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    Russian lenses for Nikon?

    There is something special with Russian lenses that is very attractive to me. Maybe it is the contrast, the quality of the areas out of focus, or the slight vignetting. Or maybe just something in my head. Anyway, I'll give you a couple of examples.

    Industar 61 on a FED II, Arista Premium, shot at 400 ISO
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    I love these lenses, but the cameras are a pain. Do anyone of you know of similar lenses that fit on a Nikon-F mount? Do they give the same results?

    thanks in ahead
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    Better yet, you can get a Kiev 17 and put Nikon lenses on it!

    http://www.sovietcams.com/index.php?-1686813924

    edit - I'm intrigued by the FSU lenses as well, and I have 42mm screwmount bodies as well as Nikon.
    There are Russian lenses available in both mounts.
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    M42 to Nikon mount adapter and go to town.

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    As far as I know it is difficult to find lenses that will work at least at infinity on Nikon cameras. The distance from the mount to the film plane is to long.
    I have a couple of FSU lenses (J-3 and J-8) but they will not work on a Nikon due to the spacing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erikg View Post
    M42 to Nikon mount adapter and go to town.
    Nope. You lose infinity focus due to the difference in flange focus distance. And the adapters with optics which do give infinity focus aren't very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLP View Post
    As far as I know it is difficult to find lenses that will work at least at infinity on Nikon cameras. The distance from the mount to the film plane is to long.
    I have a couple of FSU lenses (J-3 and J-8) but they will not work on a Nikon due to the spacing.
    As I pointed out in my first post, FSU did make lenses in Nikon F mount.

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    Thanks for all the replies. So there are both adapters and lenses originally made for the F-mount. Actually I have googled a bit found an Industar 61 for Nikon. Could it be the same as for my FED?

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    Or Kiev 19.

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    There are Russian lenses that have Nikon F mounts. They can be found for sale on the web by doing a little searching. People in the old Soviet Union states often convert them and sell them on fleabay too, but I wouldn't go that route. Too many issues, especially if you have to send something back, which is pretty likely in my experience. I used to have a J-11 135mm and it imaged quite nicely for portraits, but was a pig to use. The hacked Nikon mount meant that the aperture readings were on the bottom rather than the top, and the thing was full of thick grease on the focusing threads. It was not fun to focus. Stick to buying from a dealer. These folk sell them, but the prices are crazy in my opinion.
    http://www.rugift.com/photocameras/n...ras_lenses.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Petersson View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. So there are both adapters and lenses originally made for the F-mount. Actually I have googled a bit found an Industar 61 for Nikon. Could it be the same as for my FED?
    There are two versions of the lens Industar-61:

    - Industar-61LD: m39 screw mount, or LTM (Leica Thread Mount) for FED or Zorki cameras.

    - Industar-61LZ: m42 screw mount for Zenit cameras.

    Do not know any Industar-61 lens with Nikon-F mount. If there is because there was some modification.

    On this website and in the manual of the camera Kiev-19 you will find different mount lenses Nikon-F that were built in the FSU.

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