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Vivitar Series 1 Zoom with Tmax 400

Discussion in 'Film Photography' started by BromV, May 2, 2018.

  1. This is a lens which I haven't used in many years. In the past I used it almost exclusively with Kodachrome and Agfachrome, both in ASA 64, both sadly long gone. I got an urge to get it out and try it with some fast film, and chose Tmax 400. The faster film makes it a lot easier! this lens weighs almost 2 pounds, and back when it was new, it was touted as a great hiking and backpacking lens! I preferred my 35RC!
    All these shots were made hand held, but I was leaning against a post for the tree shots.

    Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Macro Zoom on OM1n:
    Series 1.jpg

    Tree at 70mm:
    Series 1 70mm.jpg

    Tree at 210mm:
    Series 1 210mm.jpg

    Squirrel at 210mm (on "Squirrel Proof" feeder):
    Series 1 210mm Squirrel.jpg

    Quick macro:
    Series 1 Macro.jpg

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  2. Cerita

    Cerita Veteran

    Jul 24, 2017
    Nice shots! I am always so sad when I think that I missed the Kodachrome era, I was ignorant of photography back then. Every time I look at Kodachrome slides, I am in awe! What was Agfachrome like? I keep wondering when Kodak is going to release Ektachrome, it's been a year and half I think by now?
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator Moderators Team

    Jun 20, 2012
    Hood River, OR
    I had that lens. It was indeed heavy.
  4. Agfachrome was good film, but not at the level of Kodachrome. Early Agfachrome could only be developed by Agfa, and was sold with processing included. When you bought a box of 5 rolls, they came with 5 little cloth bags with a label attached. It was handy when you were on a long trip, you put the exposed roll in the bag, filled out the label and dropped it in the mail. Often your slides would be waiting when you got home. In the mid-80s Agfa changed the film to an E6 type to make processing more convenient. I didn't care for the new stuff and rarely used it (and I worked for Agfa!).

    A few samples attached, bear in mind that these slides are over 40 years old, and weren't always stored under the best conditions!



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  5. Cerita

    Cerita Veteran

    Jul 24, 2017
    Oh wow! The first and third slides are amazing!! Nice colours too, even if they are over 40 years old. I don't know why, but I keep searching for "old colour" in my photography, subtle colours, with pop here and there in the image. I have been looking at Autochromes lately, and I LOVE the colours and impressionist like images, they are vivid but not over saturated and over exaggerated. The first slide above looks a bit like an Autochrome. Ah, lovely!

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