Overview of Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm P

For provided Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm L lens Many thanks to Igor Tihan.

Overview of Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm P

Overview of Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm P

This is a lens from a rangefinder camera with a focal length of 28,8mm. The lens logo shows that the lens was manufactured at the Kharkov machine-building plant FED (Kharkov, Ukraine). The letter 'm' in the name Industar-26м says it Мupgraded lens Industar-26. If you know the significant differences between the I-26, I-26m, add it in the comments at the end of this article. You can see how the modification looks I-26m 2,8 / 52.

This is how Industar-26m looks like

This is how Industar-26m looks like

Given that the first two digits of Soviet lenses usually mean the year of manufacture, then my copy is 1953, and in 2013 it turned 60 already. Nevertheless, the lens is fully operational, the focus and aperture rings work correctly, it is only a pity that the metal was covered with a black coating that I could not clean off.

Enlightenment of the front and rear lenses of the Industar-26m lens

Enlightenment of the front and rear lenses of the Industar-26m lens

The lens has enlightened optics, the red letter 'P' says about this in the name. Despite the fact that the lenses are coated, the lens is not friendly with backlighting. You can read a lot of reviews about Industar-26m here.

Industar-26m Lens Side View

Industar-26m Lens Side View

A distinctive feature of the lens is 10 blade aperture. The circles in the bokeh are quite even at all aperture values, this is a very pleasant trifle.

Industar-26m diaphragm petals from the front and rear lenses

Industar-26m diaphragm petals from the front and rear lenses

Focusing on the lens is smooth. The focus ring rotates 180 degrees. The minimum focusing distance is 1 meter. The lens has a scale for depth of field and focus distance. When focusing, the front lens does not rotate, and the trunk of the lens lengthens by about half a centimeter. The focus ring is uncomfortable, located near the lens mount to the camera.

The sizes of two lenses: Industar-26m and INDUSTR-50 1: 3,5 F = 5cm P (both rangefinder)

The sizes of two lenses: Industar-26m and INDUSTR-50 1: 3,5 F = 5cm P (both rangefinder)

The diaphragm is manually controlled using a special aperture ring. The aperture is adjustable smoothly, without clicks, you can set any value from F / 2.8-F / 22. The diameter of the front filter is very small, only 40mm. And the lens itself weighs about 100 grams.

Photo examples

In the general case, rangefinder lenses on SLR cameras work only in macro mode, in more detail here. On Canon 350D I installed the lens using two adapters: M39-M42 + M42-Canon EOS. How to use Soviet old M39 lenses on modern Nikon cameras read here, and on Canon here.

and Nikon D40:

Scratches, potholes and other dirt in the photo with an example of bokeh are not problems of the dirty matrix of my camera - these are bubbles, scratches, chips and floated coating on the rear lens of the lens. The same goes for my other reviews as well.

Industar-26m lens on a SLR camera

Industar-26m lens on a SLR camera

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with an M39 thread (for rangefinder cameras, M39 X 1/28.8), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this you just need to choose the right adapter (adapter). There is no need to carry out any additional actions to remake the lens. The cheapest adapters can be found at Aliexpress.com.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with 'E'/'FE' mount series SonyNEX и Sony Alpha need here is an adapter M39 -Sony E (aka L39 -Sony Nex).
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK / XIAOMI: For cameras with a bayonet mount Micro 4/3 (Micro 4:3) need here is an adapter M39-Micro 4/3.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with Canon EF-M mount need here is such an adapter M39-Canon M.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with Canon RF mount need here is such an adapter M39-Canon R.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need here is such an adapter M39-Nikon 1.
  6. Nikon Z: For cameras Nikon Z series (FX/DX) needed here is such an adapter M39-Nikon Z.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need here is such an adapter M39-Fuji X.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need here is such an adapter M39-Fuji GFX.
  9. SAMSUNG: NX mount cameras require here is an adapter M39-Samsung NX. There are no adapters for the NX mini camera yet.
  10. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount need here is such an adapter M39-Leica L.
  11. LEICA: For cameras with a bayonet mount Leica M need here is an adapter M39-L / M.

It's important: for SLR cameras, only macro mode is possible (can only shoot at very close focusing distances).

