Kiron 30-80mm f3.5-4.5

     My copy of this lens is in excellent condition.   It is built like a tank and weighs even more.   On the Eos M3 it is a chore to shoot with handheld.    It is impossible to hold it steady.  Having said that, I'm glad I found a good copy.

     It is a very good lens.   At 30mm f4 it is sharp.   At 80mm f5.6 it is sharp.   Corners are beklow average at 80mm.    There is no noticeable diffraction when shooting at f16.  That is very unusual.   At 30mm f16 it is a good landscape lens.

     At 30mm f3.5 there is some vignetting.  it is gone by f5.6.   There is also some mild distortion at 30mm.   
     Fringing can be seen at all apertures in 100% crops.   It is easily correctable in post processing.   

     Bokeh is natural and tight.  Bokeh fringing can be seen in some situations and can be  distracting.
     Macro is engaged by Zooming to 80mm, then focusing down to closest focus and then zomming back toward 30mm.   For this reason it is important that the lens does not exhibit any zoom creep.   That will cause your macro focus to shift.    That is why this lens' focus ring is a tad stiff.  it must be in order to resist zoom creep.   I had no problem taking 6 second exposures at f16 with the lens tilted down in macro mode, but if you come across a copy of this lens that exhibits zoom creep, you may want to let it pass.
     Macro performance is good but not stellar.   I say that because macro mode is active from 30mm to approx. 50mm.    If you need to get in close you will need extension tubes and a focusing rail.
     Now for the best part.   Black and white is exceptional with this lens.   

     Contrast is very good at all apertures.   Color rendition is excellent.     Back lighting will cause contrast reducing flare.    Side lighting, however, does not produce flare.   

     If you can steady this lens and shoot at f5.6 hru f16 you will get excellent results.    I suggest getting one in your native mount so you can avoid dealing with a vibration magnifying adapter.


ISO 200 - 80mm - f4


ISO 200 - 80mm - f4


ISO 1000 - f5.6

simple b/w conversion


busy and distracting

bokeh fringing


ISO 200 - f5.6


ISO 200 - f5.6


ISO 200 - f4 - 80mm


ISO 200 - 30mm - f4

simple b/w conversion


ISO 800 - f.5 - 100% crop


ISO 200 - 80mm - f4 - 100% crop


Corner sharpness - 30mm - f3.5


ISO 800 - 80mm - f16


ISO 400 - f3.5 & f16


ISO 200 - f5.6 - 100% crop


ISO 200 - 80mm - f4


ISO 200 - f8


ISO 200 - 80mm - f4 - simple b/w conversion


bokeh fringe - 30mm - f3.5


bokeh fringe - 30mm - f5.6 edge


bokeh fringe - 80mm - f4.5


bokeh fringe - 80mm - f5.6

edge - very busy