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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We do probably want to have a sticky or several with some firm information on the origins of third party Japanese lenses. There is an awful lot of information drifting around here that would best be in one place.

How about by manufacturer ?
We would have entries by known models with pictures of various examples and variants, with known merchants brands, etc.
As additional types are identified then could be added.


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy to create and maintain a sticky with this info. What will the key manufacturer headers be? I was thinking:

Tokyo Koki (Tokina)
Kino Precision
Komine
Sun
Sankor
kawanon


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is a good idea and am happy to contribute to such threads.

I am not 100% sure where some of my lenses fall with regards to original manufacture but I am sure by posting them up for identification first would be a good idea.

I will over the next couple of days start photographing, scanning and gather information to post.


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barnaby, Good detective work. "H" may then indicate Hansa, an active photo products distributor through the 60s and 70s.


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you casualcollector, it was really bugging me as to the reason and I could tell you guy's needed to know also. Luckily I was pointed in the right direction by two people who have been in the industry for most of their lives, but the biggest helper was Maurice Fisher who is the author of the photomemorabilia website, without his help and this puzzle may never of been solved.

When will the Sticky threads be created?


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

casualcollector wrote:
Barnaby, Good detective work. "H" may then indicate Hansa, an active photo products distributor through the 60s and 70s.


That or Hanimex...


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, here goes:

http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic,p,1191346.html#1191346


PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ManualFocus-G wrote:
casualcollector wrote:
Barnaby, Good detective work. "H" may then indicate Hansa, an active photo products distributor through the 60s and 70s.


That or Hanimex...


I think in this time frame Jack Hannes, (Hanimex) would of also used an export agent. I also feel inclined to think that the agent may well of been Hansa. I could put this to Charles to see if he recalls a company by this name acting as an agent for Tokyo Koki.

I am also going to send Charles the links to this forum and created threads.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





Relating also to this topic: http://forum.mflenses.com/birding-with-hanimex-135-2-8-t44113.html
It's even branded Tokina here: http://forum.mflenses.com/viewtopic,p,1191346.html#1191346

So we have serial code starting with H64... H65... and H67... all of the same 2.8/135mm lens.
H66... 2.8/35mm of the same series branded Super-Lentar: http://forum.mflenses.com/super-lentar-35mm-f-2-8-surprisingly-good-t33057,highlight,%2Blentar.html

This might also interfere with Soligor coding: http://forum.mflenses.com/soligor-12-8-f28mm-21and-versions-t30866,start,165.html