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Panagor 80-200mm F3.8 PMC Auto Tele Zoom

Sharpness 
 9.0
Aberrations 
 6.0
Bokeh 
 8.0
Handling 
 10.0
Value 
 9.0
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Panagor 80-200mm F3.8 PMC Auto Tele Zoom

Panagor 80-200mm F3.8 PMC Auto Tele Zoom
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Panagor 80-200mm F3.8 PMC Auto Tele Zoom
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Description:
Panagor has been associated with Kino Optical, so it's not a surprise if a lens is similar or the same as a kiron. However, panagor did source lenses from other manufacturers too.
This one touch zoom has a strong resemblance to the kiron 80-200mm. There is also a very similar f4.5 version.

Specs:
Max Magnification Ratio: 1: 5
Filter Size: 58mm
Length: 180mm
Diameter: 70mm
Metal Mount (K)
Aperture range: 3.8-22
Mount Type: Pentax K
Price History:



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Senior Member

Registered: August, 2015
Location: Toulon, South of France
Posts: 287
Lens Review Date: April 11, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $31.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: very good PMC, not too heavy, almost no flare
Cons: blue CA, soft wide open, hard to very accurate focus
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: K5-II   

The main strength of this lens is how it supports direct sunlight, almost no flare, no haze, very good coating.
The one-touch mechanism is very smooth, not too loose, not too hard, and it's a strong build K zoom
The weakness are its softness wide open, ok if you want soft effect, but otherwise you need to close at 5.6 to get decent sharpness, and blue CA at 200mm (which can be easily corrected under LR)
I tested it in sunlight stressing conditions with no filter at all and it renders good colors but sharpness is decent but not more.
You perhaps het better IQ and less CA with a good UV filter, I will test that.
It is a good build quality, looks & feel as high-end lenses (as vivitar serie 1) with a very nice K mount design
It has a good integrated hood and an easy to place & remove front cap.

EDIT : Once infinity calibrated, infinity focusing sharpness is impressive for such a low priced zoom, almost as good as the Vivitar serie 1 70-210 (Kiron) zoom. See last photo.


Here are some test photos taken at 200 with no filter at all but with some corrections under LR :

Panagor 80-200 f3.5 haze & flare stress test, very good PMC by Bruno Polleri, sur Flickr

Faithfull fisher :) by Bruno Polleri, sur Flickr

Panagor 80-200 f3.5 @ 200 test shot by Bruno Polleri, sur Flickr

and this one wide opened :

Panagor 80-200 f3.5 @ 200 test shot WIDE OPENED by Bruno Polleri, sur Flickr

I'll receive a 58mm UV filter and add some test shots here taken in high sunlight conditions with it.

It's overall a good quality zoom but definitely not as sharp as a prime 135mm as my SMC and far focusing is quite hard although maybe this is due to the fact that my model needs a focus calibration ATM.

Focus calibrated, infinity sharpness is very good in the range f5.6-f8, here at f5.6 :

Panagor 80-200mm f3.8 infinity sharpness test by Bruno Polleri, sur Flickr

(still wo any filter) Definitely a good value lens if you can get a mint one as is mine
   
New Member

Registered: September, 2010
Location: Mainz
Posts: 20
Lens Review Date: September 1, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: smooth zoom & focus
Cons: softish wide open (could be one of the pros)

About 35 euro on ebay. Not really sure what the 'Auto' stands for, as both aperture and focus are manual only.

Has a softness to it at 3.8 that I kinda like. It seems to get sharp enough when you go to higher apertures. Seems a pretty good deal for a manual 80-200mm lens that's more open than f/4.0.





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