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Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8 Lens

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Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Optical design

Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8 optical design

Format: 35mm rangefinder

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: M39 Leica screw-mount (LSM)

First year of production: 1971

Optical design: 4 elements in 3 groups (Tessar)

User reviews (2)

Photos (11)

Tests (0)

Owners (41)

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Average price: $30


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Additional information:
  • F=52,42 mm
  • Ø max 55 mm

The Industar-61 L/D 55mm f/2.8 (Russian: "Индустар-61 Л/Д 50/2.8") is a kit lens for FED rangefinder cameras. The  application of lanthanum glass made it possible to get rather high resolution while preserving a simple optical scheme and a 2.8 lens speed (44/30 lines/mm center/edges).

Besides the barrel, a blackened aperture with the greater number of blades (six vs. five) sets Industar-61 L/D apart from other SLR versions.

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Posted by: nukemall   Date of publication: 05.03.2011

Photos taken with this lens Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8:

Girl in red
Autor: nukemall
5 0 2354

Autor: Harkovsky
5 0 2110

Autor: Harkovsky
4 0 2349

Autor: Fabio Bartoccioni
4 0 1230

Mechanical quality4.0812
Optical quality3.9212
Pricing / Value4.3312
Overall lens rating

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Owner reviews: Industar-61 L/D 55 mm f/ 2.8

Metasynthese 23.12.2013 06:07:09
Period of use: 6 months


-Price considering RF coupling




-strong quality spreading (I had several of them, also in mint, all visibly different)

-strong OOF fringing

-ice cold colors

-blueish CAs sometimes also when stopped down

-rather low contrast

-bad flare control

-optimum performance F8-F11 (depending on quality spreading)

-under average sharpness, also stopped down to F8-F11

-low acutance

-bokeh is not my taste

-Alu build, very soft


I don't get why this lens has such a good reputation. It's imho one of the worst 50mm lenses on the market.

I had several other USSR and GDR Tessar(-like) lenses and this was the worst of them. Industar 50-2 and Industar-22 are better for my taste, aswell as CZJ 50/2.8.

Many cheaper 50mm are better. Minolta MD 50/2 for example.