For SLR cameras (macro mode only)

  1. Canon: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need here is an adapter M39 -Canon EOS.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with Nikon F mount needed here is such an adapter M39 -Nikon F (some cameras will only work in M-mode).
  3. PENTAX: For Pentax K-mount cameras, you need here is such an adapter M39 -Pentax K.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony/Minolta A mount, you need here is an adapter M39 -Sony A.
  5. OLYMPUS/PANASONIC/LEICA: For cameras with 4/3 mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) here is an adapter M39 -4/3.


Now you can find a lot of old lenses from rangefinder cameras of the 'Industar' brand. Such lenses are sold for a penny (5 rubles per bucket :)). This lens can be used on SLR cameras as a budget macro lens. On mirrorless cameras, this tiny lens can still serve as a good lens for creativity, as it has a good combination of aperture and focal length and a good sharp picture. The white metal frame of the lens barrel looks interesting on modern digital cameras :)

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Comments: 113, on the topic: Overview of Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm P

  • Lynx (tired of writing George)))

    plaque on the metal can be removed with a cotton swab dipped in silit (for cleaning baths and surfaces from plaque). You can not concentrated, but diluted ... apply, let it work and rinse with water - wipe with a napkin ...


    The prototype of Industar-61, calculated without the use of STK (superheavy or "lanthanum" crowns). The resolution is slightly lower than that of the I-61, but the light scattering is lower and there are no parasitic images.

  • SergeyF

    off-topic question - is silver Canon different from black?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There is no functional difference.

    • Sergei

      just like there is no difference between the Nikon D3100 and Nikon D3100 red. Only the color, for which, at times, a certain value was made.

  • Sasha

    "The first two letters of Soviet lenses usually mean the year of manufacture"
    On my FED there is a similar objective ... numbers 23 ... hardly 23 years

    • Konstantin

      On my I-26M is also # 30….

  • Denis

    Industar 26m is an excellent macro lens, redid the backdrop for Nikon, now I put it on my camera without any problems. after alteration, the focusing distance increased. The lens gives a sharp picture with a beautiful bokeh.

    • Tatyana

      What does the “backdrop” mean and where is it done?

      • Nicholas

        shank. and the M42 thread was redone, for example, on Nikon F or Canon FD, Minolta A or whatever.

  • Alexander

    Good evening everyone. For several months now I have been reading this wonderful resource and am amazed at the energy industry and the creative approach of its author! My respect, Arkady! Probably the theory is already starting to fall out of me and my hands are starting to itch. Therefore, I took out from the farthest corner the farthest suitcase with the most cherished case of a miracle called FED-5s. Unfortunately, my first training Sunrise did not survive, but this one became my first MY camera. It is equipped with an Industar 61 L / D lens. After rereading all the reviews of Soviet photographic equipment, I still can't figure out what kind of bayonet is on it and with what adapter it can be attached to my D90. In addition to him, I had a lens from Kiev-4 Jupiter 8m 2/50. But there is such an interesting mount that you definitely cannot do without a file. Maybe someone will advise how to return the old people to the system. Since ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      LD and 8m - rangefinder, will work only in macro mode. 8m needs to be greatly altered, and for 61ld an adapter m39-nikon or m39-m42 + m42-nikon is enough.

      • Alexander

        Thanks. I would like a lens just under the macro. True, I looked at the M39 adapter ... somehow curly $ 30 for a piece of aluminum. m39-m42 + m42-nikon will probably be more universal and more accessible ...

        • Arkady Shapoval

          The second option is much cheaper.

        • Novel

          Try to order adapters in China. With ebay or with aliexpress. At the same time, they cost a maximum of 5 dollars.

        • Farid

          I bought an adapter m39-nikon for 450r. M42-Nikon price is the same if without a lens. Perhaps you can throw off this person's VK page?

    • Lynx

      From Jupiter 8 + the case from Helios 44-2, or Industar 50-2, you can make a couple of good monocles. google it. though one lens is ready there - the front one, but the second meniscus will have to be removed from the front gluing, for example, I did disassembly in oil. Difficult, but possible. But the front lens has a more interesting monocle pattern.

  • Sasha

    He inherited, along with Industar-50. The diaphragm stuck somewhere, there was water leak on the second glass. I was busy with disassembly for a very long time (the circlip was varnished by fools like me) Now, despite the advanced age and my lens, the aperture works even softer than on other glasses. What do they know how to do for years with the union. Thank you Arkady for the article (I thought it was a sinful thing that I’ll bypass the 26th)

  • Levani

    presented one the other day. only he does not have this pimp on the ring, and the focuser ring is of the “nut” type. right now, I'll do the alteration for nikon :-)

  • Levani

    found that the focus ring can be flipped for more convenient use :-)

  • Igor

    Busy ..) but I still really like Zeiss Jen's 35 zebra as a macro

  • Vova

    I had a FED-3 with such a lens, photographed on Agfa film, so far I can only tell you about it the best memory

  • Levani

    put. working)

  • yuraphoto

    I didn’t think that it can be used on DSLRs with such a working length!

