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Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0 Lens

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Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0 lens

Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0 lens

Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0 lens

Optical design

Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica), Canon FD, FDn, Canon FL, Konica AR, M42, Nikon F (FX, DX), Olympus OM, Pentax K, Minolta SR (MD, MC)

First year of production: 1973

Optical design: 6 elements in 6 groups

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Average price: $233


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Additional information:

The Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0    is a  fast telephoto prime lens for 35 mm  SLR cameras of popular systems in the 1970-80s. 

It belongs to the "Series 1" professional line, remarkable for its high optical and mechanical qualities.

The lens is based on a modified optical scheme of the Olimpic Sonnar. High optic characteristics, sharpness when wide open, compact size and weight have brought the Vivitar Series 1200 mm f/ 3.0 a cult status.

The combination of focal length and  focusing capability from 4 feet (120 cm) enables you to take  1:4 scale pictures.

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Posted by: dgr   Date of publication: 22.07.2011

Mechanical quality5.002
Optical quality4.502
Pricing / Value4.502
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Owner reviews: Vivitar Series 1 200 mm f/ 3.0

Jim Heal 04.05.2013 01:47:59
Period of use: 2 months


Solid engineering. Very sharp. Close focusing.


Chromatic aberrations when used wide open.


Very good value for your money.