|Kiron 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro in Canon FD Mount|
Kino Precision is a revered independent Japanese manufacturer in the days of manual focus lenses. The lenses that they produced were badges as 'Kiron'. Their lenses were well regarded as top-notch and they never compromised on quality. Vivitar often contracted them to make lenses, and these were some of the best lenses that Vivitar had (I can testify to that, see my Vivitar 75-205mm f/3.8). The lens we are featuring today is the popular Kiron 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro.
Mid to late 1980s
Mid to late 1980s
Full Frame = 28-70mm
APS-C = 43-105mm
Minimum Focusing Distance:
0.9 meters / 3 feet (Normal Mode)
At 28mm (1:4)
Filter Thread Size:
f/3.5 - f/22
Made in Japan
First Impressions Only!
I cannot say much about this lens since it came in Canon FD mount, had a bit of fungus under the front glass and I only used freelensing (which introduces tilt/shift and light leaks to the image) on my Nikon D5200.
From what I can say, this was made in the late 1980s. By the mid-1980s, AF or autofocus was gradually replacing manual lenses, and many independent lens manufacturers like Kino Precision were starting to die one by one. In their last minute attempt to adapt, the external body is made of plastic (focus ring, zoom ring, aperture ring, barrel). Yet the plastic still feels/looks to be of high quality. You will never think 'cheap plastic toy' at all.
The ergonomics of this lens is fine. Smooth to focus and zoom. The focus throw is just comfortably right for manual focusing.
A 'Macro Mode' feature is most welcome. Know this... nowadays, kit lenses commonly focus down to around 0.5 meters. But in those days, the minimum focusing distance of kit lenses were 1 meter, so being able to focus closer was something really special back then. My only complaint is that I would love to have macro at the 70mm end instead, which allows a longer distance from the subject, and consequently, less distortion.
The optics of the glass is obviously multicoated. I like the familiar purple-blue sheen that you see with modern kit lenses (like my Nikkor 18-55mm).
As expected, the optics is already sharp at the widest aperture (my other Kiron-made lenses are just like that). However, at the widest, there is a bit of light diffusion and softness in contrast. It looks SUPER one stop down up to f/22.
I have clearly pointed out that this is only a first impressions. It was in Canon FD mount and I haven't used it much to have enough say. All I know is that all Kiron-made lenses I've had in the past were excellent performers. Why not see the links below instead, I've compiled some reviews about this lens...
These are the only shots I took with the lens
(Freelensing on Nikon D5200)
My Photo Album
My Video Demo
Wiki of Kiron Lenses
What Kiron gear do you have?
Review on Pentax Forums
Kiron Lens Group on Flickr
Kiron 28-70mm Review
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