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Makinon 35-105mm F2.8

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2 19,262 Wed August 2, 2017
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100% of reviewers $40.00 8.50
Makinon 35-105mm F2.8

Maximum aperture: F2.8
Minimum aperture: F16
Field of view: 63 -23
Optical design: 15 elements in 13 groups
Filter size: 72mm
Maximum magnification: 0.20x
Weight: 750g
Length: 110mm
Minimum focusing distance: 2.5m (0.15m in macro more)

Rotating front element
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New Member

Registered: August, 2016
Location: Creswick
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: August 2, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Aperture, Nice Bokeh, Smooth focus
Cons: Big, reversed focus ring
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 6    Value: 8    Camera Used: k-7   

Good Lens
My version has a slight oil mark in the corner of the front element but doesn't appear to affect the image. Is a great focal range and aperture for videography.
Great build quality.
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2011
Location: Minahasa, North Celebes (Sulawesi)
Posts: 585
Lens Review Date: May 14, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast. Overall very good performance. Great color tone.
Cons: Very Scarce..
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

Mine arrives boxed, complete with booklet and documents, appears almost unused. In the booklet included about "Makinon Phase II Series", this lens is not even listed.

As you can see, there is one that is listed that has a constant aperture of F3.5 with 62mm filter size, it looks like this one I found on the web here: My copy has a constant F2.8 with 72mm filter size. There is no other existing internet reference I could find about this particular lens. It has four rotating ring for focusing, zooming, macro, and aperture control. When macro is disengaged, the minimum focus is very far, around 200cm. To achieve shorter minimum focus distance, macro mode must be engaged. To engage macro mode, you push the button on the macro ring and turn it. It gives 1:5 macro up to 20cm close focus on the 35mm setting. Infinity is lost in macro mode.

Overall, this lens performs very well, IMHO off course. This is a fast lens for a zoom. It is sharp, if you ask me. As also any lens, stopped down it gets sharper. My camera saturation setting might have added something into the color, but still, this lens should have helped a lot. Wide open in macro mode it gives nice dreamy feel. It gives nice bokeh, even stopped down you will still gets nice out-of-focus areas. It gives excellent saturation, nice contrast, and overall good color tone. This lens is also resistant to flare, I have shot almost directly into the sun and flare is well controlled. For others, the weight of this lens might be a problem, but I think it goes perfectly along with K20D plus BG that I have.

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