Industar-29 2.8/80 Review
Industar-29 f/2.8 80 mm (russian name “Индустар-29″) is a standard lens for medium format camera “Salute”. Made in USSR, produced from 1957 through 1973, in the “Arsenal” Kiev factory.
Since 1973, the camera “Salute” change camera “Salyut-C”, with the lens Vega 12 2.8/90.
The lens has a bayonet “V” mount (Hallesblad mount analogue), you can use the Hasselblad-Nikon F adapter for mount on modern DSLR camera.
The lens optical design is “Tessar”. Rumor has it that Industar-29 is a copy of Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/80. But as said collector friend, “apparently not very successful.”
Industar-29 2.8/80 Specs
Focal length: 80 mm
Aperture: f/ 2.8 — f/ 22
Weight (gr/oz): 340 / 12
Length (mm/in): 62 / 2,4
Filter Ø (mm.): 58
Aperture blades: 11
Min. Focus distance (m.): 0.9
Industar-29 2.8/80 Handling and Mechanics
The lens has a chrome metal barrel that is different from the modern and stands out on the camera, looks stylish. Build quality is good. The front lens is deeply planted, which reduces the flare and the amount of stray light.
Aperture switching mechanism unusual and uncomfortable.
Industar-29 2.8/80 Sample Photos
All samples taken on Nikon D3100 Camera. RAW export, minimal exposure correction
Industar-29 2.8/80 Sharpness
At wide open aperture lens is very glow due to the spherical aberration. And from aperture f/4 image comes back to normal.
100% Crop of previous photo
The lens has low resolution, only 25/10 lines / mm (center / edge), on the 35mm format we have 25 lines on all frame.
Therefore, high sharpness of it is not worth waiting, even to closes apertures. But in this and its advantage. Portraits obtained plastic, without harshness and dryness.
Industar-29 2.8/80 Character and Bokeh
Lens is interesting for its design a classic Tessar. Nice character.
Thanks to 11 aperture blades, beautiful bokeh even to cover the apertures. Especially beautiful are obtained with the 22-corner stars from the night lights.
Industar-29 2.8/80 Contrast and Color Rendering
The lens has a good contrast. It single coated.
Color reproduction is good. The colors are natural, vivid.
Aperture blades shiny, brass and give yellowness. It’s a bit much in photographs taken in sunny day.
Industar-29 2.8/80 is now more collectible value, rather than optical. Will be interesting creative people who are not deterred by the spherical aberration and low sharpness.
Perform an interesting, individual image. He does not belong to the lens “for all occasions”, and for certain subjects and creative ideas.