For the opportunity to review lens MC Super Danubia Auto Zoom 35-200mm 1: 3.8-5.3 Macro Many thanks to Vadim Shkurat, who sent me a lens from another area for review.
My MC Super Danubia Auto Zoom 35-200mm 1: 3.8-5.3 Macro lens has Minolta MD bayonet mount... Please note that 35-200mm 1: 3.8-5.3 Macro lenses from Sakar, Marexar, Sunagor, HPS, Sun, Soligor are practically the same lens. My MC Super Danubia lens has nothing special to boast about. The 'Super' lettering is just 'enticement'. The Auto inscription does not speak about automatic focusing, but only about automatic aperture control. 'Macro' is not 'real' either, but with a maximum magnification of only 1: 3.
Nevertheless, the manufacturing quality of the Danubia 35-200 is excellent. The lens is 'Made in Japan', nothing loose on the lens. The main control ring of the lenses is rubberized. The lens is heavy, I got sharp shots at 1 / 50th of a second and 200mm.
Focusing on the lens is smooth. When focusing, the front lens rotates and the trunk of the lens lengthens slightly. The focus ring rotates only 90 degrees. In normal mode, the minimum focusing distance is already 2.5 meters - this is a lot and not always convenient when working with a lens.
There is another additional lens zoom control ring. The ring has a snap button. If you remove the ring from the lock, you can control the magnification level from 1/10 to 1/3. This ring rotates 90 degrees, when it rotates, the lens lengthens its trunk, thus minimizing the minimum focusing distance.
Important: The Danubia 35-200 is an old-style lens with a single control ring for focusing and zooming. To zoom - you need to move the main control ring away from you or towards you. This type of lens is often called pistonbecause the zoom ring works like a piston. 35mm focal lengths are available at minimum piston position, 200 at maximum. I really like to control both zoom and focus using one ring - it's very convenient, it's even a pity that lenses with such a design are not made now.
Aperture has everything 6 petals... The closed diaphragm gives the classic 'nuts' bokeh. The maximum value of 3.8-5.3 is not very different from the more common 3.5-5.6. The aperture closes down to f / 22. The aperture control ring has a green aperture release button at F / 22. The front filter diameter is 67mm.
Sample photos on Danubia 35-200
Everything is filmed on Canon 350D and the MD-EOS adapter lost the ability to focus on infinity. At 200mm focal length, you can focus no further than 2 meters. Such a lens is well suited for mirrorless cameras; on Canon, Nikon it is almost useless. The lens showed normal sharpness in the center and was not as bad as I expected, but there is nothing special about it either. Photos without processing. In the band, 3.5-5.6 is mistakenly printed instead of 3.8-5.3.
The MC Super Danubia Auto Zoom 35-200mm 1: 3.8-5.3 Macro lens has a good design, 5.7x zoom and nice controls. Due to the MD bayonet mount, digital SLR cameras are difficult to use.
Help to the project. Arkady Shapoval.