Overview of INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

Industar-61 L / Z MS is a very sharp lens, this is not surprising, all Industars are made according to the Tessar optical scheme, which has earned the people the name “Eagle Eye”.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

First impression of the lens - indeed, deep-set glass and the small size of the hole exactly resemble Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2.8 / 50. The lens has only 4 lenses in 3 groups.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50 in the native case

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50 in the native case

Attention: the lens was produced in different versions for different types of cameras - both for SLR and rangefinder in different versions. The use of Industar-61L and Industar-61 L / D on SLR cameras, as these are rangefinder lens options.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

Due to its excellent sharpness and design, the lens is perfect for macro photography using macro rings, which has earned the fame of not just an excellent staffer, but also a macro lens.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

A focal length of 50mm when used on cropped matrices gives the equivalent of 75mm for Nikon (1,5x) or 80mm Canon (1.6x), which allows you to use it as a portrait lens. The sharpness at 2.8 is excellent, but due to the small depth of field, the portraits obtained do not particularly suffer from excessive sharpness. Nevertheless, I do not recommend it for facial portraits - few people like excessive sharpness on the skin, because in the examples of photographs only nature.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

The lens has a good contrast transmission and resolution even at the edges of the frame (on the crop matrix so precisely). Resolution center / edge 45/28 l / mm. The bokeh is plastic, but due to the design of the diaphragm it seems that in the background there is a grid that is blurred, for a portrait this is not the best option. Lateral and back light keeps tolerably, but not perfectly.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

Of the disadvantages:
1. Small aperture. Nowadays, fixes with 50mm usually have from 1.4 to 1.8 aperture, which is one stop more than Industar 61 LZ. Aperture Industara is explained by its optical scheme, which is aimed at achieving a sharp image, and not at increasing aperture ratio.
2. The number of aperture blades is only 6 pieces and its appearance is rather strange.
3. Front thread at 49mm, which is not very nice when there are a lot of filters for 52mm.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

Of the merits:
1. Excellent sharpness classical Tessar scheme, no worse sometimes and better than the well-known Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar. Gives sharpness both at close and long focus distances. By the way, the inscription “CZJ Tessar” can still be seen on the cameras of mobile phones, especially Nokia, which puts 12MP on mobile phones and proudly signs CZJ Tessar, has become famous for this.
2. Good the ability to use for macro photography (in the presence of macro rings).
3. Not at all a big cost.
4. Multi-enlightenment.
5. Can work with full-frame cameras, for those who are waiting for an upgrade from cropped matrices to FF.
6. A metal construct that will survive all of us for more than a dozen years. My copy of 1986. Age can be found by the first two digits of the lens number.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

Interesting moments: A group of lenses is deeply recessed in the helicoid, which creates a kind of lens hood with step light traps. The focuser walks nicely, the minimum focusing distance is less than 30cm, which allows you to shoot small objects without using macro rings. The diaphragm has a very unusual appearance, which is rarely seen, in the blur zone it gives not nuts, but strange hexagons.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

The most interesting thing is that the aperture turns into an even circle at the F16 value. Yet i expected more sharpness from Industar, perhaps I came across not the most successful copy.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

I reviewed two such lenses - one with a name written in Cyrillic? 'Industar-61 L / Z MS' and in Latin? 'INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50'.

And examples on a full-frame camera:

Source files can download from this link (9 photos in the '.ARW' format, 200 MB). On camera Sony a7 I used the lens with the M42 adapter - Sony E.

UPDATE 1

Examples of photos on Industar-61 (this) and the camera Nikon D700 a photographer shared with readers of Radozhiva Vladimir Tuzlay:

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com... There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, Nikon F) it is necessary to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows correct focusing at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless camera, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. CANON: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For cameras Pentax with mount K you need an adapter M42-Pentax K, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY / MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with an 'E' series mount Sony NEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK /  XIAOMI: For cameras with a Micro 4/3 bayonet mount (Micro 4: 3), you need the M42-Micro 4/3 adapter, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon EF-M need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon r need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. NIKON 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. NIKON Z: For series cameras Nikon Z need adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount need adapter M42-Samsung NX, you can find it at this link. For the camera Nx mini adapters do not exist yet.
  10. PENTAX: For cameras with Q mount need an adapter M42-Pentax Q, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount, you need the M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a Leica M mount need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

A lot of lenses (including exclusive models) with M42 mounting thread (M42 X 1 / 45.5) can be found at ebay.

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

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.


Conclusion:

Great sharp fifty dollars. Does not have a huge aperturebut can shoot good macro with macro rings.

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Comments: 298, on the topic: Overview INDUSTAR-61L / Z 2,8 / 50

  • Valery

    INDUSTAR-61 LZ 2,850mm + Canon 550D

  • Valery

    Another photo taken today. INDUSTAR-61 LZ 2,850mm + Canon 550D

  • Sergei

    I61ls fr is actually 52mm

  • Nicholas

    Arkady, thank you for your blog! All the most useful articles about Soviet lenses. And I have a question. I took myself for inexpensive Industar 61 lz. And there is a type of mesh and scratches ala craquelure, on the inner surface of the rear lens. Definitely not a fungus, I compared it from the photo. Feeling that the enlightenment layer has cracked. Moreover, on the inside of the lens. Can this be? There are no scratches in the photo, but in my opinion the sharpness is not enough, although I get into focus. And it's harder to get into focus than on helios. (77m4 and 44m). And such an amateurish question - how can the rear lens be changed? Can only be a donor from another industrial 61 lz or is it possible to install it from some other lenses?

    • B. R. P.

      Enlightenment could easily “climb”.

  • Oleg

    Does it make sense to purchase a version of 61 l / s (1000 rubles), if there is a pair of Helios 44-2, 44-4, and for a mirrorless camera there is 61 l / d?

    • Rodion

      Not really. You already, apparently, have a craving for the same lenses, judging by the two helios)

      • Andrei

        There are never many helios.
        But 61 l / s to take in a pair to 61 l / d definitely makes no sense to take. As for me, the l / d is even better - there is a diaphragm at all values ​​of the normal form, without notches, as in l / z. The only plus of l / z is MDF.

      • Oleg

        Helios got free with photos.

  • Oleg

    Thank you all, I looked at it today, all the petals are in oil, I don't want to bother to clean, I refused, for 800 rubles. gave along with the zenith.

    • Alex

      The oil on the petals is not a problem, it doesn't affect anything. In my copy, the petals are also well lubricated)), but did not disassemble and clean, he limited himself to replacing the grease in the helicoid. It makes sense to buy 61lz only if you need its characteristic bokeks, different at different aperture values. If there is no such need, then for you it will be just another fifty dollars, no more. 61ld is not worse, and I like it even more, its blur is more pleasant.

      • B. R. P.

        Well, how does it not affect anything? The petals glitter more, if there is too much lubricant, it can flow out / climb out in hot weather.

  • Sergei

    The lens gives a flat picture, the aperture gives in the area of ​​out of focus hexagonal stars at some aperture values, which are usually inappropriate.
    For macro photography of machine parts, machine tools and various devices, from microcircuits to elements of precise mechanics, the lens is cool.

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