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04-24-2008, 04:54 AM   #1
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Anybody familiar with the Makinon M42 200mm F3.3? (now with sample shot)

Anybody around here have experience with Makinon's 200mm F3.3 M42 mount lens? I've run into a fairly clean example locally, and wouldn't mind a bit more information before trying to negotiate a price. All I have come across online so far are 4 decent looking (but very small) photos on Flickr, most of the other information I've found is for Makinon's later K mount zooms and 28mm primes.

As an older non coated (possibly single coated?) M42 lens I'm not expecting anything spectacular in the way of fringing but this looks like it might work as a reasonably fast low cost prime.

Edit: I bought the lens, sample photo added to post #8


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04-24-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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Since it's a M42 lens, you might want to post this question on mflenses.com forums. You might get a faster answer.
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It would be helpful to see a pic of the lens. So far, most of the 200 f3.5/3.3 for M42s seems to be knock offs of the vivitar. If it is the case, then is a very good and compact lens.
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Thanks aegisphan, I'll try over there too.

If possible, I'm going to see if I can take a couple of test shots of my own as well.

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I don't know about that particular lens, but I have a Makinon that I bought back in the early eighties. It's a 24-50 macro f:3.3. It's not light, it's not convenient, it's all manual, but it takes great photos. It's very sharp. I know that Makinon has a somewhat maligned reputation as being an also ran, but I've been very pleased with mine. The images I've created compare favorably to my Pentax primes.
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Well, I took another look at the lens and decided that, after a bit of bargaining, $45 in "as new" condition was worth the risk. As expected the lens is a bit soft wide open and it fringes noticably on bright highlights (I tested it on an eggcrate style chrome grille in direct sunlight) but the image quality is at least acceptable. The lens is fairly compact and light for its 67mm filter size. I'll post up a more detailed review with photos in a few days once I get a chance to set it up on a tripod.

I also picked up a Seimar 135mm f/2.8 at the same time that I'm looking forward to playing with because it has a 10 bladed aperature and a pre set (ie. 2 ring) aperature system for quickly changing between focussing wide open and metering/shooting at a selected f stop. After a bit of playing around in a parking lot it seems to handle fringing reasonably well, I just need to find a fairly long 55mm lens hood to go with it.
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Cant say anything about that lens per se, but I have a Makinon TC (I think its by them) and although the glass is clear, scratch\fungus\etc free it casts and awful haze over all pictures. Maybe because its old\lost its coating or something but its not very usable because of that.

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Had a chance to go out and take some bird pictures this morning. This is a 100% crop from one of the better photos, but unfortunately I can't recall whether it is at f/3.3 or f/5.6. Other settings are: 1/500, 100 iso, jpeg, and shake reduction on. Depending on lighting some photos had significant purple/green fringing, and others are at about the same level as this shot.





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Scaled down version of the photo the above crop was taken from.

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Not bad actually. Soft and some CA but usable'ish depending on the purpose of the final prints.

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