Overview of EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

For the provided EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm lens many thanks reader Radozhiva Vasily Stakhovsky.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm. increase.

In short

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm - the old universal zoom lens of the 80s. At one time, such zooms seemed unbelievable, because a sevenfold zoom for those times was a great achievement. The lens uses design PUSH-PULL (trombone). This review shows the Nikon F mount version.

In the review, I visited a poorly working instance with obvious optical problems, and therefore I will only walk superficially on EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm.

At one time, the EXAKTA brand had a legendary status, for example, in the 50s it was one of the best mirror systems. Nowadays, EXAKTA is better known for its 'EXAKTA' mount, under which lenses from various famous manufacturers, for example, Carl Zeiss, were produced.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

Main technical characteristics of EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

Name of instances from review On the rim near the front lens'EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm 67ø No.941116 ′
Basic properties
  • MC - multilighting optics
  • ZOOM - zoom lens
  • MF (Mannual Focus) - manual focus only
  • NI (Nikon Automatic Indexing) - automatic transfer of aperture value to the camera
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - the presence of the aperture control ring, automatic iris control
  • Metal case
  • Design PUSH-PULL
Front Filter Diameter 67 mm
Focal length 28-200 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 42-300 mm
Zoom ratio 7.1 x
Designed by for Nikon film cameras with Nikon F mount
Number of aperture blades 6 straight (not rounded) petals
Labels
  • marking on the focus / zoom ring with focusing distance in meters and feet
  • infrared mark (red arc)
  • aperture ring
  • values ​​for focal lengths 28, 35, 50, 85, 135, 200 mm
  • depth of field scales for F / 5.6 (white arc), 8 (blue arc), 16 (orange arc)
Diaphragm F / 4-F / 5.6 to F / 22

There are labels for F / 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22. You can set one intermediate value between pairs of numbers (except between F / 4 and F / 5.6, as well as between F / 16 and F / 22).

The lens has an aperture ring (Non-G - lens type).

MDF (minimum focusing distance)
  • 1.8 meters by 200 mm
  • 2.5 meters by 28 mm
The weight 717 grams (measured)
Optical design unknown
Lens hood Screws into the thread of the front filter
Period Around the mid 80's
Manufacturer country Japan. There is no data on the country of manufacture on the lens
Price New do not sell. In a variant B. at. from 20 to 100 cu

Prices for modern lenses for Nikon can be found E-Catalog.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm from the review is AI compatible lens and can be easily installed to any Nikon DSLR camera with F mount, as well as any digital mirrorless camera with Z mount, but in the latter case you will need the original Nikon FTZ adapter.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

Assembly, control, focus

Lens body made with high quality. The piston ring is rubberized with hard material. When changing the focal length, the rear lens of the lens moves. When changing the focal length, the lens length changes.

One ring is responsible for focusing and changing the focal length. To change the focal length, you should pull or push the piston ring, to focus, rotate it.

The focus ring rotates approximately 135 degrees by 200 mm of focal length and 90 degrees by 28 mm of focal length. Focusing is smooth and comfortable. The minimum focusing distance depends on the selected focal length. If you set the MDF equal to 200 meters at 1.8 mm of the focal length and decrease the focal length, the focus ring will automatically rotate towards increasing the focus distance.

During focusing, the front lens rotates and extends forward together with the filter frame. On the body there is a focus distance scale and a mark for working in the infrared spectrum, as well as a depth of field scale.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm changes the focal length under the weight of its own piston. Effect spontaneous piston movement on the copy from the review expressed very strongly.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

Sample Photos

The lens is most likely broken. The right side of the frame falls through, and it is also impossible to achieve a sharp image at some focal lengths and open apertures. In any case, it is clear that something is wrong with the lens. But still we tried to get at least some shots.

Sample photos helped prepare the photographer Natalya Romanenko (500px). Convert RAW source files with Nikon D700 the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

All photos below are shown without processing. Camera used Sony a3500. All photos are on-camera JPEG. Picture control mode 'Portrait 0/0/0'.

On this camera I used a lens with a conventional adapter Nikon F -> Sony NEX / Alpha.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

List of all Nikon FX 28-XXX autofocus lenses:

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be see here.

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

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Comments: 6, on the topic: EXAKTA VARIOPLAN MC 1 review: 4.0-5.6 f = 28-200mm

  • UstasFritZZZ

    Thanks for the review! As always informative and to the point)

  • Sergei

    I still wanted to know at what focal lengths the problems arose.
    By the open diaphragms we heard, probably this flaw is typical for all focal ...
    Or is it not so?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      different flaws at all, sharpness completely disappears on medium and body. Once again, this is simply an unsuccessful instance, in the group Radozhiva on Facebook already noted that an unbroken lens behaves wrong.

    • Victor

      Sergei, do not guess - just someone in it dig deeper unsuccessfully ...

  • Trueash

    ... but the lens itself is beautiful :)

  • Jankowsky

    Wow, what a rare! I have not seen such a thing. Here the problem is similar to the delamination of some kind of gluing inside or enlightenment is eaten somewhere

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