Old, unknown, big, heavy manual-focus zoom. A hidden diamond or good only for paperweight?
+ they don't come much cheaper than this. I found a copy in a flea market for 5 euros (~7 dollars)
+ most so-called macro zooms are not really macros. This one has a reproduction ratio of 1:2.5, which isn't bad at all.
+ constant aperture means you get 200mm for f/3.5 - that's seriously good for such a cheap lens
- let's get it out of the way: it's not a stellar performer - but with plenty of light and stopped down, it's "good enough"
- manual focus for tele work is pretty annoying
- ultimately, this lens has no real purpose in today's world. With maybe one exception (read below)
|This is how it looks...|
|...and this is what it can do|
- bundling it together with a camera you plan to sell. You pay so little, and your used camera listing sounds so much more attractive.
- aperture/mount parts for some DIY work
- Used together with a 2x teleconverter (and an adapter) on a mirrorless, you get a very cheap, pretty long, and quite decent tele lens for video work.
- image quality work. What did you expect, really?
- anything involving moving objects - manual focus lenses can drive you insane with that.
- pretty much anything other than the uses I describe above!
Where Time Stood Still - this lens comes from another era long passed. It has a few interesting characteristics, such as the constant aperture and the attractive reproduction ratio, but all-in-all its usefulness is questionable. If we were in the 70s - or even 80s - this would have been an excellent lens. Today, there are far better options. If you want macro, get one of the excellent AI-S micro-Nikkors (such as the 105mm f/4 or one of the 55mm ones). If you want a decent tele zoom at a low price, go for the 55-200 VR. And if you want a really long tele, you're gonna have to start asking other questions (how much do I need it? how often do I use it? how much do I want to spend? how much can I spend?). But this Hanimex, although cheap, is clearly not a lens for any serious work in today's world.