Review MIR-26V 3.5 / 45

For the opportunity lens overview MIR-26V 3.5 / 45 many thanks to Sergey Medvedev

Review MIR-26V 3.5 / 45

Review MIR-26V 3.5 / 45

TTX MIR-26V 3.5 / 45

Focal length: 45 mm
Diaphragm: F / 3,5-F / 22.0 with intermediate values ​​4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16
Number of aperture blades: 6 pieces
Optical design: 6 elements in 3 groups
Bayonet \ thread: Bayonet B
Front Filter Diameter: 82mm
The weight: 650g
MDF: 0.5m

There are several lens options:

  • Mir-26B 3.5 / 45 for B mount (Pentacon SIX)
  • Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 for mount B (Salute 88)
  • Arsat B 45mm 1: 3,5, this is the same Mir-26B 3.5 / 45, but with a different name after the collapse of the Soviet Union
MIR-26V 3.5 / 45 side view

MIR-26V 3.5 / 45 side view

Optically, they are one and the same lens. Mir-26 is a lens upgrade Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 4 / 50. I didn’t use the optogon, but Mir-26V turned out to be a pretty good lens. This review presents exactly Mir-26V 3.5 / 45, released by the Arsenal plant in 1973.

MIR-26V 3.5 / 45 rear view

MIR-26V 3.5 / 45 rear view

Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 is a lens from medium format cameras, therefore, it has a rather large working distance, which allows its use on almost all modern central control centers and central control centers with interchangeable lenses. I used Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 with cameras Nikon D700, D40. An adapter is needed for use on Nikon cameras KP-88 / N (B mount / Nikon F mount). You can read how to use such unusual manual lenses on any Nikon central control gear in the section Soviet lenses. For Canon, Pentax and other systems, too, there are adapters. You can order any adapter from B-mount to your system in the manual optics section.

Photo at MIR-26V

Photo at MIR-26V

On the medium format Mir-26V 3.5/45 is a real wide-angle. On a full frame (narrow format) - this is something very similar to a fifty dollars in terms of viewing angle. On the Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 crop, it can even be a portrait lens. For Canon APS-C cameras k=1.6x EGF will be 72mm.

Photo at MIR-26V

Photo at MIR-26V

Focusing on the lens, like most old manual lenses, is very smooth. The focus ring rotates approximately 180 degrees. When focusing, the front lens does not rotate, but only the trunk travels half a centimeter forward. MDF is 50cm, I would like a little smaller MDF.

Photo at MIR-26V

Photo at MIR-26V

The aperture has automatic control, but it can also be set manually on cameras that do not support blinking aperture control. The diaphragm has only 6 blades.

Photo at MIR-26V

Photo at MIR-26V

Image quality

Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 showed good sharpness on any aperture. The lens has a good contrast, color reproduction with a classic yellowish-greenish Soviet hue. Auto white balance normally copes with yellowness, I'm not focusing on that. Aberrations are very small. Vignetting is almost not noticeable. The only slightly noticeable distortion. Also, Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 works very poorly with backlight, with such lighting the contrast decreases greatly. The bokeh of the lens is rather unusual, slightly twisted, I can not say that it is bad.

Photo at MIR-26V

Photo at MIR-26V

Personal experience

The front lens of Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 is large and convex, therefore, it requires a huge diameter filter. The lens is heavy, but it's nice to shoot it. Unfortunately, in a narrow format (on APS, APS-C cameras), the Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 is of no interest, since ordinary fifty dollars is lighter and faster than the Mir-26V 3.5 / 45. Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 can be used for photo experiments.

Photo at MIR-26V

Photo on MIR-26V. Kind of bokeh.

Sample photos on Mir-26V 3.5 / 45

All photos were taken on Nikon D700. The photo in the review is without processing, only the size is reduced to 2mp and the data from EXIF.


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Conclusions:

Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 is a good, sharp wide-angle lens for medium format cameras. For full-frame and crop cameras, it is not of much interest.

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Comments: 44, on the topic: Review of MIR-26V 3.5 / 45

  • Vasil

    Arkadiy de Vi scored the middle-format skills (::

    • Arkady Shapoval

      They are all not mine, tomorrow it will be necessary to give.

