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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2017, 03:37 PM  
Lens Manufacturer Quality
Posted By Frosty66
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It's not so much whether I should keep them but as I am starting out again there will be many variables so just wanted a heads up about what to expect, but as you suggest it doesnt seem as simple as that anyway.

Are Pentax brand pretty much always OK ? I heard sometimes they use other manufacturers designs with their own glass but not a straight rebadge and only decent manufacturers.

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The 50mm that came with my Cosina CT-1a always seemed pretty good actually, I kept it for my P30n, although it was possible that on my budget I just didnt have anything decent to compare it to.

I remember buying the cheapest 80-200mm there was, it began with H, Hanimex proabably ? After a while it went wrong anyway, the diaphragm locked up if I remember correctly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2017, 09:06 AM  
Lens Manufacturer Quality
Posted By Frosty66
Replies: 11
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May be worth giving them a go then and seeing what the are like, thanks !

---------- Post added 11-02-17 at 09:07 ----------


Oh I see, Cosina was my first SLR with lens and was actually OK.

---------- Post added 11-02-17 at 09:16 ----------

Looked up the serial which starts 09 which indicates Cosina for the Vivitar as well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-11-2017, 08:46 AM  
Lens Manufacturer Quality
Posted By Frosty66
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As commonly seems to be the case when I got an ME super it came with some other stuff, two of which are :

Miranda 28-70mm F3.5-4.8 MC Macro
Vivitar 80-200mm F4.5-5.6 MC Macro

From that era I don't recall these being brands one would aspire to owning but I may be confusing them with other brands so are they any good at all ? I won't be offended if not, I made the purchase for the body and the 50mm and these were just a bonus. I would assume Pentax, Tamron and Sigma to be OK but would be unsure about brands other than these you see.
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