Review MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO

According provided by Lens MS RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO Many thanks to Pavel Gorokhovsky. I had this lens for a month, unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to release a review faster. Thanks to Paul for his patience and trust.



In short

MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO is a classic mirrored lens. It attracts with not the worst relative aperture for this class of 1: 5.6 and good macro shooting capability (maximum magnification ratio is 1: 4). The image quality is not impressive, but remains at a bearable level for amateur photography.



The main technical characteristics of MS RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO:

Review Instance Name It says' MC RUBINAR 5,6/500 MACRO 5,6 / 500 940960 LZOS logo '
Basic properties
  • M42x1 / 45.5 - common landing thread 'M42'.
  • Lens fit for full-size cameras with a frame size of 36 x 24
  • Mirror-lens or cathodioptric type of lens
  • MC - multilighting optics
  • MACRO - the possibility of pseudo-macro photography
  • Only manual focus
  • Non-adjustable diaphragmfixed at f / 5.6
  • Tripod socket with rotation lock
  • Filter kit and metal hood included
  • 'bagels' in bokeh
Front Filter Diameter 105 mm (one hundred and five millimeters!), Thread pitch 1 (instead of the classic 0.75)
Focal length 500 mm

Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom).
Designed by for full-format film cameras
Number of aperture blades 0 (zero), without aperture control
Tags focusing distance scale in meters and feet. 'MACRO' scale which shows the maximum magnification ratio, there are only values ​​for 1: 4 and 1: 6
Diaphragm without a diaphragm control mechanism, the value F / 5.6 is always set (in fact, the number T responsible for aperture, located at level T / 8)
MDF 2.2 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 4.
The weight 1200 g
Optical design 7 elements in 5 groups

Optical design Rubinar 500 5.6

Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood M105 with the LZOS logo, screwed into the thread of the front filter, metal
Manufacturer country There is no indication of the country of manufacturer, most likely made in the Russian Federation
Production period The exact period is unknown. A copy of the review was made in 1994 (following the serial number)
Price Prices for modern manual focus telephoto lenses can be viewed here.

MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO - large and weighty.

The focus ring on the copy from my review has a noticeable backlash. The ring is very wide with a large wide rubberized insert. The focus ring rotates 345 degrees. During focusing, the front of the body rim extends approximately 1.5 cm forward. During focusing, the front of the body rim rotates. MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO uses huge filters with a diameter of 105 mm (see their view).

The lens comes with a large metal screw hood (with a red stripe, like lenses Canon l) With a lens hood, the lens looks irresistible. The front cover without latches, just snugly against the lens, has a special sealing fabric on the inner surface.

MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO has a tripod ring and a tripod foot. The tripod ring can freely rotate around the lens, in certain positions (a total of 8 pieces) a characteristic click is heard. The ring is fixed with a special clamping screw. The ring is fixed, easy to operate.



Sample photos and image quality

In general, the image quality of the MS RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO is similar to inexpensive mirror lenses. MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO does not suffer from distortion and chromatic aberrations, but the resolution is rather weak. Nevertheless, with the MS RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO is quite suitable for amateur photography. A characteristic feature of these lenses is the bokeh in the form of rings (bagels). If you try to pick up the background, then the rings in the bokeh are almost invisible.

Sample photos from a digital SLR camera Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi, adapter M42-Canon EOS и macro ring M42 23 mm thick. Photos shown without processing. It is best to take pictures without grease when shooting with hands at shutter speeds shorter than 1/500 s.

You can download the original photos. at this link.

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, Nikon F) it is necessary to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows correct focusing at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless camera, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. Canon: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For cameras Pentax with mount K you need an adapter M42-Pentax K, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with an 'E' series mount SonyNEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK /  XIAOMI: For cameras with a Micro 4/3 bayonet mount (Micro 4: 3), you need the M42-Micro 4/3 adapter, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon EF-M need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon r need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. Nikon Z: For series cameras Nikon Z need adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount need adapter M42-Samsung NX, you can find it at this link. For the camera Nx mini adapters do not exist yet.
  10. PENTAX: For cameras with Q mount need an adapter M42-Pentax Q, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount, you need the M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a Leica M mount need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

Important: Please note that this lens cannot be mounted on SLR cameras without using an optional macro ring M42, MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO rests against the protrusion of the built-in flash (for cameras without a built-in flash - into the so-called 'nose' with the brand inscription). When using the macro ring (it is also an extension ring), focusing at infinity will be maintained, since the focusing ring has a small infinity flight. I used a 23mm macro tube with a DSLR to create the view. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi and adapter M42-Canon EOS. Cheapest metal extension rings available here.