      • Vasil

        Zrozumіlo (:

  • anonym

    At one time he actively used both “Mir” and “Flektogon”. The Zeiss lens is far ahead of the Arsenal lens in terms of contour sharpness, contrast, and detail. I don’t remember about boke, since it was in the mid-eighties, but I still remember the sharpness of the memory. Even for the negative 6 * 6, the detail in the photos from the Flektogon was unusually large, as if it had been printed by “contact”. What can not be said about "Mir": the drawing is soft, and the edges are smeared all the same ... For nothing, that the scheme is German.

    • 10111

      The schemes of Mir-26 and Flektogon are completely different and there are no “German schemes” in Mir, and the image quality in it largely depends on the specimen. I compared my Mir-26 with three Flektogons (2 zebras and 1 MC) - only MC turned out to be close in sharpness, so that one could call them equivalent. Zebras were worse.

      • Lennaganci

        Perhaps I agree, I really like this lens on the medium format. And the sharpness is excellent, I would say wonderful, a little wider than flektagon and even lighter. So I'm for World Peace -))

  • Vasil

    Arkadiy, and if you want to make a new appearance, look at the assets? (: Does it happen at once to test something?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Wedding season, no time to write and test.

      • Vasil

        Nothing in the kidney

        • Arkady Shapoval

          New article released :)

          • Vasil

            I’ve downloaded and read it later (: Dyakuyu, and how is the spring season there? (:

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Goes to himself

  • Demof he is Demin Igor.

    Arkady, if I understood correctly, then MIR 26 V can be fitted to the NIKON D-90 with the adapter KP 88 / N, and also with it the JUPITER 36B lens?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      No, for Bayonet B you need KP 88 \ N (Salyut-Nikon), and for bayonet B KP-6 \ N (Pentakon-Nikon), see the Soviet lenses section for more details.

  • VALENTINE

    The sense of using a figure is very doubtful (see my comments to the reviews World 3 and 38B). Unless, when there is no fish and a sperm whale - a fish.

  • Demof he is Demin Igor.

    Thanks for the help! In the course of the experiment I will report the result.

  • Alexander Raysky

    Hello! Great review as always. I plan to take the Araksovsky shift adapter from the SF to the 700th. Well, the portrait - of course, Vega-12. And only Mir 26 will give the widest angle, as I understand it?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      A wide angle will give Zenitar-N fish.

      • Alexander Raysky

        I meant shu under the Arax tilt adapter, i.e. SF lens.
        The usual set of glasses, including zenithar and cyclops is available. Have you tried flektogon to Kiev?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I have not tried it.

  • Sergei

    in my opinion, the specimen tested in the article has (not quite clear) asymmetry (misalignment?): it catches the eye on the left side of the frame, it can be seen from the side and geometric distortions of the periphery. What could this have come from?

  • Dmitriy

    Hello ! I want to buy MIR-26 V - but would like to know what is needed to attach it to the canon 550D?
    Thanks in advance !

  • Alexey

    And how can this lens show itself on the canon 60d?

  • Leonid

    Tell me, please, which adapter is needed to work with the World-26 V with a Canon 70 D? I would be very grateful for the information.

    • Alexey

      I really want to try it on the crop at 60d. Tell me what result leads?

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    With "zebras" everything is clear, I shot it like that, still alive. After a long work on digital, I'm going to turn into medium format. And now I am faced with the question of either leaving my flektogon or looking for Mir-26. If there is “Mir”, it will probably be a new modification of ARSAT or ARAX. Much has been said about this old lens, but almost nothing about these. It is clear that their manufacturer advertises what they are better, but is this so, and what is better? Can anyone tell? There was my first serious camera "Kiev-19" with Arsat-N 50mm-swan song simply. They gave me a barter "Konika" and a 57mm / 1,4 staff. So this couple was losing to Kiev in everything, the color was sometimes better - and even then on the slides, and so the loss is complete! - I sold. (although at that time they actively smacked their fathers in magazines). According to my assumptions, this is precisely the merit of the new production (or maybe such a copy).

    • anonym

      The merit of production, for sure: one copy is candy, the other is a complete UG. I just came across such a world: consider it not open; works distinctly with 5,6. The difference between open and closed by one and a half feet is huge, and this is in the center (except through the adapter). What's going on in the 6x6 field is scary to think. Still, the Germans, even the GDR, do not allow such a spread. I regularly hear about successful Worlds that Flektogons are tearing apart, but have not seen a single one.

