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Featured Photo Wednesday – undead_m0nkey

The bokeh on this image is absolutely amazing! I love the idea of taking out an old lens, dusting it off and seeing the magic it brings after all those years. And this lens can really bring it! After seeing this image you might want to check what’s in your old camera bag… Thank-you for sharing this image today!


Last summer I had a chance to use a wonderful M42 screw mount lens from my uncle’s (unfortunately) long retired Zenit 35mm camera on my Nikon D7000.

It was an old Industar 50-2, a 50mm f/3.5 prime made in the USSR in the late 1970’s, around the time when i was born. Optically, a copy of the much more famous Tessar by Zeiss, Industar 50-2 used to be shipped as a kit lens with various SLR’s made at the time.

I had never looked through this lens before, although I had smiled at it many times – most of my childhood pictures were taken by my uncle. Mounting the lens on my camera felt somewhat like assembling a time machine.

After snapping pictures of everything i could lay my eyes on for the following 5 – 10 minutes, as the schedule was pretty tight, I was really looking forward to seeing what the RAW’s looked like on the computer screen. And oh was I surprised by the images this tiny Russian “pancake” made, especially by the quality of bokeh and the way it rendered colors. It did lack a lot of contrast (some scratches on the front glass and quite a bit of internal dust had a lot to do with this), but I took care of it in post, trying not to affect the colors much, or not at all.

Quite happy with the set here, I already got myself one of these little giants not long after that day.

I hope you all enjoy viewing, and leave some comments!

The Industar 50-2 set on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/undead_m0nkey/sets/72157634536610940/
My photo stream on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/undead_m0nkey/

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