View Full Version : The Industar 50 is here!
My collapsible Industar 50 has arrived. It's a little jewel! I will have pictures of the lens up in a day or two. Pictures through the lens a little later.
Two questions. Setting the aperture is very stiff. Any easy solutions? And the infinity lock on the tab is digging in to the vulcanite a little bit. Will a little grinding on the offending screw provide enough clearance?
Which camera body are you using? The Fed-2? I've never had a problem with the infinity lock digging in on a body.
I've got 3 I-50's.Allof the aperture seting tabs are somewhat loose. better al ttle tight than too loose. At least it will stay put.
Yes, it's a Fed-2. It isn't digging much.
Try a drop of lighter fluid (rosonol). I came across tis tip on a website but can't find it. It worked with my lens.
Jay Javier has it on his site. Just where do I put the lighter fluid? At the base of the rotating f stop ring? I wasn't clear on that part.
I second the use of "Try a drop of lighter fluid (rosonol)."
I went with the lens on a photo shot before trying it at home and found it was very stiff. I went into a small market and got some lighter fluid, I think it will be a life time supply, and I put it on the base i think. I don't have the lens in front of me but it seemed logical.
It worked well. The lens movement was better and still works very well.
How to ....'Free That Aperture'
Here is the Industar 50. I think I solved the problem with the tab digging into the vulcanite when it is in the infinity stop. I just received Joe's old FED-2 with the film advance problem. I noticed that the lens flange on Joe's old FED was sitting higher from the vulcanite than on mine. I removed the lens flange on mine and discovered there were no shims. It was measuring short and now I know why. I put the shims from Joe's FED on mine and no more digging into the vulcanite! A short term solution. I need to get some more accurate measurents and make some shims.
And with it's cute little hood...
The lens hood and lens cap, with old Leica lettering, came from Stephen Gandy's Cameraquest (http://www.cameraquest.com/index.htm). He sells them together at a discount.
Ooops! Here is the picture...
I also found a source for M39 rear lens caps and body caps. These are nice aluminum ones. Check out cre8ivtools.com (http://creativephoto.zoovy.com/category/lens_body_caps__names_.namebrandcaps.leicascrewm39/)
I love how much it retracts. It really makes the FED into a pocket camera.
nice looking lens and thanks for the link!!
The Industar-50 is a great little lens. Not bad for $17 plus shipping. The lens flange to film plane is off on the FEDs I used it on so there is a little focus problem but I'm working on that. In spite of that, this shot wasn't too bad. I'm really looking foward to getting the adjustments done because this is a wonderful lens!
Gordon you are sounding like a proud father, but understandibly so. enjoy the lens. I have the same set up, and its a total pleasure to use. I completed it with a Leningrad 4 meter which works really well. Best
Gordon, indeed that's a really nice looking set up and makes me think my Fed-2 needs one of those as well. Looking forward to see more from it !
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