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Ricoh 28mm F2.8 Rikenon XR

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Ricoh 28mm F2.8 Rikenon XR

filter size: 52 mm
aperture blades: 6 straight
Max Aperture: 2.8
Min Aperture: 16

aperture selected in whole stop increments.
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New Member

Registered: December, 2019
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: February 1, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Astonishing sharpness, absolutely devastating in monochrome.
Cons: Get real.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony Nex-7   

Where do you even start with this gem?

I was looking for a decent manual 28mm (ok, on a crop sensor Sony Nex-7) to take some monochrome shots of buildings while on my travels. Having read all of the reviews, I was keeping a close eye out for a Pentax K 28mm and fully expected to pay somewhere in the region of $150-200 for the privilege of purchasing one.

Now, while monitoring ebay for said lens, I spotted a Rikenon XR 28 described as immaculate with original case and caps. It had sat on the auction site for a few days with a buy it now price of $20 and nobody had yet had a nibble. Having read a few of the reviews on here, I thought I'd take a punt. I am so glad I did.

As others have noted, this lens, especially from F4 upwards, is so sharp it will cut you. The contrast is incredible and it almost focuses itself - you barely need to even try, a guess is often enough. I'd have also included some colour files as it renders everything beautifully on that scale too. The only reason I haven't is that I can't be bothered to adjust the raw files to something smaller. Rest assured, it's good. Very good.

If you see one of these, get it and get it immediately. Under no circumstances think twice.

New Member

Registered: August, 2014
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: January 22, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp solid little lens, cheap
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: A7ii   

Love this little lens, very well built and very sharp

Cloch Point Lighthouse by Scott H, on Flickr

Ricoh 28mm F2.8 Rikenon XR by Scott H, on Flickr

Ricoh 28mm F2.8 Rikenon XR by Scott H, on Flickr

Cramond Causeway Set by Scott H, on Flickr
Junior Member

Registered: June, 2018
Posts: 41
Lens Review Date: August 15, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $10.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp,inexpensive,nice build
Cons: none
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Q ,K-50,K2S   

Bought a kit with multiple lenses for 50 $. It came in the bunch. Had issues with the f ring but with a bit of heat from blow dryer everything was good. beautiful build. Nice sharp pics. Why pay more.
New Member

Registered: December, 2014
Posts: 4

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 4, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharpness, price
Cons: flare
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-R   

a tiny and very cheap wide lens. it's not a large aperture but f2.8 is very good in my opinion. I love it's sharpness at wide open eventhoght i just use wide lens for landscape and sometimes for indoor picture.

This photo take at f2.8 in closest distance. I take this photo in RAW, then just use Camera Raw to convert it into JPG.
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 1,457
Lens Review Date: November 12, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp , great build , looks good
Cons: Manual focus
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K20 , K30   

A great little lens ! Overlooked and underrated for sure.
This lens is very sharp at about f8-f11.
One of my favorites next to the SMC-K 35mm 3.5. for general use and Lanscape.
Bokeh is pleasing (to Me) but its best when used with a lens hood as flair can be noticeable.
Excellent overall..................
I paid much higher price for mine than listed , but it was worth it !
Junior Member

Registered: December, 2012
Location: Sydney
Posts: 49
Lens Review Date: April 24, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $18.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very Sharp, Well built
Cons: No Auto-aperture

This is a very good prime lens and has very good sharpness.

The built quality is also very sturdy and strong and you can get these for very cheap!

I don't mind using manual lenses but I do wish it had Auto-aperture. Still a great buy if you can find it!
Veteran Member

Registered: November, 2009
Location: Iowa
Posts: 2,275
Lens Review Date: December 12, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Ridiculously sharp (even wide open), excellent color & contrast, good build quality
Cons: No "A" setting, manual focus

I recently picked this one up from another PF member, and it far exceeded my expectations. The sharpness of this lens is downright amazing, even wide open. Stop it down to f5.6 and you'll cut your eyeballs. It's at least as sharp as my Pentax-A 1.7/50, which is no slouch in the sharpness department.

Color is well-saturated and realistically balanced, and contrast is excellent. The build quality is good, too. The aperture ring moves smoothly with solid click-stops, and the focus ring moves with a smooth, well-damped action.

In short, nothing to complain about here... About the only "cons" (if you can call them that) are that there is no "A" setting, and it's strictly manual focus.

If you're looking for a great performing and cheap 28, and you don't mind an all-manual lens, you won't be disappointed with this one.
Forum Member

Registered: November, 2008
Posts: 96
Lens Review Date: November 5, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, smooth focus, affordable
Cons: all manual, if it is really a con

I like Rikenon lenses which I find of great quality for a great price. 28mm 2.8 is not an exception. Very sharp, very easy to focus (noticeably easier than Pentax), nice colors, decent built quality. Amazing lens for such a moderate price. I was able to get better pictures than with DA 40 2.8 Limited. BTW, no evil pin on this lens, comes off with no problem. Grab one before the prices go up. You won't regret.
I give it a 10 not because I am overexcitable but because, in my opinion, this lens deserves it even compared to some of the limiteds.
Junior Member

Registered: June, 2010
Posts: 47
Lens Review Date: March 31, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp
Cons: Hard to find, color/contrast better on Pentax M 2.8 and 3.5

This is a good lens... I have tested many other third party 28mm lenses and this one only falls behind the Pentax M 2.8 and 3.5 (between those two I cannot tell a big difference, except the 3.5 has more contrast).

It is definitely sharp, and the color is not bad... just not as good as the aforementioned. I gave it to my brother since I have the 2.8 and 3.5.
Inactive Account

Registered: June, 2009
Posts: 180
Lens Review Date: July 15, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp at wide open, easy to carry
Cons: Ain't good in handling flare

Very nice lens. I got mine in near mint condition. Very sharp at wide open. Shots I took with this lens were very colorful and contrasty. I was very satisfied with the price I paid.... A rare lens indeed.
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