Review of World-1B

Lens Instance Mir-1V 2.8 / 37 from this review was released in 1985 on Vologda plant. Unlike some of his brothers, the lens has yellow lens enlightenment.

Mir-1V view of the lens

Mir-1V view of the lens

TTX Mir-1V:
Focal length: 37mm
Aperture limits: F2.8-F16
Number of lenses / groups: 6 elements in 5 groups
MDF: 70cm
The weight: 240g
Number of aperture blades: 8
Mount: M42 thread
Front Filter Diameter: 49mm
Resolution according to technical specifications (center / region): 45/23 lines / mm
Light transmittance: 0,78

Dimensions of the Mir-1V and Helios-81N lens

Dimensions of the Mir-1V and Helios-81N lens

The first thing that surprises is that the lens is very small and compact, there are three control rings on the lens, therefore it looks rather strange. The focusing ring has a pronounced similarity to the nut due to the clear edges.

In 1958, Mir-1 (under M39) received the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in Brussels, and in 1959 Mir-1 was awarded the II Degree Diploma of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements of the USSR. Honestly, I don't know how prestigious it is, but nowadays lenses do not have the same quality as receiving awards. Some charm has been lost, and it is very pleasant to use the lens that has the “Name”. The lens was copied from Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm F2.8, they say that there was even an FK (Flektogon Krasnogorsky) F2,8 37 mm lens, which later, in fact, became the MIR-1 lens.

Sample photo on Mir-1V

Sample photo on Mir-1V


You can find a lot of lens modifications, for example such a. They have the same optical design, but different frames and enlightenment. Basically, you can often find such instances:

World 1 thread M39 or M42 for SLR cameras.
World-1 Automatic under the SLR cameras Kiev-10, -15.
Mir-1Ts for SLR cameras Zenit-4.
Mir-1A with interchangeable shank. Using an interchangeable shank, you can hook the lens without losing infinity to Nikon or Kenon.
Mir-1V - lens variant from this review. Yellow enlightenment and a slightly different frame.
Mir-1Sh special budget option.
Mir-1-R special budget option, it’s very well written about them on the website of Sergey Elizarov in the section MIR-1.

Sample photos on World 1 B

Sample photos on World 1 B


  1. Like any other old Soviet lens - Mir-1B is made glass and metal, because he will serve for a very long time, but with careful handling - forever. And it’s simple, working with a well-assembled lens is much more pleasant than with cheap Chinese plastic. Now it’s very fashionable to write in the lens reviews that the lens has a metal mount. But in the old Soviet and indeed in the old manual lenses of all countries of the world - the entire body is made of metal alloy, in the extreme case it has several plastic parts.
  2. I repeat, but Mir-1V is perfect and full frame and cropped cameras and other, smaller formats. This is important because many Soviet optics enthusiasts use it on cropped digital SLR and mirrorless cameras, and after upgrading to full format, they can continue to use this lens.
  3. The lens has aperture preset ring. An irreplaceable thing for manual lenses. Pointed at aperture 2.8, and at the time of shooting, closed the aperture to the desired value. But there is one but described in the flaws.
  4. When used on Nikon DX cameras, the viewing angle will be equal to the viewing angle for the lens in 55.5mm in full frame. That is, the lens almost turns into a standard fifty dollars on the crop.
  5. Gives an interesting picture.
Bokeh is not MIR-1 V

Bokeh is not MIR-1 V


  1. Very not convenient focus ring. The ring is located near the lens mount to the camera. Also, the focus distance indicators are very poorly visible, as they are located even closer to the focus ring. And even worse, the aperture control ring is much larger and wider and is located almost in the middle of the lens. Personally, I often, instead of twisting the focus ring, twisted the aperture ring.
  2. Easy travel of the diaphragm ring. Since the focusing ring is rather inconvenient, you often touch the aperture ring and knock it down. Do not knock down the aperture preview ring only at 2.8 when the control ring and the preview ring are in the same position. Therefore, most of the photos from this review were taken precisely at 2.8.
  3. Custom front filter diameter of 49mm. All Soviet lensesthat went through my hands with a front filter diameter of 49mm were without a front cover or filter. This is a real flaw in our time. True, the lens comes in a stylish box where it can be stored without a back and front cover.
Photo on Mir-1V

Photo on Mir-1V

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 at 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, with the Nikon F-mount), you need to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows you to focus correctly at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless cameras, 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 Pentax cameras with K mount, you need an M42-Pentax K adapter, 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 'E'/'FE' mount series SonyNEX 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 bayonet mount Micro 4/3 (Micro 4:3) you need an adapter M42-Micro 4/3, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with Canon EF-M mount need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with Canon RF mount 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 cameras Nikon Z series (FX/DX) need an 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, you need an M42-Samsung NX adapter, you can find it at this link. There are no adapters for the NX mini camera yet.
  10. PENTAX: For Q-mount cameras, you need an M42-Pentax Q adapter, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount you need an M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a bayonet mount Leica M 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).


Photo at MIR-1V

Photo at MIR-1V

Sample photos on Mir-1V made on Nikon D200 without any processing with imprinted data from EXIF and reduced size to 1600 * 1200.

