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The brand Chinar was used by Chinon USA (and in other territories?) for a series of budget lenses in the 1980s. In addition to the K mount in use by its own SLR cameras of the time, these lenses were also available in other popular mounts such as Minolta MD, Nikon F-AI, and Canon FD. Only the most popular and ubiquitous focal lengths were offered: 28mm and 135mm; a midrange zoom; and three telephoto zooms.

While many of these lenses carry a familar-looking gold oval "Passed" sticker, close examination will show these do not carry the initials JCII/JMDC from the relevant Japanese trade associations. In fact these lenses are largely sourced from a Korean OEM and not Chinon's own facilities.