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02-28-2011, 09:44 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Most Sears 135mm and other prime lenses are quite good, including some made by Asahi/Pentax.
What Sears lenses do you think are made by Asahi/Pentax. I was of the impression that Pentax never made any lenses for Sears (the only other names you find with Pentax-made 35mm-format lenses as I recall are Cosmicar and Alpa).

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QuoteOriginally posted by macTak Quote
What Sears lenses do you think are made by Asahi/Pentax. I was of the impression that Pentax never made any lenses for Sears (the only other names you find with Pentax-made 35mm-format lenses as I recall are Cosmicar and Alpa).
Asahi is reputed to have made some of the old "Tower" cameras sold by Sears in the '50s, but I have not heard of them making the lenses. In the era of the SLR, it seems that Ricoh and Mamiya were their main manufacturers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Asahi is reputed to have made some of the old "Tower" cameras sold by Sears in the '50s, but I have not heard of them making the lenses.
IIRC Sears was one of the first to market Pentax SLRs in USA, with bodies labeled Sears and some lenses labeled Sears-Asahi. Sears also badged and sold Canon gear, so they were an equal-opportunity exploiter.
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