Auto Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 Chrome Nose

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The Auto Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 Chrome Nose is a fixed-mount lens distributed by Ponder and Best (Vivitar) in the late 1960s. This is the first fixed-mount Vivitar 200mm lens. Modern collectors refer to the Vivitar lens family which this lens is a part of as the "Chrome Nose" family because of the distinctive chrome band around the front edge of the lens. There is also a bright silver band located near the base of the lens. A later family of lenses based on the same mechanical configuration dropped the chrome nose to make room for a built-in lens hood but retained the lower bright silver band, thus becoming known as the bright band family. Another distinguishing feature of the Chrome Nose family is a lens coating that results in a noticeable blue tint to the lens surfaces. The blue tint is often evident in photos of Chrome Nose lenses. Both families are believed to have been manufactured by Kino Precision.[1] A 1967 Wall St. Camera Exchange ad lists the street price of the Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 at $78.50 USD.[2]


  • Badging: Vivitar
  • Manufacturer: Kino Precision
  • Manufacture Date: 1967
  • Focal Length: 200mm
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22
  • Diaphragm Type: Automatic
  • Diaphragm Blades: 8
  • Filter Diameter: 62mm
  • Minimum Focus: 2.3 m (7.5 ft)
  • Mounts: Canon FL, M42, Nikon
  • Elements: 4
  • Groups: 3
  • Weight: unknown
  • Accessories: A matching 62mm lens shade was included with each lens, an optional leather case was available
  • Example Serial Numbers: 200139, 200220, 201536
  • Original Stock Number(s): 21-441 (Pentax/M42), 21-533 (Canon Pellex, FX, FP, FT, QL), 21-632 (Nikon F)[3]



  1. Vivitar Chrome Nose Lenses made by Kiron. Photo evidence
  2. Wall Street Camera Exchange ad, 1967
  3. Vivitar Preset Lenses, brochure, Ponder & Best, August, 1967, page B-5