MS RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO. The lens is shown on a digital SLR camera. Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. Attaching the lens to the camera using M42-Canon EOS adapter without chip и macro ring M42 23 mm thick.

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Comments: 27, on the topic: Survey MC RUBINAR 5,6 / 500 MACRO

  • John_Smith

    Uterus Boska!
    Myan turbuyu, and not evil swearing ?!

  • Rodion

    Class, I was waiting for an overview of this glass!

  • anonym

    The brightness of the image, the sprout is different, the contrast is in contrast, not in Radiansky analogs. Tobto the current Russian product is good for SRSRivska.Pichalka.

    • Dmitriy

      Well, let's start with the fact that the products are far from today, but made in 94, judging by the serial. At that time, in general, everything was done somehow. And the old MTO-500 was more interesting in design ... well, it was one step darker, which explains a lot

    • another novel

      Translation: “The image quality, in particular the resolution and contrast, is worse than that of the Soviet counterparts. That is, modern Russian products are worse than Soviet ones. Sadness. "

      Answer: 1994 in which this “Rubinar” was produced is 23 years ago, and this is far from being “modern products”. In addition, this period is called the “collapse of the USSR”.
      High-aperture lenses (and for a focal length of 500 mm - this is a fast lens), neither in those years, nor even now, did not stand out in contrast. They stood out for their luminosity.
      He has not a lot of analogues of the same size, and better than nowhere else in the world, perhaps, nothing is for sale. (Oh, this USSR and the Russian Federation)
      So really - sadness.

  • Paul

    Arkady, please tell me which lens, in your opinion, has the best picture quality: Rubinar 5.6 / 500 or ?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The rubyar is definitely better

  • Zoomer

    A shot with an airplane: I know that on more modern Nikons such as D810 | D750, the IR filter is removed from the matrix, which makes the picture brighter (with less sun shroud) ... It's interesting, but if you find a good “polar” on it, you will be able to achieve similar effect?

    • another novel

      Probably, after all, it was not the IR that was removed, but the Anti-aliasing filter (LPF).
      The Chinese, by the way, make polar people for him!

    • another novel

      Polarians, in the sense, with a 105 × 1 thread - under the "Rubinar 5,6 / 500".

      A matrix with a normal resolution of 15-20 megapixels is quite enough for him, and here the low-pass filter will not affect.

      When shooting against the light, and in general, the hood helps with the veil. And the lenses (and / or UV protection filter) must be clean, and preferably not scratched. But lenses all give a "veil" against the light, and especially such.
      It is necessary to remove the veil in the editor. Sharp. The HF is stronger. In general, this should be done with “EVIL” in any case, but only with “straight hands”. It takes a little experience here. It's not hard to make her invisible at all.
      Or just shoot contrasting pictures in sunny weather - there will be no veil either.

  • Eugene

    A kind of small telescope. Central shielding is a bit big. If you take it into account, then the real aperture is approximately F / 6.6

    • another novel

      Yes, a telescope. Yes, CE is too big. The real aperture ratio, as the author correctly indicated in the table, is T / 8 +.

    • another novel

      The relative aperture f / 5,6 is used to calculate the depth of field, f / 8 for exposure.

  • Igor

    These worlds have interesting bokeh bagels, the middle is reflected.

    • another novel

      The old ones are reflected, the “modern” ones have a black cork in front.

  • Oleksandr

    Another pipe. I didn’t even know that such buckets still exist, they all thought for a long time in scrap. Burning!

    • another novel

      The war did not beat all patients.

  • Alex

    EVIL is specific, its bagels are not to everyone's taste. Human portraits did not like at all precisely because of the background, but the bird's (especially the crow on the pillar) is very nice. But, in any case, this piece of iron can only be indulged a couple of times in good weather.

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  • Andrei

    A beautiful drawing, has the right to life

  • another novel

    Good article. Nothing superfluous, all the most important points were touched upon, and at the same time, the author did not tear apart other people's materials, although it is clear that he is acquainted with them;)
    PS It seems Alexander Adashkevich drew a diagram of the lens.

  • another novel

    The gallery of photographs taken with the lens from the review also pleased.

  • Alexander

    Minolta 500/8 MD contrast at times and will be sharper, and bagels are not very intrusive. I won’t say anything about autofocus, I haven’t tried

  • Alexander


  • ASUS

    And there is a lens with "bubbles" but not 500mm but for example 35-50mm?

    • B. R. P.

      Happens with “bubbles”. Domiplan, Primoplan, Trioplan.

  • Sergei

    The lens is used in work when it is necessary to photograph the elements of freight cars without going out on the track. Compact, lightweight, gives an image with very good detail. Used in tandem with Canon 5D.

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