Vivitar V3800N Manual SLR Camera with 50mm Lens & Case
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- Quick release K type bayonet mount accepts included multi-coated f/1.7 50mm lens, or any other optional lens conforming to the K mount specification
- Shutter speeds are set manually from Bulb to 1/2000
- Fixed, eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with 92% field of view
- Viewfinder displays TTL center weighted exposure metering - Red Plus sign means overexposure;
- Viewfinder employs split image focusing and three LED display
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|Film Format Type||35mm|
|Package Height||5.2 x 5.3 x 7.1 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.35 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Cosina has been making this camera for Vivitar for the past 15 years that I know of. I know because I purchased this camera's ancestor - pretty much the exact same camera and same lens, 15 years ago around 1990 for around $100 on sale at K-Mart.
I have a digital point and shoot, and I like it. But, I still like film, and there's something to be said for a manual camera, which this is. And, right now there's a TON of high quality used glass in the Pentax K mount that can be had for a song on eBay.
What I like about this camera over digital: 1. produces better images than a point and shoot, and about as good as a $1000 DSLR for less than the cost of the lowest end digital point and shoot; 2. Mine has lasted about 15 years, still going strong. 3. Doesn't need batteries to operate (well the meter does, common watch 1.5's you can get anywhere. They last for years.), 4. doesn't require a computer, photoprinter, or software. I just drop my film off at the local lab, and they're ready in an hour... doubles for about $9.50. No computer required. Give the extra set to whomever, no sitting in front of a PC futzing with images in Photoshop, running out of expensive inks. Been there, done that. Let the "real" photoshop take care of all that.
This camera comes complete with a VERY fast, high-quality 1.7 50mm lens. I got spoiled with this excellent lens because it's about as sharp and as fast a lens as you're likely to find.Read more ›
The lens that comes in this kit is multicoated, which what you want. It is also a K-mount, which means that the camera is compatible with the vast hoard of K-mount lenses out there (probably one of the most popular lens mounts ever made, along with the Canon EF mount). This camera is basically the modern equivalent of the venerable Pentax K-1000, a great camera if ever there was one. It is easy to find all sorts of other lenses, if you ever want them. I could shoot 35mm film with a 50mm lens for the rest of my life and be happy, but it is nice to have options.
I like the fact that I can control the speed and aperture with simple, familiar mechanical controls. It has an actual, physical shutter knob, and an actual, physical aperture ring. These things will never fail, if you take care of them.
I cannot believe the price. A camera like this -- simple, but durable, with a timer and a built-in meter -- would have been out of my price-range when I was starting out. This little camera would have been one of the most advanced cameras available, at that time (and I'm not that old!).
Digital technology is fine for internet applications, for newspaper reporters, maybe even for some wedding and event photographers. But digital images just don't look like film. Digital prints are still basically ink jet print-outs -- the image is squirted onto the paper. Plus, to enlarge them much more than an 8x10, you would need more megapixels than most people can afford.Read more ›
A brand-new all-mechanical camera is a rare thing these days and I'm glad someone still makes one.
By the way, this camera comes with the worst owner's manual ever published. The one I received must be at least 12 year old, or older. Hopefully there is a better one to download.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome beginners camera. Will last a lifetime if taken care of. Very pleased.Published 16 months ago by P. Carruth
if you are a Old School Photographer ( like me ) you will Love this Vivitar setup.
buy it you won't be sorry!
nice seller too!
its cheap but nice look and nice camera .
i really like it . but try to save some money to buy leica m6
I bought this last minute and it came exactly when I needed it and on time, This camera is perfect for a beginner like myself.Published on October 18, 2013 by Cindy Lou
This camera was delivered broken. The shutter was not working properly, which then made the entire camera useless. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Mike
The camera Vivitar sent to me had a broken light meter, so I contacted the company to send it back and have it replaced. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by Jen
If you prefer or tolerate used equipment, find and obtain a respectable camera from the 1980s or 1990s. Read more
I purchased this camera less than a month ago and have been using non-stop ever since. A few things you might want to know about it is... Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by susan hamilton