According to Princelles Authentic Guide to Russian and Soviet Cameras, 2. Edition, this model of lens was manufactured between 1937 and 1941. Just as the pre-WW2 FED cameras were copies of contemporary Leica cameras, this lens is reportedly a copy of the Lietz Summar lens. It is approximately 2 inches long, a little over 1 3/8 inches across the front ring and weighs approximately 5 1/2 ounces (160g). Despite being approximately 80 years old, this lens is in very good condition. The front and rear lens elements have only a few very light cleaning marks. There is a small amount of internal dust, which does not appear on images taken with the lens. The focus and aperture mechanisms were recently cleaned and lubricated, so both turn smoothly. The lens barrel is shiny, with some light scratches. All of the distance and aperture markings are clear. The M39 mounting screw threads are clean and sharp. As you can see from the sample photos, this lens excels when shot wide open. Depth of field is very shallow at f2 and background objects are thrown softly out of focus. As is typical of older lens designs, focus is sharp in the center zone and softens to the edges. Flare is very well controlled. The sample photos were taken with Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras with the lens mounted on a Rainbow Imaging M39 Micro 4/3 adapter. Im not guaranteeing that this lens will work with your particular camera or that youll be able to achieve infinity/close focus with your particular native lens mount, adapter or crop factor. You’re going to love this unique, historical lens! The item “Pre-WW2 Russian FED 2/50 lens, 50mm f2, M39 mount, original front lens cap” is in sale since Thursday, October 13, 2016. This item is in the category “Cameras & Photo\Vintage Movie & Photography\Vintage Cameras\Rangefinder Cameras”. The seller is “the.growler” and is located in Mill Valley, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Brand: Fed
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Russian Federation