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08-21-2015, 12:11 PM   #1

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Legendary Kiron/Kino 105mm f/2.8 1:1 macro w/ 'A' contacts [price lowered 08/29] Marketplace Listing

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Kiron/Kino 105mm f/2.8 macro w/ 'A' contacts

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160.00 USD

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Savannah, GA (United States)

Item Description
Kiron/Kino Precision 105mm f/2.8 macro (w/ A contacts) -- $160 + $15 shipping (USA)

This is the legendary 1:1 macro made by Kiron that has sold under the names Kiron, Lester Dine, Rikenon, Vivitar Series 1, some others maybe. (The Vivitar was labelled as an f/2.5 instead of f/2.8, but that is a lie.) It's full-frame!

Anyway, this lens doesn't need much introduction. Performance is top-notch. Manual focus only of course, but having the A contacts is a big help and allows you to use matrix metering and all camera modes.


Kiron / Lester A. Dine 105mm f2.8 Macro Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

Vivitar Series 1 (Kiron - 22xxxxx) 105mm f2.5 (100mm f2.8) Macro Lens Reviews - Vivitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

NOTE: This is somewhat of Frankenlens -- I had two of these, one with a PK mount and one with a PK/A mount. But the PK/A version had a busted aperture and on the PK version the glue under the focus grip was dried up and flaking off everywhere. So I got rid of that grip on the PK (ripped in the process), cleaned up all the little flakes, and then glued the grip from the PK/A version onto it. The two versions are identical except for the mounts, so I was able to upgrade the PK mount to PK/A mount.

So what I'm saying is that this lens originally had a plain PK mount and a destroyed rubber grip, and now it has the grip and the PK/A mount from a donor lens.

Condition is "bargain grade" cosmetically. Some of the printing is worn off as you can see, but there are no dents or major scratches to the body.

Glass is great, no scratches, no haze, no fog, no fungus. Not even any internal dust to speak of. Aperture is clean and snappy, and it works perfectly with it's new (to it) 'A' mount. Focus action is smooth and uniform, but it is not as well-dampened as I usually find these (i.e. the focus ring turns easier than it is probably supposed to). This is not necessarily a drawback as they are usually pretty heavy feeling, and it is not so free-moving that it is going to cause any functional issue.

Comes with plastic rear cap (the kind that covers the contacts), but no front cap. I will put an old filter on it for shipping. (It has 52mm threads.) Note that it has a built-in slide out hood.

So even though it is optically just as good as any copy and has no functional issues, since it is not so pretty and has replaced parts it has a bargain price to match. Check my feedback, no one gets a lemon from me.

Price is $160 + $15 shipping for USA (priority mail). I will consider shipping outside of US on a case-by-case basis if you have forum track record. International shipping cost is usually about the same for the slow, cheap way, but you may owe import duties depending on where you are, etc, or if you want an upgraded, faster option.

Payment is to be via PayPal (I pay fees) shipped to your verified shipping address.

If you have an interest or have questions, please PM me.

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15 (USA)

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I will accept returns if not as stated. Please let me know of any problems within 7 days of delivery.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

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Last edited by vonBaloney; 08-29-2015 at 08:47 AM.
08-21-2015, 01:45 PM   #2

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great macro lens
08-21-2015, 02:58 PM   #3
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I have three variations: vivitar, kiron, and Lester A Dine. It is a great time to own such a wonderful macro lens!
Free bump!
08-25-2015, 11:10 AM   #4

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Love my Vivitar Series 1 copy of this lens, purchased from vonBaloney. Free bump.
08-29-2015, 08:47 AM   #6

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bump, price lowered to $160
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