Agreed; It’ll be interesting to see how the Jupiter 8 and Industar 61 L/D compare when they’re both at their best (i.e. hooded). They have solid reputations for good reason - at least from what I’ve seen so far. 

Agreed; It’ll be interesting to see how the Jupiter 8 and Industar 61 L/D compare when they’re both at their best (i.e. hooded). They have solid reputations for good reason - at least from what I’ve seen so far. 

Okay, this isn’t an interesting post photographically, so I apologize. It’s purely a bit of a geek-fest, so feel free to skip over if LTM lenses aren’t your thing.

The reason behind this post is that I’ve gathered a bunch of Soviet LTM 50mm lenses. I like them all for various reasons, but needed to be able to compare them in a controlled environment. Unfortunately, this test is slightly flawed, as at the time the I61 L/D had a busted filter ring (now hammered back out), and so it couldn’t be used with a lens hood - meaning in the interest of fairness, none of the other lenses could be given one (despite the fact I’d never use them outdoors without one normally). It does, however, give me an extra point of interest: the contrast between the unhooded and hooded Jupiter 8 photos is shocking. I knew lens hoods were important for reducing flare on these lenses, but I didn’t realize the effect was that pronounced.

It is interesting, however, that the untabbed I26 is the best unhooded lens in these conditions - I was expecting the I61 L/D or the J8 to take that crown.

Also, note that there are two different I26s and two different J8s here. It’s often said that different examples of each lens can produce different results, and you can see that above. I’m not sure how much of this is down to age and varying condition and how much is down to the infamous “Russian quality control” myths.

But yes, like I said interesting - provided you’re a massive geek. I’m going to do this again at some point soon, I imagine, with hoods all round.

All photos taken with a Fed 2 at 1/60 and f8 using Lomography’s 100 ISO film.

I knew the Industar 61 L/D pumped up contrast more than most LTM lenses, but this is something else. Look at that blue! I normally have to try to stop colour neg looking washed out compared to my slides. With this lens, I might have the opposite problem.
Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Colour Plus 200.

I knew the Industar 61 L/D pumped up contrast more than most LTM lenses, but this is something else. Look at that blue! I normally have to try to stop colour neg looking washed out compared to my slides. With this lens, I might have the opposite problem.

Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Colour Plus 200.

The effect of a warming filter; more pronounced than I imagined. I quite like it, but I think that, like a polarizer, selective use is probably the key.

Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Color Plus 200, Warming filter.

I don’t quite know what made this particular row of benches so popular with the old folks.
Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Color Plus 200.

I don’t quite know what made this particular row of benches so popular with the old folks.

Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Color Plus 200.

Spring’s here. Huzzah!
Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Colourplus 200.

Spring’s here. Huzzah!

Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Colourplus 200.

This lens has surprised me. It can even make £1 of shitty colour neg film look alright.
Might be a keeper.
Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Colourplus 200.

This lens has surprised me. It can even make £1 of shitty colour neg film look alright.

Might be a keeper.

Fed 5, Industar 61 L/D, Kodak Colourplus 200.

So it turns out - having tested this lens with some ground glass - the lens isn’t soft, it’s actually calibrated incorrectly. It’s infinity focus is actually at 7m on the distance scale, which is (as you can imagine) a bit of a problem. It’s a shame, but probably rectifiable. The question is - do I fix it, or do I send it back?
This rangefinder lark is so much goddamn hassle. While it’s kinda nice that every part of the system can be fixed and altered, TLRs are much, much less work. 
I’m just hoping the collapsible lens I’ve ordered actually works properly!
Fed 2, Industar 61 L/D, Fuji Provia 100F.

So it turns out - having tested this lens with some ground glass - the lens isn’t soft, it’s actually calibrated incorrectly. It’s infinity focus is actually at 7m on the distance scale, which is (as you can imagine) a bit of a problem. It’s a shame, but probably rectifiable. The question is - do I fix it, or do I send it back?

This rangefinder lark is so much goddamn hassle. While it’s kinda nice that every part of the system can be fixed and altered, TLRs are much, much less work. 

I’m just hoping the collapsible lens I’ve ordered actually works properly!

Fed 2, Industar 61 L/D, Fuji Provia 100F.

There’s been too much black and white on here lately, so time to mix things up.
While I love my Fed, I’m having some lens problems - namely that I can’t settle on a lens for colour work. This particular Industar 61 L/D has pretty nice colour rendition, but is it just me, or is it a bit… soft? 
Fed 2, Industar 61 L/D, Fuji Provia 100F.

There’s been too much black and white on here lately, so time to mix things up.

While I love my Fed, I’m having some lens problems - namely that I can’t settle on a lens for colour work. This particular Industar 61 L/D has pretty nice colour rendition, but is it just me, or is it a bit… soft? 

Fed 2, Industar 61 L/D, Fuji Provia 100F.