Re: Compatibility of vivitar lens with Minolta x370
Even if your Vivitar lens does not have a Minolta lens mount, you can get an inexpensive adaptor to be able to mount the lens on your Minolta camera.
At least you used to be able to buy these adaptors before the World went digital crazy.
I still think the adaptors are available. Check with any large camera store, like B&H in New York.
Also manual focus lenses for older SLR's (Single Lens Reflex) film cameras are available at reasonable prices. I have the same Minolta X370 camera (along with few others) and lenses for it. So you can get a lens that has a Minolta mount for your camera, this might be the easist way to go and you can sell your Auto focus lens (since the Auto focus will not work with the Minolta X370 camera).
Hope this helps you.
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There are adapters available to fit the old Minolta manual-focus lenses on Sony alpha-series dSLRs as well as Sony NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lenses obviously will not autofocus and, depending on the lens and camera body, you may lose some or all exposure metering capability.
It's called "zoom creep" and not all that uncommon. You can try sliding a sheet of paper or a thin film under the ring to tighten it up, or use tape to hold it in place once you've got what you wanted. I would NOT squirt any liquids inside to unlubricate it.
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.