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07-15-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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Miranda 24mm F2.8 - any good?

I'm currently looking at buying a few old Pentax primes and came across a Miranda 24mm F2.8 "A" lens. Having looked around the web I can't find much information at all on this, does anyone know if it's any good?

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07-15-2009, 03:10 PM   #2
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Are you sure this will fit a Pentax--either M42 or K-Mount? Mirandas were considered pretty decent cameras in the 60s. Mamiya-level of quality for the bodies, but unlike Mamiya, the lenses don't have a following.
If it does fit, and the cost is reasonable, why not? 24mm is an exceedingly useful focal length on DSLRs.

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For a 24 mm / 2.8, nothing beats the sigma superwide II (MF or AF version are both fine, though I pref the MF one). The close focusing capability (goes to 1:4) is a great added plus, and allows for creative photos beyond say a usual wide angle lens.

Awfully sharp too.

Sorry for going off-thread, but just highlighting this as something you should grab if you're looking for older wide angle primes for pentax.

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Thanks for the replies everyone...

After a little more investigation it appears that this isn't an original Miranda, apparently some time in the past a UK electrical retailer bought the name & started using it on imported Japanese "budget" lenses so the quality may be questionable - another one off the list !!

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Just in case someone is interested in the future, I posted couple of photos taken by Pentax K-X and Miranda f2.8 24mm here http://artphoto.totalh.com/view.php? ; http://artphoto.totalh.com/view.php? ;

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QuoteOriginally posted by simonkit Quote
I'm currently looking at buying a few old Pentax primes and came across a Miranda 24mm F2.8 "A" lens. Having looked around the web I can't find much information at all on this, does anyone know if it's any good?

thanks

simon
If the aperture ring has its next click at f4, then most likely this is the same lens as the Cosina 24/2.8.
Its not a bad lens (Cosina), in fact its very good sharp from f4 onwards. It seems be a bit bluish wrt Pentax smc lenses.
Some sample shots here :







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