Showcase Kiron 80-200/4.5 Macro MD with zoom lock

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Amamba, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 13, 2013
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    I am not sure how I feel about this lens, yet. It's about 60g lighter than Minolta MD 70-210/4 Macro. It has a zoom lock and a recessed front end, and it's shorter, so it seems that it would be easier to use handheld. The IQ is not bad but I don't know if it's on par with Minolta. The ultimate test will come when I take both to the zoo on a sunny day. For now, just a few teasers from a walk through the local nature preserve. Some of the images were taken wide open and some between 5.6 and 8, but I am not sure which.






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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Wow, looks like a winner to me!!!
    Sharp enough, beautiful colours and nice bokeh - plus its lighter & smaller than the MD 70-210 so that's always a good thing

  3. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    I think that zoom lock is extremely useful feature. How is handling? IQ is certainly good.
  4. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
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    I've had one of those back in the days of my Nikon D200. I remember that it showed fairly pronounced purple fringing and needed stopping down to f/8 to get rid of most of it. I sold it and continued to use the Nikkor 80-200/4 at that time.
  5. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 13, 2013
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    Zoom lock may prove useful if you want to stick to one focal length, but I can't see myself using it often. Handling is OK, it is both lighter (not by much, alas) and shorter than Minolta. The zoom and especially the focusing are extremely light, it's not as well dampened as most other lenses. Felt weird at first but I came to appreciate it. There's indeed some purple fringing wide open, but LR easily takes care of that. I still think that Minolta is sharper, but I would need to use both in same conditions to verify.
  6. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 13, 2013
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    So I grabbed the lens on my way to pick up the kids after camp and did a quick walk through the forest. I scared off two large deer before I could take a shot, and lost sight of a baby raccoon while trying to get a better angle; I must have donated a pint of blood to the moskitos. But I did find a few flowers ;)

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    Here's what I'm finding about this lens:

    - it's only 10% lighter than Minolta MD 70-210/4. And shorter by about an inch or so. O

    - it's faster to focus - the focusing ring moves very freely and it travels shorter distance. However Minolta can be focused more precisely in fine increments.

    - it has a very smooth bokeh; Minolta has more swirly bokeh.

    - I think it's softer than Minolta.

    So the next step is to switch back to Minolta & see which lens ultimately produces better results; my gut feeling is that Minolta has an edge in the overall IQ and sharpness, but Kiron would make a fine portrait / travel lens.

    By the way, all photos are of course edited - for all legacy glass so far, I have to boost clarity, contrast, and vibrancy straight out of camera. The photos shot with native E-mount lenses require somewhat less adjustment. But it would be impossible to get the good results if the detail wasn't already in the file. And of course it only takes a couple minutes in LR.
  7. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Apr 13, 2013
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