Review MC Wave 1.8 / 50

For the opportunity review lens MS Wave 1.8 / 50 many thanks to Alexander from the manual optics section and Alexander Perever for the camera Pentax K10D.

Review MC Wave 1.8 / 50

Review MC Wave 1.8 / 50

TTX MS Wave 1.8 / 50
The weight: about 240g
MDF: 0.45m
Focal length: 50mm
Front Filter Diameter: 46mm
Factory manufacturer: LOMO Plant (Leningrad Optical and Mechanical Association)
Aperture Limits: F1.8-F22, intermediate values: 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16
Number of aperture blades: 6 pieces
Optical design: 6 elements in 5 or 4 groups (unknown)
Resolution: 45/27 lin / mm (center / edge)
Bayonet \ thread: Bayonet 'K' (Pentax)

Lens MS Wave 1.8 / 50 was shot with the Almaz-103 camera. The Almaz brand cameras were excellent cameras and were generally equipped with good lenses. Volna lenses are now very rare and represent more collectible value than value for good photographs. I've met different lens names MS Wave 1.8 / 50, likely MC Volna-1 1.8 / 50 и MS Wave 1.8 / 50 Is the same lens.

Lens view MS Wave 1.8 / 50

View of the MC Wave 1.8 / 50 lens from different sides

MS Wave 1.8 / 50 It has bayonet mount Kexactly the same as the cameras Pentax. Therefore, to use MS Wave 1.8 / 50 Pentax cameras do not require any adapters. Modern Pentax digital SLR cameras themselves measure exposure with manual lenses and themselves confirm focusing without requiring any chips or dandelions. Aperture works automatically using the aperture control ring on the lens. It’s very convenient to use manual optics in Pentax AF-S mode, AF-Ccreating a focus trap effect. In order to use it on other cameras, you will need to purchase an appropriate adapter.

View of the MC Volna 1.8 50 lens on a modern camera

View of the MC Volna 1.8 50 lens on a modern camera

Lens MS Wave 1.8 / 50 Very well made, small in size and light in weight. Externally MS Wave 1.8 / 50 nothing special differs from other fast apertures. On cropped cameras MS Wave 1.8 / 50 can serve as a good portrait lens, good aperture helps to achieve a very small DOF. However, due to the very small depth of field this time I had to work hard to get sharp pictures on F / 1.8, maybe I’m just not used to managing Pentax manual lenses.

Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

Sample photo on MC Volna 1.8 50. Bokeh.

Focusing on the lens is usual for a fifty dollars, when focusing, the front element does not rotate, it travels about a centimeter forward. The focus ring rotates approximately 270 degrees, which makes the manual focus process quite enjoyable. An interesting fact is that the focus distance scale has a lot of intermediate values. The minimum focusing distance is 45 centimeters, which is a pretty good result.

Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

An example of a photo on MS Volna 1.8 50. Skin tone and depth of field.

The lens has a depth of field scale. The aperture ring clicks nicely when switching between values, and when the aperture is closed from 2.8 to 5.6, the aperture blades form a 'circular saw'. The aperture blades are gray in color and give reflections when light hits at a certain angle.

Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

Sample photo on MS Wave 1.8 50. Color rendering and bokeh

Image quality

MS Wave 1.8 / 50 boasts a complete lack of distortion. At open aperture, lens sharpness is not as good as after 2.8 aperture due to aberrations. Sharpness is present throughout the entire APS-C camera frame. The lens provides good color rendition, contrast, holds side and back light well. The optical design is a bit like the CZJ Planar because the lens has interesting bokeh. In general, the lens showed good image quality.

Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

Sample photo on MS Wave 1.8 50. Open aperture, focus at infinity

Sample Photos

All sample photos in this review were taken with a lens. MS Wave 1.8 / 50 and cameras Pentax K10D. All photos without processing, only reduced to 2 MP and imprinted data from EXIF. On cropped APS-C Pentax cameras EGF lens will fit 75mm.

Personal experience

On a completely open aperture, getting into sharpness seemed harder to me than on other fifty dollars. The lens really turned out good. The front lens has a strong reddish-violet flare, which really confirms multi-enlightenment. I included MC Volna 1.8 / 50 in the list the best Soviet fifty dollars.

Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

An example of a photograph on the MC Volna 1.8 50. You can remove the dynamics on a manual lens.

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Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

Sample photo on MS Volna 1.8 50

Other lenses of the brand 'Volna':

  1. WAVE-4 1.4 / 53
  2. Wave-9 50mm F2.8 MC MACRO
  3. Wave-3 80mm F2.8 MS
  4. MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52


MS Wave 1.8 / 50 - good high-aperture fifty dollars. Has good build quality, good image quality. For owners of CZK Pentax and film cameras with K mount - I recommend.

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Comments: 44, on the topic: MS Review Wave 1.8 / 50

  • mr.swar

    The Diamond family of cameras is a failed scam from the late 70s/early 80s. which gobbled up a lot of taxpayers' money and ended up with a PSHIK. It would be better if they continued to buy Nikons.
    PO Zavod Arsenal and LOMO fought for the release of a professional camera in Muscovy. The Kyivans had Kyiv-18 ready on the basis of Kyiv-17, LOMO had zero without a wand. KMZ refused this scam, although they wanted to impose it on him, but his ass burned against the background of the marriage from the Zeniths.
    But the party said it was necessary and a professional camera for reporters would be made in the RSFSR, as decided in Muscovy. We all know the result and we know what we got in the end ....
    Kyiv-18 and its subsequent models could squeeze out Nikons bought for currency, but no one cared.

    “The front lens has a strong reddish-purple flare, which really confirms the multi-coating”
    The residual reflex on the front lens does not indicate multi-enlightenment. The engineer decided to spray a protective layer of silicon oxide and chose the desired thickness of the coating, resulting in a residual reflection in two spectra and absorbing part of the spectrum in the yellow-green part of the spectrum. The lens is white in the light, there are enough flint lenses in this lens and the lens was considered under Kodak film.

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