Has anyone used a Vivitar 24mm f/2?

Started Sep 8, 2022 | Discussions thread
OP Jones Longshot Regular Member • Posts: 438
Re: Has anyone used a Vivitar 24mm f/2?

JonesLongShot wrote:

ProfHankD wrote:

JonesLongShot wrote:

I don't actually have a need for this 28mm f/2 lens other than getting a little bit more light for doing some night sky time lapses. But if it is in good shape I'll probably buy it.

I assume that's a typo and you meant 24mm... there are Kiron and Komine 28mm f/2 Vivitars as well, with vaguely comparable but maybe slightly better performance.

Yes that was a typo. I am looking at a 24mm f/2.

Night sky shots wide open will do somewhat evil things to the stars near the corners, but that's not a big problem if you're doing star trails rather than wanting crisp

I would not be using it wide open. My hope is that stopping down to f/2.8 will still be one stop brighter than the max f/4 I have in this focal length now. I'm also thinking of this as a tool for the specific purpose of night sky timelapse video. And HD video should be enough for this (for now). No printing.

Here is a short vid showing what I managed from my Nikon 24-70 f/4 S now.

Night Sky

I expect any decent astro photographer to cringe at this but the reality is it will be used as a short piece in a larger video and I don't expect much scrutiny. Yes I'm rationalizing that I don't need better. This is just not a focal length that would get used much be me.


Turns out the seller is an hour away so I have to set that up.

Always better if you can test the lens before buying. I usually haven't had that luxury.

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