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Yashica ML 28-85 mm f/ 3.5-4.5 Lens

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Yashica ML 28-85 mm f/ 3.5-4.5  lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica)

Optical design: 15 element in 13 group

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Average price: $200


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
28mm - 85mmf/3.5 - f/4.5f/2261.767550/19,490/3,5

Additional information:

Yashica ML 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro is a premium quality zoom lens of metal construction, though unlike the 28-50, this is a one-touch zoom.  It is superior to the later ML 28-80 lens, being sharper, with minimal distortion, even illumination.  It has an excellent macro function up to a ratio of 1:4.

Although a little slower than its Carl Zeiss cousin, it is only in the extreme edges of photos that the more expensive lens has the edge - and the Yashica has the edge in general usability due to its macro capability. 

It's a lens that I often carry and gets more use than my Zeiss 28-85.

Posted by: Graham   Date of publication: 12.01.2015

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