Review MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

This review presents the model with serial number 830009.

The main technical characteristics of MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52:

The name of the instance from the review (as it is written on the lens itself) MC VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52 830009 with the logo of the Arsenal plant.
Basic properties
  • Bayonet 'N', similar to the Nikon F mount mount. Theoretically, the lens is similar to Nikon lenses. AI type.
  • manual focus only.
  • aperture control ring, as well as semi-automatic control of the diaphragm using the aperture ring and the diaphragm pusher of the cameras in which it is available.
  • Protrusion on the diaphragm ring for diaphragm rheostat.
  • MS - multi-layer optical coating.
  • The lens is suitable for full-format cameras.
  • metal case.
  • only experimental batches, without mass production.
  • super aperture with a maximum relative aperture of 1: 1.2
Front Filter Diameter 58 mm
Focal length 52 mm (according to some sources - 50 mm, or more accurate - 52.12 mm), EGF for cameras with an APS-C type sensor is approximately 75 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x
Designed by for film cameras with a frame size of 36 mm X 24 mm (presumably designed for the Kiev-18 camera).
Number of aperture blades 9 petals. At some intermediate values, the petals form a hole with notches. At strongly covered aperture values, the hole has the shape of an irregular polygon.
Tags focusing distance only in meters. The depth of field scale for F / 2, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16. The scale with aperture values ​​for F / 1.2, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16.
Diaphragm F / 1.2 to F / 16.0, adjustable by aperture ring
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.5 m (the focus ring rotates slightly further than the 0.5 m mark), the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 6.3 (approximately)
The weight 370 g (approximately)
Optical design 7 elements in 6 groups (the optical diagram below is not exactly confirmed)8n wave optical scheme
Lens hood according to the documentation is not provided at all
Manufacturer country USSR, made at the Kiev plant "Arsenal"
Period 1983-1984, model from review made in 1983

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52 is well assembled. The focus ring rotates about 270 degrees. The front lens does not rotate during focusing. Focusing occurs by moving the entire lens block.

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

Sample Photos

This is a collectible lens, and therefore it is a terrible sin to shoot with it. Viewing photos can cause eye pain.

Examples taken on Nikon D3200 и Nikon D700. In the examples is on-camera JPEG reduced size.

I only had 20 minutes to take pictures with this lens and re-view it.

Unfortunately on cameras Nikon D700 и D3200 the copy from the review did not want to close the diaphragm during shutter release (most likely due to the short leash of the diaphragm). Also, the protrusion on the aperture ring, for transmitting the aperture value to the camera, at F / 1.2 does not coincide with diaphragm rheostat Nikon D700. Apparently, the specification AI lenses copied incompletely or not exactly.

Lens view

Important: the rear lens of the lens protrudes more than usual and catches the main mirror on Nikon full-length cameras while focusing at infinity. On Nikon DX cropped cameras, there are no such problems.

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G SWM and MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

My impressions

There are few impressions and they are all negative. At F / 1.2, there is no lens. Perhaps this time, too, I should have added a warning “I had an unsuccessful copy on my review”, but, most likely, all copies of the VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52 and VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 50 MS are very weak in terms of image quality.

Rumors: This lens was supposed to be delivered together with the Kiev-18 camera, but both the camera and the lens did not see mass production. Also, I heard that this lens was simply not brought to a workable version and was left at the experimental batch stage. It was difficult to make lenses with F / 1.2 for Soviet optics.

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

MS VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52 on the Nikon D3200 camera

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Comments: 92, on the topic: Overview of the MC VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52

  • Vladimir

    I had such a lens in the early 2000s. He begged from an old Jew, it’s clear that he didn’t get cheap, and not very expensive either. There was a beautiful instance. On the open, the pictures turned out like an oil painting, a little soft, but the colors and bokeh are fabulous, at the covered values ​​the contrast and sharpness were about standard, but the colors were bold, the glass was cool. Over time, the diaphragm stopped working, but I did it for the first time, then something else happened, I don’t remember. I sold it, and after 12 years I regretted it. You won’t make such photos as from a wave, even the most expensive Nikora. The truth is I shot on film, but how would he behave on a figure, who knows.

  • Artyom

    Jupiter 3 on the open very much recalled

  • anonym

    Either the lens is not working, or it was necessary to focus through the screen.

  • Ilya

    I will buy this lens, I will give a good price.

  • anonym

    use 35kp 1.2.50, and you will be happy

    • KalekseyG

      Phew, what an abomination. Yes, the lens does not seem to exist.

      • Rodion

        This is PO109-1A, aka 35KP 50 / 1.2. cool glass, but the field aberrations are too large and the coverage circle is too small.

        • KalekseyG

          Yes, with what cabbage soup he became 35, if he was always 16.

          • Rodion

            Oh, well, yes - I also drew the wrong thing. Of course 16kp.

    • Smoker

      Damn, well, you can't take pictures of models on Nikon in front of a green background - you can't etch the skin all into greenery.

