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Old Jan 20, 2009, 4:50 PM   #1
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Any thoughts on the performance of this lens? I have an opprtunity to get one for about $100, but know nothing about the history/heritage of this lens. With a Promaster label, I imagine it was made by a true glass maker and rebadged as a Promaster.

Also I was wondering about the size of the lens. So far as I can tell, it lacks a tripod collar. Is it therefore safe to use on today's DSLR's (i.e. risk of damaging the lens mount on the body due to the length and weight?
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Old Jan 20, 2009, 10:36 PM   #2
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If it is the one I am thinking of (f/8?), I have not heard too much good about it. When Goldwinger and I got together to shoot this past fall he had one. I do remember it was pretty light for the size. Hopefully he will see this post and comment.

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I am not familiar with this particular lens, but a lot of the Promasters are made by Cosina and marketed under a number of brand names, including Promaster, Phoenix, and Cosina. I have a Phoenix 100-400 that I suspect is probably from the same series. I used it a lot until I got a Bigma, and my wife still uses it some. IQ is decent, but not great...a good poor man's substitute for a high-quality long zoom.

If it's the same basic lens, it's light enough that it doesn't put a lot of stress on the mount. The trade-off is that my lens is very flimsily constructed...lots of zoom creep (push-pull zoom)...still I got a lot of use out of it for the price I paid for it.

Again, though, I could be completely wrong on the lens' origin.

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Old Jan 22, 2009, 12:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input Tim and Paul. I've left a message for GW for his input as well. Inexpensive as it is, I want to make sure that it is of decent heritage.


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I had the Samyang-Phoenix 100-500 lens and was underwhelmed by it. Images waaay too soft.

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Thanks for your input Dawg...think I'll be saving my $'s for a known quality lens.
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I believe that is a good decision.
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