Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 Prime Lens

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Well recognized for its excellent sharpness, superb tonal contrast, and haunting bokeh, this lens delivers beautifully unique images with a quality well suited for portraiture and wedding photography. This lens was produced in Russia’s legendary  Zavod Arsenal in Kiev (the infamous location that an entire Zeiss factory was relocated to during the time that Russia occupied East Germany).


Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 at a glance


  • Excellent sharpness, colors and contrast
  • Virtually no barrel distortion
  • Low chromatic aberration
  • Relatively fast and bright f/2.8 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and for good results in low-light photography
  • Quite sharp at center wide open at f/2.8
  • Excellent image compression for a superb bokeh effect
  • Ideal for weddings, portraits, and other close up work


Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 (Images)



Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 f/1.9 Adapted for my Sony A7rii



Kaleinar 5N 100mm f2.8 Sample Images



Technical Specifications


Focal Length (35mm format): 100mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Mount format: Nikon F-Mount (AI)
Format: 35mm Film
Angle of View (35mm format): 29° 24°
Focusing Distance: 0.85m to Inifinity
Elements/Groups: 5 elements in 4 groups
Number of Blades: 6
Focus type: Manual Focus (MF)
Filter size: 52mm
Manufacturer: Zavod Arsenal
Country of Manufacture: Russia (Former USSR)
Weight: 380g
Optical Resolution 50/30 Ipmm (center/edge)


Where to buy


You can visit the following affiliate links at  ebay  and Amazon to search for this lens!




The sample images in this post were captured using a Sony A7r, Mark III

The product images were captured using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9





  • Optical Quality (Overall)

  • Build Quality

  • Weight/Ergonomics

  • Chromatic Aberration/Fringing

  • Bokeh

  • Sharpness

  • Micro Contrast


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