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12-23-2012, 10:58 PM   #1741
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcobain1992 Quote
Speaking of me, I have found my best bargain to this day: an Industar 61 L/Z, for the equivalent of $12. I'm planning to give it as a Christmas present to my girlfriend, although I will get to use it as well (I hope). Since I purchased it, I became super interested in this lens, and Soviet lenses in general. I think many of them are great, and underappreciated gems, as opposed to the much-hyped Takumars (there's internet hype about some Russian lenses too, though, but not this one).
I have managed to pull out this picture with it, I hope she'll like it

The Industar-61 L/Z is well-respected, though not particularly popular. I think the relatively slow maximum aperture might be a factor. Might we also mention that it is mildly radioactive?


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12-24-2012, 02:47 AM   #1742
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
You might want to contact the blogger to see if he is willing to share his article again.
Or even simpler, use Wayback Machine

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The Industar-61 L/Z is well-respected, though not particularly popular. I think the relatively slow maximum aperture might be a factor. Might we also mention that it is mildly radioactive?
Thanks, Steve. Yep, the small aperture is a big sigh, because you only get to see the stars from f/5.6 to f/8, and that's a shame, because there's so much DOF at that aperture. But f/2.8 is pretty standard for a macro lens (or, at least as close to a Russian macro as you're gonna get)

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Might we also mention that it is mildly radioactive?


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Not from what I understand.
Lanthanum-138 is radioactive.
Lanthanum that is used in optics and other consumer products is not 138 and is not radioactive at all.
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I'm really starting to like this MC Mir-20

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Here's the Arsat 20mm with a Nikon PK mount adapter. I attribute a lot of the high IQ to having the K-5 in iso 80 and the lens at f8. This lens is sharpest at f8 and also very good f5.6 to f11 above or below that aren't worth messing with due to the quality drop off. The photo also was sharpened in Photoshop within the RAW settings interface and then again for the smaller sized down image. It was only sharpened in the RAW settings interface in the full res crop. It really takes the sharpening well with no graininess in iso 80. I picked this lens up off of eBay new but haven't seen it for sale on there for several years.




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I just picked up a Helios MC 44m-5. I have to shoot it wide open until/when I decide to do that trick to shim the pin in... but until then, I think I found my new favorite lens. 60 bucks US I paid and a used camera shop.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TheOsOProject Quote
I just picked up a Helios MC 44m-5. I have to shoot it wide open until/when I decide to do that trick to shim the pin in... but until then, I think I found my new favorite lens. 60 bucks US I paid and a used camera shop.
Just wanted to tell you that it's easily done, it took me less than 5 min and I have never modified a lens before. I used a piece of the rod from a cotton swab as a spacer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TheOsOProject Quote
I just picked up a Helios MC 44m-5. I have to shoot it wide open until/when I decide to do that trick to shim the pin in... but until then, I think I found my new favorite lens. 60 bucks US I paid and a used camera shop.
Nice pictures with the Helios. I find its best performance is wide open.
But I have to remark, though, that you have quite a budget for these Russian lenses. I don't know if I would have spent half the money for those
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcobain1992 Quote
But I have to remark, though, that you have quite a budget for these Russian lenses. I don't know if I would have spent half the money for those
They seem to be inline with what I see them go for on eBay. Plus, recently my whole kit was stolen so I'm starting over from scratch. The way I see it is, I'm starting over for a lot cheaper then I started the last time. My first non-kit lens purchase was the DA*50-135 last time.
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Just wanted to tell you that it's easily done, it took me less than 5 min and I have never modified a lens before. I used a piece of the rod from a cotton swab as a spacer.
Cool. Will probably take a stab at it this weekend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcobain1992 Quote
Nice pictures with the Helios. I find its best performance is wide open.
That is one of the design benefits of the Biotar design, consistent sharpness at all apertures. There is, however, the issue of severe falloff in resolution in the corners, but this is not an issue with APS-C cameras. Shoot the same lens on a 35mm film camera and the problem is pretty obvious.


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My favorite soviet lens!
KMZ Zenitar-M 50 1.7





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Just wanted to tell you that it's easily done, it took me less than 5 min and I have never modified a lens before. I used a piece of the rod from a cotton swab as a spacer.
I finally did it. Used a toothpick And you're right. Took about 5 minutes.
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Picture from last summer, re-edited. Helios 44M.

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OK, so it's me again. Nice to see me. Here's some more Helios love.





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