I was so happy when I got this lens, I heard a lot about it's quality. Not easy to get many perfect Nikon lens available on the used lens market ,but hard to find the most famous Vivitar lenses. Perhaps they are sold in smaller amount or owner want to keep them ? Don't know the reason,but that is true this lens available on Ebay with right mount only twice a year.It has quality build , all parts made from glass and metal. Compare with it's age not too heavy , easy to focusing and produce crisp, sharp images even at wide open. It has great resolution and color rendering. This lens part of the American history like Carl Zeiss Jena Olympic Sonar 180mm f2.8 the German history. Close focusing ability is legendary 1.2 m ! This is same distance than many 135m lens has. An excellent macro performer with extension tube, bigger working distance is very important in macro photography to get more light and not trouble the target subject.
200 mm f3.0 Vivitar Series 1 Tele This is a slightly upsized version of the legendary "Olympic Sonnar" 180/2.8 that Zeiss developed for the 1936 Olympics. A very good performing lens, quite a lot better than the Nikkor 200/4.
I had the Vivitar 200mm f:3 for many years, and it was a really sweet lens. I used it for macro a lot; with a tube you could really get in there. Very solid build. I hated to sell it, but it was a screw mount, and I went to the Pentax K mount.
One of these faster Vivitar lenses to have cult status now is the 200mm f/3 Series I lens. You can see that this lens sold for $334 in 1974, equivalent to $1,161 in today's 1998 inflated dollarettes. Half a stop slower 200mm lenses sold for a third as much, so this was a pricey lens!
Nearly as fast as a very expensive pro f/2.8 lens, this lens is relatively small (4.6 inches) and compact on the camera. You can hand-hold it nicely, although it is fairly heavy at 29 ounces. But the lens is very sharp and delivers superb results. The f/3 aperture is odd and slightly slower than an f/2.8, but hardly noticeably so even on slide film. Unlike many telephoto lenses, this 200mm will close focus to 4 feet, yielding a 1:4 reproduction ratio on film! Unlike many 200mm f/2.8 telephotos, it also uses smaller standard 72mm filters.