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LENS PORN: Image (Makinon) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

Image (Makinon) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount
Image (Makinon) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount



Image 80-200mm f/4.5 -- a super obscure brand of lens, but when I searched online, turns out to be made by Makinon. Just based on forums, reviews and what people write about Makinon, it seems to be a mixed bag of good and not so good lenses.

The other Makinon lens I have is a 28mm f/2.8 in Contax-Yashica mount. It produced decent images and I really liked the punchy colors plus soft contrast that made a strong 'vintage' atmosphere on my photos.



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Specifications


Model: Image 80-200mm f/4.5
Manufactured By: Makinon
Made In Japan

Minimum Focusing Distance: 4 feet / 1.4 meters (Normal Mode)
Macro Magnification: 1:3

Aperture Range: f/4.5 - f/22
Aperture Blades: 6


My complete photo album for this lens:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskyc1TPs


Or you can just flip through the images below...

Image (Makinon) 80-200mm f/4.5, M42 Mount

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Summary

Pros

Super smooth focus ring

My copy came in mint cosmetic condition

Comes with built-in hood

All metal body

Fixed maximum aperture in all ranges

Macro magnification of 1:3

Macro Mode is available at any focal range of the lens



Cons

One of the glass elements inside my copy is permanently cloudy. No fix for this. 

Aperture ring has a missing f/5.6

Images have nice contrast starting from f/8 and lower



Conclusion

The copy that I bought came in mint condition and looks like new. Unfortunately, one of the glass elements inside is permanently cloudy. Despite this, this lens still produced decent images with ample lighting such as sunny outdoor.

My copy was in M42 mount and the adapter I had for my Nikon D5200 does not allow focusing to infinity, so most of my samples were at close distance.

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Samples


Shot with Nikon D5200

All samples here are unedited.


LENS REVIEW: IMAGE (MAKINON) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

LENS REVIEW: IMAGE (MAKINON) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

LENS REVIEW: IMAGE (MAKINON) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

LENS REVIEW: IMAGE (MAKINON) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

LENS REVIEW: IMAGE (MAKINON) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

LENS REVIEW: IMAGE (MAKINON) 80-200mm f/4.5 Macro+Zoom in M42 Mount

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