Vivitar V2000

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The Vivitar V2000 is a 35mm film SLR camera marketed by Vivitar in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Both the camera body and the lens were made by Cosina,[2] and it's comparable to their CT1EX but with different body moldings. It takes K-mount (Pentax bayonet) lenses.

It has a plastic body, a hot-shoe flash socket, through-the-lens light metering with viewfinder LED indicators (activated by pushing the shutter release button half-way), manual film advance, and is threaded for a remote shutter release cable. The film advance lever must be pulled outwards from the body to unlock the shutter button (common to many Cosina-built SLRs of the era).

This is a rather basic model among Vivitar's "Vx000" cameras: Unlike the later V4000S it does not have a flash sync terminal, or a self-timer. The V6000 has electronically-timed autoexposure; but the V2000's shutter is entirely mechanical, meaning a battery is only required to power its exposure meter. The camera was bundled with a 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 kit lens. Unlike the plasticky silver bodies of some other Vivitars, the V2000's matte-black styling is subdued and simple.

The V2000 is a no-frills all-manual SLR of the type often recommended to beginning students of photography. Its 1/2000 top shutter speed and LED metering display may compare favorably to similar old stalwarts such as Pentax's K1000.


  • Badging: Vivitar
  • Manufacturer: Cosina
  • Lens mount: Pentax K
  • ISO: 25 - 1600
  • Shutter: Vertical travel, metal focal plane shutter
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/2000 to B
  • Flash sync: Hot shoe, X-sync PC connector, 1/125
  • Viewfinder: eye-level pentaprism with match LED display
  • Meter: open aperture, TTL, center-weighted averaging
  • Battery: 1.5v LR44, SR44 or equivalent (x2)
  • Weight: 411 g (14.5 oz)
  • Original stock number(s): 105743


  1. It is noted as an attractive style refresh of the Vivitar V335 in a rundown of the latest 35mm SLRs from the May 1989 Popular Photography, pg. 37 (via Google Books).
  2. Vivitar Buyer's Guide, Effective 1 July 1989, p V1