MS-73N 2,8 / 20 review

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Review of the MS Mir-73N 2.8 20mm

Review of the MS Mir-73N 2.8 20mm

In fact, the lens with the name MS Mir-73N 2,8 / 20 (or MC MIR-73N 2,8 / 20) very difficult to find, more common MS Mir-73N 2,8 / 20 under a new name ARSAT H 2,8 / 20 (or Arsat N 1: 2.8 20mm). This is the same lens, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Arsenal factory in Kiev began to produce lenses called Arsatbut technologically and optically this is the same lens.

View of the lens Mir Mir-73N 2.8 20mm (ARSAT 2.8 20mm)

View of the lens Mir Mir-73N 2.8 20mm (ARSAT 2.8 20mm)

TTX MS Mir-73N 2,8 / 20
Optical design: 10 elements in 7 components
Focal length: 20 mm
Diaphragm: F2.8-F22 with the ability to set intermediate values ​​to F4, F5.6, F8, F11, F16, F22
The number of petals of the iris diaphragm: 6 pieces
Front Filter Diameter: 62 mm
The weight: 260g
MDF: 25sm
Bayonet mount: H (similar to Nikon F mount, AI-S type with a jumping diaphragm)

On my copy ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm the inscription proudly whitens Made in Ukraine. The lens was released by the Kiev Arsenal factory. As I know, MS Mir-73N produced only in a bayonet version for cameras Kiev, with a bayonet N.

Lens MS Mir-73N 2.8 20mm (ARSAT 2.8 20mm) on a modern central control valve

Lens MS Mir-73N 2.8 20mm (ARSAT 2.8 20mm) on a modern central control valve

Mechanically, the N mount is exactly the same as the Nikon F. This means that MS Mir-73N You can simply pick up and hook on any Nikon camera without any adapters. Also note that this AI-S lens. On all modern TsKZ (digital mirror cameras) from Nikon when using MS Mir-73N semi-automatic aperture control (aperture jump) will work. You can focus on a fully open aperture, and at the time of shooting - the camera itself closes the aperture to the desired value. On cameras senior lineup exposure metering is available and aperture values ​​are transmitted to the camera (if the maximum aperture was set in the camera menu). Focus on the lens only manual, there is confirmation on the Nikon CZK cameras about successful focusing with the green dot in the viewfinder. I use this lens on cameras without any problems Nikon D200 (in aperture priority mode) and on the camera Nikon D40 (in manual mode). Since this is a wide angle lens, the focus ring is almost always set to infinity.

Sample photo on Mir-73N

Sample photo on Mir-73N

If you want to use MS Mir-73N on Canon cameras, it will be enough to use the Nikon mount F - Canon EOS adapter, the aperture control will only be manual. More details about using our lenses in the section old lenses at canon.

Sample photo on Mir-73N 2.8 20 MS

Sample photo on Mir-73N 2.8 20 MS

Features of the lens Mir-73N 2,8 / 20

1. The lens is made of metal and glass, but the assembly can not boast of good quality. On my copy there is a strong backlash on the camera mount. The focuser ring is rubberized.

Sample photos on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

Sample photos on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

2. The depth of field is indicated for the values ​​F4, F8, F11, F16, F22. Infinity on the scale of the distance of focusing begins after 2 meters.

Wide angle on the ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

Wide angle on the ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

3. The lens has multi-enlightenment. I therefore use older lens names in reviews, for example MS Mir-73N 2,8 / 20, since it immediately becomes clear from the name that the lens is with MS. The name Arsat N 2,8 / 20 gives less useful information.

Photo on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

Photo on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

4. MS Mir-73N 2,8 / 20 - the lens from film cameras can be safely used on a full frame. The lens is really wide-angle and gives a 94-degree field of view at full frame. The lens will be useful for camera owners Nikon D700, D800, D3(x, s), D4, on which it will give an extra wide viewing angle. Although, it is unlikely that anyone will use the cheap Mir-73 on very expensive devices. Amateurs usually use this lens on cropped cameras. EGF on a crop from Nikon it will correspond to 30mm. Crop factor makes a narrower angle of view, but still, even on Nikon DX cameras MS Mir-73N will be able to provide a sufficiently wide viewing angle for a number of tasks. This is one of the few lenses that I can advise as a wide-angle lens on a Nikon DX camera. A similar lens is very rare MS Mir-47N. But still, the simplest whale lens Nikon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor will give a wider field of view than MS Mir-73N. AI-S a compatible alternative from Soviet optics to achieve a wide angle can serve MC Zenitar 16mm F2.8 Fisheye.

