Makinon 80-200mm f/4.5

Makinon 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom

I bought this lens out of curiosity. I’ve never heard of this brand before but for $2.75+shipping, temptation got the better of me.

Surprisingly, this Makinon is not too bad. It’s built quality reminds me of the early Soligor lenses. Feels very solid, especially when mounted onto a Canon FTb camera. Focusing and zoom are smooth, though slightly on the “heavy” side.

What I really like about this lens is a natural soft focus effect when it’s aperture is at f/4.5. Some may view this as a weakness but why pay for a soft focus filter when one is built into the lens. The following pictures were shot at f/4.5, f8 and f/11. You can see clearly that at f/4.5, there’s a certain softness in the shot. It clears up completely one stop down. By f/11, it’s sharp as a tack. This would be a good lens for female portraits or glamour.

Here’s a bit of history on Makinon lenses.

Chives shot with Makinon 80-200mm lens at f/4.5 by Michael Chua

June 27, 2017 – Chives
at f/4.5, 1/3200sec, ISO 800  |  no post processing

Chives shot with Makinon 80-200mm lens at f/8 by Michael Chua

June 27, 2017
at f/8, 1/1600sec, ISO 800  |  no post processing

Chives shot with Makinon 80-200mm lens at f/11 by Michael Chua

June 27, 2017
at f/11, 1/1000sec, ISO 800  |  no post processing