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Lens Review, Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8, + An Olympus Attachment Lens

Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo
A retro look at the Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 M39 LTM lens mounted with the Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm.

If retrofitting the Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 half-frame lens from the Russian Chaika camera series, back to the standard flange distance of an M39 LTM thread mount, as well as doing my first take with the lens, wasn't fun enough, look at what I am doing next. I am fitting an Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, which I happen to have lying around, to the Industar just to see how the image-making is going to be.

Attachment lenses are basically used to reduce the minimum focus distance of a given lens, which will enable close-up and macro photography with higher magnification ratios. One drawback of this feature is that the lens cannot be focused to infinity anymore. The other caveat is to always stop down as far as possible, to aperture 8 or smaller as bigger apertures will induce more quality loss.

Olympus E-P5, Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm

Nothing much information is available on the 22.5mm diameter Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm either. There was no mention of it on the Net anywhere. I believe that the lens is part of the 22.5mm filters and lens accessories set made for the Olympus Pen EE camera series. The lens fits the inner filter ring of Pen EE camera lenses, which permits the surrounding honeycombed metering photocells to function normally.

Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 01
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 02

Initial image tests with the morning coffee mug and the Desert Rose(?) in the garden indicate that the minimum focusing distance with the Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm fitted to the Industar 69, which has a minimum focusing distance of 0.8 meters 0.4 meters. The images were shot on the E-P5.


Early Images

What surprised me most was how well the two test images (above) turned out to be, perfect, and way beyond expectation as they came from a vintage half-frame lens with an added attachment lens. As for the rest of the early image test below, the session turned out to be just more and frolic in the mini garden.

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Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 04
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 05
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 06
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 07
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 08
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 09
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 10
Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm, A Close-up Combo 11

Olympus E-P5, Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm

Looks like the combination is a keeper for me with promises of more images to come.



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