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Lens model: MIR-1V 37mm f2.8

Release date: 1954

At a glance: While some may find it difficult to master, this lens offers exquisite and unique vintage image quality

Our score: 7/10

Where to buy: ebay, Amazon

The MIR-1V 37mm f2.8 Lens is a beautifully quirky soviet era lens with dreamy lens flare and quasi-magical bokeh that is not unlike the bokeh found on other legendary Russian lenses like the Helios, although, unlike the Helios, it’s 10 blades render a perfectly-rounded bokeh effect.

While it takes mastery to user properly, the MIR-1V yields superb results with the right technique. It’s pleasantly soft wide open, but starts to get sharp at f/4 and is tack sharp by f/8.

The 270° rotation on the focus ring makes this lens delightfully precise and allows you to nail the focus on subjects.

Technical specifications

Focal Length (35mm format): 37mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/16
Format: 35mm Film
Angle of View (35mm format): 60°
Focusing Distance: 0.70m to Inifinity
Elements/Groups: 6/5
Number of Blades: 10
Optical resolution: 45 lines/mm center, 23 lines/mm corners
Light coefficient: 0.78
Autofocus: No - Full Manual
Filter size: 49mm
Manufacturer: Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant

Our Take on the MIR-1V 37MM F2.8

Image quality: superb
Bokeh: very good
Build quality: flawless
Micro contrast: very good
Ergonomics: good
Center sharpness (wide open): very good
Edge sharpness (wide open): fair
Pros Cons
+ Beautiful vintage color rendering - Soft at the edges wide open
+ Built like a tank - May be hard for some beginners to master
+ Sharp at center wide open
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