MIR-1V 37mm f2.8 Lens

A wonderfully quirky Russian manual focus prime lens from the USSR era

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MIR-1V 37mm f2.8 Overview
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
4.2
WHERE TO BUY

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
Image quality
Bokeh
Build quality
Micro contrast
Ergonomics
Center sharpness (wide open)
Edge sharpness (wide open)
Reader Rating1 Vote4.95
Pros
Beautiful vintage color rendering
Built like a tank
270° focus ring rotation
Sharp at center wide open
Cons
Soft at the edges wide open
May be hard for some beginners to master
This lens is heavy for its size
4.2