A couple of months ago I purchased a Vivitar 35CA on ebay. It wasn't in as good condition as advertised, and the shutter did not seem to be working properly. I didn't pay much for the camera, so I set it aside. Every once in a while, I would try the shutter (and I had put in a new LR44 cell). To my surprise, one day it appeared to work like it is supposed to! So, I put in a roll of Kodak Gold 100, and shot it over a couple of days. The 35CA is an auto-exposure camera that adjusts both aperture and shutter speed automatically. The only manual control is in B (bulb) mode. It has a hot-shoe as well as a PC-sync connector for using a variety of strobes. There is a Guide-Number setting on the side of the lens barrel that may allow for exposure adjustment based on distance, but I have not yet tried it. The lens is a 38mm f/2.7 lens which isn't exactly wide nor fast, but it gets the job done. A few years ago I reviewed the Vivitar 35EE, a slightly larger and older model that used mercury batteries. Like that camera, this one features a filter ring that allows you to use screw in 46mm filters.
So, here are some examples from the roll of Kodak Gold 100. I was actually pleased with the camera's low-light ability, and less so with bright light. However, it definitely will give results that are satisfactory, and maybe even just a tad funky. More rolls need to be shot so that I have a better feel for what the camera can do.
|Abigail, having breakfast with us.|
|Campus Transportation Center|
|The Art Deco front of the State Theater|