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Lens model: MC Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8

At a glance: Well recognized for its excellent sharpness, superb tonal contrast, and haunting bokeh, this lens delivers beautifully unique images with a quality well suited for portraiture and wedding photography.

Our score: 7/10

Where to buy: ebay, Amazon

This lens was produced in Russia’s legendary Zavod Arsenal in Kiev. In point of fact, the Zavod Arsenal is the infamous location that an entire Zeiss factory was relocated to during the time that Russia occupied East Germany after WW2. The Russians literally dismantled the optical plant and spirited it eastwards into Ukraine, where it was reassembled and reopened under a USSR workforce. Many of the first Zeiss clones to leave this factory still bear Zeiss markings as many of the parts that had already been produced in Germany (prior to the plant being captured) were recycled.

Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 at a glance

  • Excellent sharpness, colors and contrast
  • Virtually no barrel distortion
  • Low chromatic aberration
  • Relatively fast and bright f/2.8 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and for good results in low-light photography
  • Quite sharp at center wide open at f/2.8
  • Excellent image compression for a superb bokeh effect
  • Ideal for weddings, portraits, and other close up work

Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 Sample Images

Images of Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8

Technical Specifications

Focal Length (35mm format): 100mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Mount format: Nikon F-Mount (AI)
Format: 35mm Film
Angle of View (35mm format): 29° 24°
Focusing Distance: 0.85m to Inifinity
Elements/Groups: 5 elements in 4 groups
Number of Blades: 6
Focus type: Manual Focus (MF)
Filter size: 52mm
Manufacturer: Zavod Arsenal
Country of Manufacture: Russia (Former USSR)
Weight: 380g
Optical Resolution 50/30 Ipmm (center/edge)


The sample images in this post were captured using a Sony A7r, Mark III

The product images of this lens (below) were captured using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Image quality: Excellent
Bokeh: Superb
Build quality: Superb
Micro contrast: Very good
Ergonomics: Fair
Center sharpness (wide open): Excellent
Edge sharpness (wide open): Excellent

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