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Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens

B&H # VIV3800N2870 Mfr # 59890
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Product Highlights
  • Ideal 35mm SLR for Students
  • Manual Focus & Exposure
  • Manual Loading/Advance/Rewind
  • Accepts Pentax K Lenses
  • Self Timer & Depth-of-Field Preview
  • Allows Multiple Exposures
  • Built-In Centerweighted Meter
  • Simple Match Diode System
  • Shutter Requires No Batteries
  • Includes Fitted Case

A basic, all-manual SLR combination for students, the Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens will help you learn the art of photography the old fashioned way.  Load, advance, and rewind the film yourself.  Determine exposure manually with just a simple match diode centerweighted meter, and enter the settings on the aperture ring and shutter speed dial.  It can use any Pentax K-mount lens which has an aperture ring.  You'll only need small, long-lasting button batteries for the meter (the shutter is all-mechanical) and some film.  The V800N is a basic camera that's a great teaching instrument and fun, too.

Though the V3800N shares many traits with other student cameras from other makers, it does have a few advantages.  You can make multiple exposures on a single frame with the V3800N, there's a self timer as well, and a depth of field preview allows you to see the actual range of sharpness in an image before making the exposure.

An ideal 35mm SLR for students
Fully manual focusing, exposure control, film loading, film advance, and film rewind
Accepts all Pentax K-mount lenses with an aperture ring
Features a self timer, depth of field preview, and multiple exposure capacity (unlike many similar student cameras)
Simple centerweighted metering and match diode system
Shutter requires no batteries
Includes fitted case
Standard 28-70mm zoom lens covers a broad range of subjects
Type 35mm SLR
Lens Mount "K" Type Bayonet
Focus Modes Manual
Exp. Modes Manual
Exp. Metering Centerweighted LED metering +/0/-
Exp. Metering Range EV 2-19 (@ ISO 100 with f/1.7 lens)
Exp. Compensation None
Exp. Bracketing None
Flash None
Shutter Speed 1/2000th to 1 Second + bulb with flash sync at 1/125th second
ISO Range 25-3200 (manually set)
Film Wind Manual
Focusing Screen Fixed matte with horizontal split image
Diopter Correction None
Self Timer Yes
Remote Control Takes regular mechanical cable release
PC Terminal Yes
Depth-of-Field Preview Yes
Mirror Lock-Up No
Multiple Exposure Yes
Viewfinder Info LED (green & red) exposure indicator
LCD Information None
Power Source Two 1.5-Volt LR44/SR44 alkaline or lithium batteries
Dimensions 5.3 x 2.3 x 2.0" (135 x 58 x 51mm) WxHxD
Weight 0.98 lb (445g)
Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens
  • Two 1.5-Volt LR44 Alkaline Batteries
  • Case
  • Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    VivitarV3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens
     
    4.4

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable design (19)
    • Strong construction (16)
    • Fast film loading (15)
    • Reliable operation (14)
    • Fingertip controls (12)

    Cons

    • Dim viewing prism (6)

    Best Uses

    • Home (13)
    • Travel (12)
    • Photojournalism (11)
    • Office (5)
    • Action shots (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (9), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Deal

    Purchased this camera body/lens combo two years ago for my older son taking a H.S. photography course. Affordable pricing! The lens is GREAT too, worth the addition $20 over the straight 50mm...Read complete review

    Purchased this camera body/lens combo two years ago for my older son taking a H.S. photography course. Affordable pricing! The lens is GREAT too, worth the addition $20 over the straight 50mm lens. Now my younger son is using this camera for his H.S. photography course. This is no bargain basement plastic look-a-like. This is a quality black metal body, with a lens 'stop down' feature, shutter timer, and the lens is an f3.4 and has macro capability to 1:4. Would buy this again.

    Expertise: Just say, I know what I'm doing behind the lens.

    Problems Encountered: Not really a problem with this product. When my younger son started this school year, we weren't sure my older son would let him have this camera, so I started looking for a camera for him. Recently when shopping in the store, the only camera the guy at the counter would show me was the manual Nikon for $250.

