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04-24-2020, 10:39 PM   #1
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Obscure Auto Vivitar 28mm 2.8 serial starts with 6

Hi everyone! I recently acquired an Auto Vivitar 28mm 2.8 lens and I can find any info on it. The serial is 67215. In this blog it lists numerous Vivitar distributed 28mm lenses, except this one. There is a Preset lens in the list that uses a similar serial code format. I've included 2 pics of the lens which is all I have right now. If anyone can help me investigate that'd be amazing. Lets figure this out together!

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That looks like an early Tokina-manufactured lens to me. I have a 35 mm Hanimex known to be made by Tokina that is extremely similar in construction.

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Check out this thread, it may be Olympus

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QuoteOriginally posted by fireforsave Quote
Obscure Auto Vivitar 28mm 2.8 serial starts with 6

Nice catch. It's fun to come across uncommon lenses. And it seems there are always more new / old lenses to be discovered out there.

Your 28 might be part of the Vivitar "bright band" family which are speculated to have been made by Kino (Kiron).

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Kino Precision Industries - - The free camera encyclopedia

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The convention of manufacturer-linked serial numbers did not start until about 1970. I have a "bright band" Auto Vivitar Wide Angle 28/2.5 in Exakta mount that I have taken to be Kiron/Kino-made that also has a 5-digit serial #26xxx. The first digit of the JCII sticker might provide you with an indication of year. Mine is probably 1967.


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