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Old 11-11-2011, 12:39 AM   #1
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Is this lens supposed to zoom?

Hey all, long time no see. I recently picked up my first 35mm camera (a Minolta X700) and came across a free Vivitar Series 1 24-48mm lens. It says "Auto Zoom" on the front of the lens, but I have no idea what that means. Anyone have some insight?


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Old 11-11-2011, 12:57 AM   #2
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Well I looked it up for a few minutes and came up with nothing. lol.
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Well, Vivitar just wanted to make a new name ... or they were just too lazy to make the slash inbetween or someone really screwed up the naming on the first one and just let it be.

What it means:
AutoZoom - AUTOfocus / ZOOMlens

That's really about it.

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Thanks Ray. I figured I could count on you to straighten everything out. I'll probably take this to the local camera shop and see how much they think it would cost to get fixed.
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no worries.

What's wrong with the lens?

Bad Optics?

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The optics are actually perfect. Someone put a skylight filter on it who knows how long ago, so the filter got scratched up. The lens itself is in beautiful condition. The only problem is that the lens itself doesn't zoom; it's just stuck at about 36mm and the zoom lens doesn't turn. The aperture ring and focus rings both turn, though.
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Must have a bit of dirt in there ... Or the mechanics probably locked up.

A local lens repair place by me would fix that for around 75 since the glass is still good.

You should go looking for a lens repair place and see what they would charge you if the optics are as great as you say.

Sounds like a diamond in a rough kinda lens.

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