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porkypine
03-01-2009, 01:39 PM
Description

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The Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens was manufactured in the 1980’s by Kino Precision Industries Ltd. of Japan. An identical lens marked “LESTER A. DINE” was marketed for dental photography, and a similar lens made by Kino Precision was sold under the Vivitar Series 1 brand. The lens was available in various camera mounts including Olympus OM, Nikon F, Minolta MD, Canon FD, Pentax K, Konica AR and Yashica/Contax.

Specifications

6 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view: 23.3 degrees
Minimum focusing distance: 0.347m (1.14 ft.)
Maximum aperture: f/2.8
Minimum aperture: f/32
Magnification: 1X
Filter thread: 52mm
Dimensions: Diameter 72mm (2.84”); length 102.5mm (4.04”) focused at infinity, 168.3mm (6.63”) at minimum focus distance
Weight: 650g (22.9 oz.)

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Sample Photos

Images were made using an Olympus E-510 camera. The lens was mounted with a CameraQuest adapter.

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Pros


Very good image quality
Excellent macro capability
Fairly fast
Solid construction
Cons

Heavy
May be expensive (Prices vary widely depending on mount and condition, up to about $400 US for Nikon mount lenses in excellent shape. My Minolta MD-mount lens cost $139 on eBay.)

Arend
03-02-2009, 11:50 AM
I can only confirm from experience that this is an incredible lens, here are some pictures taken with the Kiron on an E-500 (the last two ones are crops to get from 1x to 2x magnification)