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02-17-2011, 12:30 AM   #1
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Phenix manual 50mm/f1.7 40bucks!

anyone knows this cheap lens? Pentax k-mount.

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I've never heard of Phenix lenses, but as far as the 2 pictures shows its not bad at all
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It's the lens that comes with the Phenix SLR, a Chinese film camera which emerged about 2005, I think and sold for around $100. It was designed for beginners but appeared to have a reasonable array of features. It has a K mount, so obviously the kit lens will fit any Pentax, but at that price for the whole camera and, with respect, being Chinese manufactured and cheap, I wouldn't expect too much.
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Nice shots, dslr?

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Nice shots, dslr?
Yup, K20D
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It's sold under a few different names, including HorusBennu, and there's been some threads here on the forums about it, and some user reviews:

HorusBennu 50mm F1.7 MC (PK) Lens Reviews - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database
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It's sold under a few different names, including HorusBennu, and there's been some threads here on the forums about it, and some user reviews:

HorusBennu 50mm F1.7 MC (PK) Lens Reviews - Pentax Third-Party Lens Review Database
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here is something that looks the same but with a different namebrand

HorusBennu 50mm f/1.7 Lens for Pentax Smasung NEW - eBay (item 280549918190 end time Mar-14-11 20:58:48 PDT)

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They didn't even spell it right.

I wouldn't get my hopes up either.
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There is a lot of cheap yet good glass out there... enjoy!
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There is a lot of cheap yet good glass out there... enjoy!
There is SOME yet cheap good glass out there.
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There is SOME yet cheap good glass out there.
I'd say there are quite a lot, perhaps even most, primes out there that are good. Sure maybe not wide open at the corners etc etc etc, but you can still take great photos.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wombat Quote
It's the lens that comes with the Phenix SLR, a Chinese film camera which emerged about 2005, I think and sold for around $100. It was designed for beginners but appeared to have a reasonable array of features. It has a K mount, so obviously the kit lens will fit any Pentax, but at that price for the whole camera and, with respect, being Chinese manufactured and cheap, I wouldn't expect too much.
I think It premiered in 1980s or even earlier and It's still in production. no more than 50$ in Taobao(a Chinese online shopping website).
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It's a Chinese lens, I think from the venerable Seagull brand. They have a cult following over here. I saw that lens brand new for 300 RMB (about $50) a couple of days ago in a camera mall and often wondered how it performed.
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Hi there,

I've bought the Horusbennu 50 f/1.7 and shot some sample pictures visible on my blog (text in french, pictures speak by themselves)

My conclusion is that at 1.7 and 2.0, the HB should be considered as a toy lens, and buyers shouldn't expect Zeiss-like performances from a $40 chinese piece of glass. However, this lens improves well when stopped down, from "decent" at 2.8 to "nice" at 8.0, the image quality being remarquably homogeneous across the frame.

Pics here
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