Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Review

08/11/2015 - 17:57
Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Review




Granit-11 4,5/80-200 is a Soviet telephoto zoom lens for 35 mm cameras with a constant aperture. It has focal range x2,5. It produced since 1978 in USSR on factories KMZ and Arsenal. This is one of the few Soviet zoom lenses, they can be counted on the fingers. Granit-11 4,5/80-200 This review presents the first version of this lens, for M42 system. Marking without the letters at the end. Later the lenses for M42 began to mark Granit-11M 4.5/80-200, also has a version for Nikon F - Granite-11H 4.5/80-200. Later versions have a multi coating and marked in front barrel the letters "MC". In the 90s the plant Arsenal produced this lens under the name MC ZOOM ARSAT 80-200mm 1:4.5 with the letters M and N, respectively. The optical design 11 elements in 9 groups.  

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Specifications

Focal length: 80-200mm

Aperture: f/4.5– f/ 22

Weight (gr): 950

Length (mm): 165

Filter Ø (mm.): 58

Aperture blades: 6

Min. Focus distance (m.): 1.5

 

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Handling and Mechanics

The lens is well assembled in a metal barrel and sits well handle on the camera. Weight 950 g allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/60 at the long end. There are two rings, then that is wider - the focus ring. What narrower - zoom ring, it rotates 90 degrees. When zooming the lens does not change its size. It's nice. Granit-11 4,5/80-200

Granit-11 at infinity modeGranit-11 4,5/80-200 At MFD mode

Focusing is smooth. The focus ring is rotated 270 degrees, the front part of the lens extends about 2 cm. When focusing, front lens rotates. In the first versions of the lens has no mechanism for automatic preset aperture. Instead, there is an interesting mechanism, something like the one that Jupiter-21A. Ring sets desired aperture value, and then close the hand lever to the set, which is next to the ring.Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Automatic preset aperture mechanism

Versions of Granit-11M and Granit-11H have already automatic preset aperture, and they have no such mechanism. By the way about automatic preset aperture at Granit-11M heard that it is unreliable and some time later brokes. The diaphragm closes smoothly and has 6 aperture blades. Granit-11 4,5/80-200

The lens has a built-in hood, which extends about 2 cm. In my copy, it came loose and when lowering the lens down, falls under its own weight.Granit-11 4,5/80-200 on Nikon

View on Nikon camera

I mount Granit-11 on Nikon camera through the adapter M42-Nikon without glass. At the same time lose the ability to focus to infinity. Maximum focusing distance at the long end about 20m, on a short, about 6 m.

 

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Examples

All of the examples captured on Nikon D3100. RAW export, no post-processing.

 

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Sharpness

On wide-open lens is not very sharp at all focal lengths. But in the short end sharpness a little better.Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

200mm f/ 4,5

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100mm f/ 4,5

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200mm f/ 4,5

Sharpness is good for shooting women portraits.

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

200mm f/ 4,5

 

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Character and Bokeh

The lens has a beautiful character. Boke I also liked, despite the fact that it is a zoom lens, it has its own character. Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

200mm f/ 4,5

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150mm f/ 4,5

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100mm f/ 4,5

Boke I liked more than Tamron 70-210 f/ 3,5Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

80mm f/ 4,5

At the long end of the shooting portraits, aperture f/4,5 is enough to separate the subject from the background.Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

200mm f/ 4,5

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200mm f/ 4,5

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200mm f/ 4,5

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150mm f/ 4,5

Photos obtained voluminous, airy.

 

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 Contrast and Color Reproduction

The lens has a good contrast. The colors are natural. When sunlight colors are bright, vivid. Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

200mm f/ 4,5

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100mm f/ 4,5

At the long end,contrast drops slightly due to the spherical aberration.Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

100mm f/ 4,5

As befits Soviet lenses, it does not keep backlight. Lateral moves up until help blend. Afraid of stray light.Granit-11 4,5/80-200 samples

200mm f/ 4,5

 

Summary

Granit-11 4,5/80-200 is good for its time zoom lens. I would like it more sharpness with such luminosity. Suitable for creative ideas and for portraits.





GL's picture
Thanks for your review. I have the same since 15 years, i use it before with a zenit E. Now, i try it with my Pentax K20D, is not the contrast king but natural color are good. i compare it with my Pentax manual Zoom (28-135f4 / 35-105f3,5 / 70-210f4 and other as Tamron 35-210sp) and it’s good lens. Sharpness at f11 is very good. It is heavy with the weight of the K20D you almost a Pentacon six in the hands .. It is easy to disassemble it, it is only metal and glass
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