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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:07 am    Post subject: Chinese lenses Reply with quote

It suddenly occurred to me that I've never heard anything about Chinese cameras - except the Seagull cameras years ago. Can anyone think of any Chinese 35mm camera or lens manufacturers?


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I talked about one my Chinese friend he said they have limited choice in the past mostly Minolta.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe, though, there are hidden treasures from China? In the 1980s, no-one wanted cheap Russian lenses for instance... I've been wondering whether this would be an interesting read:

Click here to see on Ebay


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photographic items are different than clothes or other goods.I can't believe they could produce quality items.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:
Photographic items are different than clothes or other goods.I can't believe they could produce quality items.


Oh it's only a matter of time, more sooner than later, they will.

By the way, China is already producing sophisticated electronic objects, and I bet cameras too, but you don't see Chinese brands in Western shops because their factories broker for foreign companies (Japanese, Korean, who knows perhaps also USA).


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Chinese lenses Reply with quote

Puplet wrote:
It suddenly occurred to me that I've never heard anything about Chinese cameras - except the Seagull cameras years ago. Can anyone think of any Chinese 35mm camera or lens manufacturers?


Seagull, for a 35 mm camera see
http://www.kauserinternational.com/Photography/Seagull/Seagull%20DF_200A.htm

and some lenses
http://www.camerachina.com/productcl.asp?categoryid=105

There may be others, of course.

Veijo


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

About Seagull : http://www.rokkorfiles.com/digital.htm (MF dSLR project) Very Happy

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seagull_Camera

and this one too http://members.aol.com/manualminolta/china.htm


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are home-grown Chinese camera makers, but I guess we don't hear about them much in the west, similar to the way Eastern bloc cameras weren't as well known in the States during the cold war. I worked recently with a guy from Pakistan who'd been given a Chinese camera by a relative back home - I think it was called a Toma.

Pentax have been involved in China for quite some time. There's a version of the K1000 that was (is?) made in China, and I read they've recently opened a subsidiary company in Shanghai.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I heard from Seagull that is wasn't nice at all. Why expect they could make better camera than other tools ? Don't compare with Russians from many reason.