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View Poll Results: Which lens brand do you like the least?
Pentax 1114.67%
Phoenix 4661.33%
Sigma 1013.33%
Tamron 56.67%
Tokina 34.00%
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12-30-2006, 07:35 AM   #16
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Ha! That's funny Eric. I could have posted almost same post but substituted Sigma for Tamron. But I don't travel so I didn't need to keep it. Maybe it's the superzoom configuration instead of the manufacturer?

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The little Phoenix 100 macro isn't a bad lens at all. It is made by Cosina and is the same lens as the Pentax 100 f3.5 macro (except it may have SMC coating applied and didn't come with the 1:1 adapter 2 element filter). Some Phoenix lenses are made by Tokina (2X 7 element teleconverter for sure). The 100-300 is a match for (maybe slightly better than) the Pentax J75-300. Interestingly the Phoenix is still made in Japan! Have also seen decent stuff from the 100-500 manual focus zoom. BEWARE it also fits Ricoh so the LITTLE PIN HAS TO BE SNIPPED BEFORE USING.
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12-31-2006, 04:03 PM   #18
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This is great info!

QuoteOriginally posted by barondla Quote
The little Phoenix 100 macro isn't a bad lens at all. It is made by Cosina and is the same lens as the Pentax 100 f3.5 macro (except it may have SMC coating applied and didn't come with the 1:1 adapter 2 element filter). Some Phoenix lenses are made by Tokina (2X 7 element teleconverter for sure). The 100-300 is a match for (maybe slightly better than) the Pentax J75-300. Interestingly the Phoenix is still made in Japan! Have also seen decent stuff from the 100-500 manual focus zoom. BEWARE it also fits Ricoh so the LITTLE PIN HAS TO BE SNIPPED BEFORE USING.
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Hi Barondla

I saw a lot of phoenix lenses on ebay. But I had no guts to give them a go at all.

Where did you see the example photos from 100-500 manual focus zoom?

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I had a friend buy one. I was the person to de-pin it ( darn Ricoh). He let me shoot a few shots with the DS. It had more contrast than I would have guessed. Like most consumer zooms it was a little soft at 500mm. That could be sharpened up in PS. Not saying it was a 77 Limited. Would rate the quality as similar to the Pentax J 75-300. Maybe a little more contrasty. He did have a big hood on the lens. It must have been 4" long. Didn't come with it. It is a pretty cheap lens to buy. Want the new Pentax 400. This ens could still be useful. It is well built. The only Phoenix I have shot that wasn't decent was the 500 mirror. Absymal. Not against mirrors - have 4.
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