This is an “Industar 61” lens and it came originally on a “Fed 3” camera. Doesn’t sound familiar? That’s because it wasn’t originally sold in the US. Now, thanks to the wonderful world of eBay, these things are coming out of the woodwork.
I picked this lens up because it’s got some nice glass and I needed a 53 mm focal length prime lens. The Russian copy of a Leica may not be quite as well built as the original, but it is surprisingly better than one might think. My initial tests show that the image quality is great and the lens is very sharp all the way down to f/2.8. I know, I know, I’m not a lab and I can’t give you test results that are scientific, but when a person like me can see how good the lens is, that must mean something, right?
And now the best part. The cost. The lens is an M39 Leica thread mount, so I needed an adapter. $12 dollars on Amazon. After a bit of shopping I found the lens on eBay for $32 shipped. $44 and I have a pretty nice little lens. Very cool. I’ll take some pictures this weekend and post them up for you to see for yourself.