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LENS PORN: Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)
Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)


Makinon was a third party lens maker. They made lenses under their name, but also in disguise as Hanimex, Vivitar and others. I found this Makinon 28mm f/2.8 in Contax-Yashica mount and decided to experiment with it on my Nikon D5200. By removing its mount, I was able to do freelensing and make the glass go closer to the sensor, allowing focusing to infinity. After some time, I also changed the mount with a Nikon mount.




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Specs


Manufacturer: Makinon

Focal Length:
FX =  28mm
DX = 43mm

Focusing: 100% Manual

Minimum Focusing Distance:
1 foot / 0.3 meters

Focus Throw:
180 degrees

Aperture Run:
f/2.8 - f/16

Filter Thread Ø:
52 mm

Body is 100% metal and glass construction

Made in Japan


Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)
The original Contax-Yashica mount

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)
The mount was removed for the purpose of freelensing.

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)
Now it' a Nikon mount.

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

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Summary


Pros

Colors are vivid and saturated.

Close focusing

Nice build and smooth handling.

Takes in standard 52 mm filters.

Distortion is well controlled, even for closeups.

It is very sharp for closeups.

It is a very cheap lens nowadays, you can easily get it just for fun, or if you quickly need a 28mm prime lens.



Neutral

When focusing to normal distant to infinity, images can be decently sharp, but not too sharp. Sometimes, the images seem to have a soft filter attached (while it is super sharp at close distances). I think this has more to do with the flange distance, replacing the mount, and freelensing rather than the lens itself, because I do get sharp images in some instances.

It easily flares. Not to everyone's taste, but it adds a nice special effect like in my samples below.



Cons

The smallest aperture is only f/16.

It is consistently soft from f/2.8 down to f/16.

The multicoated optics is not efficient enough for shooting in daytime outdoor.



Conclusion

This is a solidly built lens. The mechanism is smooth to operate and feels nice when handling. Unfortunately, it was in C/Y mount, so I'm only able to use it on my D5200 with freelensing. I like the nice colors this lens captures. It has a softness that I personally like, but many of you won't. The softness really does not go away, it's consistently soft from f/2.8 down to f/16.

It is not the most stellar prime lens, as I've tried several others to compare it to. However, it should sell very cheap and you can easily try it just for fun. Many people might also like the feel of this lens, as the softness gives a retro 1980's vibe to your images. (Some people even asked if I was using film!)

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Samples


Nikon D5200 Technical Note: Shot with Nikon D5200. JPEG Basic/Small. White Balance - Custom. Picture Profile - SD. No edit, most of the photos no crop.


These photos were shot with freelensing

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)

Makinon 28mm f/2.8 (Contax-Yashica Mount)



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