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10-14-2009, 08:15 AM   #1
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Guess The Lens - A Request For Identification

I have long forgotten where I bought the lens and who the manufacturer may be and was hoping for some help.
Right away some of you will notice it has the automatic aperture and some clever detectives will see that it is a KR mount and may not even want to look any further for fear of it getting stuck on your computer. I have been very lucky and can report that the lens has never become stuck on my K10 but I have thought a few times of making the modification to make that a certainty.
Does that mean that this is a Ricoh made lens? The lens is made in Korea and was purchased for my K1000 somewhere in 1984-1986.
Any help or suggestions with identifying the lens is welcomed. (Yes I will clean that fingerprint off the front before using it next.)

"70-210mm, (A) 1:4.0-5.6 macro MC AUTO ZOOM" manual focus, KR mount

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is this possibly marketed by quantaray?
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is this possibly marketed by quantaray?
Do you suggest this because of the QT II looking markings between 52 and MC?
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Anyone else have any idea on who produced this lens?
I may have bought it from Wards or J.C.Penny in the middle 1980's.

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It looks a lot like a Sears 80-200mm f4 that I bought from sears around the same time period. It is likely made by the same company that made the Korean Sears lenses.

Edit: There is a good enough finger print on that lens to run!
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Yeah, it looks like an old K mount Sears @ Roebuck lens.
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Looks very much like a Vivitar push-pull telezoom I had some time ago - and it was on a Ricoh XR10....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Looks very much like a Vivitar push-pull telezoom I had some time ago - and it was on a Ricoh XR10....
I had the Pentax version I used with my LX - but I think that was a constant F4 as I recall. Anyway, hated those push pull zooms and was happy to see them disappear. Love my DA* 50-135 and the two collar system.

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I accidentally put a lens exactly like that on my K10D. It was a b*tch to get off. "KR" is forever imprinted in my mind.
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Does the "KR" mean it was for Ricoh?

EDIT: I see it was already discussed

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I look at manual lenses regularly and I think it is Sigma lens. At least I remember few such items.
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Would specific images be more helpful? Different views of it's features?

I don't exactly know why but I think I sometimes rather like the challenge of using this older lens with my K10 as opposed to even my DA 50-200. Maybe more nostalgia than anything else but I am interested on what to call the thing. At times I want to say it was made by Focal for sale in Montgomery Wards. I have a Focal teleconverter and may have bought them at the same time and place but Focal seems to brand their products well. This tele-zoom is not.
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QuoteOriginally posted by emr Quote
Does the "KR" mean it was for Ricoh?

EDIT: I see it was already discussed
The ones Sears sold were marked KR and were sold for use on Pentax, Ricoh, Chinon and their own K-mount Sears branded bodies. This was before Ricoh evolved to the point of being incompatible. I would guess that other store branded lenses were set up the same way. Interestingly, Kmart had their own store brand, Focal, that were Japanese made.
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J. C. Penney, Sears, Montgomery Wards and others back then all had lenses that appeared to have been made by the same company. I have a Penney's 80-200 that's almost identical in look to your lens complete with the KR marking. My mother bought it years ago to go with her Program Plus.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MikePerham Quote
I had the Pentax version I used with my LX - but I think that was a constant F4 as I recall. Anyway, hated those push pull zooms and was happy to see them disappear. Love my DA* 50-135 and the two collar system.
This lens couldn't compare to the 50-135.
The 50-135 is in another league.
My Vivitar, which very closely resembles this one was an A lens and the push-pull zoom crept massively whilst carrying the camera around my neck. It was a real nuisance, and to be honest I hardly got a good shot out of it. Optically it was two strawberries short of a punnet.

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Would specific images be more helpful? Different views of it's features?

I don't exactly know why but I think I sometimes rather like the challenge of using this older lens with my K10 as opposed to even my DA 50-200. Maybe more nostalgia than anything else but I am interested on what to call the thing.
If this lens is anything like the Vivitar I had, then I would say stick with the 50-200, or if the nostalgia keeps gnawing at you, get yourself an old Pentax M 75-150 (if you can find one) or if you really want the push-pull mechanism the A 70-210 f/4.
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