  • Dmitriy

    and if you put the lens with -5,5 glasses, you can do infinity on any lens from a rangefinder !!

    • Denis

      and for helius, for example, a lens with which diopters and where else to put between the lens and the carcass or the objective lens?

  • Tyoma True.

    Hello! Especially huge respect to Arkady, thanks for the work and excellent material, a couple of months ago I did not understand anything about photography at all, but with the purchase of the Nikon1 V1 mirrorless I fell in love with this business and now every day I devote time to “leveling the hero”. Soviet optics has become an integral part of my hobby , with a working distance of 17 mm on V1, the optics from rangefinders work with a bang (with an adapter). Today, the 8th Industar-26m 1: 2.8 F = 5cm P (No. 324167) lens with FЄD-2 (56 years) in excellent condition for 5+. Interesting blur, artistic picture, good sharpness, starting from 2.8 more plastic than I-61, multi-blade diaphragm. In portrait photography, the I-26m definitely wins compared to Industar-61. Of the minuses - it does not tolerate backlight, the sun should be behind the back, for the street the hood will be indispensable. And the question of the lens number (No. 324167) the first two digits of the production date are real this is? Or do not all the knocked-out 2 digits of the number indicate the release?

    • Vyacheslav

      I have the same Nikon + adapters N1-42, N1-39, N1-C mount, C mount-42, C mount-Nikon Al. I play with optics about rangefinder and SLR Soviet cameras and 16 mm cameras.

    • Vladimir

      The first two digits of the number correspond to the year of manufacture of the product, with the exception of the products of FED enterprises ...

  • Elena

    Please tell me what adapters are needed for the industrial -26m, industrial-50-2, helios 44th, I have a canon 600d. thanks!!!

  • Alex

    Topic Tru - please tell me how you managed to install Industar-26m on nikon 1 v1? What adapter was used?

    I also have a Nikon 1 in 1 and the other day I gave my father-in-law FED3 with an observed lens. but how to find the adapter of the mind I can’t fit.
    Thank you.

    By the way, I have number 1103561 - so I also doubt that here the first digits are the year of release, rather the last two.

    • Serge

      I have number 26 on 458724m. So the last ones are hardly the year of issue. The photo was acquired by my father, complete with a lens, in 83 or 84. I think that the year of release is approximately the same.

  • Larissa

    Arkady, is it possible to pick up macro rings on such a lens? and does it make sense to use them in such a bundle? Have you tried?

    • Lynx

      can. There will be even more macro. For the object, I personally grab it without the macro rings, but sometimes I cling, if necessary, "more detailed"

      • Konstantin

        Hello everyone! Question: With extension rings, macro photography is understandable, but without them, did you use a lens changer? For example, I did not notice much effect when reversing the I-26M on my CANON 600.

        • Lynx

          it’s already macro on the mirror, much more then? )))
          reverse was implied for ordinary specular lenses, in particular whale 18-55

  • Daniel

    I have the first two digits of 28, Nov I doubt that he is 28 years old) http://cs309322.vk.me/v309322800/6a74/DEsXkcTGfrA.jpg

  • Svetlana

    And I generally have No. 068459

  • Vektor helgi

    The bottom line is that most likely just the last two digits I have 62 and I look at all those who worked out the numbers on their lenses - the last digits 59, 61 only one does not converge

    • 10111

      Products of the plant FED did not use the weather numbering system. The numbering was end-to-end and the number on the lenses and cameras does not indicate the year either at the beginning or at the end. There are only rare exceptions in the form of the late I-61 and, apparently, some issues of the FED-35, etc.

  • hatred

    Grammar errors, many grammatical errors. You do not need to hold cameras in your hands, but for each primer in the teeth.

  • Sergei

    Tell me - what adapters are needed for the i-26m to the 600d?

  • anonym

    And I’m taking pictures with FED-2) the quality is super

  • Baton64

    Anonymous, you're driving! And about “taking pictures” and about “super quality”. I wanted to write, but I could not think of anything else? What kind of enlarger do you use? Screw this lens in - industrial?

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