Photo on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

Photo on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm

Sample photos on MS Mir-73N (sample photos on ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm).

All photos in good style of Radozhiva are presented here without any processing. RAW -> JPEG, Q80%, downsized to 1600 * 1200, their data printed EXIF module.

Image quality:

The lens gives good image quality. It catches sunbeams, its MS weakly helps in the fight against strong counter-openwork light. The contrast is not very good. The lens gives a cool greenish tint to the image (bottle glass). It is recommended to use wide-angle lenses on covered apertures, as landscapes and architecture are usually photographed with their help. At F2.8, the sharpness is very good (which surprised) when shooting subjects closer than 2 meters. The lens delivers excellent sharpness at F8.0 on my cropped matrix. Strong HA I did not notice. Weak vignetting. The most important thing is distortion, there is distortion on the DX camera, but not too much, as for a 20mm lens.

Example photo on Mir-73N 2.8 20 MS

Example photo on Mir-73N 2.8 20 MS

Personal impressions:

It is very convenient to work with the lens. It gives a really wide angle on DX cameras, and this is a huge rarity for Soviet optics. But still, I personally use the zoom Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 to achieve a wide angle on my cropped cameras. Using MS MIR-73N is very simple take pictures with hand at slow shutter speeds, it wasn’t a problem for me to shoot on shutter speed 1 / 20c.

Example photo on Mir-73N 2.8 20 MS

Example photo on Mir-73N 2.8 20 MS


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Conclusion:

ARSAT H 1: 2.8 20mm Is an excellent ultra wide angle lens. Compatible with Nikon cameras. Simple and easy to use. Gives a wide angle on Nikon cropped DX cameras. You can easily find a relatively young specimen in perfect condition.

Material prepared Arkady Shapoval. Please, if this material was useful to you, help my project. And don't forget that everyone can write your review for one or another photographic equipment.

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Comments: 47, on the topic: Survey MS Mir-73N 2,8 / 20

  • George

    You are doing a good job, but I do not agree with your assessment. This lens is simply bad, it does not stand up to any comparison with Nikkors and other lenses of decent manufacturers with similar parameters ... And you can clearly see this in the pictures you attach - the lens is, to put it mildly, unsharp (by my standards) The curved shape of the aperture formed by the aperture blades (clearly visible in the picture) also says a lot. You shouldn't waste time on Ukrainian “semi-finished products” of the last century ... Best regards, Georg.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thanks for the feedback.
      I specifically take pictures of the aperture so that you can see how it really is. As for whether it is worth spending time working with a lens, everyone will decide for himself, many have simply inherited it. Apart from infinity, the sharpness in the center is quite normal by my standards: Photo 1, Photo 2. But, true, he is far from Nikkor.

    • Vladisla

      Listen George, I'm sorry I don’t know how old you are, and what is your photo experience, but judging by your love for SHARPNESS, you are a young man. Sharpness, far from the most important parameter in photo art, there are many more important and interesting properties in lenses. Learn and learn to see the beautiful again if you are an artist photographer.

      • Yuri

        I fully agree with you!

      • Dmitriy

        Gevorg is a well-known photographer and equipment seller in Moscow. He told the pure truth - this lens is bad because of the poor quality of either enlightenment or blackening. It is cloudy, low-contrast, like zooms with plastic aspherics. The terrible quality of the mechanics - in the USSR this lens had not yet been produced at Arsenal, and after the collapse of the scoop, technical control at the enterprises, apparently, was retired all over the place - a complete marriage began to go on sale inside the country. What was exported there, I don't know ...

