Montag, 10. Oktober 2016

Hanimex (Automatic) MC 28mm f/ 2.8 - the worst lens in the world?

From this lens I have already collected a lot of information on the Internet. Most users comment critically to quite abjectly about this lens and you can really buy it for a song on EBay and the relevant forums. Very exactly I have with shipping pays 15 euros.

In a forum and also on Youtube, a often clicked hobby photographer has called this glass even the "worst lens in the world".  This is very violent. Anyway, I wanted to know it now and I bought it in a well-used condition in a forum.   As the photos show, the condition is quite good. The shutters are not oiled, they close perfectly. In contrast to newer lenses, these old treasures are always made of the full metal and make a very solid impression.
The focus ring is attached at the front and quite narrow. You have to get used to it. The individual apertures snapped firmly and clearly. You can work with the lens after some time without visual contact.

But let's start as usual with the technical data:

Manufacturer: Hanimex
Focal length: 28mm
Luminous intensity: F/2.8 – F/22 (other Copies with F/16)
Aperture: 6 or 8 lamellae
Bayonet: M42 and others, like MC/MD; Canon FD, Olympus OM, Pentax K, and so on (generally suitable for full frame, aps-c or mft)
Closest focusing distance: ca. 35cm
Dimensions: ca. 47mm x 60mm (Length x diameter)
Weight: ca. 218g
Filter thread: 52mm
Lens coating: Multicoated

Hanimex is an abbreviation for Jack Hannes Import Export, founded in 1947 in Sidney, Australia - Hanimex Corporation was an importer and distributor of cameras, lenses, and other photographic equipment in Australia and New Zealand. The company also distributed consumer electronics and other non-photographic gear. Hanimex cameras were often sold under the Hanimex brand name or co-branded with the Hanimex brand and the Manufacturers brand (e.g. Hanimex Topcon).  Photographic product distributed by the company were made by Tōkyō Kōgaku, Sedic and Royal in Japan, by Finetta, Montanus, Vredeborch and Dacora in West Germany, by Pentacon in East Germany, and by other manufacturers. Hanimex distributed SLR lenses for several different lens mounts under the Hanimex brand nameOn 22 April 2004 Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. acquired 100% of the shares of Hanimex.

My specimen is made for the Minolta bayonet, so with an MC or MD mount.
Minolta quality control in the 70s may have had very high demands. Because the picture quality, which I have found in my copy, is really unusually good. Yes, I am not afraid the Hanimex in some respects quite compare with my Nikon AiS or the new Canon FD in 28mm. From the price-performance ratio, you should be able to compare the Hanimex with the Sigma Mini Wide II. Although even for this early Sigma version, moon prices are now required, but some years ago you got such a Sigma 28mm f / 2.8 still thrown for ridiculous 20, - Euro.

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm f/2.8 at f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1600

However, my Hanimex seems to be somewhat decentered on the left. Maybe it has fallen down once or pasted somewhere.
Let us look at the picture quality for different light situations and motifs somewhat more precisely.

The following picture was deliberately developed with the shutter completely open. The focus point is on the connection to the right tap. The sharpness is striking even when the aperture is open. This contradicts all opinions on the Hanimex, which are widely used in the net. On the contrast edges you can see light purple colors. In Lightroom, however, this is immediately removed with a mouse click.The lens is actually multicoated.The bokeh is quite pleasant and quiet.

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm f/2.8 at f/2.8, 1/1000s, ISO 200

Stopped down lightly to f/5.6, the lens shows a good sharpness almost to the edges. Amazing. Even with backlighting the lens is pleasing and does not show too much optical problems. The flares are very reserved and not unpleasant.

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5, 1/80s, ISO 200
If you consider that this object is usually priced between ten and twenty euros, this glass is really a treasure. My advice: before the purchase just a few sample photos shoot. Only then decide whether to buy or rather not. There was probably - especially with the M42 mount - very large quality differences in the production of the lens. My copy shows a remarkable sharpness and good picture quality. Also the resolution, the micro-contrast and the behavior in the case of backlight is above all doubt.
I can - contrary to the popular opinion in the Internet - this lens as a cheap solution only recommend.
Here are some more sample pictures of Hanimex MC 28mm f / 2.8:

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/14, 1/60s, ISO 200
Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5, 1/250s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/8.0, 1/1250s, ISO 200
Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5, 1/320s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/2.8, 1/4000s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8, 1/250s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/5.6, 1/500s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5, 1/800s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 1000

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 400

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5, 1/160s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5,  1/100s, ISO 200

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/3.5,  1/60s, ISO 400

Sony NEX-3N with Hanimex 28mm/2.8 at f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 200

Sonntag, 25. September 2016

A short trip through the nightly Frankfurt

One week in Frankfurt can be pretty exhausting. Especially then if you have to unexpectedly run around quite a bit, particularly to all sights to rattle. Sometimes smooth twenty kilometers come together until one is like night completely exhausted into bed. 
Nevertheless, a great thing this Frankfurt. More particularly, the architecture and the many nice open-minded people.
Quite exciting it is after sunset: the lights of the big city and the bustling life on the streets well into the wee hours. The best time to unpacking the camera and shoot great pictures. So here are some nocturnal impressions of Frankfurt. All pictures taken with Leica Vario X.
However, some photos were taken at sunset, are therefore not quite as dark; o)