      • Smoker

        And if you take a picture in a room where, in addition to the green background, there are also luminescent lamps shining with a yellowish-green light. That’s all alles kaput. Nothing will help. It’s better not to even start taking pictures under such conditions.

    • spitzer

      Contemplating this photo masterpiece, the feeling that I am under LSD ..

  • anonym

    Arkady, and you do not dissemble? This lens is considered collectible.

  • Vyacheslav

    And how much is this miracle? Probably noctilux and did not lie next.

  • anonym

    These pictures were specially blurred in Photoshop - I don't know why. The author has something not gu-gu.

    • Dmitriy

      No. This is spherical aberration and coma. Very similar to the nikkor 55 / 1.2 non-ai that started in the 70s.

  • Makunochimaster

    Buy better Helios-81 :)

  • Fedka

    The owner of the lens is a very strange person, to put it mildly. He didn’t even give normal shooting to Arcadia.

    • anonym

      one word - collector ... they are all a little cuckoo

  • Dmitry MSK

    An interesting soft lens, actually. Valuable exclusively in this capacity. Nikon and Pentax 1.2 are also technically weaker than the 1.4 and 1.7 / 1.8 brothers, they have the same (but to a lesser extent) software on the open. Do you want a super-sharp fifty dollars? These are nikkor 50/2 and a watering can 50/2. Here they have enough for 5,6 resolutions up to 45-50MP matrixes, with f4 - the microcontrast is simply frantic, the aberrations are the minimum. Chromatics are near-zero, only coma on open and light spherical on full.

    • Rodion

      It should not be so simply. Because it is not a soft lens, but simply clumsily assembled or misaligned.

      • Roman

        Well, go and it cost 300 rubles at the time, and it was not a weak deficit. Such a good soft lens.

      • Roman

        And, prototypes, say almost a dozen or two. Means generally insane money. Now you look at this long-awaited experienced Mir-47 20 / 2.5, and then at your autofocus 20 / 2.8, and also twist your nose - the curvature of the field, a strong vignette. I don’t want ice cream and sausage for 2.20.

        • Rodion

          Mir-47k was quite serial. Only he is a rare trash - not far from Mir-20 he left.

  • Sergei

    The thing is purely collectible.
    For those who collect rare photographic equipment from “Arsenal”, Kiev.
    For the price that collectors will give for this product, an ordinary photographer can purchase a modern 50mm / 1,2 much better optical.
    And there will still be ...

    • spitzer

      ... will remain for ice cream for 15 kopecks, sausage for 2.20 and Yugoslavian jam

  • Alexander

    Found a prototype of wave-8, who is interested can take a look with examples of photos on the lance club (added)

    • Alexander

      This is how it looks on the camera

      • zengarden

        Can you see a photo from it?

  • Denis

    What can I say: Soviet Dreamagon :)

  • mr.swar

    VOLNA-8N 1.2 / 52 and VOLNA-4 1.4 / 53 lenses are very expensive to manufacture and it was difficult to complete the cameras, the price immediately rose compared to the cheap Helios-81. A simple Soviet person needed an inexpensive but reflex camera, which he could buy for a paycheck or take out on credit. Who needed aperture 1.2 or 1.4 bought a Nikon lens in a commission shop or through sailors.

  • Vyacheslav

    I consider the review on Radozhiva to be incorrect; the author of the review had an unsuccessful copy with a misaligned one, in which the lenses may have been mixed up during assembly, because this lens does not shoot like that. Besides myself, I know two other owners of this lens, they confirm that the Volna-8 50 mm f/1.2 lens is of the highest quality.
    This is a legendary Soviet lens, which, unfortunately, did not go into production due to its high price and difficulties in production. Our answer to Western fifty dollars with f1.2 (from my point of view, the most worthy answer). I am attaching a link to my flickr where you can see photos from this lens
    Now about the advantages of the lens from my point of view:
    1) Very sharp, starting from an open aperture of f1.2, sharp throughout the entire frame. I almost always shoot with it at f1.2, because the lens is fully functional when open
    2) almost complete absence of chromatic aberrations
    3) unique nature of background blur (bokeh)
    4) the ability to catch very artistic reflections from backlight (this is possible for an amateur, but I really like it)
    5) relatively light weight and dimensions
    Weak sides:
    1) Very rare, simply incredibly rare (although for some this is a plus)
    2) Fuji GFX no longer covers the medium format, there is a vignette in the corners. I use it on full frame, where it works perfectly.
    3) adaptation and installation of the diaphragm in your copy may be required
    4) most of the existing copies ended up in the hands of collectors who do not really like to share photographs from their lenses.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      How legendary is he, what kind of “worthy answer” is he if he didn’t even make it to production? Another attempt to increase the price of Soviet prototypes
      I suggest you prepare a selection of sources and I will add them to this note

    • RK

      Vyacheslav, can you tell us a little more about:
      – 3) it may be necessary to adapt and install the aperture in your copy -> are we talking about unfinished lenses without an aperture? What kind of adaptation?
      – Besides myself, I know two more owners -> do you have information about serial numbers?
      Thank you

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