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Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« on: September 02, 2007, 08:34:16 AM »
Fathers Day, my partner asked me what i wanted to do today. I thought we'd all take a leisurely stroll through the markets. Must be a good way to relax and do nothing. I can tell you, the moment we hit the markets, my eyes didn't stop scanning each and every stall for anything that resembled camera equipment. After being there for an hour or so, i zeroed in on an tall camera case. On top of the case was a price tag of $50 (I'm thinking this will be crap). I opened it up and to my surprise was this 70's era USSR 500mm mirror lens with filters. I don't profess to know much about these lens, but it looked a good buy for $50. Walked to the guy selling the lens and offered $30. He smiled, looked at me and said "you look like you know what you are looking at". I know it's worth a lot more than that......but you can have it for $40. Once home i had the chance to look over this lens, the mirror and glass are mint, no marks what so ever. Same can be said with the filters. I happen to have an adaptor for a crappy opteka lens from a few years back....have a guess what.....this baby fits my Sony A100. I am moving house in the next few weeks, so will be limited in the amount of time available to go out and get some shots. Will post in Images to Share




hand held
do any of our members know anything more about these lens
Google search revealed this
This mirror lens was made in 1971. It fits Zenit, Praktica and other SLR cameras with m42 mount thread and flange focal distance no more than 47mm. It is marked with USSR quality sign testifying its high quality.

Four filters (77x0.75mm) are included:
- YGB9;
- YB10;
- NB8;
- OB12.
Lens Mount  m42 slr
Field of view, degrees 5
Focal length 500mm
Flange focal length 45.5mm
Distance scale 4m to inf.
Manufacturer LZOS
Diameter 104mm
Length 160mm
Weight 1243gr
Finish Black
Click Stops no
Diaphragm Type none
Diaphragm values 8.5
Elements/groups 4/3
Resolution (center/edge) 40/20
Filter size 77x0.75mm
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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2007, 09:12:36 AM »


Great find!

I know nothing of the specific lens, but for A$40, if you can take shots like that handheld, you've done very niceley :D

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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2007, 09:29:24 AM »
thanks fother, i am over the moon about the find. Cant wait til i can get out, and try it out.

Does anyone know what the filters do/are. I have never bothered to gain any knowledge on lens filters
Four filters (77x0.75mm) are included:
- YGB9;
- YB10;
- NB8;
- OB12.
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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2007, 12:16:52 PM »
Nice find there. pics certainly look good with it.

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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2007, 07:12:35 PM »

Yeh, great find.  What are the chances or finding this and having an adapter at home!

Looks pretty sharp too!
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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2007, 07:32:58 PM »
thanks fother, i am over the moon about the find. Cant wait til i can get out, and try it out.

Does anyone know what the filters do/are. I have never bothered to gain any knowledge on lens filters
Four filters (77x0.75mm) are included:
- YGB9;
- YB10;
- NB8;
- OB12.

The filters are for B&W film shooting, pretty common RED, ORANGE, GREEN, YELLOW for changing tones
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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007, 09:27:21 PM »
I was actually thinking of doing exactly the same thing, the shot looks really nice. Impressive quality. It would be nice to see more, and a 100%crop.

Thanks for posting this

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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2007, 09:14:58 AM »
this is the only image i have at the moment, same photo cropped to actual size (100%). Will try and squeese in a few shots tomorrow afternoon
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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2007, 09:42:50 PM »
Many thanks Brett, i think i will have to look out for the same type of lens, i just sold my 135-400 to get a microscope and because i didnt really use it much, it was not as bright or as sharp as i had hoped.

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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2007, 12:05:18 AM »
Brett you lucky bugger. :)   Anyone owning the Minolta 500f8 will have noticed the lack of donuts in your pic. Can't wait to see more from the lens.

Your going to have to send it up for a tropical holiday. ;)

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Re: Rusky (USSR) 500 Mirror Lens
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2007, 12:38:08 PM »
well it's been a few weeks since i found this lens, but unfortunately i haven't been out and about with it. I am trying to pack up the house contents in preparation for the move in a few weeks. Every so often i grab the lens and wander out the back yard and fire off a few shots. Now the shots that follow are nothing to look at as far as composition goes. My back yard is very very boring. All of these are hand held and comprise of shots taken back yard, front yard street and that's about it. I don't get home from work til late afternoon so the light is starting to fade, so all of these are at 800 iso, hence the level of noise in them. One shot i did manage at a better time of the day produced the doughnuts in the background from the brightly lit trees. The lens has a great feel about it. Its a very heavy lens due to it's metal construction and the focus is so smooth. I would not hesitate in getting another one if the opportunity arose. The only problem i have with it at the moment is it will not focus to infinity, but i think i have that sorted out. The adapter thread is not quite the right thread. It screws on, but not all the way, short by about 3 mm. I intend to take it to work and do some minor machining to have it mate properly to the lens














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