Russian 35KP lens

Russian Slide Projector lens modification – By Stuart Jenkins

‘Sharp lenses’ and ‘cheap lenses’ is a Venn diagram with a very small intersection. In search of such a short-telephoto lens for equestrian photography, I started looking at the 1980s Russian slide projector lenses. On paper, the ‘USSR 35KP’ range is very tempting. Prime focal lengths from 50 to 140mm, all are f/1.8, and they’re not very expensive at all compared with the eye-watering cost of other f/1.8 telephoto lenses.