Here is yet another video from Mario Suze giving us a detailed look at Tair 11A 135mm f/2.8 prime lens. Tair is an old, but very solid and very unusual Russian lens. I have two of these myself and although I haven’t tested them yet, this video really makes me want to have a ago at it. Not only does it produce some very impressive, film-like shots with Canon 5D MKII , but also has some very impressive specs:
20 Blade Circular Aperture (Can there be any more blades in a lens?)
330 Degree Focus Rotation (This is close to 360 found on Cine lenses, great for manual focusing)
Step-less Aperture Adjustment (Another feature usually found only on Cine lenses, no better way to adjust your aperture)
Solid Metal Construction weighting just over 600g (don’t you just love solid metal lenses, I know I do!)
It certainly is a very impressive lens. I think that it would compliment a very popular Helios 44-2 58mm lens very well which sports some similar specs. I really love Russian lenses, Helios 44-2 being my favorite and Helios 135mm f/2.8 being my favorite 135mm lens. Maybe once I try this Tair it will find a regular place in my kit bag.
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I’m thinking about getting a 135mm f2.8 for portraits, still I’m not sure if going with a Nikon mount (I use Nikon) or a m42 one.
If you have a lot of Nikon lenses, then I would say go for Nikon mount lenses with the same focusing direction.
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I am looking to buy a MIR-1 37mm f/2.8, HELIOS-44-2 58mm f/2 and a INDUSTAR 69 LENS 2.8/28mm my question is will they work on my Nikon DSLR with a M39-Nikon and M42-Nikon adapters. Are these adapters called and Fmount, NON-AI or AI. Asking this as i am a bit confused and heard that NON-AI lenses damage the body where as AI lenses dont