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Best Products Co., Inc. (also known as BEST) was an American chain of catalog showroom retail stores. The chain was founded by Sydney Lewis and Frances Lewis in 1957. Best grew into a publicly traded company with a chain of over 169 retail stores in 23 states. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 1991 and again in September 1996.

Best distributed photographic products under the trademarked Albinar brandname.[1] The products were manufactured by other companies. Best also used the Albinar mark on other types of consumer electronics such as pocket calculators.

Modern users should note that some Albinar lenses sold as Pentax K mount include Ricoh's proprietary modification of the mount to support their Program autoexposure models. These lenses are marked KR. They will work as expected on Pentax K-mount cameras of the same era, but may become stuck on autofocus Pentax cameras, including DSLRs. The issue is a small pin which in a few cases can catch inside the body's autofocus drive coupler; removing this pin is possible.[2]

Albinar cameras

Albinar lenses

  • Albinar ADG MC 28mm f/2.8 Macro
  • Albinar ADG Coated 28mm f/2.8
  • Albinar Special UMC 35mm f/2.8
  • Albinar 50mm f/1.8 Auto
  • Albinar 600mm
  • Albinar ADG MC 28-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Auto Zoom
  • Albinar ADG MC 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 Auto Zoom
  • Albinar ADG MC 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 Auto Zoom
  • Albinar ADG MC 75-300mm f/5.6 Auto Zoom
  • Albinar ADG MC 80-200mm f/3.9 Auto Zoom
  • Albinar ADG MC 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 Auto Zoom Macro, 49mm filter size

Super Albinar lenses

  • Super Albinar Coated 28mm f/2.8 Auto, filter size 62mm, example sn 418561
  • Super Albinar Coated 135mm f/2.8 Auto
  • Super Albinar MC 200mm f/3.3 Auto
  • Super Albinar Special 200mm f/3.5 Auto
  • Super Albinar 500mm f/8, T Mount
  • Super Albinar MC 80-205mm f/4.5 Auto Zoom
  • Super Albinar Auto 2x Tele-Converter
  • Super Albinar Auto 3x Tele-Converter

Albinar filters

  • Albinar Cross Screen filter, 52mm, 49mm
  • Albinar 1A filter, 52mm
  • Albinar Skylight filter, 52mm
  • Albinar Linear Polarizer filter, 55mm
  • Super Albinar Close Up lens set, 52mm
  • Super Albinar PL filter, 49mm
  • Super Albinar UV filter, 49mm

Albinar flash units

  • Albinar 15A Flash
  • Albinar 50-M Flash
  • Albinar 75AT Flash
  • Albinar 80MDZ Computer Flash
  • Albinar 87 TTL Dedicated Thyristor Flash
  • Albinar 90MDT-Z Thyristor Flash
  • Albinar 100MDT-Twin Bounce Flash
  • Albinar 127 Dedicated TTL Flash
  • Albinar 120MDT-TZ Swivel Zoom Twin Flash
  • Albinar 923-AF Auto Focus Dedicated/TTL Flash
  • Albinar 2600AT Zoom Thyristor Bounce Flash

Albinar accessories

  • Albinar Power Winder for Canon AE-1, AV-1
  • Albinar Power Winder G for Minolta
  • Albinar AB-400 Padded Vinyl Camera Bag
  • Albinar Pro Camera Bag
  • Albinar 3000 Tripod
  • Albinar 5100 Tripod
  • Albinar 7500 Tripod
  • Albinar 9100 Tripod
  • Albinar 9500 Tripod
  • Albinar 9900 Tripod
  • Albinar Pro Tripod