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Amber PL Set From IronGlass – Lens Rehousing Company

If you have devoted yourself to cinematography, you start to look for lenses that will help you to cope with different tasks. You may buy each vintage lens separately or get a set of lenses. IronGlass rehousing company has prepared different sets for you to choose from. In case you cannot find a set, which contains all the necessary lenses, do not worry. IronGlass offers you the possibility to make a custom set. The main advantage is that there will not be unwanted lenses and it allows to save money.

Now let’s review one of the sets that you can get from IronGlass. It contains six vintage Russian lenses that are popular across the world even nowadays.

Mir 20M 20mm F3.5

Many soviet lenses are based on the Carl Zeiss optical formulas or lenses. Mir 20M 20mm f/3.5 is not an exception. The Flektogon 20mm optical formula has been used for this lens. As a result, it has become the widest lens in this set. Because of such size, it is also one of the slowest lenses in the set. The sharpness concentrates at the frame center starting from f/3.5 and rises to its maximum at f/5.6. However, on the edges the situation is different. In corner, Mir 20M 20mm F3.5 becomes more blurry. Speaking about color this lens renders quite low contrast muted colours, which are very popular with fan of vintage lenses. Photographers use this lens for taking architecture, interiors, landscapes, etc. As the minimum focusing range is just 0.18m, you may take close up pictures of high quality it’s also great for capturing close-ups.

Main Specifications:

  • Angle of View (FF): 90°
  • Aperture Blades: 6
  • Aperture Range: F3.5 – F16
  • Focus Throw: Approx. 220°
  • Min Focusing Distance: 0.18m
  • Weight (without modifications): 390

Mir 10A 28mm F3.5

Here is another wonderful soviet lens, which is a bit different from others. The truth is that it is not based on Zeiss optical formulas. Mir 10A 28mm F3.5 is a wide-angle lens with one layer coating. It was manufactured in the famous factory KMZ. However, this lens was not so popular and you will not find plenty of them on the market. Therefore, their price is often higher than in other vintage lenses. When you step Mir 10A 28mm F3.5 down you receive a bokeh that reminds five-pointed star. That occurs due to the uncommon design of the aperture. It also not a fast lens, when you compare it to some other 28mm lenses. From another side, Mir 10A is rather smooth when it is wide open and is focused on objects at close distances.

Main Specifications:

  • Angle of View (FF): 75°
  • Aperture Blades: 6
  • Aperture Range: F3.5 – F22
  • Focus Throw: Approx. 300°
  • Min Focusing Distance: 0.20m
  • Weight (without modifications): 520

Jupiter 9 85mm F2

Jupiter was another Zeiss copy. Its design was based on the Zeiss Sonnar lenses and contains almost the same characteristics as the original. It one of the shortest lens in among other Jupiters what makes it wonderful for portrait images. It is a fast lens that can provide you the opening of f2. You notice that wide open, Jupiter 9 85mm F2 has quite soft look. However, from F4 and up it creates really sharp images. Another strong feature of Jupiter is 15 aperture blades. They are well done and aperture provides you a round shape. Therefore, while taking a picture with bokeh you receive wonderful quality at a different stop. Among the disadvantages is a focusing range. With only 0.8m Jupiter 9 85mm F2 is more suitable for objects that are at some distance from you.

Main Specifications:

  • Angle of View (FF): 28°
  • Aperture Blades: 15
  • Aperture Range: F2 – F16
  • Focus Throw: Approx. 250°
  • Min Focusing Distance: 0.8m
  • Weight (without modifications): 318g

Tair-11A 135mm F2.8

If you are looking for a vintage lens from USSR to capture close up images, then you need to consider Tair 11A 135mm f2.8 Lens. It copes well with portraits and somewhat distant objects. The focus ring is also impressive. It provides you 330 degrees of manual adjustment. From another side, this lens is quite heavy, especially after modifications.

Main Specifications:

  • Min Focusing Distance: 1.2m
  • Angle of View (FF): 18°
  • Focus Throw: Approx. 300°
  • Aperture Blades: 20
  • Aperture Range: F2.8 – F22
  • Weight (without modifications): 620g

Mir 1B 37mm F2.8

Among different soviet lenses, Mir 1B 37mm F2.8 also deserves your attention. It was firstly manufactured in 1958 by the KMZ factory. The formula of high quality comes from Germany. To create this Mir lens, the blueprint of Jena Flektogon 35mm of Carl Zeiss was used. Another reason why this model is so popular is the first place Grand Prix at International World Fair in 1958. With a stepless aperture of this lens, you do not have half and full stops. It allows you to make quick but smooth exposure adjustments even when the lighting constantly changes. Even when the lighting is poor, with Mir 1B 37mm F2.8 you can achieve qualitative images.

Main Specifications:

  • Min Focusing Distance: 0.7m
  • Angle of View (FF): 60°
  • Focus Throw: Approx. 270°
  • Aperture Blades: 8
  • Aperture Range: F2.8 – F16
  • Weight (without modifications): 240

Helios 44 58mm F2

Helios is a favorite soviet lens for many professional cinematographers. It is not large, not expensive and also is not ideal, but still awesome and irreplaceable in a great number of different occasions. On the market, you can find plenty of various models, but Helios 44-2 58mm F2 is the most popular. The development of Helios lenses has started from the Carl Zeiss Biotar formula, which has become a standard of quality during those times. Many photographers & cinematographers choose Helios when they want to check out old vintage lenses. It will surprise you with its marvelous flares together with special swirly bokeh. The sharpness will never let you think that this lens actually a cheap one. Among standard features, you receive 8 aperture blades. However, there are versions with up to 13 blades. With modifications from IronGlass, you can have even 16 blades. With a larger number of aperture blades you get even rounder and more perfect background bokeh at any f-stop

Main Specifications:

  • Angle of View (FF): 40°
  • Aperture Blades: 8
  • Aperture Range: F2.8 – F16
  • Focus Throw: Approx. 270°
  • Min Focusing Distance: 0.5m
  • Weight (without modifications): 230g

De-clicked Apertures

IronGlass provides you lenses that are declicked. It means that you will not receive a clicking sound while moving the aperture ring, but even more importantly, sudden changes in exposure which is very important while shooting videos.

Hoods & Step-up Rings

While buying these lenses you receive steps up rings together with hoods, except the Mir 20 as it does not have a filter thread. These accessories improve your experience with light and flare control together with the usage of anamorphic and filter adapters. In addition, they have silver design too, which looks very stylish.

Mounts

While buying a set of lenses at IronGlass you can choose what type of mount you want. As you receive lenses with proper mount types you do not worry about getting adapters, which would cost you extra and not always of a great quality.

Caps

As an addition to lenses, you receive rugged caps that also glow in the darkness.

Pros

  • Anamorphic amber modifications make your colors warmer.
  • With anamorphic modifications, you also alter the bokeh and flares.
  • All lenses have silver design
  • You can get lenses with PL mounts for professional purposes.
  • The follow focus gears are done with metal for better focusing
  • Hoods and step-up rings provide you with improved flare light control

Cons

  • Anamorphic modifications deteriorate the light and partially block it
  • For modified lenses, you pay more
  • PL mount type is not universal and cannot be used with all cameras

To Sum Up

Soviet lenses are unique tools for wonderful pictures. They are based on old technologies, which means that they have some strong and weak points. If you want to get them at a wonderful price and possibility to modify the way you need, then IronGlass lens rehousing company will be glad to help you with your needs and tastes.

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