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January 18, 2016: Modding my Vivitar 28mm f/2 wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon Mount)

Modding my Vivitar 28mm f/2 wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)
I'm afraid I might damage my lens... but curiosity always gets the best of me.




Hello! This time, let me show you some ways that I have modified my new lens. It's vintage lens from Vivitar. You can read about the review in a separate post.




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Modification

The first modification I did to this lens was to 'de-click' the aperture ring by removing the little metal ball that causes it. This turns my lens into a cheap 'cine-lens', making it ideal for videos.

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)




The second mod was to remove the aperture lever at the rear of the lens. I don't see any purpose of having it. By doing so, the aperture blades can now close while I'm using the viewfinder. This does not affect images nor any other mechanisms in the lens.

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)
Aperture lever removed and safely stored in a container.

Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC Wide Angle Lens by Kiron

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)
See the red line. Its position means that
the lens is now fully locked onto the mount.



The last mod I did to this lens was to apply a coating of reflective film to reduce glare and flare. It just looks like I've attached a permanent ND4 or CPL to my lens. It does help shooting this modded lens outdoors, but indoors... the images look darker by 2 stops. Therefore, I reverted back to the original.

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)

Review of the Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)
After modding with the film.


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Conclusion

The de-clicked aperture ring feels really cool! Now I can turn the aperture during videos without hearing the distracting clicks. Removing the aperture lever is another convenience for me. The last modification was okay, but I reverted back to its original squeaky clean state since the images are now too darker by 2 stops. I can attach filters anyway whenever I need to.

 Modding my Vivitar 28mm f/2 wide angle lens by Kiron (Nikon N/AI Mount)

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