Vivitar 200mm f/3.5

This solid all-metal prime lens has the longest focal length in my collection today. Think it was made in the 70’s. It is super sturdy and heavy; this handsomely-built lens should easily last another 40 years or more.

I was worried that it may be too heavy for the alpha7’s E-mount adapter, but I’m glad it came with a tripod mount. It has minimum aperture of f/22 and provides adequate sharpness at wide open. I find focusing a challenge because the focusing ring is stiff. Turning the ring will shake the lens and that’s not helpful when seeing through the EVF at such long focal length.

Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 with alpha 7

Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 with alpha 7

However for the price I acquired it, the outcome makes it a real steal. Although it’s quite sensitive to stray light which causes¬†overcast images when the lens points to bright areas, this is quite fixable by minor curves adjustment in post- processing.

Fullterton Bay

Fullterton Bay Hotel

Merlion

Merlion

LV

Louis Vuitton Island Maison

Weird vignetting

Weird vignetting at 1 edge when shooting the sun directly

Temple

Temple

Shophouses

Shophouses

Tooth relic courtyard

Tooth relic courtyard

HDB

HDB

Capitaland

Top of the Capital Tower bathed in morning sunlight

Nice stairs & colour

Nice stairs & colour