Industar-50, 50/3.5, Elmar Type, Chrome

Russian Industar-50 Collapsible Lens in Leica Threadmount.

The Industar-50 is one of the most successful Soviet made lenses. It was a standard or optional lens on practically every Zorki camera, from Zorki-S in the mid 50's to Zorki-4K in the mid 70's. The lens was also made in a 39 and 42 mm SLR mount and was installed (standard or optional) on every Zenit model as well, from Zenit-S to Zenit-E. It came in different shapes and finishes, from a chrome collapsible Elmar-style lens to a black "flat" Zenit lens. The optical formula was always the same (Leitz Elmar 50/3.5), the lens produced sharp and contrasty images.

This Industar-50 is the Elmar-type collapsible version. It was primarily used on the Zorki-5, but was also sold separately. The Industar-50 was also a popular enlarger lens.

  • Focal length

50 mm

  • Aperture

1:3.5, settings from 3.5 to 16

  • Focusing

1 m - ?

  • Filter size

36 mm slip-on type

  • Optical registration (back focus)

28.8? 0.02 mm

  • Mount

M39x1 mm (LTM). The lens mounts and RF couples with any Leica or Leica copy (FED, Zorki etc.)

  • The glass is coated; the barrel has a polished chrome finish.

The glass is clean with some minor cleaning marks; the barrel has some scuffs on the chrome surface. These flaws are cosmetic only and do not affect lens' performance. Made in the late 1950's.

The lens is shown mounted on a Leica IIIa (camera not included).

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