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10-19-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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[SOLD] Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 M42 Screwmount

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Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 M42 Screwmount

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This lens looks brand new, the front cap looks used and abused... it's rather incongruous actually, like it's not the original cap for this lens (I dunno the history - I got it on ebay). I haven't shot much this lens (unfortunately, I found I don't usually want to mess with the added time of dealing with adapter rings, so I'm getting rid of most (maybe all) of my M42 lenses).

The glass and exterior are flawless. Seem to be original caps, but the front one is ganked (see pic). Lens has a built in / slide out hood. Focus ring moves incredibly smoothly and has an amazing feel. The aperture ring moves smoothly with positive clicks at half stops (except between 16 and 22 - full stop travel here). The aperture blades are clean, oil free and snappy. There is a small amount of dust inside the lens, but I don't think it's enough to degrade IQ. This lens is built like a tank... a heavy, precision engineered tank...




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the lens:



samples (I think at f/3.5, but I'm not sure) with 100% crops (unfortunately all at ISO 1600):


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Selling

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Item Location
Central California

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10-19-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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I have this very same lens and can recommend it. Typically solid Vivitar build and good optics. I use mine wide open all the time, cos that's what I bought it for. I just leave a 3rd party adapter on it permanently attached. Mine also has dust inside (there's no way around that for any lens built over 5 years ago) but it doesn't affect IQ in any way.

Just thought I'd give a free bump to a nice lens at a good price.
10-19-2008, 03:53 PM   #3
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How much extra to ship to Ireland? I haven't bought a lens all weekend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
How much extra to ship to Ireland? I haven't bought a lens all weekend.
well... it looks pricey (at least $30 US for international priority mail , maybe a bit less by some other means), plus there's customs forms to fill out etc. (which I've never done before - I'm so provincial). It's not that I'm opposed to selling overseas, but I'm opposed to paperwork so I prefer to keep sales to within the US. If it goes a while and no one from the US wants it I may open it to international sales, and rparmar will get the right of first refusal... Seriously though, I think the price of shipping kinda kills the value.

10-19-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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i've had about 8 of these.. i still have 2 and 1 is available.
Miserere is correct. this is a great lens for the price. i've also had the K mount for this and i find the M42 to be better. if you don't have at least a M200/4 it's a steal. you're welcome..
10-19-2008, 05:50 PM   #6
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Komine-built!

This is a bargain on a very sharp lens - see the review.

It is heavy, though, so shipping might be as much as the lens depending on where it goes. But its still worth it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by heliphoto Quote
Seriously though, I think the price of shipping kinda kills the value.
Welcome to my world.

The price of shipping is often as much as the lenses I buy. No bargains here like you have in the USA. Or at least my standard of "bargain" is a little different.
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I've shipped lenses all over the World...and it's cheap. You just can't do it Priority. Sending this lens by First Class International will cost $11 tops. As for the forms, there is one form to fill out, which consists of the following:

Sender's address
Recipient's address
Description of item: "Camera Lens"
Item Value: "$30"
Tick the appropriate box: "Gift"
Date and signature

It takes about 90s to fill one of these out.

Seriously Josh, don't be lazy and sell Robin the lens for $40 shipped already.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
Seriously Josh, don't be lazy and sell Robin the lens for $40 shipped already.


In that case my paypal account is standing by.
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I've shipped lenses all over the World...and it's cheap. You just can't do it Priority. Sending this lens by First Class International will cost $11 tops....)
Ok, ok, I'm looking into it... where do you find that rate? I see First Class International here, but it's $24.
10-20-2008, 07:28 PM   #11
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If you click here, you'll see at the bottom that the price is $15.25. OK, so it's not $11, but not that far off. Last week I sent a lens off to Robin and that's what it cost me, but it was a smaller lens and not as heavy as the Vivitar.

I have sold over half of my lenses to international buyers, and I'm not going to alienate a whole planet full of potential Pentaxians willing to buy my extra lenses
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QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
If you click here, you'll see at the bottom that the price is $15.25. OK, so it's not $11, but not that far off. Last week I sent a lens off to Robin and that's what it cost me, but it was a smaller lens and not as heavy as the Vivitar.

I have sold over half of my lenses to international buyers, and I'm not going to alienate a whole planet full of potential Pentaxians willing to buy my extra lenses
Once the weight goes up even a little bit, the cost rises dramatically, though. Believe me. Also, over a certain weight and to certain countries USPS priority is the only option, according to my local PO.

You can ship an M lens or any 28, 35, 50mm for $10-$15 to almost anywhere, but
send a bigger Tak 200, or a spottie + lens combo, or a couple lenses, and you'll
be looking at $20 - $50 to ship.

That Viv 200 is heavy - it won't be $15. But even if its $30, the lens is still worth
$60 shipped to any buyer, IMO.


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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
That Viv 200 is heavy - it won't be $15.
Jay, if you followed my link here, you'll see that the price is what I said it was, $15.25. I actually took my Viv 200mm, put it in a box with packing chips, and weighed them in order to calculate the postage

Am I dedicated to the cause, or what?
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Wow, Mis, between you selling me lenses directly and you selling me lenses indirectly I'll have a closet-full in no time!
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