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

BH #VIV3800N5017 • MFR #59880
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Vivitar V3800N 35mm SLR Camera with 50mm f/1.7 Lens
Key Features
  • Ideal 35mm SLR for Students
  • Manual Focus & Exposure
  • Manual Loading/Advance/Rewind
  • Accepts Pentax K Lenses
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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.

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Vivitar V3800N Overview

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

Vivitar V3800N Specs

Type35mm SLR
Lens Mount"K" Type Bayonet
Focus ModesManual
Exp. ModesManual
Exp. MeteringCenterweighted LED metering +/0/-
Exp. Metering RangeEV 2-19 (@ ISO 100 with f/1.7 lens)
Exp. CompensationNone
Exp. BracketingNone
FlashNone
Shutter Speed1/2000th to 1 Second + bulb with flash sync at 1/125th second
ISO Range25-3200 (manually set)
Film WindManual
Focusing ScreenFixed matte with horizontal split image
Diopter CorrectionNone
Self TimerYes
Remote ControlTakes regular mechanical cable release
PC TerminalYes
Depth-of-Field PreviewYes
Mirror Lock-UpNo
Multiple ExposureYes
Viewfinder InfoLED (green & red) exposure indicator
LCD InformationNone
Power SourceTwo 1.5-Volt LR44/SR44 alkaline or lithium batteries
Dimensions5.3 x 2.3 x 2.0" (135 x 58 x 51mm) WxHxD
Weight0.98 lb (445g)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.1 x 5.4 x 5.3"
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Is the lens on this camera interchangeable? Thanks!
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Vivitar V3800N uses interchangeable lenses, including the 28-70 lens.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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this camera is not letting me take pictures anymore any suggestions?
Asked by: serena t.
The first thing that comes to mind is the most obvious; how are the batteries? Beyond that, I guess I'd be wondering about any possible damage that might have been done. That would definitely include water...as in rain or bathroom environments. This is a pretty bulletproof camera. Still, it ain't invincible.
Answered by: gerard g.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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