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Industar 61 LD - get one - NOW!
Old 06-04-2007   #1
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Industar 61 LD - get one - NOW!

Just had one in the mail from the Ukraine (ebay seller photobuc). At 19 USD plus shipping, I am absolutely and totally impressed with this black beauty.

Check this:




Good thing they build new houses in Malmo, Sweden - the old ones look very ragged in this perspective :-)


Pic taken with Bessa R2A, Tmax 400, R09 > scanner @ 2400dpi

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Just had one in the mail from the Ukraine (ebay seller photobuc). At 19 USD plus shipping, I am absolutely and totally impressed with this black beauty.


Cheers /Richard

I hear you brother! I cannot believe how well this lens performs, especially in color... load your R2A w/ Kodak Gold and mount this lens for instant Kodachrome!
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Old 06-04-2007   #3
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Yes, I would have expected the usual problems with contrast (i e inability to handle contrast) with this lens, but nada - it just performs! It´s a keeper, for sure.

You want to go into some detail? Have a look at this :-)

http://rucsrv.lut.mah.se/home/rj/www/pics/building_site.jpg

Beware - 4,5MB pic....some pixels wide :-)

/R

Edit: Brian - love your pics!
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Old 06-05-2007   #4
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Here are some shots taken with my I 61L/D in color.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...ad.php?t=41301

Taken with my Nikon S3.
Brian,

Your beautiful daughter has developed that look of patient resignation that all children of photographers eventually develop - my three daughters now just make rude faces (that's the next phase you have to look forward to)..

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Old 06-05-2007   #5
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Yes great lens, and it performs very well also on my R-D1
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I was also suprised by the image quality of this lens, especially the contast! I have the panda version, the cropped picture below is shot with the Fed 5. If the Industar 26M performs the same I might consider buying one for my Zorki.
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I like it also, co incidentally I have just run a roll of Kodak Gold 200 ISO thru my camera w the Industar.. here's what Froyd is talking about
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I paid $5 USD for mine.

Very impressive lens, even for 3x that price!

A set using it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rich815...7594117762429/

(click on the thumbs to see larger-----great sharpness!)
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Old 06-05-2007   #9
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Yep, I have many times said that everytime when I see my industar 61 images I wan to sell my Leica glass... Just a stunning performer -- the fingerprint is just superb. For example today I left my 50 summilux home and had industar with me while shooting...
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Here's a color shot with the 61L/D on the RD-1.


Nice and sharp.
And still for sale.
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Hi...
I have an I-61 l/d...
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an I-26m...
Both have arrived fairly recently, and, as yet are untested.
Yes, these can still be picked up from the FSU sellers at great prices.
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Old 06-08-2007   #12
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I see that 'Zenitar' a very reliable seller has new lenses for $28 including delivery. He also has the Helios 103, also new, for $21 delivered.
Both are bargains in my opinion.

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I also got one....but compared with my older 61's the lenses mechanism is rather shoddiliy assembled on ym piece. I can not say if this inlunces the lens' performance but has any body else noticed a not so tight fit on their 61 l/d's?
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I also got one....but compared with my older 61's the lenses mechanism is rather shoddiliy assembled on ym piece. I can not say if this inlunces the lens' performance but has any body else noticed a not so tight fit on their 61 l/d's?
I've had at least 3 pass through my hands, and only one was what I'd considert 100% right without being worked on. I think quality control slipped toward the end. I gave the best one to a friend ... 'Doh! The other two were gunky with old FSU grease/wax. After a CLA, each of these two, while very usable, is a little looser than I like. Shouldn't complain -- it's a great lens and produces top shelf images, even if the focusing is just a little loose.
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Yes! The Industar-61 L/D is a great little lens!
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Brian,

Your beautiful daughter has developed that look of patient resignation that all children of photographers eventually develop - my three daughters now just make rude faces (that's the next phase you have to look forward to)..

Michael
More ice cream needed or more teddy bears.

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I paid $5 USD for mine.

Very impressive lens, even for 3x that price!

A set using it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rich815...7594117762429/

(click on the thumbs to see larger-----great sharpness!)
That's a great series! Regards, Huub
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Just ordered a Fed 5c for $30 and it comes with an I-61 LD!
I feel that the camera was threw-in as a rear lens cap?
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Hi...
I have an I-61 l/d...
and
an I-26m...
Both have arrived fairly recently, and, as yet are untested.
Yes, these can still be picked up from the FSU sellers at great prices.
mike

i'd be glad to see a comparsion.. i know that results may vary from piece to piece but only rf glass i have is industar 26m wich is not bad.. but there is always temptation to search for jupiter or i61l/d because 'what if the results would be more pleasant..'

thanks..

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My I-61 L/D gives fine results, though its construction leaves much to be desired.
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I have 2 I-26M, 2 I-61 "panda" and 2 I-61L/D. Of all of them, the newest L/D, with a FED 5C attached, is the only poorly-made one. The lens is sloppy on the mount and can be "wriggled" a little in any direction. I've not used it yet so I can't say if the picture quality is affected but it probably isn't. Every one of these lenses needed a re-lube but they all run smoothly now. Great lens for the money!
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