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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
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.
|Focal Length (35mm format):||37mm|
|Angle of View (35mm format):||60°|
|Focusing Distance:||0.70m to Inifinity|
|Number of Blades:||10|
|Optical resolution:||45 lines/mm center, 23 lines/mm corners|
|Autofocus:||No - Full Manual|
|Manufacturer:||Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant|
Our Take on the MIR-1V 37MM F2.8
|Micro contrast:||very good|
|Center sharpness (wide open):||very good|
|Edge sharpness (wide open):||fair|
|+ 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|