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Hanimex 200mm F/3.3 M42 Prime Lens Review Video

 This is an unusual piece of glass - a 200mm prime lens with a massive f/3.3 maximum aperture - and I've come to really enjoy shooting with it over the last few weeks. The Hanimex 200mm f/3.3 is a M42 lens, so I've got to use it with an M42-EF lens mount adapter on my 350d, then put the camera in aperture priority mode and manually focus.

(Please note that the photographs have all been processed in Photoshop in my normal manner. Click on the images to go to Flickr where you can access the full size photos.)

Heron, Fort Brockhurst Moat

This type of lens really compresses the scene in front of you, or it appears that it does, so it offers a very unusual view of the world. That f/3.3 maximum aperture means you can isolate subjects that are quite a way away, throwing the foreground and background out of focus.

Long Reeds, Fort Brockhurst Moat

I got this example from a local car-boot sale. I think I paid about £5 for it, and about £8 for the EF-M42 lens mount adapter.

Sky Above Industrial Units

The lens is very heavy, so its strange that it doesn't have a tripod mount on the body of the lens itself. I'm not sure how happy I'd feel having this chunk of metal and glass hanging off the front of my admittedly weedy bodied 350d if it was mounted on a tripod.

Swans, Through Trees, Fort Brockhurst

What can't be denied is that the 200mm Canon EF prime lens is almost £1000. My Hanimex may be softer and more prone to flare, but I think I'll just stop it down and point it away from the Sun...

Harbour Behind Monks Walk

Cheers, Rob.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Do you shoot with any M42 lenses? Which makes and models would you rate? How do you get on with manual focussing? Please add your comments below.

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this is bad lens.... very soft.... would stay away from this lens or hanimex lens in general.....

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralex

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