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spotmatic4ever ADMIN August 28, 2013
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Group Description

The few... the proud... the Vivitar!!! Yeah baby!!! This is where it's at!

Created in the early 60's by Max Ponder and John Best of the Ponder & Best Corporation, Vivitar was a brand which offered photographers high quality lenses at more affordable cost. They were among the first to create a system of interchangeable lens mounts, the Vivitar TX system, which allowed photographers to use the same lens on different brands of camera. During the 1970's Vivitar introduced a line of high quality lenses called Series One. They were computer designed and in quite a few cases performed better optically than some of the major camera manufacturers own lenses.

Vivitar also introduced its own line of 35mm film cameras, some of which were manufactured for them by Cosina. The Vivitar 220/SL, 250/SL, 400/SL, 420/SLD and 450/SLD were M42 screw mount cameras which were based on the Argus/Cosina STL 1000. They all featured the highly reliable metal bladed Copal square S shutter, a vertically traveling design which was usually found on more expensive cameras and which allowed higher flash synch speeds than horizontally traveling cloth shutters on competing designs. The Vivitar XC-2 and XC-3 were also made by Cosina and have the compact form factor which was pioneered by the Olympus OM-1. Vivitar also introduced a line of Cosina-made cameras called XV which utilised the newly popular Pentax K bayonet mount.

Vivitar is also famous for having introduced the legendary Vivitar 283, an electronic flash unit which was designed based upon suggestions received from actual photographers. These included a tiltable flash head, user changeable filters and accessories, and flash output control via a removable sensor which allowed the flash to be used off-camera while still permitting fully automatic operation. The design was so successful that it ended up outselling all other manufacturers flash units combined at the time, easily selling over three million units.

This group is a place where photographers can display images made with all manner of Vivitar equipment, film and digital, cameras, lenses, flash, tripods, and even the Vivitar instant slide printer!

Please tag your images to show which equipment you used.

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  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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