Vivitar Lenses For Nikon Cameras

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Thomas Conlon, May 3, 2008.

  1. For years I used Minolta cameras (X700). I used Vivitar Series 1 lenses on
    my Minoltas (28-80 & 80-200).

    Recently I moved to Digital SLR and, since Konica-Minolta is no longer in
    the camera business, purchased a new Nikon D40.

    I'd like to use my "old faithful" Vivitars on the Nikon.

    My question is: Are the old Vivitars in Minolta mount compatible with the
    newer Nikon D40.

    I'll appreciate any information. Thanks.
    Thomas Conlon, May 3, 2008
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    PDM Guest

    Short answer: No

    PDM, May 3, 2008
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    Burgerman Guest

    Well slightly longer answer, no, and you really need to save up for a Nikor
    18-200 VRII ... You wont regret it.
    Burgerman, May 3, 2008
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    PDM Guest

    Agree 100%. Its a cracker!


    PDM, May 4, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    If they are universal screw mount m42, they will mount but with no
    metering on less than a D200 body. If they are a straight Minolta mount,
    they won't mount.

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, May 5, 2008
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    Akiralx Guest

    Well, it's a good consumer zoom but will generally not provide the best
    image quality. Useful for holidays though.
    Akiralx, May 8, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    It certainly does not produce a crisp or tack sharp image.

    I am told that on the D300 its performance is much better.

    To deviate, I don't think is is a true 200. When I compare images taken with
    a straight 200 at close focus, the images from the 18-200 seem much smaller.
    Peter, May 9, 2008
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    Burgerman Guest

    Samples vary. My made in Japan very early one is absolutely excelent at all
    focal lengths. And produces very very sharp images at 50mm even compared
    directly to the 1.4 50mm lense I used for a comparisson. At 100 percent or
    more on screen I cannot see any difference at f8 at all. Even contrast is
    the same. Other than the less than smooth out of focus areas. A portrait
    lense its not. My brother and a freind both have made in Thailand ones. This
    may or may not be significant but... One is soft everywhere in comparison
    and its very noticible, and the other is softer at the 200 end. Most
    complaints of it being soft are at the middle of the range. Seems to be a
    lot of variability. Test before you buy!

    It is. I swapped my 200 for a 300 as soon as I could get one. At least at
    the wide end.
    Zero chromatic aberration (on all lenses due to the in camera jpg processing
    that magically removes it) and it focusses faster too.
    Its 200 at infinity and yes about 175(?) on close ups. You can see image
    size change if you manually focus from one end to the other
    Burgerman, May 10, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Thanks for the info. Since I live about 10 minutes from the Nikon repair
    facility, I will bring it in next week. In the past they have been pretty
    fair, which is one of the reasons I have stuck with Nikon.
    Peter, May 10, 2008
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    Burgerman Guest

    An example, a duck (maybe!) shot while dog walking handheld from a
    wheelchair in the wind. Its cropped and its slightly oversharpened for

    But this is at the 200 (300 really) end at 200th sec. Its suposedly softest
    at the 200 end. It would have been sharper still at f8 and on a tripod with
    mirror lock up of course. Mine seems as good everywhere 18 to 200 to my eyes
    its not soft at all. The samples from the one tested by dpreview are dismal!
    That one should have been sent bacl.. This is the made in japan one but I
    doubt that makes it any better that the made in thailand one. .
    Burgerman, May 22, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Yikes, your duck has shark teeth!

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, May 23, 2008
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    Burgerman Guest

    Yes I noticed those too.
    Burgerman, May 23, 2008
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