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08-22-2009, 05:37 AM   #1
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Sears 70-210mm f4 - Pentax clone??

OK, I picked up this Sears 70-210mm Auto aperture, coated lens. I looked for info on it in the lens database, and didn't find anything, but I did run across a Pentax A lens that bares a stricking resemblance. Is this Sears lens a rebadged Pentax??

Here is the one and only photo that I've taken with it (the wind wouldn't go away, so I gave up)- (click to enlarge)

Here is what the lens looks like:

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Lenses made by Pentax or their Cosmicar subsidiary will use the Pentax focus direction, opposite that of this lens. IMO it's not a rebadged Pentax/Cosmicar product.
08-22-2009, 06:49 AM   #3
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Its built MUCH cheaper than the Pentax lens (I have both) Focus is MUCH crisper on the pentax and the sears lens has a little bit of a Glow effect. The sears lens for the price is a VERY fun toy to play with and one that if I was going out in a storm to take some pics wouldnt hesitate to mount to the K20 as Im not too afraid of ruining it. Its in a friends hands now (as all my sears lenses are, my LBA made me buy the whole set of them ) as I just got her the P/K to 4/3's adapter for her E-420 so she could get some affordable glass (aka borrow all my play toys) The sears lenses are what I started shooting with till I could decide what features in a lens I liked and what focal ranges I shoot at most often, I wouldnt hesitate buying them again if I had the chance but the set of them will probobly go to the choping block here soon so that I can buy one decent lens with the money. The "glow" effect it gives to some objects can be played upon and acctualy used once you get to know it as a pretty cool intentional effect
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IM trying to figure out what the 70-210 I have is, it looks similar, but different.

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The Sears one that I have is a constant max. aperture of 4.0. I did notice the KR on the aperture ring of your lens. Read this about that pin. I removed it from the lens that I have.

If I could get my hands on a listing of Sears source codes for photo equipment, I could decode the mfg by the first three numbers of the model number, "202". I have the codes for Kenmore sewing machines memorized!
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Historically, most of the Sears lenses have been the same as equivalent Rikenons. This relationship broke down in more recent years (i.e. mid-80s + ) so it is anyone's guess who made your lens. Does it say whether it was made in Japan?


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