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06-26-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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TOU/FIVE STAR lens -- any good?

I found this at the local camera store today:



and am curious if it's worth my time.
I'm no Google guru, but searching only seems to lead me to eBay listings and mentions of the existence of this lens, but nothing further.

Does anyone have any experience with one of these lenses, perhaps even on a DSLR??

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I've got a Five Star (without the word Tou, lens cap says Toyo optics) 3.5-4.8/35-75mm in KA mount. It's a very nice lens with solid quality feel to it and it performs well also. It came in a lot with a bunch of other lenses and although I haven't really used it much I like it. It's sharp wide open with good contrast and the only thing "wrong" with it is the variable aperture through the zoom range which can cause exposure errors in AV mode.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xixco Quote
Does anyone have any experience with one of these lenses, perhaps even on a DSLR??
Very inexpensive when new. Mostly metal construction. Some elements retained with snap rings instead of threaded rings. I've reconstructed two of these that were disassembled by a technician and deemed not economically repairable. I got them working again but the 4X6 prints were flarey. I'd say pass, unless dirt cheap.
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Thanks for the replies!

This was one of the lenses that didn't have a price on it (of course!), but if their other lenses were any indication, I would guess they want somewhere around $20-30. I'm never in the area when they're open, so maybe that's someone else's find now.

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All I know is that I see a lot of them and they never generate much interest or a decent sale price. No body wants them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xixco Quote
Thanks for the replies!

This was one of the lenses that didn't have a price on it (of course!), but if their other lenses were any indication, I would guess they want somewhere around $20-30. I'm never in the area when they're open, so maybe that's someone else's find now.
Hi! I am from Fort Worth as well!! I have one also without the TOU and I love it. It is an A lens and works very well on my DSLR's.

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Hi! I am from Fort Worth as well!! I have one also without the TOU and I love it. It is an A lens and works very well on my DSLR's.

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How is the "macro" on it?
Any sample pictures?
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