  • Dmitriy

    and what is the focal length of this lens (MIR-26V 3.5 / 45) with an adapter in full frame?

  • anonym

    Please tell me which adapter is needed for the lens (MIR-26V 3.5 / 45) on the Nikon5100?

  • Alexey

    I have the following story with this optics.
    If you remove the lens from the camera, the focusing ring travels smoothly. When attached to the camera, the focusing ring is slow and jerky, making focusing extremely difficult. (kiev-88, araks)
    On the lens removed from the camera, while holding the jumper, the focus ring is also difficult to move.

    The seller says this is a feature of this lens. Is it so?
    Tell me! Has anyone come across this?

  • Vyacheslav

    I ask you to tell me what else the adapter for this lens to Nikon can be called, the search for Avito at the request of KP-88 / N did not give results, like the search on eBay for the request of kp-88 / n, maybe it’s called by foreigners for something else ?

    • Jury

      the adapter is rare, therefore the search did not return any results - no offers for sale. The name is correct.

    • Jury

      If you really need an adapter, you can do it yourself: for the lenses of Salyut, Kiev88 cameras, there are macro rings, they are sometimes sold on the Internet or at photo flea markets. I needed an adapter for B-mount lenses - threaded (not to be confused with B-mount) for Nikon. I bought two extension rings from Salut (sold as a kit) and an adapter KP-A / N. And from a short ring marked “19” and KP-A / N I made the adapter I needed. It is better to disassemble the macro ring completely, so that it is easier to clean the chips afterwards, remove the jump rope extension from the macro ring (it spins up and is simply removed), cut off its bracket (one of the two, which is closer to the camera), flush with the inner diameter. Unscrew three fixing screws from KP-A / N. Carefully grind the KP-A / N adapter case from the outside so that it fits inside the macro ring. This must be done carefully so as not to sharpen too much and it does not begin to fall into the macro ring. I did it on a regular grinding wheel. Next, the most important thing is to sharpen evenly so that there is no skew when connecting the two parts. It is important to “fit” the KP-A / N inside the macro ring to the correct depth, ie. make the correct flange. The total length of my adapter was 40 mm, but it is better to choose it empirically, so that there is infinity, it is possible with a short flight. It is necessary to connect the two parts of the adapter with a slight interference. After cutting, grinding, it is necessary to wash two parts from all sawdust under water and dry. You can start putting on a camera with a lens and setting the flange distance (carefully so that the structure does not fall apart in your hands and the lens does not sink into oblivion :)). After setting the flange distance, it is necessary to check the same length of the adapter along its entire circumference with a caliper, so that there is no distortion of the optical axis. Then I took three non-native screws M3x4, for a hex key and screwed them in from the inside of the KP-A / N, fixing it inside the macro ring (native screws have a straight slot - they are inconvenient to screw in from the inside). Next, paint with black matte paint all the places with bare metal. The paint should not fall on the outer part of the KP-A / N, otherwise it will spill into the camera. As a result, what we have: two macro rings - about $ 15, KP-A / N - about $ 3-4, the result is a working adapter that is placed on the factory thread of the lens and can be used with several lenses with a B mount, a whole lens - we don't saw anything on it, a long whole macro ring (my set consisted of two macro rings - 19 and 48), which can be used for macro photography.

  • Taketazaki

    There is an inaccuracy in the description regarding the optical design; in reality, there are eight lenses in seven groups

  • anonym

    why may not work infinity on the lens World 26V?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The adapter is most likely not like that.

      • anonym

        He is standing in Kiev-60

  • Victor

    What a shame! No IR spectrum!

  • anonym

    Literally today, the 26th century. https://www.flickr.com/photos/98764138n02with14301854051/41864874980/in/dateposted/

  • Eugene

    Colleagues, tell me please how to choose an adapter for sony a300, mount A, it seems.

  • Cucu

    > Unfortunately, Mir-26V 3.5 / 45 is of no interest in the narrow format
    Just interesting.
    I took to increase the resolution.

    • B. R. P.

      So how, increased?

      • Cucu

        Don't expect a big increase. Increased because the frame uses the center of the lens where the resolution is highest. The sides are sharp and at the minimum aperture. The very saboy here and the best geometry. In sunny weather, a lens hood is required.

  • Alexander

    Or can someone tell me, really infinity from what distance does it start? It is clear that after 2.5m, but how much more accurate?

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