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From "Behind the Iron Curtain" (Pt. 1 of 7)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by digitalandfilm, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    I thought it would be nice to do a quick review of the adapted, manual lenses I have accumulated in the past 3 months.

    The seven lenses are:

    • Mir 10a 28mm F3.5
    • Mir 1b 37mm F2.8
    • Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm F3.5 MC
    • Carl Zeiss Jena 35mm F2.4 Flektogon
    • Carl Zeiss Jena 50 F1.8 Pancolor
    • Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm Tessar F2.8
    • Jupiter 9 85mm F2

    The first lens to be reviewed is the Mir 10a 28mm F3.5

    I attached the photo's of the lens, and noted the unusual iris of the lens in photo #3. This lends itself towards making some unusual "sheriff star" bokeh and flare.

    Some shots from today:

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    This lens is *heavy* and substantial.. feels like it was made from an artillery shell, and takes a 67mm lens filter.

    Here's examples found on flickr of that unique bokeh/flare:

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    This lens is not as sharp as the CZJ Flektogon, but the unique bokeh and portrait-softening attributes make it a good addition.
     

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  2. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    Where you mention "first to be reviewed" you listed one lens name, then put the specs of the one beneath. I am guessing this is the 28mm 3.5, based on the bottom pictures?
     
  3. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Yes- the other 6 lenses will be reviewed with photo samples, etc.

    :biggrin:
     
  4. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    No, you missed my point. The line above the pictures, you stated:

    The first lens to be reviewed is the Mir 10a 37mm F2.8. This, as far as I know, doesn't exist.

    Either it is a Mir 10a, in which case it is a 28mm 3.5, or a Mir 1b 37mm f2.8. Just wanted to make sure you had the right one referenced.
     
  5. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Yes.. it was a typo.. I fixed it!
     
  6. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    As to the markings, this lens was manufactured by KMZ

    KMZ (Krasnogorskiy Mechanicheskiy Zavod, or the Krasnogorsk Mechanical Plant), lately also "Krasnogorsky Zavod JSC", is the big boy among the Soviet camera manufacturers. It was the largest in the Soviet Union and created such product lines like the Zorkis, Zenits, Horizons and Moskvas. Learn more about KMZ here.

    KMZ's logo is a stylized Dove prism with a light ray passing through. In Krasnogorsk it was nicknamed the "tombstone". The logo is found on almost all KMZ products. The first version has no light ray, and was used on the FED-Zorki until around 1950. The second version was used for thirty years thereafter and is the most common. The third seems to have been adopted in the late 1970's, and is still in use. Dove prisms are named after the optician who invented them; not after the shape of the light ray, as I used to think. (Compare the "gull wing".)

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    See: ACP - Logos for actual logo's.
     
  7. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011