Industar-61L/Z 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

Wow! What a surprise! First because of it's  good quality, second because of it's low price. I don't know why is it so cheap, this lens offers very good quality indeed.
Vendor name
Type name
Product year
61 L/Z  
Focal min (mm)
Focal max (mm)
Focus min(cm)
50 50 30
Aperture maxAperture min
Diaphragm action Weight (g)
2 pre-set 225
Filter size (mm)
PUsh on diameter(mm)
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Industar-61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 Macro

I was curious about this lenses quality, because it's low price. I had a more than pleasant experience with Industar-2 50mm f/3.5. So when I had a chance to buy it,  I bought. Folks, I just say Wow! Amazing lens, sharp as possible with good color rendering. I have the legendary Kiron 105mm f/2.8 macro 1:1 and Tamron SP 90mm f/2.5 too,  so I have experience with cult third party lenses. Industar-61 L/Z is  good at least as the others, easy to focusing, very compact, very well built quality lens. I suppose this lens is definitly one of my traveller lenses.


Sample pictures:
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Comments (2)
Industar 61L
2Tuesday, 15 November 2016 01:03
Not all lenses were made in USSR by military factories, but this one was. It has newer reached the market, I got it quite used on black market in 1976 for a good price and it was only lens I have use for many years.
Soviet lens
1Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:28
No wonder. All lenses were made by the Soviet military factories. And it means better quality. Because we have never pursued for profit, was a fundamental quality!

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