Overview of the MS Kaleinar-5N lens

MC Kaleinar-5H is an excellent short telephoto lens with f / 2.8-22 aperture and 100mm focal length. His double meets ARSAT H 100 F2.8 - they are the same lens. After the collapse of the USSR, the optics of the Arsenal plant began to be produced under the brand name “Arsat“. They say that this is a Soviet copy Nikon 2.8 / 100 Series Ebut this is not so, Nikon and Kaleinar have different optical schemes.

Overview of the lens Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100mm

Overview of the lens Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100mm

Lens MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 is a legendary lens. MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 was produced for 'Kiev' cameras with 'H' mount. Now the lens MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 is very popular lens due to its relative cheapness and high quality of the resulting photos. He is rightfully considered one of the best Soviet portrait lenses.

view of the MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100 lens from the back and from the side with MDF with an elongated hood

view of the MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100 lens from the back and from the side with MDF with an elongated hood

The current popularity of the MC Kaleinar-5H 2.8 / 100 lens is due to the fact that Nikon cameras have not changed their mount type for more than 50 years. Some of the 'Kiev' cameras have the same mount as Nikon, this allows you to use lenses with the 'H' designation on modern Niko SLR camerasn without any adapters. In more detail about the use of old Soviet lenses in the article about Soviet lenses... For those who want to use the MC Kaleinar-5H 2.8 / 10 on a Canon system, an article about old lenses at canon.

Type of lens enlightenment MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100

Type of lens enlightenment MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100

When using the MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 lens (the letter 'H' in the name means the mount type), there will be no problems with focusing to infinity, as well as with aperture presetting. Once installed on Nikon cameras, the aperture will be at its maximum open position and will only close at the time of shooting - just like with modern Nikon lenses. It is very easy to find out the year of manufacture of a lens - the first two digits in its serial number are responsible for this.

Sample photo on MS Kaleinar 5-n

Sample photo on MS Kaleinar 5-n

The first thing that catches your eye, but rather in the hands - massiveness of MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 10... The lens weighs over 300 grams with its small appearance. MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 10 is made in the good old traditions - glass and metal. Actually, my copy is over 20 years old, but the quality remains at the same high level.

View of the aperture of the lens diaphragm MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100

View of the aperture of the lens diaphragm MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100

Focusing:

The lens has only manual focus. The focus ring is rubberized. When focusing, the trunk of the lens lengthens by about 2 centimeters. The focus ring rotates 270 degrees, so the Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 MC has very large stroke of the focus ring. When focusing, the front lens does not rotate. Focusing on the lens is nice enough. The minimum focusing distance is 80 centimeters.

Diaphragm

The lens aperture has only 6 blades - this is one of the strong disadvantages of this lens. The aperture blades are black, the light in the middle of the lens does not reflect back. F / 2.8 maximum allows easy control of DOF and taking photos with blurry background. The aperture can range from F / 2.8 to F / 22. Please note that when using the lens on Nikon cameras, automatic iris control is possible using the aperture ring on the lens, this is due to the fact that the lens is AI-S compatible lens for Nikon. If you use the lens on other cameras, then the usual manual iris control will be available.

I use or used this lens on cameras without any problems Nikon D90, Nikon D40, D80 и D700.

Sample photo on MS Kaleinar 5-n

Sample photo on MS Kaleinar 5-n

When using the lens on cameras Nikon DX EGF of the lens will correspond to 150mm. On cropped cameras, the MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 is a real tele lens. Due to the excellent focal length / aperture ratio, the MC Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 lens is perfect for portrait and creative photography.

I have more here one shot at Kaleinar = 5N in the studio.

Attention!

This lens can work in full automatic aperture control mode through the camera and with confirmation of focus... How to do it - read in my article Dandelion Lushnikova.

Dimensions of two portrait lenses

Dimensions of two portrait lenses

Addition to the article:

Recently I got my hands on a Kaleinar-5H lens with an interesting name written through the letter 'C' - 'MC Cbut byjnar-5H 2.8 / 100 '. In the literature, there is an export version with a name through the letter 'K' - Kalejnar-5H (see here) Visually, it is no different from a lens with a name in Cyrillic and looks like this:

The lens has good image quality. First of all, I want to note the excellent sharpness over the entire field of the frame, good contrast, color reproduction. MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 well tolerates backlight, has no distortion. The vignetting of the lens is minimal, especially when using the lens on cropped cameras.

view of the lens MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100 on the Nikon D80

view of the lens MS Kaleinar-5N 2.8 100 on the Nikon D80

Beginning photographers can feel the old days with the Kaleinar-5N 2.8 / 100 MC and appreciate the importance of each shot they receive, as well as increase their level of dexterity and knowledge of photographing methods and techniques. There is even a joke that a novice photographer usually buys the simplest camera Nikon D40 and one of the Helios-81N or Kaleinar-5N lenses.

Dimensions of two lenses

Dimensions of two lenses

Catalog modern brand lenses 'Zenitar' и 'Helios' can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Conclusions:

MS Kaleinar-5n - a unique lens with fabulous sharpness. The lens is in the top five best portrait soviet lenses.

Material prepared Arkady Shapoval... Look for me on Youtube | Facebook | VK | Instagram | Twitter.

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Comments: 653 on the topic: Overview of the lens Kaleinar-5N MS

  • Jury

    Suitable for macro Nikon 7100 :?

    • Vitalij

      I haven’t tried it, but I think that there will be too little depth of field, and this is not good for macro. Although, when how)

      • Novel

        * Canon bashfully removed its EF 100 / 2.8, EF 100 / 2.8L IS USM, RF 100 / 2.8L IS USM from sales, a bunch of other manufacturers with 90 / 2.8 and 105 / 2.8 looked at each other *

        • Vitalij

          are they macro? or through rings? Simply, I cringe, the difference in the grip of macro lenses and through the rings of not macro lenses will be. Although I personally did not hold them in my hands, and therefore I am dull with terrible force;)

          • Novel

            When focusing on MDF, macro lenses are equivalent to macro rings - the elements move forward, the aperture decreases due to the actual increase in the focal length, and the depth of field decreases. It is necessary to check on the one that is 35 mm, but for 100 mm it is exactly so. The zoom on MDF is about twice.

      • Novel

        For a lens to be a good macro lens, it needs several conditions:
        a) small MDF (ruled by macro rings)
        b) good sharpness in general
        c) uniform sharpness across the field and preferably minimal vignette.

        In principle, Kaleinar fits these requirements better than many other Soviet manuals.

    • B. R. P.

      This is not a macro lens, but with extension tubes or macro fur you can try.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Which lens is sharper, Kaleinar-5H or Jupiter 37A?

    • Andrei

      The quality of an old lens (including sharpness) is highly dependent on the condition. Well, different focal lengths must be taken into account.

    • B. R. P.

      Jupiter is sharper.

  • Andrei

    Good day. Today I was looking for it on Avito. I ask the seller what and how. Honestly said that the rear lens was turned upside down. And showed an example of photos with interesting bokeh, as if the distortion of space in a circle. The lens was turned over, so I'm thinking of taking it this way or not ?
    The photo seems to be normal now, everything is working. But I wonder who was playing with the lens so much, at the factory there cannot be such a marriage?

    • B. R. P.

      The seller apparently dabbled. Let him turn it back.

    • Andrii

      Better to look for a normal lens, into which no one climbed with crooked hands. Let it be more expensive by a couple of hundred rubles or whatever you have, but in good condition. This is if you are going to shoot them, not resell them.

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