JC Penny 28mm f/2.8 MC. 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
7.9 oz (223g)
Rubber on Metal.
1.2 feet (0.36 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/22.
Mine came in Nikon Metal Mount.
f/2.8: Fairly soft with lower contrast with a fair bit of coma very high levels of spherical aberration.
f/3.5: Still fairly soft with better contrast with less coma very high levels of spherical aberration.
f/4: Sharper a bit with better contrast but still quite a bit of spherical aberration.
f/8: Sharp but you can still see a little spherical aberration and now diffusion is starting to set in.
There is quite a bit of vignetting at f/2.8 which really doesn’t leave until f/8.
Quite a bit of Barrel Distortion.
On MF Camera
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★
Out of 5
Not only is this lens a bit soft, but it has so much spherical aberration that it takes a fair bit of stopping down before it finally sharpens up and is clear. If you plan on shooting it around f/8 then the lens performs very well, but I would not go looking for this lens to shoot at larger apertures.
There is nothing I can really brag about with this lens. If you find one for cheap then it’s fun to play with and has pretty nice color and contrast, but that’s about it!
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