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Vivitar 220/SL 35mm SLR camera with 50mm f1.8 len and ever-ready case

Vivitar 220/SL 35mm SLR camera with 50mm f1.8 len and ever-ready case

Regular price $112.00 USD
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This Vivitar SL/220 is a solid, good quality 35mm SLR from the 1970s (it's identical to the better-known Argus Cosina STL 1000); the included Vivitar 50mm f1.8 lens is very sharp. We film tested this camera and it was a pleasure to use and gave us good results.

The 220/SL uses the popular m42 lens mount (also called 'Pentax screw mount') and is built around the very reliable Copal Square shutter (found in high end Nikon and Konica cameras during the same era). Its light meter is a stop-down style and requires a 675 zinc air battery (optional).  

The original leatherette 'ever-ready' case is included.

Condition notes
The camera is very good working condition; it was tested with film and delivered sharp, correctly exposed images. In addition, its shutter speeds travel time and symmetry. It's is in good aesthetic condition except for some wear on the body (see photos). The included case is very good condition as well. 



  • Camera Type: 35mm single lens reflex with center-weighted through-the-lens metering system.
  • Film Size and Capacity: 35mm perforated film in 20- or 36-exposure cassettes.
  • Film Format: 24mm x 36mm.
  • Lens Mount: Universal thread mount.
  • Shutter: Vertically moving metal Copal Square shutter with speeds from 1 /1000 second to 1 second plus B. Shutter lock button (250/SL only).
  • Self Timer: Built-in variable delay self-timer from approximately 7 to 15 seconds.
  • Exposure Meter. Two behind-the-lens CdS cells. Cross-coupled to shutter speed control and film speed dial ON/OFF switch on camera body automatically turned “OFF” after shutter is released.
  • Exposure Control: Stop-down, match needle system. Correct exposure indicated by aligning needle within exposure brackets in viewfinder
  • Exposure Range EV 3 to EV 18 at ASA 100 with 55mm f 1.4 Automatic Lens
  • Film Speed Range: ASA 25 to 1600.
  • Power Supply: Single 1 35-volt mercury battery (Mallory PX-675, Eveready E-675 or equivalent). Built-in Battery Test Light (250/SL only).
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Field of view covers approximately 93% of actual picture area. Meter needle and exposure index brackets visible
  • Focusing: Microprism center spot surrounded by ground glass area on Fresnel field for rapid focusing.
  • Reflex Mirror: Instant return type with front surface coating.
  • Flash Synchronization:
  • With Class “M" bulbs—1 to 1 /1000 second.
  • With Class “F” and “FP" bulbs—1 to 1 /30 second.
  • With Electronic Flash “X"—1 to 1 /125 second.
  • Flash Contacts: Two separate contacts "M” and “X"; “X” contact built into accessory “Hot Shoe" atop pentaprism.
  • Film Advance: Single stroke rapid film advance. 180° rotation. Built-in double exposure prevention.
  • Exposure Counter: Progressive type from “S“ to 36. Counter automatically resets to "S“ when rear cover is opened.
  • Film Loading: Rear cover opened by lifting up rewind knob. Multi-slotted take-up spool. Built-in film-in-chamber indicator.
  • Film Rewind: Film transport released by pressing Rewind Button on camera base. Rapid rewind crank.
  • Dimensions (Body Only): 37/e" x 5W x 21/s" (96 mm x 146 mm x 52 mm)
  • Weight (Body Only): 25.7 oz. (730 g)
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