Dienstag, 12. Juli 2016

Über den Hohewartestausee

Seit nunmehr zwei Monaten weigert sich mein Körper mit ausgesprochener Penetranz sich gepflegt zu bewegen. Dem Krankenhaus nach deftiger Metzelei der fachkundigen Handwerker entsprungen war ich einige Tage froher Hoffnung den Zustand des Stupor zu beenden. Die verspannte Rückenlage ist auf Dauer auch keine Annehmlichkeit, wenn man vom angelegentlich besinnten Mittagsschlaf absieht. Beharrliches Training, verbunden mit eifriger Einnahme von Schmerzmitteln aller Herren Länder und Provenienz  verhalfen mir mittlerweile zu einer unbeschwerten Distanz von mehreren hundert Metern.
Die Provision solcher Mühe war am vergangenen Sonntag ein Ausflug mit einem-gefühlt- einhundert Jahre alten Dieselschiff der Hohenwarte-Stausee Schiffahrt (ich mißtraue zutiefst drei aufeinanderfolgenden Konsonanten). Schwer bewaffnet mit dem Nikon- Kleinbildformat entstanden unterwegs allerlei Fotos, die ich hier gerne vorzeige. 

For the past two months my body with marked penetrance refuses kept moving. The sprung hospital after hearty slaughter of specialized craftsmen I was a few days joyful hope to end the state of stupor. The tense back position is permanently no amenity, apart from earnestly nap. Persistent training, coupled with zealous use of painkillers all over the world and provenance helped me become a carefree distance of several hundred meters.
The provision of such effort was last Sunday a trip with a century-old Diesel ship the Hohenwarte reservoir shipping. Heavily armed with the Nikon camera conversion incurred traveling all kinds of pictures that I like to show here.

Donnerstag, 24. Dezember 2015

A walk through a misty morning

This time something completely new: the tiny Fuji XT-10 with the 35mm f / 2.0. Razor sharp even in total open aperture. Although there is only one APS-C sensor, but the Fuji XT-10 plays at the top with. Most of the pictures do not need to be processed, because the jpgs out of camera are top notch.

Today I am moved by the morning completely clouded countryside around my hometown. Only at the very end of my journey, the sun has driven the fog and the blue sky appeared. Along the way there was an infinite number of motives for my little camera. But see for yourself.

Sonntag, 4. Oktober 2015

Samyang - Rokinon - Walimex 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical, what a horny piece of glass!

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4
If you like a really bright portrait lens and at the same time a light telephoto then you need to invest a lot of money. In Aperture 1.8 or 1.4 very quickly exceed the EUR 1000 limit. In the good old days such a strong light lenses were not produced for the hobby needs. There was not the right glass and the necessary manufacturing technology. Today things are different.
For many years in South Korea tinkers a company called Samyang of cheap lenses for the hobby sector. These lenses are not only cheap, but also bright. They are sold under various brand names: Samyang (the original brand), Rokinon (in English-speaking countries) or Walimex (in Germany). But except for the name they are all the same lenses. The only downside of all these lenses is: they do not have auto focus and need to be brought into focus by hand.

I will try in the near future some of these lenses here on the blog imagine. But only those lenses that can be used on full frame cameras, like the Sony a7. Let's start with the Samyang 85mm and the sensational light intensity of 1.4. This focal length is perfect for portraits and also particularly in available light. Let's look at the specifications: 

Optical construction:         9 elements in 7 groups inc. 1x aspherical element
Number of aperture blades: 8 (circular)
min. focus distance:         1 m (max. magnification ratio ~1:9.5)
Dimensions:                         78 x 72 mm
Weight:                                 513 g
Filter size :                               72 mm
Hood:                                 barrel-shaped, bayonet mount, supplied

The lens is really quite a whopper, large and heavy. This can be seen quite well in these pictures:

The lens is processed very good and is made of metal and excellent plastic. It feels as though it was built for eternity. The aperture can be adjusted very accurately and with a full clunk. It is no problem to work with the lens without looking at the aperture ring.
Overall, however, it is good to handle despite its size. The way to adjust the focus is very long and precise. Using the focus magnification and / or the focus peaking, you can adjust the focus very well for example on a Sony NEX. A little inconvenient is the minimum focus distance of just one meter.
The image quality is very good. Are at full aperture, the photos in the middle a little bit soft and fall significantly toward the outer edge. A slight stopping down to 2.0 or 2.8 then displays the real qualities of this lens. The contrast, the colors and the sharpness from the center to the edge very well, almost razor sharp.
Distortion does not exist. At maximum aperture a little color fringing on high contrast edges. For example, on branches against the bright sky.
From my side so a recommendation for this lens. The lens is already for 250, - Euro to buy. So a fantastic optical power and so much luminosity you get for this price anywhere. 
Here are a few examples, the camera data are available under the pictures.

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4 (100% cut from original)

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/2.2

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/5.6

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/2.0

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/2.0

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/1.4

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/2.8

Sony a7 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4 @ f/5.6 (50% cropped at moon eclipse 2015/09/28)