Vivitar RL Edition 24mm f/2.0 : LUSENET : Canon FD : One Thread

Anyone familiar with this lens or what the Vivitar "RL Edition" lenses are all about? My local camera store has a used one available and the 2.0 seems like it should be bright. Any idea on what it is worth? This will be used on canon AE-1P.

Thanks in Advance.


-- Mike Boys (, August 22, 2001


I'm afraid I have vicarious answers only. Mcbrooms quotes a price range from $60 to $100 for exc to mint condition. I would lean towards the lower end myself. I haven't seen the 'RL' term anywhere before.

As an aside, I have both the vivitar 28f/2 and the Canon SSC 28f2. IMHO the vivitar is a good lens for $60. It has good color, perhaps a bit more contrast than the Canon. It doesn't have the corner sharpness of the Canon especially at closer distances as the Canon has a floating element system to improve performance. I don't know if the vivitar 24f/2 does either but if it does it would be worth consideration.



-- Duane k (, August 22, 2001.

Well- can't help with the specifics, especially pricing, as you in the US always seem to get enormous bargains compared with us in the UK!

I would add though 1. that my Vivitar lenses have always been solid performers, even if not imaginatively styled, and 2. that I own a Sigma 28 f1.8 that is stunning in design and performance, an aspherical design lens that is- if I have one- my 'standard' lens!

Cheers Jim

-- Jim Cross (, August 22, 2001.

Hello Mike, This reply may be about 5 months to late regarding the day that you entered the question. Regarding the Vivitar RL Edition lense. I have a Vititar RL Edition 28-80mm Zoom 1:3.5-4.5 I bought it new back in the mid to late 1980's along with a new Minolta X-700 camera. It has been a very good performing lens. I have recently been trying to find out where the RL Edition was located in the Vivitar lens lineup back then as I never was sure. I recently put an e-mail inquiry on Vivitar's web site. They did not bother to answer me back. So much for their customer service (or customer no-service). If you or anyone else have any more info on this series lens ,then please let me know. I have used several other Vivitar lenses and they all seem to do real well. Thanks John Ellis

-- John Ellis (, January 12, 2002.

I just bought a Nikon FG with the Vivitar 28-80mm f3.5-4.5 "RL Edition". I can't find anything online about this lense. Does anyone know if this is a AI-S lense?

Thanks, Kyle

-- Kyle Reed (, May 14, 2002.

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