MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Review
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 is two versions with bayonet "B" for cameras Kiev-6/60 (Pentacon Six) and bayonett "V" for "Kiev-88", "Salute" (Hasselblad).
It can be mounted on any digital camera with a appropriate adapter. In this review, a version for bayonet "V", mounted on a Nikon D3100 via an adapter KP88/H.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 Character and Bokeh
The lens has beautiful bokeh. A maximum aperture and focal length makes it convenient for portrait photography.
MC Vega-28 2.8/120 Contrast and Color Reproduction
The lens has a good contrast, but still, despite of multicoating afraid backlight and illumination. This applies to almost all Soviet lenses.
Another disadvantage is the metal aperture blades is not blackened (my copy maded 1986), which reduce the already not perfect contrast.
Using a lens hood recommended.
I use the lens more than a year, and I can say that it is convenient to shoot. Mainly used for portraits.
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.
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 is an excellent Soviet portrait lens.