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

reviewer#5801 date: Aug-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:28-135 f4-4.5
70-210 f4
100-200 f4.5
price paid:25 GBP
positive:Decently sharp across the frame at all focal lengths
Built like a tank
Distortion not as bad as other 28-200s
negative:AF slow and clunky
Large front element makes it susceptible to flare
Won't focus closer than 8ft
comment:Bought this a while back when I was still on film. Recently read that the Koboron manufactured lenses - which this is - weren't actually bad performers. Got this one out and tested and was very surprised how good it is - far better than an old Sigma 28-200 of the short mid-90s variety that I traded in as it was only sharp in the centre of the frame and suffered from very obvious distortion at most settings - this one is much better.

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