    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: And still own - Canon AT & AE

    Items I Recommend: 28-70mm lens, and possibly the flash

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Suitable for the task

    I'm using this camera for an introductory black-and-white photography course. It has everything it needs and does everything it is supposed to do It works well, but the construction feels a little cheap....Read complete review

    I'm using this camera for an introductory black-and-white photography course. It has everything it needs and does everything it is supposed to do It works well, but the construction feels a little cheap. Overall, it's a fine camera, but it drops to three stars for several reasons:

    * The eyepiece slips off too easily
    * The shutter speed knob is too small for big fingers and hard to turn with just one finger
    * The kit lens vignettes

    If I had it to do over again, I go with the Nikon FM10 for an entry-level SLR.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Durable camera for students

    By norskiekid

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photojournalism

      Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

      Traditional darkroom photography is part of our art curriculum. This camera works great. We've used several over the years and they are tried and true.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Students gain confidence with the V3800N

      By Latha -Admin. Assist.

      from Levelland, TX

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photojournalism

          Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

          Our photography department has come to rely on B&H Photo when purchasing cameras for our photography students. The cameras we have purchased have given our students confidence in taking pictures without the worry of difficulty in operating the V3800N camera.
          Customer Service and sales representatives are have been very helpful in determining and meeting our departmental needs. When it comes to purchasing cameras we rely on B&H Photo Video Pro-Audio.

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          4.0

          great for beginners, budget conscious

          By fuzz

          from honolulu

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Design
          • Easy To See Controls
          • Fingertip Controls
          • Good Weight
          • Reliable Operation

          Cons

          • Poor Accessories
          • Sticky Controls
          • View Slightly Hazy

          Best Uses

          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits
          • Scenery
          • Stills
          • Travel

          Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

          So far this has held up well. Feels equal parts plasticky and metallic, nice heft to it. Everything fits well, nothing looks unfinished/ill fitting.

          Do wish I got the 50mm lens version though, but in the end I think it's better to have a cheap zoom lens, and find a faster 50mm K mount online or at your local shop.

          At first some controls felt a bit sticky/sluggish. Focus ring still feels a bit slow, but that's ok for beginners, and I'm sure it will wear in. Advance lever was a bit stiff at first as well, but feels better now. The clicks and half-stops of the aperture are nice. I did notice a change in how the film door closes. Was a bit more snappy and forceful at first, but now it feels a tad mushy, less snap. View does seem a little hazy though.

          BUT, overall controls are easy to understand and well spaced out. Print on the lens and camera are easy to read. Dial for iso and shutter speed is easy to handle and click nicely.

          Accessories provided are sub standard though. Lens cap doesn't fit flush. I liked the old school look of the strap, but it's not the most comfortable, and the hook design seemed unsafe. I just got small rings and a strap from my local store. After the first couple of uses, one of the buttons fell off the case. The highlight of the case is that it's two parts, and the bottom part of can be screwed on your camera via tripod screw.

          The camera is a 3.75-4 star, but provided materials are 2.5-3 stars. Highly recommended for beginners.

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          3.0

          Great for beginners

          By TFilmCamera

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

          This camera is great in natural light and easy to use. Some of the controls are sticky and take getting used to, like the shutter speed.

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          3.0

          Works as expected!

          By Lia

          from Brooklyn NY

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                It works great.

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                • No

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                5.0

                great for starters

                By kristina, student

                from pittsburgh, pa

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fingertip Controls
                • Reliable Operation

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                  i am a student and this camera is a great way to learn for beginners, and i plan on keeping it in use long after this class is over.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Awesome!

                  By binkly66

                  from Miami Beach, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Fast Film Loading
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Too Few Features

                  Best Uses

                  • Action Shots
                  • Home
                  • Office
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                  Instruction manual needs to be a little revised other than that the camera is so fun to use. Specially for a first timer. Its fully manual so you get to learn a lot and experiment with it. It pretty fast when shooting pictures. I still have to develop my pictures to see how the look =)

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                  4.0

                  Awesome

                  By olivia the photographer

                  from rohnert park, ca

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Film Loading
                  • Fingertip Controls
                  • Reliable Operation

                  Cons

                  • Dim Viewing Prism

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Photojournalism

                  Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                  i use it for my black and white photography class in college and it works great i love it!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By Johnny A

                  from Ocean County NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Fast Film Loading

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                      Nice product,easy to use and great if you want to shoot pictures with a camera and not a computer! Awesome learning tool about photography!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Makes photography enjoyable, say cheese!

                      By Jessie J

                      from Plymouth, WI

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Film Loading
                      • Fingertip Controls
                      • Help with exposure
                      • Reliable Operation
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Action Shots
                        • Environment
                        • Home
                        • Night photography
                        • People shots
                        • Sports Photography
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                        I love my Vivitar, i use it for my photography class at Marian university. The light meter is really helping me learn how to capture the light to help me take better pictures. I would have to say i havent had any thing i dont like about the Vivitar. The whole camera is easy to use and makes taking pictures very enjoyable.

