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X-T1: Portraits with Vivitar S1 135 f2.3 & Canon FD 80-200 F4 L

 
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Sep 17, 2015 22:45 |  #1

Shot some portraits for a client last week in Georgetown DC. I had brought along my recent acquisition, a Vivitar Series 1 135 f2.3 lens to try it out along with Fuji 56, 35, 18-55 and Canon FD 80-200 F4L. I ended up using all the lenses for different types of looks and the client loved them all. Fuji and Canon FD were easy, however the Vivitar has a strong personality, and flares easily, but when used right, its super sharp (relatively speaking) and produces beautiful images. Used the Focus Assist button on X-T1 on regular screen and was able to get about 70-80% keepers with the 2 MF lenses.

Here are some with the Vivitar and Canon FD. Most of these images were shot wide open or half stop less than wide open.

Vivitar 135 F2.3

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Canon FD 80-200

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Fuji 56 @ 2.5 for comparison

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Picked up a Vivitar Series 1 200mm F3 a couple of days ago and can't wait to try that out on my next shoot...



  
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Sep 17, 2015 22:49 |  #2

Nice set. Really impressed with that older glass.




  
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Sep 17, 2015 22:56 as a reply to  @ Dave3222's post |  #3

Thanks Dave. The Vivitar is not only great for portraits (albeit a bit long on APS-C) but a joy to hold. Heavy but comfortable to hold, and built like a tank.




  
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Sep 18, 2015 12:45 |  #4

The FD shots look really nice. Thanks for sharing.




  
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Sep 18, 2015 23:34 as a reply to  @ AZFiLM's post |  #5

Thanks for commenting. FD L lenses are so easy to use and super sharp.




  
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Nov 08, 2015 17:19 |  #6

What adapter are you using for these older lenses?


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Nov 09, 2015 18:57 as a reply to  @ Zansho's post |  #7

I use the Fotasy adapters from Rainbow imaging purchased via Amazon - So far, all have been excellent.




  
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