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    Hoya zoom from late 70's? Anyone remember

    I just won a dirt cheap Hoya zoom for experiments.

    70-210/3.8 I guess that implies constant aperture, a minor 'plus' to start out with.

    Anyone know where they fell in the 'food chain' with Vivitar/Kiron, etc. I don't have any idea if they were affiliated with Tokina then.

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    The Hoya's were never marketed or made by Kiron (Kino Precision Industries) or Vivitar. Did you receive my reply that I sent you through the Kiron Klub?

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    I just bought one from a used camera store website also. I have not tried it yet, but the focus and one touch zoom features work very smoothly. The multicoated lens is free of surface defects. I will try to shoot some negatives this weekend.
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    OK! I look forward to hearing about it. Somone else told me it was very comparable to the Kiron or Viv Series 1 that is a favorite of his.
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    Murray, I have one of these (multicoated - like new) in a Contax/Yashica mount. I bought it on Ebay 2-3 years ago (about $30. as I recall). An ok lens - not a Zeiss, but ok performance.
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    thank you
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    I picked up something similar at a garage sale a month or so back. I don't normally shoot 35mm but can't resist a bargain.

    The results were average, but it sure was a lot of fun.

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    OK,

    I'm not sure how bad a lens will have to be for me to take offense to it. Any output taken with the intended target camera will be unlikely to be any larger than 8x10, adn I won't be doing resolution tests. If it flares objectionably, I'll realize 'what did you expect from any zoom with so many elements?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murray@uptowngallery
    OK,

    I'm not sure how bad a lens will have to be for me to take offense to it. Any output taken with the intended target camera will be unlikely to be any larger than 8x10, adn I won't be doing resolution tests.
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    I agree. We tend to get too caught up with lens resolution, contrast charts, etc. Most lenses will perform better than our eyes will. Especially at 8x10" and smaller sized prints.

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    Gotta watch the film too. That roll of slide film I just did had been discontinued, sale price. I then read web reviews & there were enough people who hated it to make me wonder. I just looked at the scans (pro lab, not home flatbed), and it is indeed grainy & lifeless to me. I used three different lenses on one roll, so I think the lenses don't get the credit for disappointment...I'll let the film have that.
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