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I frequent pawn shops, thrift stores, and garage sales looking for good, manual lenses at good prices. Often, I'm not familiar with the lens I've found, so must look it up. After duplicating this effort for a couple lenses because my memory faded, I decided to document what I've found here.

DeJUR

AUTO DeJUR 135mm f/2.8

55mm filter, sn 799787, C/Y mount (other mounts exist). Found at Mister Money pawn shop, 1621 M Street, Lincoln, NE, listed at $25, offered for $15, May 2009. Build feels solid. Wider lens barrel diameter than other 135mm lenses I own. No eBay listings. This link says that DeJUR is a 3rd party lens manufacturer with good build quality, but is a low-mid image quality, on par with Sears or J.C.Penny. This photo was taken with the lens on a K1000. KhanX on MFlenses owns this lens, but wasn't contacted for his opinion. This thread says it looks a lot like a Makinon-built lens, which get poor reviews.

Kamero

Kamero Auto 135mm f/2.8

55mm filter, M42 mount. Found at Mid-City Pawn on 15th Street in Omaha, NE, for $30.

Kiron

Kiron 28-105mm f/3.2-4.5 macro

Kino. 1:4 macro at 1 foot distance at 28mm. 67mm filter. Nikon AI mount. Found at Mister Money pawn shop, 1621 M Street, Lincoln, NE, for $55, May 2009. Moving parts rattled loosly, as though falling apart. No eBay bids for $40. Magnification of 1:4 at 1 foot at 28mm. Many posts like this one claim that, in good working order, it's an excellent lens. It's large & heavy, though.

Spiratone

Spiratone 28mm f/2.8

Sn 723559. YS mount with Petri (YS-PET) adapter. Made in Japan. Found at Mister Money pawn shop, 1621 M Street, Lincoln, NE, for $15, May 2009. No eBay listings. Spiratone was designed by an independent camera store in NYC known for its innovative accessories. Moderate build & image quality.

Tamron

Auto Tamron 105mm f/2.5

Found at Mid-City Pawn on 15th Street in Omaha, NE, for $69. Adaptall mount with Nikon adapter. Nasty bokeh.

Tokina

Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8

Not encountered, but referenced online. This thread says it's a great lens, large, but better IQ than the venerable (and cheap) Vivitar 70-210/3.5 macro. 1 sold on eBay for $300 in Nikon AI mount.

RMC Tokina 80-200mm f/4.5

Close focus (2m), made in Japan. Olympus OM mount. 52mm filter. Found at Mister Money pawn shop, 1621 M Street, Lincoln, NE, for $20, May 2009. No eBay bids at $50 (M42 mount). This flickr set was taken with this lens.

RMC Tokina 80-200mm f/3.5-4.5

55mm filter. Macro (2m). Made in Japan. Olympus OM mount. Found at Mister Money pawn shop, 1621 M Street, Lincoln, NE, for $35, May 2009. Adorama was selling a used one in excellent condition (C/Y mount) for $21. This flickr set was taken with this lens.

Vivitar

Vivitar 28mm f/2.5, 67mm filter

Found at estate auction in M42 mount, other mounts available. Tends to go for $25 on eBay.

Vivitar 400mm f/5.6

Found at estate auction in M42 mount, other mounts available. Tends to go for $50-100 on eBay.

Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/3.5 macro

Very easy to find in different mounts. Good bang for the buck. Reasonably sharp, but not stellar. Sells on eBay for $15-65 (depending on mount). This thread compares it to a Nikkor 80-200 f/4.5, which is much sharper.

Vivitar auto 2x teleconverter custom 2X-1 M42

Found at Mid-City Pawn on 15th Street in Omaha, NE, for $20.

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