Summary: When I received this product, it was a big disappointment to find out the lense came with the projector wasn't the right one for this model. I was lucky to get my full refund but I would suggest not buying it on line. Sorry to say.
For a Much Better Projector Buy a Kodak Ektagraphic III Model for About the Same Price
6 December 2008
Summary: Buying this machine is a mistake. There are several Kodak Ektagraphic III Models for sale here on Amazon. Unlike this Vivitar the Ektagraphic models are professional quality that were built with metal gears which do not get brittle over the years. The gears in this projector are plastic and will eventually get brittle and fail even if the projector is not used, just like the plastic gears in the Kodak Carousel models).
Summary: I think this is very good product for the money was a little disappointed when my trays didn't fit - however - it was only two trays and the rest all fit so check the trays sizes /types and it will be a great product for you Love the auto focus - also sticks occasionaly but slides are all old so the happens -with all projectors I think
Summary: THE VIVITAR 5000 ARRIVED WITH THE INNER, MANUFACTURERS BOX, UNPROTECTED FROM THE OUTER SHIPPING CARTON. BOTH CARTONS WERE INTACT; HOWEVER, I ASSUME IT WAS DROPPED VERY HARD FROM A CONSIDERABLE HIGHT...THREE OF THE FOUR LENS IN THE PROJECTOR WERE KNOCKED OUT OF THEIR BRACKETS AND LOOSE IN THE VIVITAR ASSEMBLY RENDERING THE PROJECTOR COMPLETELY INOPERATIVE.
Summary: Vivitar 5000 AF Slide Projector First of all the autofocus button didn't even exist on the attached remote. The clarity of slides when projected was poor. The arm on the slide projector kept jamming. I'm sending it back now.
Summary: As with all vivitar flash units: you get what you pay for. for $70 this unit is PERFECT for someone that just wants to try a ring flash before investing $2000 into a quality product. Expertise: Pro for 15+ years Problems Encountered: Flashes 100 times or so then burns outnot much as far as settings are concerned. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Bower Items I Recommend: batteries!!!!!