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Old Feb 17, 2006, 9:32 PM   #1
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Doing some snooping about on the web and come across Promaster

http://www.promaster.com

Never heard of them before, does anyone have any knowledge of their products, lenses etc ??
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Old Feb 17, 2006, 11:38 PM   #2
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Their 100mm macro lens is an el cheapo that also goes as a vivitar or phoenix. I read a revue that said the build was like that of a toy, and a really stressed how poor it was and looked like it would shatter if dropped. they did however give the lens a really good review and compared the results to that of a fairly descent lens, so were quite impressed with the results.
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Old Feb 17, 2006, 11:51 PM   #3
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I have a Promaster 5750dx on my ist DS. It has a main flash and a fill flash on front. The main flash turns 270 degrees. It is great for bouncing flash off celing or even the wall behind you. Bounce flash fills up the room and the fill flash lights up you subject. The flash works in TTL. I have a Pentax af360 fgz flash and I like the promaster a whole lot more. Since I got the promaster, the Pentax flash just collects dust in my closet.
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 8:19 AM   #4
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Check out these sites:

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/
http://porters.com/Merchant2/merchan...egory_Code=L1R
http://www.pentaximaging.com/product...tal_35mm_macro
http://www.promaster.com/products/pr...;product=AF100

Look familiar? From what I can gather the smc Pentax FA 100mm f3.5 lens is the same Cosina made lens sold by many different companies, except for the smc coating of course (and a significant increase in price).

It may not be the sturdiest lens around but all indications are that it is a very good macro lens for the "casual" user who does not dedicate the majority of their photography to macro work (or who does not do really "equipment abusive" field work). I do not own this lens but I have had Cosina made lenses before (the 19-35mm in Minolta Maxxum mount) and, although they do not feel very sturdy, they do offer very good optical performance (usually can't be beat for anywhere near the price).

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 9:09 AM   #5
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and dont foget the vivitar and phoenix versions:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Pentax-AF-Mt-...ayphotohosting



http://www.nikonians.org/html/resour.../100f35-1.html


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Old Feb 19, 2006, 4:14 PM   #6
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Hello everyone. I have the Promaster 28-70mm f3.4 MC zoom lens that came with the Promaster K-mount film camera (Promaster 2500) I bought a couple years ago. I have used it on my Pentax DS, and it takes remarkably good pictures. It is lightweight, very easy to use, reproduces color beautifully....a dandy of a lens. It's such a nice little zoom to use and takes such nice pictures, I don't think I'd ever part with it. (use it in "manual" mode of course)

I don't know who actually manufactured it, but they did a good job. It's a "keeper" as far as I'm concerned.



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Old Feb 19, 2006, 9:22 PM   #7
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Many of these companies market lenses from a number of sources, the Promaster list looks very similar to the Phoenix list. I have two Phoenix lenses, the 19-35mm which is a Cosina piece I believe (it is labelled made in Japan), and the 500mm mirror lens which is made in Korea by Samyang. I know the 100mm macro is a Cosina but that is the limit of my knowledge.

Cosina is the same company which made low level cameras for Nikon and Olympus as well as producing lenses for many companies (including their own line of Cosina lenses and the Voigtlander lens line).

Samyang lenses are mechanically very robust (I have a 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 and an 80-200mm f4 both labelled Sears, in mf K-mount, I have not used the 28-70mm on my DL since it is the infamous K/R mount that has the contact that sticks the lens on the AF Pentax bodies), and I realise that I will probably be set straight on this point but, I found them pretty good optically as well. Reasonably sharp and contrasty with tolerable levels of distortion at the 28mm end.

It is difficut to make a blanket statement here, some Promaster lenses are probably exceptional while others will undoubtably be pitiful, caveat emptor...

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