USSR Wide Angle Lens | MIR-1 37mm F/2.8 | Made in USSR

First model | MIR-1 37mm F/2.8 | USSR Wide Angle Lens

I recently had the opportunity to experiment with a vintage MIR f2.8 USSR lens while capturing the streets of Cyprus. The results were fantastic, the lens added a unique character and feeling to my photographs, they were sharper and more contrast than the photos taken with other lens. I was impressed with the lens’s ability to capture the atmosphere and the essence of the island.


The first model of the lens was produced by KMZ for the early Zenit cameras with an M39 lens mount; it is the widest lens commonly available for those cameras. It is silver-bodied. It has preset aperture control, between f/2.8 and f/16. It focuses to 0.7 m. It has an M49×0.5 filter thread. Some examples of this lens, and many of those subsequently made by ZOMZ, are engraved “GRAND PRIX” Brussels 1958. This is prize at the Brussels World’s Fair was awarded to a set of lenses, not just the Mir-1.