Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Review statistics for sabrina
Lenses Added 1  (View Lenses Added)
Reviews Posted 2  (View Reviews)
User's Lens View Count 2,028
Latest Lens Addition IMGP4754.jpg
Makinon MC Auto Zoom 28-80mm f3.5
Latest Review Posted Makinon MC Auto Zoom 28-80mm f3.5
This lens was a surprise: after putting a $1 bid online, I did some digging and heard bad things about the 28-80 f/3.5-4.5 and started to regret my impulse. I hoped someone would outbid me, but after a few days I won the auction: this is not a popular lens. Since arriving, though, I've been consistently impressed.

Before even taking a single picture, I was surprised by the build quality; heavy, all metal, and with a huge front element (72mm filter size, with glass right up to the filter threads). The only issue I had was that the mount was very tight on my K-S2, and it felt like something was scraping that shouldn't be. I confirmed that everything was fine, just tight; it may have been manufactured that way because of the weight. Changing the focal length doesn't lengthen the lens, but adjusting the focus does marginally.

This lens is absolutely a macro/close focus lens through and through; the focus ring starts at 0.23m and it's 90 degree throw is entirely under 2m, giving you a lot of control close up. The last marked focus distance before infinity is 1.8m/6ft; this is not a lens designed for landscape shots.

Colours are muted, but not dull, and I've not noticed any CA, fringing, or distortion in any of my shots. It seems optically sound, but definitely struggles with sharpness for anything past 2m. Once I gave up trying to make it work for that, it's found a place in my lens collection.

I have an album of photos I've taken with this lens here; it went from a...

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:57 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]