About the picture:

It is rather difficult for me to judge, since the lens with my adapter works only at a distance of up to 50 cm, but still, I will draw a few conclusions. The lens really cuttingbut the picture has gentleness, which is quite a big rarity. The color rendition is neutral, the contrast of the lens is not very good. Due to the low contrast and not very saturated picture, photos turn out a bit similar to photos with monocle. Contrast and color can very easily be adjusted using a graphical editor, especially if you shoot in RAW. The lens is not very strong HA (virtually invisible). There is no distortion on my cropped matrix, just like vignetting. It may be a wide-angle lens, but it's still as much as 37mm, and I like the bokeh of the lens - see the sample photos for yourself. The lens gets very sharp at 5.6 and holds back and side light, which is important for landscape photography.

Photo at MIR-1V

Photo at MIR-1V

More nuances:

The difference between the 35mm and 37mm focal length is almost not felt. The lens is pretty hard to focus. True, the depth of field is pretty decent, and even for the F2.8 diaphragm, the depth of field is indicated. In general, it is best to focus on a wide-angle lens with the help of information about the focusing distance; it’s quite difficult to get into the zone of sharpness by eye. When focusing, the front of the lens moves only 0.5 cm forward, while the entire lens block moves. Most likely, the use of an adapter with a lens will also not allow you to focus on infinity, since the rim of the rear lens will abut against the lens of the adapter.

Example photo on MIR-1V

Example photo on MIR-1V

For owners of modern Canon cameras there is a modern similar lens - Canon EF 40mm f / 2.8 STM:

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

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An interesting wide-angle lens with good sharpness and softness of the picture. There were many different options for the Mir-1 lens, because their quality can be very different, especially it is worth paying attention to the difference in enlightenment and frame of the case.


  • Full-size examples and lens overview MIR-1V 2,8 / 37 (produced by VOMZ - Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant, Vologda, with a new emblem) you can see here.
  • Full-size examples and lens overview MIR-1 2.8 / 37 AUTOMATIC (with a rare mount Kiev-Avtomat) you can see here.

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Comments: 247, on the topic: Obzor Mir-1V

  • anonym

    just Helios as a station wagon will not work. Wow 92mm station wagon! the world is actually sharper, and more suitable for a station wagon, since the focal length is closer to the classic fifty dollars

    • anonym

      Helios is fifty dollars

      • anonym

        do you happen to know what the crop factor is?

        • anonym

          you don’t know what crop factor is, and how it affects the FR of the lens :)

  • Sasha

    My Canon doesn't focus on infinity. And generally hellishly difficult to focus. Confirmation of focusing only once was random.

  • anonym

    Doesn't focus? or not focus confirmation? these are different things. I had a world of 1100v on canon 1 through a smy simple adapter, everything is fine. And the fact that it's hard to focus is another matter. Maybe your lens is defective. A working world on the canone sprinkled canone is working fine. I recently bought a Japanese lens mount M-42. Specialists say that there should be no problems. But when focusing on sleepless. no sharpness. They say the need for adjustment of the lens. Although technically it fits. The lens is faulty and that’s it. What canon do you have? It does not always fit full-frame, although the working distance is normal, but the mirror touches the lens

  • anonym

    Do not look at confirmation, focus on the eye. Put the infinity icon on the lens scale, take a distant object, then look at the monitor and increase it, if the image is not blurry, it means normal, just cover the aperture, otherwise it’s a good 2,8 soap

  • Vitaly U.

    My copy of "Mir 1c" Very sharp already from aperture 2.8! I got it from Batey together with Zenit-ET and Helios 44-2 (export version - written in Latin). The lens turned out to be just new, ideally! True, (on the advice of the “pros”) I arranged a Lokhovian way (by cutting the back skirt) itself "infinity" (with a lens adapter for Nikon), but oddly enough everything worked out (lucky!). At "infinity", with aperture cover up to 5.6, it becomes "razor-sharp". The color rendition is cool (I put the BB "shadow" and that's it Yes, the aperture ring rotates easily, but the focusing ring is rather tight, the focus just can't be knocked off, and the diaphragm is easily held with one finger of the left hand. It is not realistic to find a hood and manual focus is all of it (the lens) OO very conditional minuses, nitpicking. The lens is very cool, I am satisfied.

    • Vladimir

      Good afternoon, BlendJJD for this lens is in DNS digital equipment stores throughout Russia and also on their website in the 49 online thread store costs 650 rubles. I bought a vachera that fits perfectly, it does not give glare from the sides. There is also a filter at 49.

      • Eugene White

        expensive)) I give 49 mm metal lens hoods for 220.

    • Sergei

      on f 2.8 Mir1V resembles a monocle, but not in any way !!!

  • anonym

    sharp from 2,8? strange ... I have that helios that the world is washed in the corners in the open!

  • Alex

    So which domestic wide-angle with an FF of 20 mm and less is best to buy for a full-frame Canon so that it fits through the adapter without problems?

  • anonym

    Zenitar, 16 mm, f 2,8, is produced by the Krasnogorsk plant and now, in Russia, the price for a new one is about 1500 hryvnias.

