The 28mm Industar 69 is extremely compact, has a full frame equivalent focal length of 42mm, & opens up to f2.8. Is this the perfect, compact manual focus lens for the NEX?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I didn’t purchase this lens. I’ve had it for over 14 years. It was a gift along with a Yashica FR-II. The various versions of this lens usually go for less than $50 on auction sites.
This specific lens is a Yashinon DSB 50mm 1:1.9. There are 7 stops on the aperture ring, from f1.9 to 16. The aperture is made up of 6 blades that create a hexagon when stopped down. On the NEX-3, it manages to focus as close as 17”, and goes slightly past infinity on the opposite end. The APS-C sensor on the NEX puts this 50mm lens at the equivelent of a 75mm lens on a full frame camera.
I purchased the CY(Contax/Yashica) to NEX adapter from Rainbow Imaging on ebay (http://stores.ebay.com/rainbowimaging) for $26.99. But you can get it from the same seller on Amazon for $14.99 at the link below:
RainbowImaging Contax Zeiss C/Y lens to Sony NEX NEX-3 NEX-5 Camera Mount Adapter, (RainbowImaging Adapter)
The only repair I have had to make on this lens was on the focus ring. I replaced the rubber grip with a grip from a broken donor lens. A little cutting & gluing, and it’s as good as new!
The NEX-3 balances very well with the Yashinon & adapter attached. At 2-⅝” long, it’s slightly longer than than the SEL1855 @ 18mm, which is 2-⅜” long.
Ease of Use
Like all fast lenses, when opened up to f1.9, focusing can be a bit challenging on the NEX. I use a combination of the new “Peaking” feature, as well as the “MF Assist” feature. When I have more time to focus, I find the “MF Assist” feature to be more accurate & satisfying to use. When I’m scrambling to get a shot, the “Peaking” feature is definitely the way to go. Thanks for adding this in the latest firmware Sony!
The way the lens renders wide open is wonderful. There’s a certain vintage look to the shots taken with it. This lens has “swirly bokeh”, meaning the out-of-focus areas swirl together around the center of the frame. Whether or not the swirly bokeh is desirable is totally up to the individual using the lens. I personally like the character of this lens.
Full resolution jpgs converted from RAW with Lightroom 3 are available in the album below:
|Yashica Yashinon 50mm DSB|
Should I keep it in my bag?
Considering this was my first lens ever, it obviously has some sentimental value to me. If it didn’t, it would still keep this lens in my collection. This lens is easy to use & carry, fits the NEX nicely, and has a great character to it. It has been, and will continue to be, one of my main go-to lenses.
Below are some shots taken with the Sony NEX-3 & Yashinon 50mm DSB 1.9. All were taken whide open @ f1.9, and all have had some post-processing applied to them.