Lomo Brings Back the Iconic, 50-Year-Old Russar MR-2 Wide Angle Lens

Lomography’s already has some experience partnering with Russian lens manufacturers. And given how successful the Zenit partnership and Lomo’s recreation of the Petzval lens has been, they’ve decided to do it again, this time with the Russar+.

Marketed as the “rebirth of the legendary 1958 Russar MR-2,” this new 20mm f/5.6 L39/M mount lens is trying to capitalize on the iconic piece of Russian glass known for its unique character and quality optics.

The above video takes you through the details about the lens, shows plenty of example images, and even tosses in some video shot through this revitalized piece of history. Give it a watch and then head over to the Lomography store where you can learn more and/or pre-order it for $650 if you feel so inclined.

  • Paul

    I like the idea of lomo bringing back old unique lenses but the prices is steep

  • MS

    Yup, $650? Thats RF Voightlander / Zeiss territory.

  • Chester A. Arthur

    I don’t get it, at that price. The Voigtlander 21mm f/4 is a shade over $400.

    The Petzval was unique, but what are the unique properties of this lens? If one goes by the sample photos they have on their site, this lens allows/forces you into dramatic vignetting and color shifting reminiscent of retro-style digital filters.

  • Daire

    Not to mention that their so called ‘petzval’ lens wasn’t actually a petzval lens at all. I have no problem with them doing this sort of stuff but I wish they wouldn’t misrepresent it so egregiously. That “colour infrared film that wasn’t really colour infrared film but we won’t say that anywhere and just insinuate that is IS kodak EIR remade” also left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • waterengineer

    I own one and am very happy with it. Please point to another lens that has has that swirly bokeh in 35mm format? Also, please explain yourself about it not being “Petzval” the lens formula is identical.

    As a matter of fact, I wish Lomo would make the lens in 35mm or 50mm as it would be more useful for creative and video purposes.

  • Mike

    Forget finding the old lens and using a cheap adapter, LOMO has the perfect solution for you- crap old optics, at new Leica prices!

  • robin

    great idea but seriously overprice

  • sam

    $850… for .. F/5.6 lens…
    the price is steep…

    i can get faster manual lens at cheaper cost

  • yopyop

    3 swirly bokeh lenses I know, easily adaptable on FF DSLR : Helios 44-2 (58mm f/2); Helios 40-2 (85mm f/1.5); CZJ Pancolar 50 mm f/1.8.

  • hemburto

    I suppose the idea is that it has very limited distortion. That said, it’s mad expensive and slow.

  • Daire

    4 Elements in 3 Groups is not a petzval design.
    If you want something that looks similar the old Zeiss Biotar lenses will do the job, or the FSU copy, the Helios 44-2, which is a 58mm. There’s also the Helios 40-2 which is an 85mm, and the Jupiter 9, another 85mm which exhibits the same swirl wide open in certain circumstances.

    If you want to go really crazy with smaller sensors you can adapt any of those fast CCTV lenses with inadequate coverage for the format, they would very likely look similar.

  • markz

    $650 = New Leica prices…
    that’s cute…
    very … very cute

    I the only Leica lens you’ll find in this price range is likely to be a B or B- quality 50mm Elmar or Summar and … uh hum… they are not very good (by modern comparisons (or even by lat 50’s comparisons)
    And having inherited an Elmar, Summar and Summitar as well as plenty of eastern block glass I know that from personal experience.

  • CurrentCo

    At first I was like “man these pictures are terribly crunched, over saturated, and have way too much vignette”…but then I was like “It’s lomography…their market isn’t with professional photogs”.

  • Justin Sheely

    This is so… underwhelming

  • Toby Hawkins

    A fool and their money are soon parted. This is obviously not targeted at photographers but people for whom a camera is a fashion accessory and instagram, the place where you upload your portfolio.

    You can find infinitely better real vintage glass on ebay for a fraction of the price.