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Makinon 300mm f5.6 Mirror Lens

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3 21,028 Mon August 8, 2011
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67% of reviewers $30.00 5.33
Makinon 300mm f5.6 Mirror Lens

Makinon was a small independent Japanese manufacturer in the 1970's-80's. They made lenses as a 3rd party manufacturer for various nameplates, and also marketed lenses as makinons.
This t-mount mirror lens is quite similar to the Ohnar 300mm f5.6 etc. Also reported as a Quantaray, CPC Phase and probably other marques as well.

Aperture: f/5.6
Angle of view: 8
Length: 62mm
Weight: 265g
Filter thread: 67mm
Minimum focus: 1500mm
Mount Type: Third-party (adapter required)
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Registered: October, 2010
Location: capital city, the land of eh (Ottawa, Canada)
Posts: 329
Lens Review Date: August 8, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Very light, good optical properties
Cons: Donut bokeh, hard to use without tripod

I have this lens on loan - it's actually not too bad under sunny conditions. It is perfectly useable handheld (while using proper gripping technique). Once strapped to a tripod, it shows a very good resolution. Contrast is a little low, however another mirror lens I own (Tamron 500mm f8) is much worse in that respect. Considering this lens'es small size I consider it a very useful addition to my light travel kit (a few small manual and limited primes) for the occasional outdoor candid shots. Speaking of which, I attached a photo of such (handheld on a sunny day @ ISO 800 so a little noisy).

Other reviewers seem not as thrilled - perhaps sample variation is extensive with these lenses. This lens is very clear with a perfect glass and mirror.


Registered: September, 2006
Location: Bamaga, QLD
Posts: 4,416
Lens Review Date: November 26, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Small light, well built, convenient size for the FL
Cons: low contrast, softish image - its a catadioptric lens after all.

Came in a job lot so was effectively free. Came with original case and three rear filters.

By lowering the exposure compensation a little the contrast improves. Softness can be improved in pp.

Narrow depth of field but image does pop on the standard ground glass screen. A fun piece of tackle if you can get it cheaply.
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Registered: June, 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4
Lens Review Date: June 29, 2010 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 3 

Pros: looks cool, compact & light weight
Cons: image quality is adequate at best

Found this in a bargain bin at a trade show. How can you walk away?

Images are very soft, low contrast, low color saturation. They can be rescued to some extent using camera settings and PhotoShop. But all things considered, not really worth the effort.

It's good as a conversation piece, but . . .
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