Vivitar 19/3.8 Information

Started Apr 21, 2018 | Discussions thread
Alan WF
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Re: Vivitar 19/3.8 Serial Numbers

I now have second digits of 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. The only missing digit is 4, but that could just the result of a small sample.

I've found some more serial numbers, and now have examples with all ten second digits. If these are year numbers, it is possible that they wrap around.

More usefully, I've found mount designations of: "PK-A/R" (4 lenses), "N/AI-S" (5 lenses), "Y/C" (1 lens), "M/MD" (2 lenses), and "C/FD" (2 lenses). Following up a suggestion by Hank, since MD, AI-s, and PK-A were introduced in 1977, 1982, and 1983, this means that at least some of these lenses were manufactured after 1983.

Furthermore, I've not found earlier designations such as "M/MC", "N/AI", or "PK", which suggests that none of the lenses for which I have mount designations were manufactured before those dates.

Finally, this page:

has magazine articles from 1989, 1994, and 1996. Unfortunately, they only seem to available in hard copy, which is not very practical.

I've found a PK-A/R lens with serial number 94062775 whose packaging is "(c) 1990 Vivitar Corporation". So, these were still being manufactured in 1990 at least.

My best guess is now: launched no earlier than 1983 (no "PK" mount) and no later than 1989 (mentioned in a magazine that year), in production at least until 1990 (the date of the copyright) and possibly beyond (mentioned in magazines in 1994 and 1996).

That said, I've seen no lenses for Canon EF mount, which was introduced in 1987.

I'll buy Hank's and Tom's explanations that MF lenses, native or adapted, on AF mounts were initially not seen as something anyone would want. I was a poor student and post-doc back then, and continued with my Minolta XG-1 and CZJ 35-70 well into the 1990s, oblivious to the AF revolution that had happened.



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