Russia-Lytkarino MC Industar 61L/Z 52.42mm f/2.8-16.0

Lens categoryNormal
Vendor nameRussia-Lytkarino
Type nameMC Industar 61L/Z
Focal min (mm)52.42
Focal max (mm)52.42
Focus min (cm)30
Aperture max2.8
Aperture min16
Filter size (mm)49
Russia-Lytkarino MC Industar 61L/Z 52.42mm f/2.8-16.0

Resolution: field centre=42 lines/mm; field edge=30 lines/mm.

M42 version (“L/Z”) of the outstanding I-61L/D lens originally designed for “FED” rangefinder cameras.

Lens is of Tessar design. It is a moderately fast lens with high resolution and high image quality. The optical components are made of LANTHANUM (that’s what the “L” in its name stands for) glass, which provides for more even resolution at both the centre and edges of the field.

The lens is fitted with a diaphragm preselection device.

Resolution and colour saturation are excellent. Having the I-61-L/Z is like having an updated Tessar: faster maximum aperture (f/2,8 instead of f/3,5), efficient anti-reflection coating, and modified glass formula make for a very high quality lens.

Though it can focus to as close as 0,30 metres, the I-61-L/Z is not a true “macro lens”. It is just a close-focusing lens. Its field isn’t flat enough at close distances to make it a true macro, but it does well enough for most close-up applications.

Industar-61-L/Z is normally monocoated. The multicoated version is marked “MC”. Watch out for I-61-L/Z in Zenit M39 mounts- they will not mount in an M42 camera, unless an adaptor is used. (JyJ)

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  • Denis Olivier  12:11 Mar 10, 2011 

    It was mounted on a Canon 20d. This lens is very sharp and accurate. Impressive.

    Four Olive tree leaves

  • Jay Y Javier  12:11 Mar 10, 2011 

    Shot with an I-61-L/Z and a cheap Zenit-E slr. Film was Fujicolor. Lighting with 2x 1.000W Fresnel Tungsten heads.
    This shot was made for the local seller of “Bulgari” jewellery.
    Very expensive products, very sophisticated model, and very cheap camera! The superb rendering of the close-focusing I-61-L/Z and the ability of the Zenit-E to shoot like this prove that this Lens and Camera are JEWELS in their own right. 🙂


  • Franka T. Lieu  12:12 Mar 10, 2011 

    Just a test shoot to show its close focus capability and shooting backlitted by a window. The subject is transparent perspex and acrylic

    Still life

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