Lens Mir-1B 37mm f / 2.8 m42 (1989)

“B” means “Vologda”. Miracle, “work of art” VOMZ (Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant).The model is as long-playing as Helios , the production history is not limited to one modification. This instance has serial number 89018719.

Mir-1V 37mm f / 2.8 m42 lens

Mir-1V is built on the optical scheme of the Flektogon lenses from Carl Zeiss recalculated for Soviet glass. Mir-1 exists in modifications with threads m39, m42, for Kiev SLR cameras, with a replaceable shank (Mir-1A), and even simplified variations of the “School” type. Refers to wide angle lenses.

Reviews of wide-angle lenses on the portal:

  1. Canon EF 15mm f / 2.8
  2. Zenitar-M M42 16mm f / 2.8
  3. Ricoh Rikenon M42 28mm f / 2.8
  4. Hanimex M42 28mm f / 2.8
  5. Helios M42 28mm M42 f / 2.8
  6. Miranda M42 28mm f / 2.8 MC
  7. Pentacon Electric M42 29mm f / 2.8
  8. Sigma EF-s 30mm f / 1.4 EX DC HSM
  9. Yongnuo EF 35mm f / 2.0
  10. Mir-1V M42 37mm f / 2.8

For Zenit-4 DSLRs, a special version of the Mir-1 Lens with a central shutter-aperture was produced.

Mir-1V in operation

Mir-1, as a lens, is not very happy with ringing sharpness, resistance to backlight and image micro-contrast. A focal length of 37 mm on full-frame cameras makes Mir-1V as useless in everyday life as Canon EF 40mm f2.8 canon pancake …

On cropped cameras, of course, the situation is a little better – the viewing angle of the Mir-1B can be approximately put on a par with the “fifty kopecks”, but the distortion does not disappear from this. A lens that is easy to buy and difficult to sell. Mir-1B, even in perfect condition, because of the abundance of bad reviews, not everyone wants to buy. Particularly repulsive is the fact that the optical qualities of the lens are far from being up to par, and the sharpness, in comparison with its early copies of the KMZ, Zagorsk and even Valdai Jupiter, is not very impressive. Mir-1V has one interesting property – background swirling and sharply outlined circles of glare in the out-of-focus area. Helios , Pentacons 50mm, 29mm, and some other lens models have a similar effect .

Body, ergonomics

The design is superb. Fair. I liked the look of this lens. This copy of Mir-1B came from warehouse storage, in perfect condition, had a small bubble in the glass of the front element. The focusing ring is tight (a classic of manual optics of the USSR), rotates 360 degrees, but is close to the end of the lens, and, accordingly, to the camera. There is a preset aperture ring. The diaphragm ring is too easy to move, and the set value constantly gets lost, even from a light touch.

Aperture blades are not matted. This did not have a positive effect on the quality of the picture. There are eight petals in total.

When open, it blurs the background, swirls it, but gives a moire.

Picture quality

Color aberrations at aperture values ​​up to 5.6, pronounced distortion, moiré, difficulty in controlling depth of field during focusing through the viewfinder, as well as the tight motion of the close focusing ring and the practical lack of sharpness … leaves not the best opinion. HA:

Center and bokeh sharpness at f / 6.3:

Picture “lack of sharpness at f / 3.2”. Crops of the first image make it clear about the image quality at the edges.

It can be used in artistic photography, but personally, the lens caused contradictory feelings for me. Despite its low sharpness, the picture is harmonious (color rendering is not lame).

For trouble-free operation on Canon 1Ds, the lens had to cut off the part that rises above the last optical element, otherwise the camera mirror clings to the lens (on zeniths and cropped canon cameras, the mirror area is much smaller, and the operation with tail cutting is not required).

Use on modern cameras

To work on digital cameras, you will need an adapter from the M42x1. It is most easily put on cropped Canon EOS with EF-s mount, especially considering that adapters without chips on Canon cost mere pennies.

By ordering adapters using the links below, you help the project cover the costs of site maintenance and development. List of adapters, systems and mounts (direct links for ordering):

When ordering, it should be borne in mind that cheap adapters of poor quality with a lens on the Nikon F mount significantly spoil the picture. Adapters without a lens reduce the maximum focusing range (due to the difference in focal lengths). Adapters with chips come across poor quality, exposure metering and focus confirmation on some Canon EOS models may suffer from this.


The lens was presented as a gift (: Take it for you or not – decide for yourself. The model, which received the Grand Prix at the Brussels exhibition in 1958 and a diploma of the second degree of the USSR Exhibition of Economic Achievements, remained in the distant past and seems to have nothing to do with later releases.

Sample photos, Mir-1B lens:

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