Picked this up over the weekend for $7. (Actually it was a bag of old asst MF lenses for $7). It's a Nikon F mount, f/2.8, and by comparing it's AOV, I've been able to determine it's a 28mm. It came with a Vivitar 2x converter, but it doesn't match other Vivitar 28mm's I can find. So far the closest I can find (perusing through ebay) is Soligar, but even that is different. The scalloped focus ring is similar to the Nikkor-H, but it certainly isn't one of those. The indexing guide (don't know the proper name for it) looks funky, and may be a homemade job. I know back in the day there were a gajillion third party lens manufacturers, but it would be nice to know.
Anyone recognize it, or have an idea? What you see is what I got. Thanks!
#1. "RE: Can anyone ID this lens?" | In response to Reply # 0joyt Registered since 03rd Aug 2013Thu 17-Oct-13 02:51 PM
I believe it might be a version of the Miida nikon fit lens looking at the distance and exposure rings and the metal piece that sticks up at the back as well as the screws at the back of the lens. The focus ring is the only bit that doesn't quite fit from the versions that I have seen.
#3. "RE: Can anyone ID this lens?" | In response to Reply # 2joyt Registered since 03rd Aug 2013Fri 18-Oct-13 07:50 AM | edited Fri 18-Oct-13 08:38 AM by joyt
A little more info to research if you are interested;
Miida lenses was a trade name for Marubeni American Corp. Marubeni American Corp. imported the lenses from Olin-Kodensha, a Japanese company that also made shotguns imported into US.
Now for more complex and this next bit is "ripped off" a firearms forum so not my research:
Previous manufactured by Nikko Firearms, Ltd. in Tochigi, Japan. Previously imported by Marubeni America Corp. located in New York, NY circa 1972-1974
Here's the story.... Both Nikko Firearms Co., Ltd. and Nikko Arms Co., Ltd. were trade names used by the Kodensha Co., Ltd. of Tochigi, Japan on products they manufactured and distributed worldwide. Nikko is the name of the Prefecture, or district, in which Tochigi City is located, about 50 miles north of Tokyo. The word Nikko translates to English as "sunshine." Kodensha first manufactured or distributed under the Nikko name in April 1955, and exported out of Japan beginning in August 1958. Nothing is known of the origin of the Kodensha Co.
Kodensha first approached the American shotgun market in about 1958 or 59 using the Japanese export marketing firm of Kyowa-Boeki-Bussan. They contacted various US distributors, and in about 1959 or 60, Continental Arms Co. of New York City began importing the Nikko "Grade 5." Continental imported these Nikko over/unders, in various models and configurations, until about 1972.
In 1962, the Kodensha Co., Ltd. formed a joint venture with Olin/Winchester of New Haven, CT to produce the Winchester Model 101 over/under shotgun. This venture was known as the Olin- Kodensha Co. Ltd. Added a little later was the side-by-side Model 23, and the Model 96 Xpert (a budget priced 101). The "pre-Olin" Kodensha factory was considerably outdated, and the joint venture began a complete modernization process, with the financial and technical assistance of Olin. Millions of dollars of machinery and technology were brought in, and the entire manufacturing process was upgraded to the then current standards.
One of the conditions of the joint venture was that Kodensha restrict their own products (made in the same factory, but recorded separately from the joint venture) to sale in Japan only. At the outset of the 25 years that the joint venture existed, Kodensha was probably amenable to this, as they were reaping huge financial and technical benefits from Olin. But, by the mid 60s, when the factory was in place and running smoothly, Kodensha essentially ignored that condition of the agreement, leaving Olin at somewhat of a disadvantage, not wanting to jeopardize their investment or production source. Additionally, Olin/Winchester was allowed only 2 permanent personnel, hardly enough to monitor the activities of a factory which employed up to 400 people. As an example, when walnut stock blanks arrived from France, Kodensha took first pick, and Olin got what was left over.
Kodensha converted an existing building near the manufacturing plant into an assembly area for Nikko, and other brands of guns. This building was probably the "true" Nikko Firearms Co., Ltd. Manufactured components from the Olin-Kodensha factory were carted to the Nikko plant for final assembly and fitting. This "dual-factory" arrangement continued until the mid-1980s. In 1981, for an unknown reason, the Olin-Kodensha name was changed to OK Firearms Co. Ltd. In October 1987, Olin/Winchester sold their interest in OK Firearms to Classic Doubles International, which continued making the 101 style shotgun under their own name. For reasons unknown, Classic Doubles went out of business in December 1988. Shortly thereafter, the entire factory was torn down, and all that remains today is a vacant lot.
AND FINALLYfrom WIKI:
Located close to Tōkyō, Tochigi is home to many corporations and industrial zones, including the Kiyohara Industrial Complex, one of the largest inland industrial complexes in the country.
Industrial manufacturing accounts for 36.6% of the prefecture's total output. Vehicle parts and accessories are the primary products, followed by vehicles, radios and televisions, pharmaceuticals, and wireless communication equipment.
Below are goods manufactured in Tochigi with the highest market share in Japan:
Camera lenses 71.3%
X-ray equipment for medical use 54.5%
Machinery and appliances for dental use 23.5%
X-ray equipment parts 57.5%
Injection molded plastic parts 14.1%