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The Sears 200mm 3.5 telephoto lens is a heavily grooved black lens with hints of silver chrome highlighting the lip of the focusing ring and the adjusting screw for the tripod collar.  It’s a very well made lens.  The focusing is tight, yet smooth and exact.  The aperture ring clicks when moved from one f/stop to another and there are intermediate f/stops inbetween the visible numbers.  The ring  that  switches the  aperture control from manual to automatic is not easy to turn and requires strong finger strength on the one I have.  All three of these rings have the deep grooves I mentioned above for better traction.  The only plastic on this lens are the caps and the outer lens retaining ring.  That’s it; everything else on this little monolith is metal; hence, the healthy weight it bears. The TLS cameras which are made by Ricoh and rebranded by Sears, led me to think that the lenses were from Ricoh too, but some may have been
made by Mamiya.  For example the tripod collar and the diamond symbol between the aperture ring and the manual/automatic switch appear identical to this lens and the Mamiya ES 200mm 3.5 lens.  Older Mamiya 200mm 3.5 lenses have the same smooth, slick and black-grooved appearance with the same characteristics.  So Ricoh and Mamiya and who knows what other manufacturers made lenses for Sears.  One thing is for certain, though, and that is that these 200mm 3.5 lenses are higher quality lenses. Another version of this lens was made with the same tell-tale idiosyncrasies yet it was thinner and slightly shorter than it’s fat relative of which I am currently writing about.  In the slide show above you’ll see  the differences.  The thinner one comes with an inbuilt hood but without a tripod collar.  It has a half- moon shaped switch which acts as the manual/automatic control and instead of a 67mm filter, uses a 62mm filter. 
Though thinner, it still packs on the weight.  Like it’s chubby cousin, it is a beautiful lens.  Both use the same exact size hard case which says much about their relative size.  The case is black on the outside with shiny metal strap holders and has a bright-red felt inner lining. There’s one or two more changes you’ll notice in the pictures when comparing the two. The quality of the lens is very good.  I took it out once for a quick shoot and the results are posted below.  I used the Canon EOS D60 and together they felt like even scales.  It’s sharp and reproduces colors faithfully.  So if you have to choose between the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L (or another lens similar based on your brand of camera) or this lens which is slightly slower at f/3.5, the choice will quickly be made when you discover that the price for the Canon lens is $820.  The Sears 200mm 3.5 will cost you much less, meaning you won’t have to pawn your firstborn, if you can find one.
SEARS 200MM 3.5 LENS PHOTOGRAPHY
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