Review of the MS Mir-24N

TTX lens MS Mir-24N 35 / 2.0 (aka Arsat H 2/35)
Focal length: 35mm
Aperture limits2.0-22.0
Number of lenses / groups: 8/7
Minimum Focus Distance: 24cm
Filter diameter: 58mm
The weight: 340 grams

View of the Mir-24n lens on a modern camera

View of the Mir-24n lens on a modern camera

Lens World 24N, presented in this review, has the type N mount and can be installed on modern Nikon SLR and digital SLR cameras without any adapters while retaining the ability to focus on infinity, as well as with automatic iris control. It was released at the Arsenal plant, Kiev. Arsat H 2/35 - this is the same World 24H, just a later release.

Main advantages:

  1. Aperture, which can help in low light conditions. Moreover, it is already fully open quite sharp in the center of the frame.
  2. Control. The auto iris on the Nikon system is a very convenient thing. Also, the focus is very smooth. True, the diaphragm cracks when torsion of the corresponding disk.
  3. The closest focusing distance of 24 cm is good news.
  4. World 24H becomes standard lens with a viewing angle as for 50mm on cameras with a cropped matrixTherefore, it can be used as a regular lens for all occasions.
  5. Ability to use at full frame. For those who have Nikon D700, D3(s, x)
  6. The assembly of glass and iron, which will survive the Chinese plastic, as well as us.
Sample photo on Mir-24N

Sample photo on Mir-24N

The main disadvantages:

  1. Chromatic aberrations, especially around the edges of the frame.
  2. Distortion, even on the crop it can be seen.
  3. Poor in lateral and back light. Although it has a multilayer enlightenment. I shot a wedding for them in the church, because of the light through the windows the whole picture lost its contrast very much.
  4. After 3 meters, “infinity begins” very quickly on the focus and getting into sharpness is quite difficult.

The lens is very well shot down, all made of iron. My copy of 1993 release, as evidenced by the first two digits of the lens number. The lens looks great on the camera due to the large diameter of the front lens and its pinkish-purple color due to multilayer enlightenment.

About the picture: bokeh for everybody, not good and not bad. 35mm portraits are quite risky business. Firstly, you need to get close to a person, secondly - excess distortion, and thirdly - not the best bokeh.

Sample photo on Mir-24N

Sample photo on Mir-24N

How to use on modern digital SLR cameras? The ideal option is to install the Mir-24N lens on a Nikon camera, this is due to the fact that the lens is from Kiev cameras, which have the same mount as Nikon. When used on Nikon, the automatic iris control will work - you can focus with the aperture fully open and at the time of shooting the camera will close the aperture to the desired value. More details on how to use old optics on Nikon in my article Soviet optics.

Here a small comparison of the sharpness of two 35mm Nikkor 35mm F1.8 G and Mir-24 lenses.

To open the original image on 24 MP click on the picture or this link. The test was carried out with a tripod - Nikon D90, 2s, ISO 100, F2.0, RAW, converting and gluing in JPEG Q80%, several pictures were taken in Live View mode for accurate sharpness and the best result was chosen. As the test showed, Nikkor turned out to be much sharper at 2.0 for the World-24. You can judge the bokeh yourself.

Comparison of Mir-24n and a modern lens

Comparison of Mir-24n and a modern lens

From personal experience: the lens gives an excellent viewing angle on the multi-sensor and can be used as a fast wide-angle lens in full frame. But I didn’t really like it, most likely that my native Nikkor 35mm F1.8 gives extreme sharpness and excellent light holding on any aperture and is not expensive at all.

You can view sample photos on Mir-24N below. Everything is shot in RAW, conversion to JPEG Q80%, auto levels, resite 1600 * 1200 + watermark.


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.


If you are interested in the MS-24N 35 2 lens, you can purchase it by contacting the contacts in the manual optics section.

Conclusion: lens can be used as a regular with a nice viewing angle on the cropped matrix, or as a wide-angle fast aperture in full frame. The lens is interesting for its aperture and the ability to easily use a lens of this class on the Nikon system for absolutely no big price.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 154, on the topic: Survey MS Mir-24N

  • Fedor

    Today I bought such a lens in a new condition in 1988 for 2000 rubles and put it on a Sony a7 ii through an adapter and I can say that the picture is awesome from this glass

  • Alexander

    Recently, a lens was purchased from this review. Mir24N. At first I really did not like him. I already wrote in another topic that he does not have infinity in the open. What is he washing. But today I took him to the shooting of baptism. And guys, I’ve come home now, I’m watching photos and I just have goosebumps. This is such an incredible picture! Before that, I had already shot baptisms for Soviet optics, namely for fifty dollars, but since you can’t turn around with a 50 mm crop, I didn’t beat them much. And today I completely removed the baptism on Mir24N 35 mm. This is just unbelievable. I feel that this is now my favorite lens for such shooting in a cramped room and without light.

  • nikita

    Please tell me, through which adapter can I fasten to kenon? And will there be infinity?

    • Alexey

      There are such adapters on alik, costing about $ 8

      • Alexey

        And yes, infinity is present

  • Sergei

    Is there a difference in picture between this lens and the Yongnuo 35 mm f / 2, which is preferable for purchase?

    • Rodion

      Better yong. The world is clearly worse.

      • Alexey

        Radion, what about color rendition. I have a bunch of s5 pro and MS MIR-24M color rendering and naturalness +++.

      • turantino

        Better WORLD, yong is clearly worse.

    • turantino

      I bought MIR-24N 2/35 for a D3100 crop for $ 45 at a consignment shop - and then Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8N lies on the shelf. He falls short of the WORLD from the word at all. 35mm from Yongnuo was sold earlier and forgotten as a bad dream ...

      • turantino

        MIR-24N 2/35 on a permanent basis became on Nikon D40 - KMK, the ideal combination of camera + lens ...

  • Artyom

    MS MIR-24M
    It does not focus beyond 50cm, and as I understand it, adjustment is needed
    Does anyone have a normal adjustment guide for this lens?

  • Igor

    Yesterday arrived the 24th - awesome drawing, super MDF, at F2.0 it blurs perfectly, the only drawback is the light aperture blades. Excellent glass - modern people don't paint like that !!!

  • Denis

    Hello. I bought myself a Mir-24N. Someone from the owners can tell you how to get the lens from the aperture blades. There are small shavings from the petals inside, I can't get it. The two front lenses can be easily removed - I took it out and cleaned it, but I can't figure out how to remove this one.

  • Nicholas

    And as for me, the picture of Mir 24n at aperture of 2,0 Nikon D90 is better. Somehow brighter ... more contrast ... livelier. Than on Nikon 35-1,8G.

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