    • Vaclav

      I sold Nikon AF Nikkor 20/2,8 D and crossed myself! I bought it new in a company store in Moscow. The WORST Nikon lens! I have never seen a Shirika with such a crooked image field! How gorgeous Nikkor 35 mm or 50 mm is and how terrible 20 mm Nikkor is. If you want to know what a BAD lens is, then you are welcome - Nikon AF Nikkor 20/2,8 D mark II.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        I wonder what kind of lens this is, “Nikon AF Nikkor 20/2,8 D mark II”

      • Dmitry Kostin

        “How gorgeous Nikkor 35mm or 50mm is”
        Perhaps you meant 35/1.4G, 35/1.8G, 50/1.4G?
        35/2D is soapy, both on the D700 and on the D3s, and even more so on the D4.
        I also had a 50/1.4D and periodically, under certain shooting conditions, there was a bluish tint in the center of the frame - the center of the frame according to the BB had some kind of blue tint. And at the edges and corners everything was normal. The lens was not Japanese, but a Chinese assembly (late) with a different coating than the Japanese one. For the Chinese it is blue, and for the Japanese it is amber.

  • VALENTIN

    One of the last breaths of Arsenal. The union collapsed, the specialists died out or fled. And where to get glass. Lytkarino is now as far away as Schott, and in Izum they don't know how to cook glass - they just let bubbles into it ...

    • Vaclav

      You know, I have a CP Goerz Berlin Dopp-Anastigmat Serie III/2 DAGOR F=18 cm f/6,8 lens on a large format camera. Released in 1903 in Berlin, it is more than 120 years old and will give odds to many modern rubber-vaseline glass lenses. By the way, despite the fact that it has 4 tiny bubbles, it simply makes modern expensive glasses with the inscription “Aspheric”. There is also a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar F=50 mm f/2 lens, released in 1941, so it has 6 bubbles and its image has not suffered in any way from this.

  • Vadim

    Of all the Worlds, I like Mir-24N MS. I still use it. It is easy to focus and the pictures are sharp enough. I looked at the replacement option (35mm / 1,8), but to pay extra 800-1000 UAH somehow the toad presses :) In addition to wide-angle lenses I also bought a Samyang 8mm fisheye with an autoexposure chip - this is a vashch !! :)) In our family, it's just the hit of the season!
    According to this, from Mirov, judging by the photos, Mir-24N, so far, is unsurpassed in sharpness. I do not compare it with expensive Nikons :))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I also like Mir-24, but on crop it is not at all shy)

    • Dmitriy

      And in vain you do not compare. I still have Mir-24. It's about the same as the AF35-70 / 2,8 zoom at the short end. For a Soviet lens, this is worthy. And the best 35mm width is Nikkor 35/2 ai-s. This lens is phenomenal. But even if we compare it with it, then Mir-24 clearly loses only in contrast and resolution by 2,8-4. With 5,6 Mir-24 meets the professional criteria for clearance. Works just fine against light. If ours had learned to blacken the diaphragm, and not pour oil into the mechanisms with ladles ...

    • Vaclav

      MS Mir-24 F=35 mm f/2,0 is a gorgeous lens! I compared it head-on with Nikon AF Nikkor F=35 mm f/2,0 D. As a result, Mir-24 won in all respects. Camera Nikon D 800 (36 mpix). Friends say that I just got a very lucky copy. At least the design of the Mir-24 lens is much more monumental than that of the plastic Nikkor. Although Arsenal, like many others, was reduced to a bestial state, we knew how to produce high-quality optics. One GOI named after. S.I. Vavilova is worth it! By the way, the Rodenstock company purchased blocks of optical glass with certain characteristics in huge quantities. My friend’s uncle from Zhukovsky worked in Lytkarino in the 1970s and 1980s and was engaged in glass melting.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khLrv7cuhpI&t=1474s

  • Eugene

    I choose between Mir-20 and Mir-73. In the first one confuses the aperture of 3.5, in the second - the Ukrainian assembly. Despite the difference in UAH 400 (1200 and 1600, respectively), the CAM seller recommends taking the twentieth. In addition, I myself bought Arsat 80-200 and saw how poorly it is assembled in comparison with Granite-11.
    Help me to understand. Great for overshooting aloof, the aperture is in aperture (2.8 versus 3.5) and is the Ukrainian assembly of this particular lens really deplorable?
    Thank you))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The difference in aperture ratio is 1.56 times, for the aperture width is not important, since most of the pictures with it are taken on closed apertures.

  • Eugene

    And what? Choose a better assembled 20th? In theory, there shouldn’t be any particular nuances yet.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In my opinion, yes.

  • Dima

    "The lens is made of iron and glass"
    Iron (Fe) there is not a single gram. )))
    You probably wanted to say metal and glass?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      yes, metal.

    • Igor

      And what metal is the body of this lens made of?

