MIR 1B 37mm f/2.8-16.0

Lens categoryWide
Vendor nameMIR
Type name1B
Focal min (mm)37
Focal max (mm)37
Focus min (cm)0
Aperture max2.8
Aperture min16
Filter size (mm)49
MIR 1B 37mm f/2.8-16.0

The current version of the Mir-1 is known as the “Mir-1V” (or “Mir-1B” in deference to the original cyrillic marking). The optical formulae on either lens appears to be the same as the original Mir-1. There may be some coating quality differences, and of course, the most obvious difference is the lens mount.

The lens is still made today by KMZ in Russia. When buying the lens, make sure it says “MIR-1B” or MIR-1V” if you’re planning to use it in an M42 camera. Many Mir-1 are in the older Zenit M-39 mount and will not mount properly in an M42 slr without an adapter.

The lens requires a good lens hood when shooting into the sun. The 37mm focal length may seem a bit odd, but its field is comparable to a 35mm lens. In fact many 35mm lenses have real focal lengths which are longer than marked. The Mir-1V just happens to be candid and honest about it.

A photo below shows how the Mir-1V flares when used ‘contre-jour’ without using a lens-hood. (JyJ)

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  • Jay Y Javier  11:53 Mar 10, 2011 

    Mir-1V. One thing I noticed with Russian objectives is the saturated way they render colours. Even the simplest lenses do this. The old lenses also have high colour contrast- even when they were designed and made at a time when photography was almost exclusively BW.


  • Jay Y Javier  11:54 Mar 10, 2011 

    Mir-1V on a Canon 300D. Canon cameras allow some form of exposure automation even with adapted lenses. This was shot with the camera set to aperture-priority. The colour rendering of the lens is really superb. It also made interesting reflections on water, something wihich modern lenses with multi-coating cannot do.

    A 37mm on a DSLR is just like having a 50mm on a regular film SLR. Having this lens alone, instead of the usual zoom, is very refreshing. It threw me back to the time when I could only use 50mm objectives on cameras. This situation forces
    ‘discipline’ and careful composition- as opposed to the freewheeling situations associated with zoom lenses.


  • Jay Y Javier  11:54 Mar 10, 2011 

    Mir-1V. Again, adapted on a digital 300D. A plastic HOLGA Magenta-coloured filter was attached to the lens. The Mir-1V and the Holga camera (a toy plastic camera) lens barrel are of the same diameter so the slip-on filter holder fits.

    Purple sky

  • Marek ?odyga  11:55 Mar 10, 2011 

    early in the morning… I was pretty surprised with quality of MIR 1B lenses, it is sharp, gives nice colors. I don’t suggest aiming on the sun (enjoys making the picture messy).

    le?ne ?zy…

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