Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm Review

Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm Review




Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm is a standard lens for medium format camera Bronica SQ. Bronica - relatively young Japanese company, which produced medium format cameras and lenses. In the production of lenses helped her German company Schneider, the world leader in optics for medium-format lenses. 2.8 f=80mm

The lens has a bayonet Bronica SQ, mount it on DSLR difficult, because the adapter is expensive, and costs like the lens. Of course, if you have a whole collection of lenses Bronica SQ series, good idea to bought adapter.

The optical design is 6 elements in 5 groups. 2.8 f=80mm

Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1: 2.8 f = 80mm with a converted mount for bayonet “V” (Hasselblad). I convert it under the bayonet “V” in such a way through the adapter KP88 / N mount to Nikon F.  Also read how to mount Zenza Bronica-S 1:2.8 80mm to DSLR cameras.

 

Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm Specs

Focal length: 80mm

Aperture: f/ 2.8 — f/ 22

Weight (gr): 490

Length (mm): 52

Filter Ø (mm.): 67

Aperture blades: 5

Min. focus distance (m.): 0.8

2.8 f=80mm  

 

Handling and Mechanics

The lens is big and looks at the camera seriously. Moreover, its is not so weights as the size. In general, it is convenient to use. 2.8 f=80mm

Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm on the Nikon camera Barrel design made in such a manner that the front lens is planted at a depth of 25 mm, thereby forming a lens hood. The aperture closes by full stops: 2.8 - 4 - 5.6 - 8 - 11 - 16 - 22. It's a little uncomfortable at f / 3,5 it will not close. The lens has a built-in Seiko # 0 leaf shutter. On DSLR camera, of course, we don’t need it.

 

Focusing

The lens has a rubberized focusing ring that rotates 180 degrees. In this case, the lens is extended nose on 12 mm. The front element is not rotating. Focusing convenient.

 

Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm Sample Photos

All photos were taken on Nikon D3100.

 

Sharpness

At aperture f/ 2.8 is little soft, but for portraits sharpness enough. Soft in the normal range. 2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8 

 

2.8 f=80mm samples

 f/ 2.8

At aperture f / 4 sharpness already is good.

 

Character and Bokeh

The lens has its expressiveness.

2.8 f=80mm samples

 f/ 2.8

At aperture f/ 2.8 interesting bokeh and plastic. Yes, it soft, but this disadvantage is offset by plasticity and character of the image.

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

Circles of an out-of-focus area have the correct blurring, forming a perfect circle. Something like bokeh Trioplan 50 1: 2.9.  f/ 2.8 2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8 example of circles in the bokeh I really like such bokeh.

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

Aperture has 5 blades. And to cover it the five-point values can get nuts. 2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

 

Contrast and Color Render

The lens has a normal contrast. But fears of a strong side light and the backlight. Better to avoid scenes with a strong back and side light.

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

 

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

 

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

 

2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8

 

2.8 f=80mm samples

 f/ 2.8

 

Summary

Zenza Bronica Zenzanon-S 1:2.8 f=80mm interesting primarily for art and portrait shooting. 2.8 f=80mm samples

f/ 2.8





Janno's picture
I own 3 zenzanon-ps lenses and I find them tack sharp wide open in center (think Sigma ART or Sony Zeiss FE 55) when using on Bronica body. I think adapter is not precise enough or particular lens had had some beating in its life.
Ivan K's picture
I heard that Zensanon-PS sharper than Zenzanon-S and it have different optical design. But to ensure a better compare test this type lenses. Maybe my lens is not perfect.
Valdormar Hauslendale's picture
I would say your copy is in need of a good CLA. This lens wide open is sharp and not plastic at all. No glow at all. I have never seen such bad quality out of this lens.
Sven's picture
Thank you very much for your lens review! I have the exact same lens, last one of a set of three. Only a few days ago I ordered a tilt/shift adapter(no optical elements) with which I can mount it to my new Sony Fx9. "pretty soft" was my first impression when using it wide open. But definitely usable and pleasant after sharpening in post. I would use it only for interviews or the classic tilt/shift effect. The difference in terms of sharpness between a Sony GM lens f2.8 and the bronica 80mm is huge. but hey, sharpness very often is overrated. I don't like the clinically sharp look of some lenses. Having said that: some of the above pictures are veeery soft. Right now I'm trying to manipulate the lens so I can use the aperture and close it down one or two steps for slightly more sharpness. Unfortunately aperture is always full open when attached to the adapter (like with many lenses the aperture closes down only shortly before the picture is taken - good for photography bad for video)
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