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Vivtar 20mm wide angle lens #22100295

I have a Vivitar auto, wide angle, 20mm lens, mfr # 22100295. What camera body it will fit on.

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Need to read the back of your lens, there should be a code near the camera end:
C/FD = Canon FD mount
N/AI = Nikon
P/K = Pentax
M/MR = Minolta
O/OM = Olympus

a thread at the end would mean its a 'Universal' mount or more commonly known as 'M42'.

you can't tell from the serial number sorry

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This lens was manufactured by Kino (aka Kiron) made in 2001. I will try to find out it's compatibility list and post it here when I have it.

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SOURCE: How do I know what size lenses to look for?

Hi rlopez117,

Congratulations on the aquisition of such a great vintage camera!

Pentax cameras use a mount known as M42. This means it is a 42 millimeter diamater. You may also find this referred to as the Pentax mount, as Pentax (Asahi Optical) made this popular in the United States. With any camera, any lens you purchase should match the mount of the camera in order to be used together.

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Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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SOURCE: 24mm1:2auto wide angle the lens is coming apart

With all due respect, your lens is not worth repairing unless you are already experienced in making lens repairs, and from your question you clearly aren't. The Vivitar 24mm f2 and the f2.8 versions are not the easiest of lenses to start learning on. The fault is either due to wear (new spares no longer available, used spares in very short supply) or one or more loose/missing internal fasteners (probably the focussing ring limiters), but investigating and accurately fixing the cause is not cost effective.

You can buy a replacement on auction websites for anywhere between £30 and £80, and for about £20 to £60 less if you're prepared to accept the f2.8 version which is one stop slower at maximum aperture. Even at the higher price you'll find that it's cheaper than having your lens professionally fixed (or even for paying for a diagnostic strip-down only to be told it's irreparable). However, you can offset some of the cost by selling your lens in it's current condition and honestly described as being for spares or repair. As it's the faster f2 model it's always in demand and will appeal to those who have the skills to restore it to working condition. Another one to search for (and much easier to find) is the excellent Tamron 24mm f2.5 which typically sells for around £20 to £35, although you may have to spend more to obtain the correct interchangeable Adaptall-2 mount for your camera (but you can get most of that back when you sell the unwanted mount supplied with the lens). As the maximum aperture is f2.5 the lens is only about a half a stop slower than yours.

I hope that my reply has helped, if so please rate my answer.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010

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Congratulations on the aquisition of such a great vintage camera!

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