Anyone ever heard of "Owen" lenses?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Mark Roberts, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. Mark Roberts

    Mark Roberts Guest

    Today I was browsing through the "old junk" cabinets at the photo store
    where I work part time and I came across an intriguing item: It's a
    40-85 f/3.5 zoom labeled "Owen Auto MC 40-85/3.5" Made in Japan. Manual
    focus, probably of 1980's vintage. I have no idea what the optical
    performance might be like, though zooms of that area weren't often great
    and good third-party zooms were even less common. Since it's in Minolta
    MD mount I'm not going to find out any time in the foreseeable future ;)
    What impressed me is the construction - it's just magnificent. Solid,
    beautifully crafted metalwork. Wonderfully smooth focus and zoom.
    Anyone ever heard of anything like this?
    Mark Roberts, Dec 21, 2004
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