MC Zoom Phenix 1 Review: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

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MC Zoom Phenix 1 Review: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

MC Zoom Phenix 1 Review: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

The MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro is an old film lens with a Pentax mount. Was shot with a Phenix DC938 AW camera. The lens is heavy and well assembled, my copy has the serial number 4000068, but I did not find a label about the country of manufacture.

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

The front lens element has a pronounced multi-coating. When zooming, the trunk, which consists of only one section, is lengthened, which is very rare for older zooms, and the front lens does not rotate. The zoom ring is very narrow, covered with rubber, which slips and sometimes prevents you from quickly changing the focal length. But, because of this sliding, one gets the impression that the zoom travel is very, very smooth.

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

The focus ring is rubberized and rotates only 45 degrees, while the front lens of the lens also rotates. Due to the large diameter of the focus ring and its smooth running, focusing is pretty easy. In the usual position, MDF is 2 meters, which is a lot! To switch to macro mode, you need to set the focal length equal to 105mm, after which the focus ring starts to rotate 220 degrees, and the maximum zoom ratio is 1: 5, while the zoom ring is locked at 105mm. To unlock the zoom ring, you need to leave the macro zone on the focus ring. In fact, the macro capabilities of the lens are very weak. The lens does not have a DOF scale.

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

The diaphragm is 6 petal. Pentax cameras have automatic iris control. I used a lens on the camera Canon 350D using the Pentax-Canon EOS adapter while maintaining the focus distance scale, while the aperture is manually controlled using the aperture ring.

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

The lens has not the most pleasant color reproduction with a greenish-yellowish tint. A huge number of old lenses suffer from this ailment, and Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm is no exception, even despite multi-lens brightening. The lens is not very sharp when used on a digital camera, suffers from chromatic aberrations. At 28mm, distortion is very noticeable. The bokeh at 105 / 4,5 is not bad, but it is also not of particular interest.

The parameters shown in the photo gallery:
All shot on Canon EOS 350D. EGF lens on Canon 350D is 45-168mm. On camera JPEG L, high quality. Noise reduction at slow shutter speeds was turned off. Parameters: contrast correction - 0, sharpness - 0, saturation - 0, tone color - 0. Used white balance: 'Cloudy' and 'Auto'. The size of the photos has been reduced to 3 MP.

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

MC Zoom Phenix 1: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro


As a result, the lens did not surprise with anything special, although the owner of this lens highly appreciates it when used on a film camera.

Thank you for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 8, on the topic: MC Zoom Phenix 1 review: 3.5-4.5 28-105mm Macro

  • Oleg

    it’s a pity that you can’t insert photos in the comments

  • seghs

    Submit your photo to a third-party resource, and in the commentary include a link ...

  • nukemall

    Congratulations on a rare find. Cameras and lenses under the Phenix brand are designed and manufactured by the Chinese company Phoenix Optical Group, see here: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Phenix
    Products - http://www.phenixoptics.com.cn/cn/product_210.html
    More - http://www.chine-taiwan.com/phenixoptics.htm
    By the way, the lens does not look like an autofocus lens - neither a screwdriver, nor contacts are visible. Most likely a Chinese monkey - a non-autofocus lens was made outwardly similar to an autofocus lens.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      At first, I also carefully examined the lens for a groove for the screwdriver of the Pentax camera, because in reality the lens is similar to an autofocus model. Thanks for the additional information.

  • Sergei

    Phenix is ​​a Chinese manufacturer. Basically, they copy soligors and Kozinov carcasses for different bayonets.
    I have this one - http://www.gold-camera.com/photo/pictures/PHENIXDC818.JPG
    Very nice carcass.

    • nukemall

      It is impossible to “copy soligors” - goods of various manufacturers were sold under the Soligor trademark.
      But the carcasses really look like Cosina products, especially the Vivitar 3000 and 3800. But the external similarity in the case of Chinese products most often does not mean internal identity, the Chinese really like stupid apes. They also have a 50 / 1.7 lens on Yashica ML looks similar.

      • Sergei

        Perhaps, perhaps. They copied the final product, which was originally developed - the tenth thing, because, as we can see, the quality is not so hot.
        The situation is the same with carcasses, under which brands they were not sold, and vivitar, and yashika, and brown. From the goat there is a base, frame, basic mechanisms. My camera and rangefinder bessa are cousins, if not sisters.
        50 \ 1.7 I got the disgusting. Low-contrast, on open softil as a monocle, there was no sharpness on covered diaphragms, in general, on ejection.

  • Alexander

    The lens is good for photographing blue color presets.

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