Skip to main content

Pancake Craving

I've gotten myself a pancake. That is - a "pancake" lens. There are some camera lenses that protrude a lot from the camera. Then there are a few that are very compact. The one I've got for my camera is the Industar 69 28 mm and it's something like 2,5 centimeters thick. I bought the lens because I was a bit tired of having to use such big lenses with adapters which is what the Pentax K-mount lenses I've used for my camera is.

The lens is not as sharp as the 28 or 40 mm Pentax lens that I've used on this camera. But below you can see that there is nothing wrong with image quality using the Industar.

The only downside to the lens is that it's a bit tricky to find focus in bright sunlight. But that is something that comes with more practice. It did with the Pentax lenses. Besides - the depth of field is quite deep even in dimmer light conditions.

I would recommend anyone to use this lens. It's for LTM (Leica thread mount) or M39 mount rangefinder cameras or adapters. The lens says 28 mm but on my "half-frame" digital camera it has the framing size equivalent to something like a 42 mm lens.
  I would recommend you to buy a 'modded' lens from Ebay - they have better close focus range and will focus at 'infinity' which the lens otherwise won't since it is made for a different model rangefinder called Chaika.

Above is the camera with the Pentax mount lens and adapter. It's large!


Popular posts from this blog

Chaika Leica

Well, here's a Chaika 2M that I bought from Alex Helios via Instagram.  It's a great full manual viewfinder half-frame camera. The wheel on the top is for shutter time selection, from B to 1/30th to 1/250th of a second. The square button on the front right of the camera is the release/exposure. The lens mounted on the camera in the picture is not the original Industar-69. The Chaika is a rare model compact camera since the prime lens is detachable. What is more is that it has M39 screw mount. But - like with the Paxette M39 system - you can't get focus with a lens from another M39 system. Unless you adapt the lens or - in this case - the camera (mount)! The Chaika mount is easily detached from the body by loosening four screws. If I want to mount the Leica thread mount M39 (LTM) lenses on the Chaika - which is my goal with this mod - I have to add 1.3mm to the mount. That is what is needed to change the camera's flange focal distance (FFD) from Chaika system to L

A busy photographer

This photographer is now an owner of a house with all that entails. That is my focus since October and will be for some time.


A Lomo Smena 8 camera with a faulty shutter. An Olympus Pen F camera. Part of a microscope adapter for the Pen. That's what I started out with. 45 minutes later I had a new lens! Mount The mount came off a microscope adapter. I got the adapter from my first (of two) attempts to buy an Olympus Pen F. There seem to be some unscrupolous ebay sellers around peddling useless Pens with microscope adapted prisms. Luckily - in hindsight - I got a microscope adapter with this first Pen. Which I now trashed when a Lomo Smena 8 without a future landed on my doorstep (figuratively speaking). Conversion / Havoc Smena I only knew the camera as a half-frame camera [Correction - it's a full frame camera!] called Smena 8 and hadn't thought to place it in Lomography-land until I read the name Lomo on the lens when it was already modded. Unwittingly I had tread the tiles of lomo-dom twice in as many weeks, also having put two rolls through a Praktica CX-1 which appears to be Gr