Monday, February 19, 2018

Digital Moments, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8

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

Digital Moments, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8

'Five frames with the manual focus Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

It is one of those days when I can spend, literally, only a few minutes with a lens before I had to send it off to a buyer, and in this instance, the lens was the Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8, a vintage from the FED factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8, ViewCommonly found as standard lenses on FED and Zorki rangefinder cameras, the Industar 61 is four elements in three 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 designed, the lens is acknowledged as one of the best normal SLR lenses to come out of the Soviet Union.

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.

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.

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

As I mentioned earlier, these mixed images were rushed through in about 5 minutes, taken at f/4 for the first three images, and at f/16 for the last two, with the final image especially framed to capture the shooting star effect generated by the lens at its smallest aperture. Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

The Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 is definitely a lens which I will want to have as part of my collection, and the sooner I look one up at the auctions, the better.


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