LENS LOVE: Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)
Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)



Finding unusual, rare or odd lenses is one of the things that make me giddy. So here, we found an Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC. This is a wide angle prime lens made by Samyang but appears more commonly under other names such as Hanimex (Australian) or Revuenon (German).

Many Alfo lenses that I could find were commonly in Pentax K mount, while this lens was originally in Minolta SR mount and had work done to be converted into Nikon F mount for DSLRs. It's been a fun project.

It looks like a lens made around the early 1980s and has a solid build. It has a short focus throw from 1 meter to infinity, while for precision closeups, a longer focus throw from 0.36-1 meter. 

The biggest letdown of this lens is the long minimum focusing of 0.36 meters. For 28mm's, the minimum is usually 0.2 meters.

It is already decently good at f/2.8, while images easily become macro lens crispy by f/4! The multicoating helps when shooting outdoor and against bright light sources, but it also renders beautiful saturated colors. On my D5200, the color looks balanced, not cool or warm.

CONCLUSION: IMO, this lens is a perfect balance between the good things about modern lenses (eg. sharpness, color, contrast) and also the personality that a vintage lens brings (eg. flare, not too much sharp but pleasant at f/2.8, 3D look). I do wish they made mounts for Nikon too. It's really very hard to find, but if you want one, you can easily find it under other names like Revuenon.



Picking favorites among the 28mm's I've had in the past does not sound fair, but will give you an idea from best to worst:

Alfo Supercolor MC 28/2.8 (Samyang) -- my favorite, well balanced modern/vintage qualities
Tokina RMC 28/2.8 -- not contrasty as the Tamron and flares alot, but for the 'personality'
Tamron Adaptall 2 28/2.5 (02B) -- excellent contrast and flare control at f/2.5, but colors look cool
Minolta W.Rokkor MC 28/3.5 -- great colors and contrast
Makinon 28/2.8 MC -- it's soft even stopped down, but renders pleasantly
Vivitar 28mm f/2 MC (Kino Precision) -- the worst, horrible all the way!
Soligor 28/2.8 (Kino Precision) -- not used yet...




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SPECS

Alfo Supercolor
28mm f/2.8 MC

Years Produced
Est. late 1970s to early 1980s

Manufacturer
Samyang

Minimum Focusing Distance
0.36 meters

Focus Throw
45 degrees from 1m to ∞
180 degrees from 0.36-1m

Filter Thread Diamter
52mm

Aperture Run
f/2.8 to f/22 (missing f/4!)
6 aperture blades

Optical Formula
Multi coated glass

Made in Korea

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)
For comparison, here is a Revuenon.

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)

This was converted from Minolta SR to Nikon F mount.





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Samples


Nikon D5200
Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8



For closeups

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)






Low light scenes

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)









Portraiture (all at f/2.8)

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)




15 seconds long exposure

15 seconds long exposure

Multiple exposure




Landscape and flare

Alfo Supercolor 28mm f/2.8 MC (Samyang)







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Links

Full resolution photo album

Converting this lens From M/MD to N/AI mount



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