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03-23-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Is my lens really made in 1975?

G'Day everyone,

I just purchased a lens from ebay, which is pretty nifty (
Pentax Makinon Zoom 80-200mm f3.5 Macro Manual Focus Lens 67mm MadeIn Japan 1975) Pentax Makinon Zoom 80-200mm f3.5 Macro Manual Focus Lens 67mm MadeIn Japan 1975 | eBay but it says on the items description that the lens was made in 1975... I can't find any year printed on the lens, but it wouldn't surprise me if it is that old considering how old the case is that it came in. Just wondering, how do I find out actually how old it really is?

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03-23-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Lenses without aperture automation are mostly from the 70's- so yup, this would make perfect sense

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03-23-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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That's awesome. I feel like such a hipster now :P I've got some good shots from it I wish I could see exactly what year it was though
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1975? Inexpensive consumer zooms with "macro" were all the rage in the late 70's and later. Unless the seller had a receipt or a manufacturer's certificate (so-called passport), I would consider a 1975 date highly unlikely and probably pure conjecture.

So...tell me, does the date make a difference?


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Another Clue?

Hello Scottyob,
Another clue is that Pentax introduced the "K" mount in 1975 (according to the Pentax Timeline on the official Pentax site) so bayonet-mount lenses made for "PK" mount would have to date from '75 or later.
Before that, they would have been m42.
It surely wouldn't take the after-market companies long to catch up with the new mounts, Pentax kept the screw mount later than most of the major SLR makers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
So...tell me, does the date make a difference?
Exactly what I was thinking..
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
So...tell me, does the date make a difference?
Exactly what I was thinking..
Well, it matters somewhat. I like pre-1975 primes because they often impart a 'period' feel, and because lenses that survived in the Kodachrome era were usually damn sharp. Early zooms often weren't so sharp, especially the cheap 'macro' zooms. Exceptions abound: Vivitar Series 1, Tokina ATX, Soligor CD, etc. But even Nikon produced some turds. The earliest decent cheap zooms I can think of were those made by Samyang and marketed as Sears or Albinar, but those still mostly don't match contemporary IQ.

Yes, date can matter. Avoid early non-premium zooms. Grab early primes. Those are among my rules.
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Exactly what I was thinking..
It doesn't matter I suppose. It's just like visiting a museum I guess, when I look through the lens and see only a tiny little scratch there's that same nice feeling of looking at something that is that old and has lasted in such good condition. I guess if it was just 10-15 years old instead of my believed 37, the stories of how old it is and what it's seen and captured though it are a bit more limited.

I took it out for another play this morning and am pretty impressed with the shots I got for an AUD $12.50 ebay purchase though. I can see this becoming a great hobby pretty quickly.

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