    • Artem

      That is, do you think that there is no Fe in the steel from which the lens is made?

      • 10111

        The rim of consumer optics has never been made of steel. Specifically, in this case, it is an aluminum alloy.

        • Yuri

          More precisely, duralb brand D16T, which is not inferior in a similar construction of steel. You still advise to carry out lenses from the titan.

  • Novel

    What adapter do you recommend for sony alpha a580 so that you can use Nikon lenses? Will the use of an adapter affect the quality of the pictures?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Any Nikon - Sony adapter, however, they all have lenses. The lens will reduce the quality of the pictures.

  • Novel

    I'm thinking about this adapter fotodioxpro.com/index.php/nikon-f-lens-to-sony-alpha-minolta-af-maxxum-dynax-camera-lens-mount-adapter.html

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It also has a “Multi-Coated Focusing Correction Lens”, without a lens there will only be a macro lens mode.

  • Novel

    will quality deterioration be very noticeable? what can worsen?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Sharpness, contrast will fall.

  • Vladimir

    Hunt photo from this lens on the d700 in full frame view /

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Good afternoon! I am looking for a wide-angle lens on the Canon 600 d, I liked Mir 24, but I put it on and I see that it is impossible to focus beyond 4 meters. Need a lens adapter? (I have a simple one) and what will happen if you put this one - Mir 73 (you don't want to take an adapter with a lens).

  • anonym

    link to the review of the MC Zenitar 16mm F2.8 Fish Eye. at the beginning of the article does not work. :(

  • Sergei

    It turns out that the wide-angle lens Mir-73 gives different sharpness when aiming macro and to infinity? In my opinion, if the lens is sharp, then the sharpness when aiming at different distances should be the same.

    • Lynx

      lyubr

    • Lynx

      any lens when going “into the infinity zone” from “specified focusing distances” loses its sharpness. so yes, macro is the sharpest.

  • Dmikab

    Where to buy such a new one in a box? Earlier there were announcements, now they are completely gone ...

  • Novel

    I need a shirik for a wedding art photo - that is, I will shoot in an open hole. And given the current economic situation, I don’t want to spend a lot on this. So I choose Nikkor 20 f 2.8D, Samyang 24 f1.4 or this one. What better not to tell?

  • Dn

    Thank you so much for the review. It was after reading that I found and bought this lens. I was not very lucky - my specimen had a disgusting blur, suffered from visible HA (they can be seen even in cloudy weather), and the shokapets caught hares. In the photo of Arkady, this “artistic effect” is not visible, so I think that every copy should be tested.

  • Igor

    All these lenses have different advantages for different people: for people with a limited budget, a low price, the rest can be advised for video shooting on digital cameras, because allow you to mechanically change the diaphragm without breaking away from the shooting process.

  • anonym

    How can you photograph so stupidly on such glass?

  • 33beautiful

    Hello Arkady!
    Offer Arsat-N 2.8 / 20 in excellent condition 2002. year for 235 euros. On ebay, there are only four offers of this lens for the whole world and all are not from Ukraine. Price range from 220 euros to 250 euros. How much does this price correspond to image quality and is such a price for Arsat justified at all? Is Arsat-N 2.8 / 20 so good / rare that 235 euros are being asked for it? Similar Nikon Ai-s 2.8 / 20 costs from 300 dollars and above. How justified is the price of 235 euros for Arsat? Thanks.

    • Novel

      In addition to collectible rarity, I see no reason at all to pay so much for it. For 7000 UAH you can find on OLX Canon 20 / 2.8, for even less money - screwdriver Nikon. Both will be much easier to work with and more contrast. With nuances, but high-aperture shirikov all with nuances.

    • Dmitry

      Plus, even for such an awkward price, you are not safe from getting an open marriage, which is often the case when buying arsats, especially of late years: dust inside, sticking of the aperture blades, short-lived to infinity, and also clumsy enlightenment: it seems to be present, but on Photos are glare and hares that I want to throw out and forget like a nightmare. and suffered while Arsat 81N was chosen. But if these are inexpensive and there is plenty to choose from, in your case it’s not a big deal. Do not bother.

  • Irina

    please tell me which close profile of the lens is better to indicate in the lightroom to correct distortion in the photo from this lens?

  • Sergei

    Great lens.

  • Sergei

    And one more photo

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