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Tair 33V 300mm 4.5 lens review

Tair 33 lens was produced by the Kiev plant Arsenal (familiar to me for an excellent Helios 81H). I can't say what year my copy is, but the thought that it might be 2 times older than me excites me.

So what kind of beast is this Tair 33V 300mm 4.5? The lens was produced for tair 33Salyut medium format film cameras, which made finding an adapter for Canon a difficult task. The adapter was found, the lens was safely screwed onto the camera. Or a camera on a lens - after all, its dimensions are simply monstrous.

Aperture 4.5 x 300mm for little money - it's great. But what about image quality?

Sample photo on Tair 300mm to processing:

 tair 300mm

Photo on Tair 300mm after processing:

tair 300mm post

My observations:

  • The lens is completely unsharp... When hovering over sharpness I always had the feeling with him that I was not getting into focus. Even when the subject is in focus, its sharpness is poor. Fortunately, the video does not feel that way. Tair 3 300mm is said to be sharper than Tair 33 300mm. I have no way to experience it.
  • Back light kills the picture. Any side or, moreover, backlight, causes terrible highlights. Enlightenment is apparently absent as a phenomenon. Considering lenses from Canon, I don't even stop at this parameter. But working with Soviet optics, this must always be borne in mind. Helios 81H is also afraid of backlight, but still endures it half-and-half. In the case of this Tair, the backlight simply kills the picture.
  • Weight and dimensions. Notair 300 left)long ago in Canon Ef 135 f2L USM review I was dissatisfied with his weight. This Canon is just a fluff compared to the Tair 33B 300mm 4.5. This Tair is made for medium format cameras, therefore it has even more glass than 35mm lenses. After all, there is still a version of Tair 3 300mm, weighing about 200 grams less. The weight of Tair 33 reaches 1700 grams. Hand-held photography is contraindicated. Only a tripod, only hardcore (I bought a monopod for this occasion).
  • Color rendition - none. Colors are faded and not contrasting. In a graphics editor, this can be corrected, to some extent.
  • What is incredibly happy is hips... It is soft, smooth, voluminous. Therefore, shooting portraits on him is interesting in its own way.
  • There is no vignetting in principle.
  • I forgot to mention right away - of course the lens has manual focus... How you can shoot wildlife - I can hardly imagine. Manual focusing at 300mm is thoughtful and time-consuming. If you need to shoot a fast moving subject at 300mm, autofocus is indispensable.

So what can you do with this lens? (in terms of photography)

If you suffer a lot, you can shoot an interesting portrait on it. We'll have to run around the model with a tripod at a distance of 10 meters. The model will not be very sharp - this is a plus in terms of retouching. The beautiful bokeh in the background and the strongest compression of the space at 300mm give an interesting effect.

It is interesting to shoot video with it from afar. Put the camera on a tripod and monitor someone or something. During the day and preferably in the shade. Bright sunlight is causing problems.

To protect the lens, I recommend using Hoya protective filters... Although for this monster you can get by and so) He does not care.

Recommended article about various adapters for vintage optics.