Vivitar 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 A-mount lens review by javieralbe
|javieralbe#9530 date: Oct-24-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 70-210 F4 (beercan)|
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
Promaster 60-300 F4-5.6
|price paid:||50 USD (used)|
|positive:||Reasonably sharp at all focal lengths|
Convenient focal range
8 ft minimun focus distance
|comment:||I have the Kalimar version of this lens. I am satisfied that it is identical to the Vivitar reviewed here.|
I bought this on eBay based on the previous review by paulevans of 2009. That review is exactly right.
I was hoping that this lens would be as sharp as my Promaster 60-300. (A lens reviewed on this site under the name, cosina 60-300). Unfortunately it wasn't. These two lenses (the 60-300 and the 28-200) were obviously made by the same manufacturer (apparently Koboron) -- they look almost identical. Still, the Kalimar 28-200 is quite sharp when stopped down a couple of stops; it is then as sharp as the Promaster 60-300 and comes within the sharpness range of the beercan. (The beercan is still sharper than both the Promaster 60-300 and the 28-200).
I find the focal range of the 28-200 very convenient, and have started using it as my walkaround lens.
It is quite heavy; perhaps a tiny bit less so than the beercan, but whatever difference in weight is negligeable. Also, the lens creeps. Personally, I find neither the weight nor the zoom creep annoying. What is a bit annoying is the mininum focus distance (2.5 m, approx. 8 feet).