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Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC

The Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens, a high-quality wide-angle prime from the 1970s, provides a delightful lens conversion experience. Its compact size is perfect for street photography experimentation. With a sturdy build and coated optics, this lens was produced by Chinon in the late 1970s and branded Alpa Swiss for use with Pignons SA's Alpa Swiss M42 bayonet cameras.

Build Quality and Design

The Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens is constructed with high-quality materials and features a solid all-metal barrel, ensuring durability and longevity. Its smooth manual focus ring and classic design give the photographer a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Optical Performance

This compact and versatile lens offers good optical performance, with its multicoated (MC) design ensuring very good color rendition and acceptable contrast while minimizing ghosting and flare. The lens exhibits distortion and vignetting when shooting wide open at f/2.8, creating a distinctive retro look to its images.

Image Engagement and Aesthetics

The Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens produces images that draw the viewer in and hold their attention. The lens’s ability to capture details and subtle colors adds to the overall appeal of the photographs.

The lens imparts a distinct retro aesthetic to the images it captures, evoking a sense of nostalgia and timelessness. This vintage look can add character and depth to your photographs, setting them apart from contemporary digital images.

PhotoFinesse

The Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens enables photographers to achieve a high level of PhotoFinesse, thanks to its good optical performance and unique character. It is ideal for artists seeking a lens that delivers good results in portrait photography with a distinctive touch and compact size.

Photographing Journey

As a manual-focus lens, the Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC offers a tactile and engaging experience that enhances the photographic journey. The smooth focus ring and well-damped operation, combined with Canon R5’s guided focus, make precise focus easy. At the same time, the engraved distance and depth of field scales provide helpful guidance for zone focusing and hyperfocal techniques.

Portability

The compact size and relatively lightweight design (320g) of the Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens make it a highly portable option, perfect for photographers who enjoy street photography, value mobility, and the ability to travel light.

Compatibility and Adaptability

Initially designed for Alpa camera systems, the Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens can be adapted for use with various mirrorless and DSLR cameras, including popular brands like Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm. For testing the lens, we used a simple metal built M42 to EOS EF adapter, and then we connected it to the EOS EF to EOS R adapter to use the lens with the EOS R5 camera. The photo of the flower is taken with a Fujifilm X-E4 camera and the same Alpa Swiss lens. This adaptability adds to the lens’s overall versatility and makes it an attractive option for photographers using multiple camera systems. Note that no lens data is transferred to the camera in this setup. Another lens range to explore that offers similar portability and results is the Mamiya Sekor lens family.

Sample Photos

Pros: Light, compact, fast, wide-angle lens; Multi-coating prevents excessive flares.

Cons: Not very sharp outside of the image center.

ARTISTIC ASSESSMENT

Image Engagement and Aesthetics
6
PhotoFinesse
5
Photographing Journey
6
Portability
9
Effortless Conversion
8

ASSESSMENT SUMMARY

The Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens is an excellent wide-angle prime lens from the 1970s that offers a unique combination of quality and artistic potential. Its compact build, optical performance, and captivating retro aesthetic make it a valuable addition to any photographer's collection. Whether you're capturing street scenes or architecture, the Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens will help you create engaging images with a distinctive touch.

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

Manufacturer:
Alpa Swiss
Introduced:
1972
Mount:
M42
Max. Angle of View:
75
Lens Type:
Wide Angle lens
Focal Length:
28mm
Max. Aperture:
f/2.8
Min. Aperture:
f/16
Blades:
5
Image Stabilization:
No
Focusing:
MF
Format:
Full Frame
Min. Focusing Distance:
0.4m
Filter Size:
52mm
Weather Sealing:
No
Weight:
320g
The Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens is an excellent wide-angle prime lens from the 1970s that offers a unique combination of quality and artistic potential. Its compact build, optical performance, and captivating retro aesthetic make it a valuable addition to any photographer's collection. Whether you're capturing street scenes or architecture, the Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC lens will help you create engaging images with a distinctive touch.Alpa Swiss 28mm f/2.8 MC