Vivitar 19/3.8 Information

Started Apr 21, 2018 | Discussions thread
MOD Tom Caldwell Forum Pro • Posts: 44,616
Re: 20mm age

ProfHankD wrote:

Tom Caldwell wrote:

Kevner wrote:

The 19mm is a different lens than the earlier 20mm.

Remarkably little in common in any aspect!

I do have the 20mm seen below and it is unusual in its ability for close focus, as little as 2". The later 19mm also has a different element/group architecture. I can't help you with the dates unfortunately.

Shape and close focus capability seems to say “Flektogon”. Must get my MIR-20 20mm f3.5 out to compare.

I have both -- they are very similar (for an older MIR20). My impression is that the MIR20 is a tad better optically, but the Vivitar 20mm is an "A" on FF ("B" on APS-C).

Both very similar (for some reason) to the Zeiss version f2.8 and f4.0 - I have the Zeiss f4.0 and the MIR-20 but not the Vivitar (didn’t know about it) and the Z-f2.8 is/was a bit too pricey for me.

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