When I tried out this zoom lens, I noted that I don't have the 62mm lens hood and I found out flare is very evident in this zoom and I then added my 62mm metal lens hood from eBay store heavystar and add a 62mm sky 1 filter and pictures are much improved with lens hood mounted. I am most fascinated with the close up capability that are up to 1:2.5 in the long end of the zoom in roughly 60mm to 80mm. With the 2x TC mounted, the close up can go up to 1:1.25 which is excellent for a zoom. Though the aperture ranges from f/2.8 in 35mm to f/3.8 in the 80mm end. The AE apertures can still be set for f/2.8 in the 80mm end in Av mode.
When I tested the wider end in f/2.8, sharpness is pretty decent but more use are needed to confirm my finding. The bokeh is very nice on this lens along with good color. I found a lot more over-exposure in f/4.5 and smaller. Most of the time, I find the need to dial in -0.3 to -0.7 Ev compensation. It is kind of odd. Metering seems erratic with this zoom lens in smaller apertures. And in bigger apertures, I find metering more accurate and I don't see the darker image in wider aperture like other lenses that I most often run into with vignette in wide open aperture especially in the corner.
1/100 sec, f/2.8, 35mm, iso 500, 0 Ev
1/100 sec, f/2.8, 75mm, iso 400, 0 Ev
1/250 sec, f/2.8, 75mm, iso 400, 0 Ev
1/100 sec, f/4.0, 75mm, iso 800, 0 Ev
1/100 sec, f/4.5, 75mm, 250 iso, -0.7 Ev
Impressions & Notes
- Size is cute and small
- Color is great on this zoom
- Sharpness very decent in wide aperture
- Weird over-exposure in close up shot when aperture is smaller than f/4.5
- Filter size is 62mm
- Flare is evident without lens hood. When mounted with 62mm lens hood and a 1A sky filter, I find flare better controlled
- Close up in 1:2.5 happens in the 60 to 80mm end, close up are found decent in initial tests
- Overall a very promising small adaptall-2 zoom that I will study more and share with my readers.