Vega-11U lens on Sony NEX 5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Streltcov, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 15, 2013
    Hi guys!

    Let me introduce you a Vega-11U lens. It's lens from photo enlarger made in USSR. Lens can be separeted from other parts and then can be used throught m39-NEX adapter. Lens don't have a focus ring, because focusing were made throught photo enlarger. It's not a big problem, you need to focus by your hands. But with it, lens weight is only 0,09kg and size is just 39mm. It's really tiny!


    I get my lens from ebay for 29$ + you need a adapter (10$) + i get steel macrorings (17$). With this price i got sharp macro ring, damn! really sharp macro ring. It's 50mm (54mm if really) with f2.8-11 aperture. With macrorings you can get 1:1 macro and this is crazy :)


    Lens test with coin. I used Sony NEX-5R with Vega-11U and standart flash.

    Then i tested bokeh. My lens had broken aperture ring (broke after first day of use) on f5.6, but lens had 11 iris, so bokeh can be good enough.


    Lens have unreal resolution 70/40 (lp/mm). For exemple, good modern lenses had some like 40/20. So picture is really sharp and have good local contrast.


    I'm impressed with picture quality on my Nex-5R and hope to see this lens someday on Nex-7 with his tons of pixels.
    I got lens from ebay and recommend to try it for yourself. It can be interesting and very cheap.

    Also, i found review on english here and uploading my photos to flickr.
  2. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Very interesting lens and a great macro performer!

    Thank you for sharing, Streltcov :)
  3. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Interesting. I always though you needed a bellows to use an enlarger lens. Learn something new every day. :)
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Ya, looks like a nice set up.
  5. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 15, 2013
    That's not day-to-day lens. It's to easy to focus right, or may be it's just inusual for me for the first day. But it's cheap lens to test macro. I think everyone can buy it to test macro style of shooting before get expensive lens.
  6. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 15, 2013
    Found on russian site couple of photos (in the end of the page, if you will check it):


    End the crooooop issss:

  7. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 15, 2013
    pomegranate test

  8. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    There are M42 helicoids available in Ebay. That way you can build even focusing to that lens. I have a Meopta Meogon in 50mm and Vivitar LU 90 mm. 50mm is bit short outside but ok inside for macro work.
  9. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 15, 2013
    Vega-11U is m39. It's still possible to make it focusing?

    It's looks like that?

  10. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    Yes. You put M39 to M42 adapter to Vega and attach that to M42 helicoid and attach that to Nex M42 adapter.

    I have to get one of these Vega 11:s for summer, it works ok and I think that with a helicoid it would suit my needs very well.

    Unfortunately there is quite lot to be purchased before summer and this isn't a top priority for me.
  11. Streltcov

    Streltcov TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 15, 2013
    Aperture ring now work fine. I do nothing for it. Focusing without helicoid is normal, already habit. Lens is cool. Couple of new shoots:



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