Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm zoom lens can't go macro

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by pixelrender, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. pixelrender

    pixelrender Guest

    I bought this lens awhile ago and was able to get it into macro mode,
    but i let is sit for a couple of years and i am now pulling my hair out
    because i cant remember how to get it back to macro mode.
    So could someone please give me some pointers on this?

    heres a pic of the lens btw

    thank you!
    pixelrender, Dec 8, 2006
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  2. pixelrender

    Robert Brace Guest

    As I recall (been a long long time!) mount the lens on the camera.
    Hold with the camera body away from you and the 67mm end towards you (as if
    you were going to take a picture of yourself).
    Grasp the two "ears" or "bumps" at the 9:00 and 3:00 o'clock position on the
    lens barrel (at least one has a button in the centre of it) and squeeze them
    (thus pressing the button) together.
    While squeezing them rotate the "ears" clockwise (thus rotating the lens
    barrel clockwise) so the yellow index line on the barrel lines up with the
    index dot on the lens mount.
    You are now in close focus or "macro" mode.
    Hope that helps.
    Robert Brace, Dec 9, 2006
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  3. pixelrender

    pixelrender Guest

    thanks for the fast response, I was doing it completely wrong, but the
    thing still won't budge. I unscrewed the tab with the white release
    button on it, and it seems to be doing it job. The barrel has some
    wiggle room but just won't turn over to macro

    So i figure its broke, and on its way to the box it came from for ten
    more years ;)

    thanks for the help though
    pixelrender, Dec 9, 2006
  4. pixelrender

    Robert Brace Guest

    Don't give up just yet. I dug out my copy to be sure I had it right and
    wouldn't you know I forgot one step!
    Before you squeeze the "ears" and twist the barrel clockwise, THE ZOOM SLIDE
    MUST BE IN THE 210mm POSITION. If you try it with any setting less than
    full zoom, the barrel won't rotate into position so the yellow line lines up
    with the red index dot on the mount. Same with moving it back to normal
    focus position when you're done with close-focus (macro).
    Robert Brace, Dec 9, 2006
  5. pixelrender

    pixelrender Guest

    Success! tricky little bugga huh. I could have sworn I tried that, but
    thank you so much.
    Its funny though, I decided not to toss it over my shoulders, i went
    over to the local click camera store in the morning with the lens and
    all the employees where as clueless as I was.

    thank you!!!
    pixelrender, Dec 9, 2006
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