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Old 28-10-2008, 16:30   #1 (permalink)
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Vivitar Lens.

From what I've been searching I've learned that these lenses aren't of very good quality anymore, but a friend of mine is giving me hers for free. She said it's a 80-200mm Vivitar Lens for Canon. But she won't be back home till friday or saturday, and I'm getting impatient wondering if it will work.

Now, I have Canon Rebel XT, will this lens work on my camera? and is it just going to be manual focus if it does?

Or can I opt for an adapter?

I've been looking for these answers but have not been able to find them. I'm in a bind, because I took my camera out of my bag Friday, and I tried to take a picture and couldn't figure out why it wasn't focusing, then I noticed that the top part of the lens was crooked and wouldn't budge, can't figure out what happened to it or if it's even fixable..


Thanks so much in advance for the help.
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Old 28-10-2008, 22:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Vivitar Lens.

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If it's an EF or EFS lens then it will work just fine and will autofocus. I am not sure if Vivitar ever made an 80-200 EF though. If it's an FD mount then it won't fit and will immediately just look way too small to go on the lens mount. There are mount adaptors but you would be shooting all manual and need to stop the lens down. I doubt it would be worth it. What is the lens you damaged and what do you mean by crooked?
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Old 29-10-2008, 06:06   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Vivitar Lens.

I'd show you a picture, but obviously down a camera.
It's just the lens that came with EFS 18-55mm.

I'm not really good with photography terms, so It's the top part of the lens that you use to focus.
one end is really tight up against the side, and you can't budge it.. like if you look at it, it tilts to one side.
I know it's hard to explain, but I can't fix it.

I can turn the lens to zoom in and out, but it's still tough to do that.
It's so frustrating, because I had my point and shoot camera stolen from me at work last week. So I'm down two cameras at the moment, and it's driving me bonkers.
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Re: Vivitar Lens.

It sounds like the lens may have taken a knock. It is possible to get them repaired but for the 18-55 kit lens that's unlikely to make financial sense. There is some slightly good news and that is the kit lenses are relatively inexpensive used if you don't mind using e-bay. You should be able to get the one you broke for comfortably less than $100 and possibly the slightly better IS (Image stabilising) lens. Even if the Vivitar is suitable it won't replace the 18-55 and you would almost certainly need something in that "normal" focal length ie. covering about 30mm.
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Re: Vivitar Lens.

Thanks so much!

If I'm going to get one, I'm just going to get a better lens, so what lens do you think would be great for senior portraits and such?
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Re: Vivitar Lens.

How much would you like to spend, the sky literally is the limit? Some realistic suggestions might be:

For portraits you could ideally do with a lens that goes a little longer than 55mm but it's not essential. The 18-55 IS is is a little better optically than what you had and has the benefit of the image stabilisation which is useful at the 55mm end; it would be a better idea to pay a few extra dollars for that. It's very possible to achieve great results and learn an awful lot from that set up.

Next up for a zoom would be the 17-85 IS this is better still and the 85mm length would be a nice length for portraits (however the maximum aperture of f5.6 is not ideal) but it would be 3 times as much! If that were my budget mainly for portraits though I'd pass on the 17-85 and get 2 lenses. The 18-55 is and a 50mm 1.8 would be a lot cheaper than the 17-85is the 50mm is capable of producing the very best results and stunning portraits up to head and shoulders so the fact it overlaps with the kit lens is no big deal. Add a few dollars more to the price of the 17-85 and then instead of the 50mm you could chose between the Canon 85mm 1.8 and a third party macro lens like the Sigma 105 2.8 macro which would add a lot of options.
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Re: Vivitar Lens.

thanks so much for your help, I'll be out and about today, so I'm going to go check those lenses out in person.
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