Overview Zenitar-M 50 1.7

For the opportunity lens review Zenitar-M 1,7 / 50 Many thanks to Alexander Perever and Igor Tihan.

Review Zenitar-M

Review Zenitar-M

TTX Zenitar-M 1.7 / 50 (aka Zenitar-M 1.7 / 50)
MDF: 45sm
Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups
Focal length: 50mm
Number of aperture blades: 6 pieces
Diaphragm: F1.7-F16.0
The weight: 280 g
Landing thread: M42
Front Filter Diameter: 52mm

This review presents exactly Zenitar-M with serial numbers 859616 and 850340. There is a modification of the lens MS Zenitar-M with multi-enlightenment and slightly smaller MDF, you can see the overview MS Zenitar-M 1,9 / 50... Zenitar-M 1.7 / 50 was used as a standard lens for Zenit-18 and Zenit-19 cameras. There is also a very interesting modification - Zenitar-ME1 50 mm f / 1.7 MS with just two aperture blades that form a square aperture and give a fun "grid" in the out of focus area at closed apertures.

View of the Zenatir-M lens 1,7 50 from different sides

View of the Zenatir-M lens 1,7 50 from different sides

Features of the lens Zenitar-M 50 1.7

1. Focusing ring moves smoothly, slightly tight. The minimum focusing distance is 45cm, infinity starts at 15 meters on the scale on the lens. The focusing ring itself rotates approximately 270 degrees. When focusing, the entire lens unit moves. When focusing, the “trunk” is lengthened by about a centimeter. The depth of field indicators are plotted for diaphragms 4, 8, 11, 16 and, most likely, for 2.8, but without a numerical designation. On the aperture scale, you can set the values ​​1.7, 2, 4, 8, 11, 16 and, most likely, F2.8, F5.6 without a digital designation.

Enlightenment of the front and rear lens of the Zenitar-M lens

Enlightenment of the front and rear lens of the Zenitar-M lens

2. The lens is excellent maximum aperture F1.7that allows you to achieve a very small depth of field. Given that on cameras with a 1.5x crop, the EGF will be 75mm, and for 1.6x EGF it will be 80mm, then the lens can be used as a good portrait. The number of aperture blades is only 6 pieces. If you need a portrait portrait on a crop, look also towards Helios-44 in a white version.

3. The lens is well assembled. The first copy that I visited was with the backlash of the focus ring. But my second lens was made very high quality.

Sample photos on Zenitar-M 1.7 50mm

Sample photos on Zenitar-M 1.7 50mm

4. The diameter of the front filter is 52mm, you can easily find a protective or specialized photo filter. When focusing, the front group of lenses does not rotate, which simplifies working with the lens.

Sample photos on Zenitar-M 1.7 50mm

Sample photos on Zenitar-M 1.7 50mm

5. The lens has a blinking (jumping) aperture. It’s very convenient that you can disable it with a special switch and you can set aperture values ​​in manual mode. The lens has no aperture preset ring.

Sample photo on Zenitar-M F1.7 50mm

Sample photo on Zenitar-M F1.7 50mm

Sample photos on Zenitar-M

All photos are unprocessed. Unloading from RAW -> JPEG Q80%, resized to 1600 * 1200, data from EXIF. Everything is filmed on Nikon D200, Nikon D40, Canon 350D.

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.

Portrait on Zenitar-M 1.7 50

Portrait on Zenitar-M 1.7 50

Image Quality at Zenitar-M

Zeninar-M lens which gives sharpness already with the maximum open aperture F1.7... Moreover, the sharpness is not conditional, but quite normal. Sharpness at closing the aperture only increases and is present throughout the entire field of the frame (taking into account the effect of diffraction). Lens distortion on the cropped matrix is ​​minimal. The lens produces good, smooth and soft bokeh at full aperture. The image is contrasting. Color reproduction is normal. A little afraid of counter light, in general, tolerates side light normally. There is nothing more to say - just a high-quality fifty kopeck piece.

Zenitar-M on a modern camera

Zenitar-M on a modern camera

Personal impressions

I liked Zenitar-M 1.7 50. The owner of the Zenithar, who has the ability to focus on infinity, claims that F1.7 can even take a landscape. Of the Soviet fifty kopecks, I usually recommend Helios-81n, Helios-77m-4, now I will recommend Zenitar-M 50 1.7. I advise you to look in the section to vote for the best Soviet fifty dollarswhere Zenitar-M takes the honorable 3rd place.

Sample photo on Zenitar-M F1.7 50mm

Sample photo on Zenitar-M F1.7 50mm

You can judge the sharpness yourself:

Zenith-M lens sharpness

Zenith-M lens sharpness

Backlight, the lens is still afraid. Example photo with hard backlight below.

Example photo with hard backlight below

Example photo with hard backlight below

But the blurring of the background on a fully open aperture is simply gorgeous.

Background blur on Zenitar-M

Background blur on Zenitar-M

Color rendition on the example of a photograph with flowers.

Color rendering Zenitar-M

Color rendering Zenitar-M

Zenitar-M has a shallow depth of field at F1.7

Background on the Zenith-M went into kissel

Background on the Zenith-M went into kissel


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

Zenitar-M 50 1.7 is an excellent fast prime lens. It has good sharpness at all apertures and nice open bokeh. I recommend.

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Comments: 213, on the topic: Zenitar-M 50 review 1.7

  • Mitya

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  • Mitya

    I shot everything on a Canon 5D classic

  • Alexander

    I bought myself such a lens on the D700, installed an adapter with a lens, the photo shows a faint spot in the center, which changes its size depending on the aperture, a small spot on a closed spot, a large spot on an open one. What can it be and where does it come from?

    • Alexander

      I come to the conclusion that these apertureless blades of the diaphragm give such a glare, it’s a pity, I liked the lens as a whole, only this fifth periodically spoils everything

      • Fedor

        Just put it on the ff bzk and everything will be fine, but nikon is not about manual glasses with a working distance of 45.5

        • B. R. P.

          Yes, ff bzk is our fsio. It even removes stains.

  • Bogdan

    SONY a550
    I like this. The pictures are somehow interesting. Although, I'm at the user level only. I dug up an object in the attic)

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    SONY a550
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  • Anatoly

    I don’t know what the topic was, but do you think about Zenitar and radioactivity? On your dumka ob'єktiv shkіdliviy chi nі?

    • Rodion

      Nobody used ThO2 in the lenses of this Zenitar. Too luxurious for the USSR. Asahi da Zeiss allowed themselves such a thing.

      • Anatoly

        Dyakuyu, have been reassured. And then I'm already thinking pozbuvatisya my love.

  • Ghosh

    Cool glass

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