Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Welcome!

This blog is created specially to share my knowledge and experience using Russian made lenses, especially those of post-war designs. Russian lenses such as MIR, Jupiter, Helios, etc. are widely available from eBay today. And they are pretty affordable too.

Most of the lenses are made from a factory by the name of Krasnogorskij Mechanicheskij Zavod (Krasnogorsk's Mechanical Plant), often abbreviated to KMZ but currently rather spelled as Krasnogorsky Zavod, is, with LOMO in St. Petersburg, one of Russia's largest optical factories, and probably one of the world's largest too.

I have acquired a few of the famed Russian lenses over the past 3 months, namely the MIR-1B (37mm f2.8) and Jupiter-9 (85mm f2.0). These are M42 screw mount lenses, and I use them almost exclusively on my Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F. I also have a M42/Nikon adaptor to be used with my Nikon D70.

Most of the designs of these lenses are copied from the European counterparts, namely Zeiss (Germany). The Jupiter-9 is actually a modified Sonnar design, with a supposedly improved formulae.

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