TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm Review

For the provided TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm NI lens (Nikon AI compatible) many thanks Victor (known as Nashua on the forum)where you can find many other interesting manual lenses.

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm. increase.

In short

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm - an old wide-angle lens for film cameras of different systems, the review shows a version for Nikon F. Nowadays it is interesting only for a very high-quality body and a low price. There is practically no information on this lens on the net.

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm - compact, Nikon AI compatible. Sharp enough at closed apertures, but suffers from strong vignetting and is afraid of backlight, creating interesting flares and highlights.

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

Main technical characteristics of TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm:

Name of instances from review TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm 8107207 55d
Basic properties
  • TOU - Toyo Ooptics for U.SA
  • MC - multilighting optics
  • FX (for Nikon FX) - lens designed for Nikon FX full-frame cameras
  • MF (MAnnual Pass Focus) - manual focus only
  • OR (Nikon Aautomatic Indexing) - a diaphragm control ring with “ears” and with transmission of the aperture value to the camera, two rows of aperture numbers
  • Non-g (Non gelded) - the presence of a diaphragm control ring
  • metal case
  • enlightened optics
Front Filter Diameter 55 mm, metal thread for filters
Body materials All parts of the lens barrel are made of metal, the focusing ring is rubberized
Focal length 24 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 36 mm, EGF for Nikon CX cameras is 65 mm
Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens without the ability to change the focal length)
Designed by for Nikon film cameras with Nikon F mount (the lens also exists for other mounts)
Number of aperture blades 7 straight (not rounded) petals
  • markings on the focusing ring with focusing distance in meters (white) and feet (orange)
  • DOF scale for F / 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16
  • infrared label (red letter R)
  • Ring with paired apertures (standard and for direct reading from the camera), there are labels for F / 2.8, 4? 5.6, 8, 11, 16
Diaphragm from f / 2.8 to f / 16. They change only in whole steps without intermediate values.

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

MDF (minimum focusing distance) on a scale of 0.25 meters, but the ring rotates beyond this mark, up to about 0.2 meters, the maximum magnification ratio is approximately 1: 6.5
The weight 248 grams (measured)
Optical design Unknown
Lens hood Must screw into the front filter thread
Period Unknown
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (The lens is made in Japan, the inscription on the case on the back)
  • about 30-60 dollars per second
  • prices for modern similar Nikon lenses can see here

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm 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.

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

Assembly, control, focus

Lens body made very high quality. Metal is used for all parts of the body. Focus ring wide, rubberized, comfortable, rotates approximately 235 degrees... Focus ring travel is smooth. The minimum focusing distance is about 20 centimeters, with a good maximum magnification ratio of around 1: 6.

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm small and compact, with a front filter diameter of only 55mm.

During focusing, the front of the body frame with the threads for the filters extends forward, but doesn't spin.

The diaphragm device consists of only 7 blades. On heavily covered apertures, the diaphragm opening takes the shape of an irregular polygon.

On the case there is a focus distance scale, a depth of field scale and a mark for working in the infrared spectrum.

How to use Nikon manual lenses (such as this one without CPU and with manual focus) on any modern Nikon interchangeable lens digital camera described in the section 'manual optics'.

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

Image quality and sample photos

The lens does not like backlight, creates a large number of specific highlights... Overall, it shows good sharpness in the center of the frame at F / 5.6. Edges and corners at F / 2.8 are very weak, pulling up to a good level after F / 8. The center of the image at f / 2.8 on the 20MP APS-C sensor is weak. There is strong vignetting at open aperture; closing the aperture does not completely remove the vignette. Distortion is subtle.

Sample photos with RAW source files 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.

Download RAW c source photos Nikon D700 can at this link (25 files, 300 MB).

All photos below are shown without processing. Camera used Sony a3500 (20MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor). All photos are on-camera JPEG. Picture Control 'Standard 0/0/0'. Functions' Corr. ob .: Shading ',' Corr. about: Chrome. aberr. ' and 'Corr. rev .: Distortion 'have been disabled.

Original JPEG '.JPG' photos can be download from this link (18 photos, 70 MB).

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

All Nikon Nikkor 28mm Autofocus Fixes

Nikon now has the following 28 mm autofocus fixes:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8 (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 2.8D (MKIII)
  4. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.8G
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.4D
  6. Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 28mm 1: 1.4E ED
TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm

TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm


The TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm is a compact and inexpensive, well-built and pleasant to use, but optically weak lens.

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Comments: 26, on the topic: TOU / FIVE STAR MC 1: 2.8 f = 24mm Review

  • Alexey

    Does Radozhiv have something like a rating of old manual wide-angle lenses that can be recommended for modern mirrorless cameras? Many people are looking for inexpensive full frame widths due to the high cost of new lenses.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There is no rating, good shiriks, even old ones, are not cheap. I would take it to the TOP-1 Yongnuo 35 / 2 for Nikon / Canon. Further modern Chinese manual inexpensive solutions. Then there are the original old lenses of past generations, including manual ones.

    • Alexey

      Take a look at Zuiko

      • Alexey

        I had some experience with the Olympus OM 50 / 1.8 lens, and selected the best one. Alas, the result even at 12 megapixels Sony A7s turned out to be unsatisfactory.

        • Rodion

          Old high-aperture fifty-kopeck pieces rarely work well on a full frame: almost all of them are made according to planar-like schemes and suffer greatly from field distortions. Now even some 50 / 1.8 have already departed from the classic design and offer completely different properties of the generated image. For example, Yongovsky 50 / 1.8 for UPC (although it seems to be a crop).

