Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 50mm f/1.7 Lens

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Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 50mm f/1.7 Lens


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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
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A basic, all-manual SLR combination for students, the Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 50mm f/1.7 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 V3800N 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.

This version of the V3800N includes a fixed 50mm f/1.7 lens that is bright, sharp, light, and shares the focal length preferred by many famous 20th century photographers.  Its large f/1.7 maximum aperture allows you to shoot handheld in much lower light than a zoom lens.

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 50mm f/1.7 lens covers broad range of subjects and allows low-light shooting
UPC: 019643598805
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)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.1 x 5.4 x 5.3"
Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 50mm f/1.7 Lens
  • Two 1.5-Volt LR44 Alkaline Batteries
  • Case
  • Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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