I got my film developed at Costco. I haven't had film developed in years. My N70 works great! Although it's menu is a little strange, it didn't take me long to figure it out. It's not as crazy or as difficult as some people on the net claim it to be. It actually makes sense if you read the manual.  

I've decided to add another section to my 2009 Portfolio titled "Film." If I get permission, I'm going to buy an FM this summer to replace the one that gave out on me last summer (I had it for over 10 years). I miss my FM.

Anyway, keep your eyes on my photos for future updates.