  • Novel

    “Focus using the information about the focusing distance” - please tell me what it is and how to do it?

    • Oleg

      As I understand it, we are talking about the actual distance in meters / cm to the object. Laser rangefinder, tape measure)))

  • anonym

    On the lens, immediately after attaching to the camera in front of the focus ring, there is a distance scale from 0,7 meters to infinity, combining the marks you can focus on different distances.

  • Eugene White

    I can cut the world-1 on nikon with ensuring infinity.
    along the way, the minimum focusing distance decreases

  • nikola

    Has anyone twisted the front lens as suggested by Michael? share your impressions.

  • anonym

    Hello. I honestly didn’t really like the lens. Hard to focus.
    Bokeh is nice. Although maybe I got this.
    Shot video Canon 600 + Mir 1B - look who is interested :)

    • Sergei

      Softly), a picture from the 80s)

  • Vitaliy U

    I have been using this lens (1985 release, 10 aperture blades) for more than 5 months on Nikon7000 and Fuji S5Pro, I can express my opinion (subjective), if anyone is interested. The lens gives a very interesting picture, not very contrasting, with cold shades of color. I created a profile for it in Pictures Control (Nikon) with the contrast and color tint settings to my liking and I'm very pleased with this aspect. On Fuja, I didn't have to adjust anything at all. By the picture (from Fuja): purely film photos are released (you can use fsh add grain and not distinguish at all) .By the way, I install on both cameras through a lens adapter with “infinity”, lathers around the edges, of course (a kind of lomo-effect), but in the center there is a razor from f 4 to f 8. At f2,8, XNUMX, with a portrait setting, a pleasant, soft soft effect, as for a "portrait" - very much even nothing. Boke zeizovsky, as for my taste. I do not shoot landscapes (angle on the crop, resolution at the edges), but as a staff for a slow The lens, for its three-kopeck price, is wonderful! I read in the reviews a comparison of it with whale glass ... What are you guys talking about? There is a drawing here that you will not see in whales (of any manufacturer). And at the expense of sharpness there is a quote: “I am ironic about the ideas of some people using photographic technologies, characterized by an exorbitant desire for image clarity, super-sharpness, careful licking pictures, or do they hope to make the image even more real with this optical illusion? ”(Henri Cartier BRESSON) There is something to think about, isn't it? I wish everyone more good pictures!

  • Andrei

    Good day. I bought this lens and such a question about the focusing ring, you describe that it looks like a nut on the lens, but I have it like a diaphragm ring how to explain? And such another question on the front lens during refraction in the world shows how it was dust or worse fungus, but when you untwisted the ring and removed the lens, it was clean, what could it be? I sin on the ring the ring that is glued to the lens can it come off and give such an effect?
    Thank you.

    • Damon

      You just have an option in a modern frame, I also have one, 92 years of release, otherwise it seems like there are no differences

  • a guest

    I fundamentally disagree on this lens with the author of the article. The lens is not much different from white. The only thing, enlightenment is different, as a result, the picture is colder. The resolution is as stated by the manufacturer, the contrast is better and the same 10 aperture blades are present. The lens has been undeservedly scrapped and not recommended for purchase. And the quality does not jump so much in Soviet optics, unless the “crazy hands” tried to repair or saw and break off something. In normal hands the lens is very good, at least not worse and even better than the Flektogon for 250 euros!

  • Sergii

    There is such a lens as World 1 automatic, the aperture from the lens is not regulated there, but from the camera Kiev, the mount under the button will Kiev, how can it be rebuilt to the Nikon 7000

  • Vyacheslav

    Mir-1v lens on canon

    • anonym

      Great collection of Vyacheslav!)))

  • Damon

    I liked the lens very much, it is very sharp, the picture is quite interesting, I bought it for 1500 rubles in a new state, I don’t get enough of it, the only thing is that there is sometimes not enough angle on the crop, but this is not a disadvantage of the lens specifically. It’s a pity I just can’t see the pictures of my beloved at him, because my whole environment is looking at hand glasses, like a monkey at a synchrophasotron =))))

  • Viva

    I got a lens a couple of weeks ago. Very satisfied. Canon 500d through an adapter with a camomile. I did not notice problems with the focus on sharpness. Very comfortably. Slightly hold the shutter and twist the sharpness until it pops.

  • Novel

    There was a wise quote about sharpness, I agree with her, but when it comes to portrait shooting. The width must have good angular resolution.

    • Alexander

      If we are talking about a portrait of 20 people?

  • Igorek

    Soap do you call an interesting picture? Honestly, my peephole is sharper. Maybe he was good on films, well, there are 35-40mm relatives on the number.

  • Vasily

    ARKADI thank you very much for your work! I regularly look through your work, a lot of useful information !!!!! - Vladivostok-

  • Vyacheslav

    Here are a couple of shots taken with this lens on the Canon 1100d, after editing, the quality of the original pictures is poor, everything needs to be edited

  • tuchka

    Redid focus to infinity, compared with helios had to sweat.

    • Andrei

      throw off the process to me too

    • Mimocrocodile

      I double the question of remaking to infinity!)

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