| Vivitar 35ES |
by Niall Oswald (Image rights).
Vivitar Corporation was founded in 1938 as Ponder and Best, a distributor and retailer of lenses and cameras based in Oxnard, California. Many Vivitar cameras such as the 35ES/EE series and lenses were built under contract by their primary manufacturer; Cosina Co., Ltd., an original design manufacturer (ODM) of cameras and lenses based in Nakano, Japan.
The Vivitar 35ES is a compact, fixed-lens, 35mm, shutter priority, rangefinder camera introduced in 1978. The camera is very similar in many respects to the Minolta Hi-Matic 7sII, Revue 400SE and Prinz 35ER.
The 35ES has a fast (f/1.7) 40mm, six-element optic that quickly garnered a reputation for extraordinary resolution power and accurate color rendition.
- Country of Origin: Japan.
- Type: 35mm rangefinder camera with shutter priority automation.
- Lens: 40mm/1.7, 6 elements in 4 groups.
- Shutter: Inter-lens, leaf-type.
- Shutter Speeds: 1/8 sec -1/500 sec., B.
- Exposure Meter: CdS cell located above front lens element.
- Exposure Value Range: EV 4.5 - EV 17.
- Film Speed Range: ISO 25-800.
- Flash Synchronization: Built-in X-synchronization at all speeds, manual flash compensation feature.
- Focusing System: Superimposed rectangle, rangefinder-type.
- Film Advance: Manual, lever operated, single-stroke.
- Self-Timer: Mechanical, 10-sec. delay.
- Filter Mount: screw-on, 49 mm.
- Battery: Single 1.35v mercury cell, Mallory PX 675 or equivalent.
- Dimensions: 114 mm x 60 mm x 74 mm.
- Accessories: Camera case, filters, electronic flash (Vivitar Model 125).
- Weight: 465 g.
- Finish: Black.