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Focal 28mm f2.8 MC Auto

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Focal 28mm f2.8 MC Auto

Focal 28mm f2.8 MC Auto
Focal 28mm f2.8 MC Auto
Focal 28mm f2.8 MC Auto
Focal 28mm f2.8 MC Auto

Focal 28mm MC Auto
Max Aperture: f2.8
Min Aperture: f16
A setting: No
Filter: 52mm
Weight: 263g
Length: 55mm
Blades: 8
Min. Focus: 29cm
Mount Type: Pentax K

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Registered: January, 2019
Location: Okanagan Valley, BC
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: May 31, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $4.50 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Build Quality, Handling, Price
Cons: Muted Colours
Sharpness: 6    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 7    Camera Used: Pentax K-S2   

I have a K-Mart brand Focal MC Auto 28mm f/2.8 originally made by Makinon (which has it's own page). I know Makinon had issues with quality control, and I wonder if K-Mart included some additional QC requirements in their business agreement as my copy (and, from what I've read, other peoples) isn't as bad as the Makinon-branded version is reputed to be.

A local thrift store find for $6 CAD in Minolta mount, I decided to grab it and bare-minimum have something to play around with. Thanks to the way the lens was designed, it was pretty straight forward to adapt it to K-Mount with Infinity Focus (or close; it's a work in progress).

I haven't had it long, so I need to run it through it's paces yet, but from my limited testing it performs adequately:

Fish Chilling at the Shore, f/5.6-8
I think this image shows the sharpness and lack of distortion across the lens.

Rotting Power Box, unknown f/stop, cropped
I expected this photo to have a lot more fringing and CA; shot in early Spring in direct harsh sunlight. You can even read the digits on the meter, especially in the original uncompressed version.

Behind the Garden Shed, wide open (f/2.8), slight crop
The eight bladed aperture makes for nice round bokeh.

Just a general test shot, f/8 uncropped on APS-C
I think here you really start to see the muted colours.

I think the lens lives up to more than the other reviews suggest, but it's certainly not stellar. Sharpness seems fine to me, with surprisingly little distortion or CA/fringing. The colour seems to tend towards being dark and muted but not dull, similar to another Makinon I own.

I may come back and update this review after using it more; you can find my album of photos taken with this lens here.
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