        • Alexey

          zuiko 50 1.4 of the fifth version on 5DMkII is fine. on crops too.

          • Rodion

            And now I can't perceive the old 50 / 1.4 ...

            • Alexey

              (shrugged) zuiko is a little worse than zais, but both are better than any old 50 1.4, including native kenon and native nikon, both D and G.
              sigma art is arguably better, but noticeably more expensive and significantly larger. and Zuiko 28 2.0 is only slightly inferior to Tsaisu Distagon. only the zais has a higher micro-contrast.

            • Alexey

              and then a counter question - what is good for now out of 50 1.4? except for sigma art I do not know.

              • boris

                Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4

              • Arkady Shapoval

                It is not quite manual anymore, with an automatic diaphragm :).
                But if the price does not matter, then with 50-55 / 1.4 there is a lot of good. Come to mind:

                Otus 55 / 1.4
                Tokina Opera 50 / 1.4 Nikon / Canon
                Pentax 50 / 1.4 (almost like the previous one)
                Tamron 45 / 1.8 VC

                And if we also take mirrorless cameras, then there are a lot of solutions, ranging from the old Sony FE 55 / 1.8 to the new Canon 50 / 1.2 RF.

              • Human

                Is the HELIOS 44M-4 not very good at the UPC? (yes he is not 1.4)

              • Rodion

                By the way, Yong 50 / 1.4 is more progressive than all the old junk 50 / 1.4 put together.

            • twm

              “I can’t take it” - Rodion, does it mean that reviews on Konik Hexanones cannot be expected? :) And fifty rubles from Konika were not boring, IMHO

              • Alexey

                minolta rockcore are excellent. but they will not stand on the canon. Alas. and then there are all sorts of rolls and the like from the SF, also mental pieces of glass.

              • Rodion

                I had Hexanon 40 / 1.8, very attractive in terms of parameters. I liked it completely, it's a pity I didn't have the opportunity to try it on the full frame - I think it would not have hit the title ring in front of some Jupiter-12 or Mir-1.
                Hexanones 50-57 mm specifically to buy and try I have no desire yet. Exactly like the rockies.

    • Rodion

      Rating is extremely difficult to do because there is no objective scale. If you judge only by optical quality, then you need a standard and rigorous tests. And then - they still will not be able to give an adequate assessment of the resistance of the lens to backlight, color rendition and other nuances. If we also take the cost, then it will turn out very badly.
      With mirrorless cameras and shiriks, the situation is simple: almost all current Chinese crafts are better than the old manuals. The only thing is to remember about the color shift and the small pixel. Those. the lens cannot even be assessed separately from the camera.

      • Alexey

        and which Chinese is better than, for example, Tsais Distagon (any of them) or Zuiko 28 2.0?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          At the cost of a zeiss distagon 28 / 2.0, you can buy a modern autofocus original lens. This is the dilemma.
          As for Chinese solutions, some modern 7Artisans 28 / 1.4 at F / 2.0 it will often be no worse.

          • Alexey

            dear price, I do not argue. but zuiko and not very expensive and very sharp. almost the sharpest shirik of all (except for elek and zais and lyika). the Chinese never dreamed of such quality there.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              I have not been so skeptical about the Chinese lately. Their lenses under the bzk are so generally very interesting

              • koba

                I'll add something to this discussion. Life is changing in China too, and so quickly that it is even difficult for other countries to understand it. So why did Laowa suddenly start producing top-end lenses? The secret is that, as I accidentally found out, 6 or even more German opticians have been working in it for several years, and with very, very high qualifications, as well as several engineers from other European countries. They make lenses mechanically and optically flawless or even unique. And almost all of them are not like old Zeiss (which I personally adore too!), But new ones are also sometimes superior. They only have lenses from Lake as standards, they are equal to them, and, if we discard snobbery and old stereotypes, they do it perfectly. They recently announced their L-mount lenses as they are confident they can sell them to top-end camera owners. In addition, other manufacturers have pulled up. Recently Christopher Frost himself, having tested the new autofocus lens Viltrox 23 / 1.4, admitted that it is better than the native one from Fujifilm. I have already written here that making a lens in modern conditions is a mere trifle, and the whole thing rests on the economic side of the issue, the technical side can be mastered even by start-up companies. In today's world, it is even possible to completely order a lens design from any company including Leica, and make it anywhere, it is even possible for Zeiss Batis to design and manufacture entirely Tamron. And this is just the beginning, the Chinese are only at the beginning of their journey, but as they were able to drag out many areas of production in a short time, they will do so in the case of lenses, mirrorless cameras helped them a lot in this. By the way, Ken Wheeler, who cannot be denied knowledge, and who is not an ambassador of the companies, also began to recommend some Chinese lenses precisely as the best, and not just because they are cheap. Snobbery is a losing business! Soviet helios also does not shine optically, but it does its job perfectly well, and the same Wheeler included it in any set of photographers in any situation.

              • Alexey

                I do not use and do not plan to use the UPC, so I will not say anything here - I do not know.

  • Alexander

    I would like to mention the photographer Natalia. Great photos. The photo with three boats is just wonderful!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is the 20th review that Natalia helped to prepare

  • Sergei

    Interesting lens, pictures from Nikon are amazing. Olx sells a similar Tou / Five Star 28mm f2.8 with Konica AR mount. Interestingly, the same quality?

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