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LENS PORN: Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)
Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)




Very scant information about this lens. From what I've gathered, it came into business in 1980 (bought Miranda) and also made lenses for Hanimex. Their lenses had interchangeable mounts similar to Tamron's Adaptall, but more complicated. Topman lenses were generally regarded as top notch in build and image quality.

Users will love this lens because of its constant maximum aperture of f/5.6, but given that, it's more suitable for outdoor use.


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Specs


Focal Range: 80-300 mm
DX = 120-450 mm

Minimum Focusing Distance:
8 feet / 2.5 meters
(0.5 meters at Macro Mode 1:3)

Macro Mode = 1: 3

Filter Thread Size: 58 mm

Aperture Run: f/5.6 - f/32

Made in Japan

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

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Summary


Pros

You can find this very cheap

Constant maximum aperture of f/5.6

Macro Mode of 1:3 allows closer focusing and more versatile use

Macro Mode at any focal range from 80 mm to 300 mm

Macro Mode is not a hassle to use, no buttons or extra steps, just keep rotating the zoom

Very easy to use



Neutral

At f/5.6, it's still useful for indoor use, but you need a high ISO to shoot



Cons

Difficult to find a mount that fits your camera (eg. Nikon)

It's very rare and hard to find



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Conclusion


While most other vintage lenses at I've handled tend to have cool bluish color bias -- images shot with this Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro have a warmer reddish hue. I guess this looks more pleasing than the bluish bias.

The close focusing macro of 1:3 allows you to get as close as 0.5 meters from the subject. I nice outdoor lens especially if you love shooting flowers and bugs. (Context: Many telephoto zoom lenses of the era usually have a MFD of 7 feet or 2 meters. Some older lenses even don't have macro.)

The copy of my lens had fungus and I was able to clean it. Unfortunately, it also came with a chip in the front glass, probably dropped by the previous owner. THAT, I cannot fix.

It was originally in OM mount, then I converted it to fit Nikon SLRs. The aperture was stuck at f/5.6 so all my shots were at f/5.6

This cheap and obscure lens is a very good alternative for outdoor use given that it has a constant maximum aperture. It should work fine on a sunny day. It's still useful for indoor shots if you're willing to crank up the ISO to 6400 and suffer some grainy pictures...


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Further Reading





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Samples


Technical Note: Shot with Nikon D5200 with JPEG Basic/Small, Custom White Balance, Picture Profile SD, no edit, no crop, no filter. 

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)
80mm

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)
300mm

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)
Rainy day

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)
Rainy day... 80mm

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)
Rainy day.. 300mm

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)

Topman 80-300mm f/5.6 Macro (Nikon Mount)


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