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Jim Flinchbaugh
11-05-2009, 07:21 PM
I've messed around some with MF legacy glass on my E510, and due to the smallish VF, I sold my collection off, simply because I couldn't focus.Of course, later I acquired an E1 with a much much better VF.

When I returned from my hunting trip this weekend, I find I have been gifted a bag full of film camera gear. Oh, happy day. In there was a Minolta XG-7 body in nice shape, Minolta 200x auto flash, straps, misc doo-dadsand 4 MF lenses. The cool part wsa, I already had the lens adapter for Minolta to 4/3 :D. One is a Vivitar 35-200mm, f3-f22 pretty nice lens, here's the photos

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/viv35-200.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/2viv35-2002.jpg


here's the sweet peice of the lot, 50mm f1.7 Minolta Rokkor X, I had a f1.4 version of this lens and regret selling it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/50mmrokkor.jpg

Now here are the 2 I have questions on:
First is a Rokunar 80-200mmf4.5-32 macro focusing. In very nice shape, but I never heard of the brand, It is also a very small compact lens

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/rokunar80-200.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/rokunarbody.jpg

and the 2nd one, is a RPS eitar 28mm, f2.8-f22. Never heard of that brand either, but it is small, might make a mormal focal length walk around.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/28mm.jpg

Any thoughts on the last 2 lenses? I havent a clue although some informal testing on the E1 shows that I can focus on that body and they seem to produce decent results.

Mainly interested in knowing more about the last 2 lenses, since I havent a clue

TIA

Halfa
11-05-2009, 07:33 PM
Google them in as many ways as you can and you're bound to find the mob over at Manual Focus Forum or similar have come across them.

I'd try them out - but use 510's Live View and magnification to really focus, doesn't matter if you use a tripod either as it can help. good pictures are all that matter.

ghenton
11-05-2009, 08:36 PM
and the 2nd one, is a RPS eitar 28mm, f2.8-f22. Never heard of that brand either, but it is small, might make a normal focal length walk around.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/James64/28mm.jpg

Any thoughts on the last 2 lenses? I havent a clue although some informal testing on the E1 shows that I can focus on that body and they seem to produce decent results.

Mainly interested in knowing more about the last 2 lenses, since I havent a clue

TIA[/quote]

From what I know it was a third party lens dealer "Reeves Photographic Inc" the lenses were considered quite good sort of like Vivitar, I will have to dig through my lense collection and see if I still have any.

Gerry

lendur2
11-05-2009, 10:16 PM
From what I remember, Cosina and others, I think even Tokina, made lenses for other "brands", both standard lens brands and vendors with a wish for their own brand names. My memory is faded, so take it with a grain of salt.

DonR
11-06-2009, 10:02 AM
I found on mention of the Rokunar 80-200 lens here but this might be a place to investagate other MF lenses also. http://forum.manualfocus.org/viewtopic.php?id=940

dwig
11-10-2009, 06:39 PM
In general, Rokunar were rather inexpensive 3rd party lenses. The brand was an importer's "house brand". I don't know who the actual manufacturers were, but the lenses were not considered particularly good in their day.

RPS lenses were house brand lenses sold by Reeves Photo Supply. The were cheap alternative lenses and generally sold rather inexpensively. Again, not top drawer stuff.