As my @ironglassadapters “Amber” Soviet Set review is getting very close to going live, it’s time to get to know these lenses a bit better, starting with the widest lens in this set:
•Focal length: 20 mm
•Minimum Focusing Distance = 0,18 m
The first thing you notice about this lens is the huge front element which makes this lens look like fish-eye, but it’s not. It’s the widest rectilinear lens in this lens lineup. The focus ring is very smooth rotates 320 degrees, thus providing a very precise focusing. When focusing, the front element does not rotate, but it moves forward, about 5mm in total. At F3.5 it’s quite a slow lens, but the wide-angle lenses are often used at higher aperture settings anyway, so it’s not a massive problem.
There are a few different versions of MIR 20 3.5 / 20; some do not support the installation of filters at the front of the lens, some use light filters that are installed at the rear of the lens..
The MIR-20 minimum focusing distance is just 0.18m, which makes it one of the shortest focusing distance lenses among the lenses of its class and is great for getting very close to your subject. If you want the maximum depth of files, focusing to around 2m, brings pretty much everything into focus!
The huge front element picks up the light from every direction, so this lens flares a lot and has quite a low contrast look, but it’s pretty sharp, especially in the middle of the frame. The edges though are quite soft even at F8, so it’s not going to be your high performance lens. Saying that, it’s definitely one of my favourite Soviet lenses and a very imprint part of this set! 👍
This weekend won’t soon be forgotten. I got to enjoy Midsummer’s Eve with the most wonderful human being I know, she who makes me want to be the best man I can be. Love is not enough to describe what she means to me.
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