Kiron 28mm f/2.0 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
8.6 oz (244g)
Rubber on Metal.
1.0 feet (0.3 meters).
6 blades stopping down to f/16.
Mine came in Nikon Metal Mount.
f/2 This lens is very sharp wide open with a hint of softness but mostly it is clouded over with spherical aberration and some side coma which causes low contrast.
f/2.8: Immediately sharpens up really well with better contrast and hardly any spherical aberration and only a little coma left over.
f/3.5: Very sharp with great contrast and almost no coma.
f/4: Sharper yet.
f/8: Just continues to get sharper.
There is a bit of vignetting at f/2 starts to clear around f/2.8 and basically gone by f/3.5.
There is a bit of common Barrel Distortion which is expected for a 28mm with a larger aperture.
On MF Camera
Optics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Mechanics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Availability: ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Overall: ★ ★ ★ ★
Out of 5
This is a great lens and definitely worth looking for. They are not too common, and you may have to pay a fair bit for them, but they are still a bargain at today’s manual focus prices. Simply stopping the lens down to f/2.2-2.5 really clears the coma and spherical aberration. By f/2.8 you have one of the sharpest 28mm lenses around for the price.
This lens is build very well and you can feel it. It’s still smaller then most 28mm f/2.8 lenses which is really nice because you get a f/2 in a smaller package.
One thing you have to be very careful of is this lens has a very common problem of oil leaking into the aperture which will slow down or stop the blades from moving and stopping down.
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