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Old Aug 8, 2007, 4:30 AM   #1
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Hi Guys



Any thoughts on this one? Good, bad or indifferent?



http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...:IT&ih=007



Can get one for £20 with no caps.



Removing of the rear baffle sound strange though.



Advice would be nice - I am after a walkabout in this range, an dwill try a MF one to see how much use it gets.



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Old Aug 8, 2007, 6:25 AM   #2
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Hi Dal

No comments on the lens, as I've no experience of it, but the comment referring to the so calledbaffle ... I think this link explains what is meant ... http://www.robertstech.com/flange.htm

I have a Chinon lens, that I believe has been modded this way, I find with that one if you remove the baffle (2 screws hold it in place) the whole lens core is loose, it can be secured by replacing the 2 screws only ,and it works as normal, if you examine my flange it looks as if it was modified as per the link. Hope this helps ... Jack.


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Old Aug 8, 2007, 6:34 AM   #3
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Thanks Jack



That is the mod I thought he was talking about.



I have a Vivitar MF 70-210 which works fine, just thought I would have a more general purpose lens.



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Your welcome !. ... Jack
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Old Aug 8, 2007, 9:24 AM   #5
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It's actually quite easy to modify the flange, as I did with the Tokina in this thread:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80

This was my first and so far only try to do something violent with a lens. It was easy and came out well. I later sold it and the buyer was fully satisfied.

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Old Aug 8, 2007, 9:49 AM   #6
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Cool, Thanks Kjell.



On re-reading it, I now remember reading it the first time.



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Old Aug 8, 2007, 11:47 AM   #7
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I actually bought one of these a while back, but sent it back to the seller because I couldnt mount it due to that "flange" problem...

Unfortunatly I didn't know at the time that I could just grind that off...

seemed like a decent lens, only felt a little cheapish...

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Old Aug 8, 2007, 8:21 PM   #8
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TDN wrote:
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I actually bought one of these a while back, but sent it back to the seller because I couldnt mount it due to that "flange" problem...

Unfortunatly I didn't know at the time that I could just grind that off...

seemed like a decent lens, only felt a little cheapish...

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You can grind it or if you have a small lathe you can machine it down. Dal...I like the extended range there.



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Old Aug 9, 2007, 3:20 AM   #9
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I like the range, but I am hesitating as I can cover 18 to 300 in 2 lenses, which I think would be better, plus they are autofocus.



I think that unless it is a "good" lens, I would probably only use it if forced to, as my manual focus is still not quite as quick as autofocus.



I will of course post some pics if I do get it and the other half doesn't break my shutter finger!!



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Old Aug 18, 2007, 4:20 AM   #10
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Well, I bought the lens, and it arrived this morning.



Removed the baffle - easy as pie.



However I am loath to mount it on the camera, as it is a Ricoh mount as well, which means removing the pin or something so it don't stick.



Put it on a 1.5x teleconverter - fits fine, comes on and off, as no AF and the shots even with that on are very good.



Just need to find the right thread now for modifing the pin.



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Update - dremmel type tool and away goes the pin.



Lens works great, lovely condition. Now I've just got to cut down the baffle and I have aKA mount 28-210mm Vivitar lens for <£17.



Very pleased


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