Cruising With The Industar 50mm F3.5


Earlier this year I did a review of the Industar 50mm f3.5 50-2 Russian built lens. It’s a vintage lens that comes in an M42 mount. It’s a full frame or 35mm lens so it works on cameras like the Sony A7rII, but it performs really well on these APS-C cameras like the Fujifilm X-T2.


Glacier Bay | Industar 50mm f3.5 50-2 – Fujifilm X-T2



Because this lens is so small I couldn’t help but bring it with me on the cruise up to Alaska. We had a few rainy days so I took this old lens out for a spin again to get more acquainted with it on the X-T2, since I mostly have been using it with my A7rII.



It’s a fantastic little lens on these smaller cameras because it gets rid of all the problems which happen along the edges with full frame cameras. So you get more of that center sharpness and the lens also has fantastic micro-contrast which makes it a great run and gun street photography lens. In this case, boat photography.



I never felt the lens had great color rendering, but that could be because I was using it on my Sony, and nothing looks like it has good color rending when you’re using a Sony, but I think this is more impart because this lens flares very easily. On an overcast and rainy day like in Glacier Bay it was actually looking pretty nice, but still nothing compared to Fujinon lenses, in terms of color. 




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