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    Quote Originally Posted by sjperry View Post
    Vivitar makes a couple of SLR's which use the K-mount. Seem to be decent basic mechanical SLR's, with TTL meter, much like the classic Minolta SRT's. These are listed on the Freestyle and Calumet websites around $150! The Zeiss lenses might be great additions to this camera. I haven't looked at one of these Vivitars in person, but maybe I will. I couldn't find anything on them on Vivitars US website but they are listed on the UK website. Go figure.
    I've got a Vivitar V3800N. I'm not sure if that's the model you're thinking of, but it fits your basic description. It seems like a decent basic camera to me -- but my experience is with fairly inexpensive gear to begin with (there are no Nikon cameras or Zeiss lenses in my collection). It's manual-everything and seems solidly constructed, by modern standards (in other words, it's not built like a tank the way cameras were built a few decades ago). My hunch is that most people who buy $150 Vivitar SLRs would balk at the price tags on the Zeiss lenses described in this thread. Certainly they're outside of my own price range. (I keep reading this thread and hoping I'll win the lottery -- but that's especially unlikely since I don't buy lottery tickets! )

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    Hi, I think the Vivitar SLR camera may be made by Cosina, which I believe also makes the Contax rangefinder and Voigtlander camera (different lens mounts, of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Really? I didn't know that. Have you any more information? I'm intrigued.
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    Marc Small just confirmed to me that The K-mount was part of an attempt to produce an Asahi-Zeiss camera.
    It seems Asahi did not feel up to meeting the Zeiss criteria
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Layne View Post
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    Marc Small just confirmed to me that The K-mount was part of an attempt to produce an Asahi-Zeiss camera.
    It seems Asahi did not feel up to meeting the Zeiss criteria
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    Dear Mark,

    Thanks very much. I'll see if my friends at Oberkochen can add any more to the story.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Shiu View Post
    Hi, I think the Vivitar SLR camera may be made by Cosina, which I believe also makes the Contax rangefinder and Voigtlander camera (different lens mounts, of course).

    Jon
    That's what I was thinking as well..... No mirror lock up on that Vivitar v3800n. That's a deal breaker for me. I'll stick with my vintage K2s. And like someone else said, should I win the lottery I'll consider some of these Zeiss lenses for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srs5694 View Post
    I've got a Vivitar V3800N. I'm not sure if that's the model you're thinking of, but it fits your basic description. It seems like a decent basic camera to me -- but my experience is with fairly inexpensive gear to begin with (there are no Nikon cameras or Zeiss lenses in my collection). It's manual-everything and seems solidly constructed, by modern standards (in other words, it's not built like a tank the way cameras were built a few decades ago). My hunch is that most people who buy $150 Vivitar SLRs would balk at the price tags on the Zeiss lenses described in this thread. Certainly they're outside of my own price range. (I keep reading this thread and hoping I'll win the lottery -- but that's especially unlikely since I don't buy lottery tickets! )
    Possibly your right, but my point of view is give me a good basis camera that has mechanical film transport and mechanical shutter. Add the best glass, and what more do I need? I do not need or even want auto focus, motor film advance and a bunch of electronics to go bad. Of course I shoot mostly with Rollei TLR's and occasionally a Linhof 4x5, so they are similar concept, different size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Layne View Post
    It seems Asahi did not feel up to meeting the Zeiss criteria
    Or perhaps vice versa.

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