|Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 3:13 am Post subject:
|The Mitakon from the late 70s/early 80s was the house name for Mitake. I imagine that the name rights were purchased or somehow acquired by the modern Chinese company that uses the name now.
The macro 28mm lens is about the 4th generation of Mitake 28mm lens, possibly the first or second to be sold under the Mitakon name. Prior to that they sold to various badges, as well as Yashica US (YUS) at one stage, and also their DSB 'value' range of lenses.
In my experience the first two generations of Mitake wide angle lenses were of average quality at best optically, but were typically very well made mechanically in line with other offerings of the period (One notable exception in my experience was their 35mm F/1.8 lens, my copy has rather good IQ). The third generation improved somewhat, and the 4th Macro version was better again. Compared with other third party 28mm lenses of the early eighties, the Mitakon was competitive, which is to say, not bad at all, many third party 28s were quite good by that time.
I found my copy to have decent but not excellent IQ out to the corners at F8 and infinity in rough testing. It also has reasonably good coatings in my opinion. The lens can also be picked up branded 'Gemini', the version with a serial number starting with 'M'.