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LENS PORN: Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount
Rexatar MC 200mm f/3.3 in m42 mount (Makinon)



The Rexatar MC 200mm f/3.3 is a telephoto prime lens in M42 mount. It is made my Makina Optical (whose lenses are known as Makinon) and this lens can also be found under the guise of Makinon, Hanimex, Promaster and others.


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The camera I'm using is a Nikon D5200, an APS-C camera with 1.5x crop factor, making this lens effectively a 300mm. If you would Google 'flange focal distance', mounting any of the known SLR mounts on a Nikon camera becomes a problem. (This simply means that you won't be able to focus to infinity.)

There are adapters out there that have optical glass. They may be of high quality and don't affect image quality, but I also noticed that they make the lens to lose one stop of light. For example, f/2 becomes f/2.8, f/2.8 becomes f/4 and so on.

When I bought the lens, there were lots of fungus and haze inside. Cleaning it removed the fungus, but the haze was stubborn (it's possible with heavy pressure and perseverance using toothpaste and acetone) and I've only removed most of it. The remaining haze on the periphery won't affect the images, especially for APS-C cameras which crop out the edges.

On APS-C cameras, the focal length becomes 300mm. A 200mm prime lens on my camera seems too tight even for outdoor use, too short for telephoto (I mean, I'd rather have 400mm). I guess I'll stick to my 135mm.

There's an A-M ring that changes the lens between automatic and manual stop down of the aperture diaphragm. It's a silly design because as I turn the aperture ring, the A-M ring moves along so it doesn't stay in either A or M. An easy fix is to permanently glue the ring to either A or M, and to also glue the pin that protrudes from the mount so it will always remain depressed and in M mode.

Regarding image quality, it's a decent performer. The color rendition of this lens is neutral, and it has good saturation that looks pleasing to the eyes. At f/3.3, it looks great for indoor shots and the softness is an advantage for portraiture. When shooting outdoor at f/3.3, it's best in shady areas where there's not alot of sun, then you'll get decent images. If it's a sunny outdoor, then better stop down to f/5.6 for better contrast (I mean, most old lenses are like that anyway). Color fringe is obvious at f/3.3 but disappears from f/5.6 to f/22. From f/5.6 to f/22, the image quality improves so much.

One of the things I love about this lens is the build quality. All metal body and multicoated glass with built-in hood. You will also appreciate how small and light it is for a 200mm prime lens. The others I've seen are about almost twice bigger and heavier.

Conclusion: This is a cheap and decent lens. The softness at f/3.3 is not overly soft but is an advantage for shooting portraiture. From f/5.6 to f/22, the image quality further improves. This is a really decent lens for just a small price to pay. =)

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SPECS

Manufactured By:
Makina Optical

Focal Length:
200mm

Focus Throw:
270 degrees

Minimum Focusing Distance:
3 meters / 10 feet

Max-Min. Aperture:
f/3.3 - f/22 (full stop clicks)

# Aperture Blades:
6

Filter Thread Size:
67mm

Special Features:
Built-in hood
All metal body
Metal moun
Multicoated glass

Made in Japan

Product Shots of this lens:
Nikon D5200
Tamron Adaptall 2 28mm f/2.5 (02B)
Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90mm f/2.5 Macro (52B)

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

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Sample Shots

Nikon D5200
Photo Size - Fine/Basic
White Balance - Preset, Cloudy
Picture Profile - Standard, Portrait
HDR/ADL/Flash - Off

Rexatar MC 200mm f/3.3
Most of my shots at f/3.3




Test of the aperture stops
(high contrast scenes)

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount




Outdoor landscape scene

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount
f/3.3

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount
f/5.6



Test of infinity on Nikon D5200
(M42-Nikon adapter without optical glass)

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount



A test of bokeh

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount
With Kenko MC7 2x Tele Plus (f/3.3)

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

 Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3

 Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3

 Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3

 Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3




Indoor shots, f/3.3

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount



Outdoor portrait with bright sunlight, f/3.3

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount

Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3 in M42 Mount



Outdoor portrait in shady area late afternoon, f/3.3


 Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3

 Rexatar (Makinon) MC 200mm f/3.3

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