Monday, February 19, 2018

Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8, A Close Focus Friend

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8

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Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8, A Close Focus Friend

'Vintage lens on mirrorless camera lens test, five frames with the Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8, up to its closest focus distance'

The Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8, commonly found as standard lenses on FED and Zorki rangefinder cameras, is a 4-elements in 3-groups construction and comes with a six-blade iris providing a range of apertures from f/2.8 to f/22. Coming in as a simple, sleek, and sturdy design, the lens is acknowledged as one of the best normal SLR lenses to come out from the FED factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8, View

The lens elements are multicoated, images are surprisingly sharp and contrasty, and with a focal length of 50mm, it makes it worth the fit as a standard for normal use.

Though not designated as Macro, the 61 L/Z has a close focus of 30cm, and with its front element located deep in the barrel, you can go without the need of a lens shade, which also makes macro shooting a very functional aspect of the lens.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8

On the E-P5, the lens looks slightly longish, extending out 95mm (including the M42/M4/3 lens adapter) from the lens mount face at its closet focal length, it does not add too much to the weight of the camera, though. The effective focal length is now 100mm. Both the focus and aperture rings are easily manipulated with the thumb and index finger of your left hand.


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2 comments:

  1. Lens "Industar 61-LZ" has a focal length of 50mm. Made in Russia and installed on Zenit SLR cameras. A lens with a similar name "Industar 61LD" was used on rangefinder cameras "FED" and "Zorkiy".

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    1. The Industar 61 L/D is a 55mm F/2.8 with a Leica M-39 Thread Mount, a good recommendation with infinity focus when used with mirrorless ILCs.

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