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    Kiron Lenses....any good?

    I came across a wide angle lens that fits my needs spec-wise, but is made by Kiron (I understand they did make some quality glass, even branded as Canon I believe... dont know how true that is...). The price seems to be very low (usually a bad sign...) and its local to me so I would not have to incur shipping. I just wonder if any of you could tell me anyting about these. Here is the actual item:

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...MakeTrack=true

    I thank you in advance for your input,

    Peter.

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    Yes, Kiron made some good glass including the highly-spoken of Vivitar 1 series. I can't see how you can pass this us, especially at this price.
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    Do some more web research on Kiron and Kino. There is a Kiron collector's group Kiron-Klub on Yahoo Groups (you have to apply & log in (free of course) to keep SPAM out.
    There are people there who can tell you which lenses were which, refer you to resolution tests, etc., etc.


    Kino was supposedly formed by former Nikon engineers. They made some of the first Vivitar Series 1 lenses and some Nikon lenses, and had a marketing falling out of sorts when they released their own Kiron line.

    They tend to be larger and heavier. There may be subjective preferences, but the only complaint I've read is the size/weight and 'tendency to flare' on some zooms. This is a moot point with the insane number of elements in a zoom. You need lens shades and care when pointing into a light source.

    The Bob Monaghan phot site calls them cult classic lenses.

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    Wow, that is pretty high praise indeed! Size and weight are not of paramount importance to me, so as long as the optical quality is good (especially the distortion on the outer reaches of the frames concerns me, as well as good sharpness and contrast), I think I would definitely be inclinced to buy this lens. Now lets bad mouth it a whole bunch so the price stays low

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    I have shot many different versions of Kirons over the years, and generally they have been as good of quality as many of the name brand lenses of the same era, as has been stated some of the zooms were prone to flare a bit, but not anymore that other lenses of that time frame.

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    Thanks Dave - they are quite an unknown quantity to me, so I certainly appreciate the input. I think if the price stays reasonable I'll go for it.

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    I had a look at some of the other items this vendor was selling. Given the low price on both the Canon AE1 bodies he has for sale I don't think you can regard the low price for this lens as a possible bad sign. Anyway for the price what have you got to lose?

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    Yes, his items seemed very reasonably priced and without the often found "... I know nothing about cameras, but..." disclaimer, which doesraise an eyebrow in me as a shopper. For now, the lens would get most of its work attached to an AE1 body, actually. I also find his open invite "to come and see for yourself" to be a very encouraging sign. We'll see how the auciton goes.

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    Good Morning, Peter,

    I can't speak for the wide angle lens you're considering, but I do have a 100mm Macro lens in Olympus mount which absolutely terrific. If you can get the lens for a good price, it's probably worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murray@uptowngallery
    They tend to be larger and heavier. There may be subjective preferences, but the only complaint I've read is the size/weight and 'tendency to flare' on some zooms. This is a moot point with the insane number of elements in a zoom. You need lens shades and care when pointing into a light source.
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    I have the early Series I 35mm-85mm zoom, and there were never truer words spoken. It's a heavy son of a gun and big too, and it will flare at the least provocation. However, resolution and contrast are both quite good over the full zoom range, especially considering when it was made (ca. 1975.) Build quality is superb. I use it mostly indoors in controlled lighting.

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