Zenitar-M 1.7 / 50 | review with examples of photos

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The lenses below are a legacy of yesteryear that is still in use today.

Lenses "Helios "

Helios of various modifications have different optical characteristics and prices. Lenses with multilayer coating slightly exceed the cost of Zenitar-M 50 \ 1.7 and are quite common. The focal length is 58mm, which is slightly longer than Zenitar and can be difficult when shooting in confined spaces. The background blur has a signature swirl.

Industar-61 L \ Z 50mm f / 2.8 m42

Sharp, clear. Virtually no aberration, razor sharp from open aperture. Due to the shape of the aperture blades in hips asterisks are obtained from glare. Cheap and common lens. Smooth focusing, jerk-free aperture adjustment, preset ring available.

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f / 2.8 T m42

Rare, true German quality from the 60s-80s. With a perfectly circular 13-blade diaphragm, sleek design.

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f / 1.8 m42

It is a good choice for leisurely shooting portraits with shallow depth of field, as well as artistic background blur. Has a more airy picture when open.

Examples of photos on Zenitar-M 1.7 / 50

Canon 7D:


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  • I don't think it makes sense to say this lens is “insestructable” when it actually needs constant repairs!

      • I use it on Panasonic GH2.
        My Japanese lenses have better build. Zenitar is better than cheap modern plastic lenses.
        The previous owner tried to fix something. I think it was cleaned inside, but I don't know why.
        Optical quality of the lens is very good. Lens hood is recommended if shooting in front of the sun or bright light.
        It is sharp at 1.7 and very sharp at f2. The bokeh is nice - straight, clean, not swirly, creamy.
        Contrast is not strong, but this is not a problem to fix on the computer.
        Colors good. Little bit cold/blue. But it's made in Russia so it should be a bit cold, yes? :)
        This lens is very good for flowers and perfect for portraits.

        • I have not tried it on a full frame camera, but on a Canon 7D crop it seemed to me a very good lens. However, in terms of price / quality, I prefer Helios 44M-4 and 44M-5 (6), I really like this biotar adaptation IRL

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