Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
04-12-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Posts: 7,478
Feedback Score: 63 (100%)
Vivitar 120-600mm F5.6/F8 zoom Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Vivitar 120-600mm F5.6/F8 zoom

Asking Price
345.00 USD

Item Location
Québec (Canada)

Item Description
I'm selling this rather unique lens, the Vivitar 120-600mm F5.6 / F8.

Yep, a 600mm F8 lens.

It's so rare that there are only four entries in the user database, one of which is mine.

It is a manual lens, from the glory days of Vivitar. The body is fully metal. It has a metal tripod ring, with holes for two screws so you can use a sturdy tripod plate (the plate depicted on the pics is not included, but I can sell it to you at a low price). The tripod ring clicks at 90° positions, something not found on many more recent lenses. It's beautifully balanced and handles wonderfully.

The lens has a built-in hood, elegant and useful markings. They really don't make them like this anymore.

EVERYTHING on this lens works well and smoothly. The aperture ring clicks clearly, and the 8 aperture blades are oil-free. The zoom ring is heavy (there's a lot of glass) but buttery smooth. There's also no creep at all. The focus ring is so smooth I can move it with a single finger. The hood slides in and out easily, nothing is bent or rough. In operation, it's seriously like new.

I had the lens checked by a repair shop and they were impressed by it, and said it was fine, nothing wrong with it anywhere.

The glass is also impeccable.

As can be seen from the pictures, there are a few scuff marks on the lens barrel, seriously nothing important, mostly hard to notice (I had to play with the lights to have them show on the images). These prevented me from marking the lens "like new". Also, the Vivitar flange from the film days is too long for modern cameras, so I modified it. It's a well-known, easy and risk-free procedure, well documented on the web. You wouldn't notice it if you didn't know. the same thing is required on all older Vivitar lenses, such as the Series 1 70-210 for instance.

The lens comes with the original leather case, which in itself is a beauty. the leather is not perfect, but close.

I'm selling because frankly, I don't use it and recently acquired an AF 135-400mm for when I want a bit more reach. I'm not even sure I'll keep that latter lens, but I prefer to see the Vivitar find a new home.

The lens comes with its case, rear cap, original front cap plus an pinch-type cap that I purchased since the original cap is screw-on, and I didn't like that.

Pricing is not easy. In the user database, two people paid a very low price for it, and someone paid $500. A Soligor equivalent is currently listed 280 Euros en Ebay. I think asking 345$ is a fair price, but I'm open to discussions. Canadian buyers can discuss a price in CAD, and I'll accept Interac transfer with a slightly lower fee.

Shipping is at cost. It's a heavy lens, don't be surprised!

See the pics:

Hood retracted, at 120mm

Hood pulled out, at 120mm

Hood pulled out, at 600mm

The beautiful tripod ring and foot. That thing is solid and smooth.

Lens mount

Front element

Made in Japan, showing the two screw holes and the optional plate

Scuff mark

Scuff mark



Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations

Shipping Charge

Shipping Services
Canada post preferred

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns, I am transparent in my posting, feel free to ask questions!

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

04-16-2019, 04:10 AM   #2
Forum Member

Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 70
Feedback Score: 0 (0%)
Purely curiosity, what does this weigh?!
04-16-2019, 05:12 AM   #3
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Posts: 7,478
Feedback Score: 63 (100%)
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Shenloanne Quote
Purely curiosity, what does this weigh?!
About 5 pounds.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
aperture, buy pentax, cap, classifieds, for sale, hood, lens, pentax for sale, pentax marketplace, price, sell pentax, tripod, vivitar
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Further Vivitar 120-600mm test : the Moon bdery Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11 05-24-2018 05:09 AM
First tests with the Vivitar 120-600mm F5.6-F8 bdery Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 05-10-2018 05:30 AM
"New" used Vivitar 120-600mm F5.6-F8, what a lens! Compared with several other zooms bdery Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 05-04-2018 05:52 PM
For Sale - Sold: [US] Vivitar 120-600mm Telephoto Zoom HogRider Sold Items 8 03-08-2010 04:41 AM
For Sale - Sold: Very Rare Mint Pentax 400-600mm F8-F12 Refex Zoom LX60 Sold Items 24 07-29-2009 07:12 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:29 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]