Vivitar UWS: Livin La Vivi Loca

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I’ve gotten a lot of experience with the Fisheye 2 and the Actionsampler, but I’ve been in want of something more, let’s say, traditional. Vignettes in the corners! Saturated colors! One lens producing a good-old rectangular photo! But funds are short and something like the LCA has to wait for Christmas, so what do I do to quench my thirst in the meantime? I’d heard about this “Vivi” and seen sample photos that, whether due to my inexperience with the LCA or the expertise of the photographers posting them, looked very reminiscent of that famous Minitar lens. Mix in some Diana softness and vignettes, add a splash of Fisheye-suggestive wide angles, and you’ve got some pretty impressive photos.

I found this camera on EBay for under $15, including shipping, and in a matter of seconds I’d paid for it and begun awaiting its arrival.

My first impressions: people aren’t exaggerating when they talk about its size! I have this little tiny rainbow purse that I’ve been dying to fit a camera in, and this one fits! All you got are pockets?…no problem, it’ll fit there, too. Next, I was worried because I heard it has a weak rewinding handle, but after my first roll was shot I discovered that as long as you take good care of your things, you’ll be fine; just don’t let your excitement of finishing a roll cause you to forget that the camera is still just cheap plastic.

Upon reviewing my photos, roll after roll, slide film, color prints, doubles…you name it, I have not only been extremely impressed with the results, but I have had a much easier time waiting for Dec. 25th to get here. LCA addicts do not be offended: I still intend to become one of you soon, and I’m sure NOTHING could truly replicate that beautiful Minitar lens. But the Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim is in a league all its own and deserves to be recognized for it!

User-friendly, convenient, light-weight and CHEAP…there is no excuse for a lomographer not to include this camera in his or her collection!

written by strangelilgirl on 2008-11-10 in #reviews #vivitar #35mm

7 Comments

  1. butter
    butter ·

    I use my Viv a lot. Sometimes it's just a better choice than the LC-A. When you've got tons of light and want some crazy vignetting and a great flare from the sun and you need the extra wide angle, this baby delivers like no other. I've only shot a couple rolls so far but I'm totally in love!

  2. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    not to make you guys jealous but i found these new in the box on sale for one dollar at a local junkie store, I have like 40 of them... also does anybody have the vivitar pn2011 this fake panoramic, it is really nice as well

  3. lucasjakobsson
    lucasjakobsson ·

    the picture of the cat (no.14) is great :)

  4. dogma
    dogma ·

    picture 25 - five stars
    @kylethefrench
    Hey be have and sell one for me :) PLEASE

  5. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    thank you so much lucas and dogma!

  6. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Nice camera and great photos. PS. I myself recently got one and definitely will give it a try soon.

  7. moccappucino07
    moccappucino07 ·

    That 1st n 2nd shots are wonderful :)

    @kylethefrench
    Would you mind to sell one me please? ><

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