Focal 28mm f/2.8 MC Auto

Focal 28mm 2.8 MC Auto M42-1

Focal 28mm f/2.8 MC Auto. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd

Focal 28mm 2.8 MC Auto M42-2


7.2 oz (203g)

Focus Ring
Rubber on Metal.

Close Focus

1.0 feet (0.3 meters).

Filter Threads

52mm, Metal.

Aperture Ring



6 blades stopping down to f/16.


Mine came in a M42 Metal Mount.

Made in



100% Crop

f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8





f/2.8: Fairly soft with lower contrast, a little chromatic aberration and coma and a little bit of spherical aberration. A little of everything ha ha!
f/3.5: Sharpens up with a little better contrast and spherical aberration and less chromatic aberration.
f/4: Nicely sharpens up with good contrast and no aberrations.
f/8: Sharper yet with great contrast.


There is quite a bit of vignetting at f/2.8 which takes a while to clean up, though it is almost gone by f/4

Quite a bit of Barrel Distortion.

On MF Camera
Optics:          ★ ★ ★
Mechanics:   ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Usefulness:  ★ ★ ★
Availability:   ★ ★
Overall:         ★ ★ ★

On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Overall:         ★ ★ ★
Out of 5

This is a great little lens and performs surprisingly well stopped down. It is built like a tank and is a little narrower then most 28mm lenses, feels ok in the hands, and is simple to use. To me the barrel looks a little funny in design and sort of looks cheap but who cares. The focus grip is a little small and has multiple squares but is still not too hard to grip.

Optically the lens is a little soft wide open with very little aberrations. It sharpens up reasonably well around f/4. If you are using this for landscape ,the lens doesn’t take on diffusion until around f/11 and f/16 which is great for a landscape lens.
The distortion is the downfall of the lens but it’s pretty typical for a 28mm.

If you find a good deal this lens is definitely worth picking up. This 28mm is a good low light wide lens.


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