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12-30-2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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Any experience with the Vivitar 20mm f/3.8 Auto Wide Angle?

Anyone have or had this lens? It's Kiron-made, screw-mount.

01-01-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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Mmmmh,

haven't found any lens of that description here Kiron Lenses and neither here KIRON lenses ( cult classics )

Maybe you're referring to the Cosina variant, which is in fact a very common Vivitar lens, Manual Focus Forum / cosina 20/3.8 m42: any good?

If it's this lens, I'd say it's not bad on an APS-C sensor (maybe a little different from the kit lens). Don't know what it's like on full format.

Hope this was of help,
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01-01-2009, 08:09 PM   #3
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A search of eBay for Vivitar 20mm turns up several that have serial numbers beginning w/22, which indicate Kino/Kiron. I had one briefly but sold it. The rear element was damaged so I couldn't say if it is a good lens or not.
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Oops, clm
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A search of eBay for Vivitar 20mm turns up several that have serial numbers beginning w/22, which indicate Kino/Kiron.
nailed it. Looks like an 82mm front filter thread, impressive.

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Coincidently, I have recently purchased one of these and have been enjoying it. Seems to be very good quality like many of the older Vivitars. It does have quite the broad front element on it.

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