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11-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Vivitar V3800

Huh ... just discovered that Vivitar is still building a fully manual SLR !?

Intrigued by it and I think is a looker too. And is k mount .
Anyone of you is rocking one of these?

V3800-50 :: SLR Camera :: Vivitar

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11-28-2012, 01:38 PM   #2
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Promaster still makes a 35mm film SLR, as well.

http://www.promaster.com/products.asp?CatID=110&SubCatID=4

It also uses K-mount lenses. It has similar capabilities to the Vivitar.
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Both are Cosina products and essentially the same camera (except for mount) as the Nikon FM-10. I believe that there are a few PF users who own the Vivitar version.


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If it is as good as the Vivitar V335, then it's a bargain. I don't know who manufactured it, but my V335 was purchased in 1989, and is still going strong, although it hasn't seen much use lately.

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I have to admit ... I sort of a do want it ... :| ...
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I'd like to give one of these a try. It's sort of like a 21st century K1000, but with a faster shutter.

But wait, there's a sign on my 'fridge door that reads "I bought my last camera" and dated earlier this month. The wife might just hold me to that.
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Haha, that's why you never make promises like that
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i had one and loved it and do miss it you can get them pretty cheap on ebay and they do come with a 50mm f1.7 lens also and it is K mount

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Some come with a slow, poor quality zoom. I've seen a Cosina model in person and it's quite good looking. I'd like to use one to see how it performs.

In the UK they cost around 150 pounds new.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hollywoodfred Quote
I'd like to give one of these a try. It's sort of like a 21st century K1000, but with a faster shutter.

But wait, there's a sign on my 'fridge door that reads "I bought my last camera" and dated earlier this month. The wife might just hold me to that.
But could you get away with claiming "that's not a camera, it's a toy!"
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But could you get away with claiming "that's not a camera, it's a toy!"
I'll have to keep this in mind for the next time I get the itch. But I'm lucky, she is easily swayed when I really want to spoil myself. That said, I don't want to get into the habit of breaking promises with her either.
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Yep ... is official ... I ill get it (do I really need another one!?) ... in 2 weeks or so.
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Cosina also makes the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder camera that takes (Leica) M mount lenses, and the Voigtlander Bessa rangefinders, as well as the Bessa 120 roll-film camera. All these are quite well made. Their Voigtlander lenses are primarily still all metal bodies - made like Takumar from the 1960s. They also make the Zeiss rangefinder lenses. I use a few on my Leica M9 and have been impressed.
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