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I picked up a Vivitar zoom 85mm-205mm 1:3.8 lens. There is a switch on the bottom that you can slide to select A (automatic?) or M (manual?). What does this switch do?

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Hello K W McClellan,

Re: Button: Automatic/Manual Select
Vivitar Part number 3512798 reference 119
(On does precisely what it says...
(on compatible cameras)).

Manual exemplar note below
Vivitar Series 1 Lens 70 210mm 3 5 Macro Focusing Zoom Service Manual Page...

My old Owners Manual (wrongly) says ... go to

Vivitar Corporation
Central Parts Service
2700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90406

Tele: 1-213-829-3672
or: 1-213-870-0181

Which ... of course is some sort of SAD past...
a try of "So. Cal Vivitar Service yields

Pcv Photographic Services 2330 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 446-4600 Pcv Photographic SVC 2330 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 559-0450 Photographic Rental Service Inc 12322 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 979-8173 Naheedence Photographic (213) 537-0429 PhotoGraphic Impressions (626) 667-4026 Brown Michael Photographic (310) 379-7254 Kavan Photographic Art 292 S Ln Cienega Blvd #STE 309
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 360-1218
Happy hunting...

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It switches between manual aperture operation and automatic aperture operation. Look up the manual on Google.

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SOURCE: Compatibility of vivitar lens with Minolta x370

Additionally: 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. Thanks, AJ.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007

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SOURCE: Canon Vivitar 75-205MM Macro (compatibility?)

If the Vivitar has an FD mount for older Canons, then no, you'll need an adapter ring to convert the lens. They are available on sites like ebay

Posted on Dec 07, 2009

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