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Old Nov 3, 2008, 1:36 PM   #1
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Hey,

I could get my hands on one of these lenses and as my tele stops at 300mm (Tammy 70-300) I wonder if that lens is any good.

All opinions welcome, thank you.

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Old Nov 3, 2008, 9:58 PM   #2
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According to a guy on this page they were made by Kino precision or kiron. May be a good one. They do resemble the Kiron Viv series one lenses.
http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetc...;msg_id=000xNv

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Old Nov 3, 2008, 9:59 PM   #3
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Same thing said here.
http://photo.net/nikon-camera-forum/00MBDN
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Old Nov 6, 2008, 10:02 PM   #4
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I used on film (and still have in the cabinet) the 55mm and 90mm Panagor PK mount macros, which were superb. The same lenses were marketed under the Elicar name, and also by Ricoh (I had a 90mm screw mount). I never saw advertised (and didn't know there were) any other types of Panagor lenses, but the macros were highly rated, widely advertised, and very popular. They were the most reasonable 1:1 macros at a time when most macros were 1:2 and only 1:1 with supplementary lenses.
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Old Nov 7, 2008, 11:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, I am still unsure... I'll see if the price will go down a bit. Do I have other good choices to cover like 200-400mm or even 200-500mm with a cheap and not too heavy solution? Zoom would be welcome, too, but since money is short at the moment and I still need a real wide lens, too - I am also happy with a fully manual prime, as long as it is fast and tack sharp wide open.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 5:03 PM   #6
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I believe Panagor and Soligor were both like Vivitar, companies that marketed lenses but did not make any themselves. Like Vivitar, I would expect some gems and some duds.

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