There are limited Internet reviews and incomplete data on this lens, Most reviews 'put-down' the lens without explanation as cheap or a waste of money. I like cheap, no-name lenses in the hope that they are either surprisingly good, or have some strange lens aberration that makes it useful as an 'effect' on photography or filmmaking.
The research I conducted suggests the name 'Albinar' was branded for sale in a chain of electronic stores known as "BEST" that was in business from 1957-through the early 90's in 23 states. Other posts suggest that the lenses were either manufactured by RICOH or Tokina in Japan. Source: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Best_Products
The photo below shows this ALBINAR lens on my NX1:
Some Basic Specs:
Mount: Minolta (MD)
Focal Length: 80-200mm
Aperture Range f4.5-f22 MACRO 1:4
Focus: 1.1m to infinity. In MACRO, 3-ft was the closest I was able to get to subject
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Elements: 11 in 8 groups
Aperture Blades: 6
Manufactured Date: Unknown..Estimate Early 80's
Here are some initial test photos taken mid-morning with the Samsung NX1 with photosize set to 23.4 megapixel, 16:9 format, (6480x3648px)
Note: These photos are presented 'as-photographed' - no post editing, adjustments or effects. Camera settings are listed below each photo.
All photographs were on a tripod.
Note: The NX1 has an APS-C sensor. The crop factor is 1.5, which is the 35mm equivalent for this lens 120mm to 300mm
Shutter 1/60sec / ISO100 / -0.3 EV / f5.6 / Focal length 80mm
This photograph below was taken in the MACRO mode. The closest I was able to get to the subject and still remain in focus was 3-feet.
The MACRO is good for close-ups, but the focus depth-of-view has a narrow range (see what's in and out of focus in the photo below), so I needed to be aware to double-check that I was happy with the foucs before taking the shot.
Shutter 1/80sec / ISO100 / -0.3 EV / f5.6 / Focal length MACRO
Photographed at 80mm
Shutter 1/160sec / ISO100 / -0.3 EV / f11 / Focal length 80mm
Photographed at 200mm
Comments: These first initial photographs are quite impressive for the Albinar. No lens defects or fungus are present. The zoom is a barrel push-pull and is smooth; however, the focus 'feels' rough/choppy, possibly due to lack of lubrication or mechanical wear (speculation). Although there is no issue with the focusing the lens.
So to conclude my initial look at this lens, I am quite satisfied that the sharpness is good and the mechanical/optical properties have remained in good working order for this vintage lens.
Let me know if you have any questions or something to add about this particular lens.