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02-14-2014, 03:32 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Kiron Lens Club

Kiron had a strong place as a lens maker in the seventies and eighties, providing stock for companies such as Vivitar and Panagor as well as marketing in their own name.

When I think of a Kiron image I think strong contrast and sharpness and a strongly textured oof background making for interesting textures and a gritty industrial feel.

Downside is that a few decades on there are frequently issues with sticky aperture blades, but find a good one or get one cleaned up and it will still have that unique character.

This club will provide an opportunity to pull together images taken with Kiron lenses and show their unique characteristics.







Kiron 28mm f2 @ f4

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Looks really good indeed. What do these run nowadays?
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
Looks really good indeed. What do these run nowadays?
Anywhere from $50 to $200 on eBay depending on how big a sucker the buyer and if it has the A contacts. The Vivitar maybe a bit less.
02-15-2014, 04:22 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickentender Quote
What do these run nowadays?
My copy had slow aperture blades and was pretty grubby inside and out but I had it cleaned. $55 What Boris said...

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Some more Kiron 28 F2 images

My son:







Small lens with good field of view and handy street shooter using hyperfocal settings. These were all made with onboard B&W settings per my 'Re-purposing the K20D' thread.


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Oh, a new club, I was looking for a Kiron club some time ago.
Good that we have one now.
I had a wonderful month with the Kiron 28mm f/2 during January, and here are some photo contribution to this thread from that month:








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Slow aperture blades are a common issue. Both my 24/2 and 28/2 have sticky blades. For me it is not an issue as they are an Minolta and Nikon mount respectively modified to K mount using a flanged M42 to K adaptor as the mount
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Thank you for your additions mtux. Here is another few from a trip to Fremantle Western Australia:



K20D with Kiron 28mm F2 at F8 (cross posted in my Non Bookends thread.

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And now some buildings from this beautiful city: (Same set up)





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Finding more love for my Kiron 28/2 recently.
This was shot at f/2.8, no crop.



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Nice looking pic... nice looking cake
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Nice looking pic... nice looking cake
Thanks
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Kirons are great for animal portraits, too!

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Very furry bokeh there on the right. What caused the line on the nose???

great post - lens was??
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arjay Bee Quote
Very furry bokeh there on the right. What caused the line on the nose???

great post - lens was??
The lens was the Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8 (ser. 22xxx). I'm not really sure what caused that line, it's not on any of the other photos from that roll of film. But I was hand-holding at 1/15th a second without image stabilization.

Agreed. The furry bokeh is very pleasing.
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Thank you for the details. I have that lens (k mount one touch zoom) and also find it pleasing.
Perhaps the line is an errant whisker...
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This was a mock-up product shot that I did earlier this year for my BTEC L2 Photography diploma.
Shot with Samsung GX-10 (K10d clone) and a Kiron 105/2.8 Macro. A beautiful lens that goes down to 1:1.
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