MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Review

01/06/2015 - 16:02
MC Vega-28 2.8/120




MC Vega-28 2.8/120 is a telephoto lens for medium format cameras. Russian name “МС Вега-28 2.8/120”. Produced at the Kiev factory "Arsenal" and Uman factory "Vega", Ukraine, USSR. Since from the mid-80s through early 90s.

There are two versions with bayonet "B" for cameras Kiev-6/60 (Pentacon Six) and bayonett "V" for "Kiev-88", "Salute" (Hasselblad). MC Vega-28 2.8/120

 

It can be mounted on any digital camera with an appropriate adapter. In this review, a version for bayonet "V", mounted on a Nikon D3100 via an adapter KP88/H.

  MC Vega-28 2.8/120 optical design

The lens is especially interesting for its character, plastic and beautiful bokeh. Some have compared it with the lens Carl Zeiss Biometar 2.8/120, but Vega 28 differs from it as optical design (it has one more lens) and a picture from, in Vega 28 bokeh is considered more proper.

MC Vega-28 2.8/120  

 

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Specs

Focal length: 120mm

Aperture: f/ 2.8–22

Weight (gr): 480

Length (mm): 61

Filter Ø (mm.): 62

Aperture blades: 8

Min. focus distance (m.): 1.2

 

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Handling and Mechanics

Lens has small dimensions. Because of what the camera is pleasant to hold in hand and easy to use.

MC Vega-28 2.8/120

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Focusing

The lens has a rubberized focusing ring that rotates 270 degrees, while the lens is extended by 13mm. The front lens is not rotating. MFD is 1.2m, which is pretty good for such a focal length. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

f/ 2.8 MFD You can shoot the flowers and other small fauna, as well as much to blur the background.  

 

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Example Photos

All Photos were taken with Nikon D3100 camera. RAW export without postprocessing.

 

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Sharpness

At aperture f/2.8 at close focusing lens has little soft, portrait sharpness. But at far focusing sharpness is excellent. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

100% crop of the previous image When close for the lens aperture becomes sharper, but only slightly. I have no complaints to the sharpness. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Character and Bokeh

The lens has beautiful bokeh. A maximum aperture and focal length make it convenient for portrait photography. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Contrast and Color Reproduction

The lens has a good contrast, but still, despite multicoating afraid backlight and illumination. This applies to almost all Soviet lenses. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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Another disadvantage is the metal aperture blades is not blackened (my copy made 1986), which reduce the already not perfect contrast. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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Using a lens hood recommended.

 

Personal experience

I use the lens more than a year, and I can say that it is convenient to shoot. Mainly used for portraits. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

f/ 2.8

I not often close the aperture to a value greater than f/4, mainly rented either on f/2.9 or f/3.5 for a little more sharpness. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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Its compactness is not strongly evident and good for shooting on the street without attracting a lot of attention and even lead a hidden photo. MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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Summary

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 is an excellent Soviet portrait lens.

MC Vega-28 2.8/120 samples

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Jérôme Desfontaine's picture
I have been quite disappointed by mine, getting quite bad results (worse than Vega-12 ) in same conditions, doesn’t feel sharp when focussing. Wonder if it is because of dust inside, misadjusted lens or just bad lens element. When I see your pics, I think I should try to get around with it once more to give it a last chance. It may end up winning a journey to Ukraine and back with some other wrong stuff from there.
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