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Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina Lens

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Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina lens

Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina lens

Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina lens

Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

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

Optical design: 9/8

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Average price: $167


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The Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina

The Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8

Manufactured by Cosina (9 in a serial number).

The body is made of metal.

Another incarnation of  the Cosina 20/3.8

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Posted by: SharkDD   Date of publication: 27.02.2011

Mechanical quality4.001
Optical quality4.001
Pricing / Value4.001
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Vivitar MC 19 mm f/ 3.8 Cosina

ProfHankD 04.01.2016 17:33:29
Period of use: 48 months


Quite small with decent IQ on both APS-C and FF. Viable as a compact ultrawide for FF. Focus is very smooth with little friction; feels very nice in use.


Not better than a modern APS-C kit zoom at 19mm on an APS-C sensor. Vignettes significantly, but gently enough to not be too disturbing. Has both field curvature and distortion -- which one would expect for a not-too-expensive old ultrawide. Front filter ring keeps unscrewing on my copy.


Really not much bokeh to speak of, but what's there is sort-of average. I paid a lot less for this than the $167 average price listed... more like $10. At that price, how could I have any complaints?