Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Vivitar 24mm 1:2.8 Auto-Wide-Angle
I wouldn't normally buy a camera like the Sears KS Super II on Ebay, however I noticed it had a couple of extra lens. One was a Sears 135mm f/2.8 and the other was the lens featured here. There also was the standard Sears f/2.0 lens. All three are decent lenses and the price for the whole package was under $20. So I put it on my watch list and was pleased to win the auction for slightly less than $20. I had been needing some K-mount lenses and I was very happy to get three new ones to try out for a low cost. I tend to think that if the Vivitar 24mm had been properly listed by itself that it would have gotten a better price than what I payed for all three lenses. Especially since I have since found out that the Tokina version of the Vivitar 24mm has a very good reputation.
I took these photos with my Pentax K1000 on Kentmere 400 film developed in Xtol. I think the Kentmere 400 does pretty well in Xtol. Still my next roll of bulk film is going to be some Ilford HP5. It doesn't cost a lot more than the Kentmere and from the single rolls I have used in the past the results of the HP5 is more what I am looking for in B&W. Still the Kentmere has come to earn some respect and I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it out.