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    Default Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1

    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.)


    Sample Photos

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

    f/8
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    f/16
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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.)
    Last edited by porkypine; 03-01-2009 at 03:05 PM.

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    Default Re: Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1

    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)
    Cheers Arend
    Now using Nikon gear, but still following Olympus closely

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