This article is part of the small but growing Index of Pancake Lenses!
|Specifications for the Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5
1968 - 1991 (Discontinued)
My Russian is very basic, so these dates should be taken with a boulder-sized grain of salt
US - $10.00 (In 1968)
Street price for this lens is unknown, so price is quoted in USD instead of Soviet era rubles
4 elements in 3 groups
This lens actually has a focal length of 52mm, but is branded as a 50mm for convenience's sake
Tessar type lens
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Min. Focus Distance||
50.0 x 19.0mm
(1.97 x 0.75 inches)
There is an additional internal filter thread which appears to be 33mm x 0.5mm
Здравствуйте! The image for this lens comes from Androsua@ebay, who used to sell these lenses at his eBay store.
The branding with this lens might cause a little bit of confusion. This section attempts to document that:
- This lens should not be confused with its predecessor, the Industar 50.
- Additionally, this lens should not be confused with the I-50C (also known as the I-50S since the letter S has the same sound as Cyrillic C)
- Additionally, this lens should not be confused with the I-50У (also knwon as the I-50U for the same reasons as above). This lens is a completely different design as well.
Again, despite the similarities in the model name- those are all different lenses.
Lastly, some versions of the I-50-2 were made for the M39 mount so be aware of this if you are purchasing one on the used market.
This article will assume the stats for the SLR M42 revision between 1968 and 1991, which was the most commonly made.
Russian lenses have a generally poor reputation in the West, particularly in the USA and it is based primarily on the generalization of Russian equipment (particularly Soviet era) being technologically inferior. The lesson of course is not to judge a book by its cover, and Russian hardware can be very, very good. This particular lens is reasonably sharp and very cheap according to user reviews.