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Nikkor AF 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR

Introduced in 2000 (according to this online source) and only recently been updated by an AF-S version, the Nikkor AF 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D is Nikon’s very first VR-equipped lens. Given its 5x zoom range and 400mm reach, it is a very … Continue reading

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Fujinon-W S 150mm f6.3

The Fujinon-W S 150mm f6.3 is a small lens for a big camera. It weights only 140g and as shown in the photo above with the lens placed beside a box of 4×5 sheet film, it is also highly compact. … Continue reading

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Tokina RMC 135mm f2.8

Tokina was founded by a group of ex-Nikon engineers in the 1950’s. Although not as well known as other Japanese lens manufacturers like Sigma, Tokina has been making good quality lenses first for the Vivitar T-System, then under its only … Continue reading

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XR Rikenon 50mm f2 L

This is the 50mm standard lens that come with my Ricoh KR-5 Super. However, it seems that the camera had also been sold with an non-XR version of this lens (see photo in Camera-wiki entry: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Ricoh_KR-5_Super). There is also an … Continue reading

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Vivitar Compact 135mm f2.8 Automactic

Vivitar was a distributor of photographic equipments established in 1938.¬†Although there are thousands of Vivitar lenses (mostly manual focus) in the second hand market, Vivitar actually did not make any of these lenses themselves. They were all out-sourced to different … Continue reading

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Sigma XQ 39-80mm f3.5

The Sigma XQ 39-80mm f3.5 is introduced in 1975 as the first zoom lens in the Sigma XQ series. The XQ series is the predecessor of the modern EX series, all lenses in this series have above-average optical quality and … Continue reading

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Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G II ED

The 18-55mm zoom range is the digital equivalent of the 28-80mm for film SLRs. Nearly all manufacturers of DSLRs and mirrorless interchangable lens cameras with 1.5x crop APS-C sensors make their own version of 18-55mm kit lens.¬†So far, Nikon has … Continue reading

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