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera!

                        By Mr.White

                        from San Diego,CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Design
                        • Fast Film Loading
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Dim Viewing Prism

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Office
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                        Great Student Camera. Currently using for school. Its just a great camera for a good price.

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                        4.0

                        Simple and Easy

                        By Amanda

                        from Jersey City, NJ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Design
                        • Fast Film Loading
                        • Fingertip Controls

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • School

                          Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                          I use it for school for my Photography class. It's easy to hold, and light. I haven't found a problem with it.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great camera for a student

                          By Ashley

                          from Dayton, Ohio

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Reliable Operation
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Dim Viewing Prism

                          Best Uses

                          • Action Shots
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                          This was my first camera I bought with a lens it is great. It is a really good camera to have if your just starting out.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great Camera!

                          By James

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Design
                          • Easy to use
                          • Fingertip Controls
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Dim Viewing Prism

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                          This is a great student camera. It helps teach the basics of photography. Although I lost the rubber eyepiece after just 2 days, it didn't make a huge difference. The viewfinder is also a little dim. The accessory kit that I purchased along with it is a great choice. If you are looking for a cheap, but reliable SLR, this is the camera for you

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                          5.0

                          An excellent match

                          By The student

                          from Waldorf, MD

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Design
                          • Easy to use
                          • Reliable Operation
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                              I just started a photography class this semester and have never had to deal with a film camera, really, ever before. I got this camera because it said that it was a good choice for students, and I couldn't have made a better decision. It's an easy to handle, load, take snapshots everything. I learned how to use it in one day and I absolutely love it! I don't know if I will ever be able to use only digital again.

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                              4.0

                              Worth the money, Excellent Camera!

                              By Niel Pereira

                              from Mumbai, India

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Design
                              • Reliable Operation
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                                I bought this camera as a collectors Item, but when I recieved it, I realized how well built it is.It feels and sure is tougher than the FM10 or any other cameras in the range for that matter. The lens provided is great, the images compared to nikon is on the colder side. But it is still a great camera. And the sound of a manual shutter, is always sweet music to my ears! I love this camera and will treasure it for life!

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                                5.0

                                A fine intro camera for school

                                By UConn Dad

                                from Weston, CT

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Reliable Operation
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Beginner or school

                                  Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                                  Bought it for my daughter for a college intro photography class. Perfect. The zoom lens was key.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  3.0

                                  Suitable for the task

                                  By Kurt the Noob

                                  from San Jose, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Film Loading
                                  • Reliable Operation

                                  Cons

                                  • Dim Viewing Prism

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Office
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                                  I'm using this camera for an introductory black-and-white photography course. It has everything it needs and does everything it is supposed to do It works well, but the construction feels a little cheap. Overall, it's a fine camera, but it drops to three stars for several reasons:

                                  * The eyepiece slips off too easily
                                  * The shutter speed knob is too small for big fingers and hard to turn with just one finger
                                  * The kit lens vignettes

                                  If I had it to do over again, I go with the Nikon FM10 for an entry-level SLR.

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                                  5.0

                                  This is a great camera

                                  By Frank the Chef

                                  from Philadelphia. PA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comfortable Design
                                  • Fast Film Loading
                                  • Reliable Operation
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photojournalism

                                    Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                                    Great for taking photos of friends and nature.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good as a first camera for students

                                    By Sibb

                                    from New York

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Comfortable Design
                                    • Fast Film Loading
                                    • Fingertip Controls

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Office
                                      • Photojournalism

                                      Comments about Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 28-70mm Lens:

                                      I recently joined a black and white photography class where we had assignments every week. My teacher recommended this camera. It's easy to learn with so it's good for beginners. I do, however, often wish that I could have more freedom with the depth of field. Since this is my first camera, I don't know how much freedom other similar cameras give. A problem that I often have is light leak. It didn't happen at first and not all the time either so I'm still not entirely sure where the fault lies. I do know that it's not a problem with my printing station. In the end, if someone new to photography asks me whether or not he should get this camera, I would say a definite yes but make sure to take good care of it as one should do with any camera.

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                                      Be sure to get batteries so you don't get caught without power.

                                      General Brand -  MS 76 (SR44/EPX76) 1.5v Silver Battery
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