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

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


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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: 227, on the topic: Zenitar-M 50 review 1.7

  • Mitya

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  • Mitya

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  • Mitya

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  • Mitya

    10

  • 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)

    • Bogdan

      3

  • Bogdan

    SONY a550
    2

  • 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

  • Ghosh

    1

  • https://reklama-kiev.net

    once I had such a thing

  • Swiat

    The people, I need advice about this glass. Bought, listed for installation on the 600D, but the joy did not last long. Beautiful drawing, interesting “airy” bokeh - all this lasted a couple of days, and the shutter waved the handle (err2). It will sound strange, but there was a first fiver to replace it (EOS 5D Mark l, aka Classic). Having installed the Zenithar there, all I saw was a terrible soapy picture. Is it generally suitable for a full-frame carcass, or look for something better?

    • B. R. P.

      It was released for Zenith, and this is a full-frame carcass) Look for problems in the camera or in a specific lens / adapter.

  • Wladimir

    Has anyone used this lens for IR photography? If possible, a few words on this topic.

    • Rodion

      What range do you want to shoot?

      • Wladimir

        The camera, unfortunately, is not modified to shoot in the infrared spectrum, but the range is 760.
        Thank you for responding.

        • Rodion

          Lenses usually correct up to 650 nm, the extra 100 nm in red do not make the weather. So feel free to use it. Transmission in this range is usually good enough for glass.

        • Alexey

          Apparently, this means the use of an IR filter from 760 to the sensitivity limit of the matrix (about 1000 nm). With sharpness, it will most likely be good, but there will be glare and re-reflections, because. illumination will not work. There may be a slightly darker spot (hotspot) in the center of the frame. If the camera is not modified, then the main problem is the need for long exposures.

          • Alexey

            Glare example. The camera has been modified.

            • Wladimir

              Tell me, in your example, was there a hood on the lens. And if the camera were tilted down a little so that the sun would not shine so much, would these glare be avoided? Or would that not solve the problem?

              • B. R. P.

                There was clearly no hood.

              • Alexey

                Yes, there was no hood. Glare appears if the sun is almost in the frame, otherwise they are not a problem, but rather an artistic feature. And in general, there is no need to look for some special lens.

          • Rodion

            Ah, well then, yes. Everything is written correctly. Of course, it is best to take optics from night vision devices such as 50 / 1.5 TVNO-2B or 50 / 1.2 TVNE-4B lenses. An excellent option (but only for IR, without a visible area) is Helios-50 100 / 1.5 from TKN-1S. All these lenses are coated and corrected for the IR region.

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