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Can the original Russar 20mm 5.6 lens be used on M9?
Old 12-26-2018   #1
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Can the original Russar 20mm 5.6 lens be used on M9?

I am thinking of buying a used M9. I have been trying to find out if I can use my Russar 20mm lens on it without damaging the sensor. It's hard to find out since every search comes up with the NEW Lomo version, which is slightly different. Mine is the original version, probably from the early 90's.
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Old 12-26-2018   #2
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Not sure about interior camera light baffle clearance inside the camera so others will need to advise you on this. I have to say that it strikes me as being unusual for a rear element to damage the sensor itself though, given that the sensor must by definition be the same distance from the lens mount as on a film camera. You might also find out that being so close to the sensor the rear element throws light too obliquely for acceptable corner imaging. This is a problem with an earlier version of a Voigtlander 15mm (admittedly a bit wider).
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I saw the same lens mounted on a Sony R camera and it worked fine. Obviously it's a different beast, but it got me thinking about the M9.
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Old 12-26-2018   #4
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Yeah, it won't damage the sensor. The shutter is more likely to get damaged or the rear elemt of the lens because of light baffles. But I don't have a definitive answer.
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I have seen plenty of photos taken with Russar on first version of Monochrome (m9 based).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/max_al...57659232994805

Here on RFF.
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/for...d.php?t=159185

It looks like just luck of wiliness to use CornerFix.

New LOMO has no difference from old. Just multi-coatings on old glass formula.
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Old 12-27-2018   #6
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On the Lomography site it says "has a modified lens tube construction", so I thought maybe it was altered to mount to digital.
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Old 04-18-2019   #7
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I finally tried the Russar and for the record it does indeed fit and work well! (Except for the color shift on the edges.)
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