[L39,M39] Industar-69 28mm F2.8 Review – with Half-frame cameras Chika2 USSR

Hello, my name is hiron. I am a vintage lens addict. (Twitter / Youtube)

This time I review Industar-69 28mm F2.8.

The reflection of this lens is not very good! Lol

When I took this lens, I was attracted to a strange lens like a toy camera. This lens was very reasonable.

Industar-69 28mm F2.8 is a lens of Half-frame camera Chaika2

Industar-69 28mm F2.8 is a lens for Half-frame camera Chaika2.

Chaika was produced from 1965 to 1974 by USSR BeLOMO.

Chaika2 was Chaika’s second model and was produced from 1967 to 1972.

This lens connected to this looks like an L39 mount and can be removed.

The Industar-69 28mm f / 2.8 lens removed from Chika2 is a thin pancake lens. It’s so cute.

I didn’t know much about half-frame cameras. However, the Half-frame film cameras Olympus PEN series is very popular among Japanese girls.

Chaika (wikipedia)

Industar-69 28mm F2.8 does not fit the flange back length.

The Industar-69 28mm F2.8 has a similar mount to the L39 mount. However, the flange back length of this lens is different.

When this lens is connected using the mount adapter for L39, the maximum focus distance may be about 4m.

Therefore, in order to shoot at infinity using this lens, it is necessary to remodel the mount part.

There will be three ways.

  1. Sharpen the mount adapter
  2. Screw the lens helicoid
  3. Buy a lens that has been modified to produce infinity

The second method is very easy. Simply open the Industar-69 28mm F2.8 nameplate with a hex wrench. However, the memory position of this lens will be out of order.

Furthermore, there was an individual that was not infinite even if this was done. Please be careful.

Select a mount adapter (to use Industar-69 28mm F2.8 with a digital camera)

Industar-69 28mm F2.8 is like an L39,M39 mount lens.

A mirrorless camera is required to use L39 and M39 mount lenses (you cannot use lenses with this mount with SLR cameras).

The mount adapter you need depends on the manufacturer of the mirrorless camera you are using.

For Olympus, Panasonic: L39, M39-M4 / 3 adapter
For Fujifilm: L39, M39-FX adapter
For SONY: L39, M39-NEX adapter
For Canon: L39, M39-EOS M adapter

Use a mount adapter suitable for your digital camera.

Photo samples with Industar-69 28mm F2.8 attached to SONY NEX-5R

Here are some sample photos taken with the Industar-69 28mm F2.8.

I took a walk in Tokyo with this lens. I used SONY NEX-5R as the camera body of this lens. This digital camera is a very compact mirrorless camera with an APS-C size sensor.

The resolution of the focused part is low. The photo looks like there is no part in focus.

The photos taken with this lens are weak against backlighting, so the bright areas are white and hazy.

The photo was taken in a spiral pattern on the outside. This swirl effect is one of the interesting features of Industar-69 28mm F2.8.

Industar-69 28mm F2.8 Review Summary

This time, I reviewed Industar-69 28mm F2.8.

This lens was the lens that came with Half-frame cameras Chaika2. This picture is not good. This is not recommended for users who are looking for a great look on a vintage lens, but is recommended for users who are looking for fun and nostalgic.

One day I would like to shoot with analog film using Chaika2.

Thank you for reading to the end.

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