Vivitar 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by derekw

reviewer#10689 date: Nov-11-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-200 XR
Sony 18-250
price paid:9 GBP
positive:Sharp across the range
Great colour and contrast
Built like a tank
Little distortion
72 mm filters
comment:Outdoor use only - MFD makes indoor use nigh on impossible.

My copy is badged Soligor C/D UCMS and has the Licensed by Minolta engraving. Cosmeticaally identical to the 60-300 except the filter size (both lenses being produced by Koboron).

Very good sharpness throughout once stopped by 2/3rds.

Slightly better than the Tamron but the Sony is incredible for its range.

This is a bargain lens and well worth getting whether on a budget or not.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 3.92
  • color: 3.83
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.67
  • overall: 4.05 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania