Overview of Jupiter-21A 4/200

The Jupiter-21A lens is a legend of the Soviet lens industry. For my review, I got a slightly shabby, but quite functional version of Jupiter-21A 4/200.

Specifications:
A type: four-lens anastigmat, 4 lenses in 3 groups
Focal length: 200 mm
Aperture: F4.0-F22.0
Close Focus Limit: 1,7м
Front Filter Diameter: 58mm
The weight: November 740, XNUMX

Jupiter-21A front view

Jupiter-21A front view

Lens Jupiter-21A produced by the Krasnogorsk plant. Lens Jupiter-21M made at the Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant. The differences were that Jupiter-21M had an automatic aperture and, due to the added construct, gave out a picture a little worse. It is believed that Jupiter-21A is one of the most successful lenses of the times of the USSR and one of the best Soviet TV sets. The lens was released in small quantities and it is quite rare nowadays to find it. Today Jupiter-21A is a real functional rarity.

Jupiter-21A in the modern camera

Jupiter-21A in the modern camera

Maximum Aperture F / 4.0 at 200mm focal length gives a huge field for photo creativity. We get a telephoto lens with a rather large relative aperture for such a focal length. It is a pity that manufacturers of modern photographic equipment do not produce such lenses with parameters F / 4, 200mm. According to rumors, Jupiter-21A in aberration is better than many Japanese counterparts, such as Nikon 200mm f / 4 NIKKOR-Q Non-AI. In any case, Jupiter-21A has quite outstanding parameters.

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A 200mm F4.0

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A 200mm F4.0

There are also Jupiter-21A lenses with multilayer enlightenment, but they are even less common than usual and I have never met them. If someone has information about the MS version of Jupiter-21, add it to the comments on this review. The lens is present wonderful lens hood which does not stagger after protruding. The hood is quite long, built-in, which allows you to always take it with you.

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A 200mm F4.0

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A 200mm F4.0

Also, the lens has a replaceable shank, which allows you to easily install the lens on different systems, read more in my article - Soviet optics. On the lens you can find the depth of field scale and the focus distance scale. It should be noted that the device aperture has no fixed values (that is, you can set any intermediate value from f / 4 to f / 22), but it goes smoothly, just like its brother, Jupiter-37A. This is an indispensable feature for video shooting. Due to the lack of autofocus, the lens is convenient to use for portraits and shooting not very distant objects. 10 aperture diaphragm Jupiter-21A allows you to create smooth bokeh circles in the blur zone.

Jupiter-21A general view without an elongated hood

Jupiter-21A general view without an elongated hood

The picture quality is just perfect starting with F4.0. I closed the diaphragm very rarely. At 4.0, the lens is sharp enough and at the same time plastic to create perfect portraits. Long focal lengths perfectly blur the background. The lens really has excellent bokeh. This is due to its Sonnar type circuitry. His younger brother is the well-known Jupiter-37A, which has a 135mm focal length and maximum aperture of F3.5 with the same Sonnar pattern. The lens has a slightly yellow tint in the picture, but the automation of modern cameras easily copes with this.

Jupiter-21A general view on the camera

Jupiter-21A general view on the camera

How to use with modern cameras?

'A' lenses with an interchangeable shank, such as the one in this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both DSLR and mirrorless), just select correct adapter. Soviet interchangeable shank 'A' is similar to 'T2 Mount'. The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com

For use on modern digital SLR cameras Canon EOS need adapter T2-Canon EOS, you can buy such an adapter (interchangeable shank) here. Such an adapter can still be replaced with a set of shank KP-A42 + M42-Canon EOS.

An adapter is required for use on Nikon SLR cameras T2-Nikon F, buy such an adapter (interchangeable shank, analogue KP-A / N) it is possible here.

How to use this lens with cameras of other systems (Pentax, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Sigma etc.) - ask in the comments and you will be prompted. If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A

To say more about Jupiter-21A heavy, but he does not break out the camera mount. Its weight will reduce artifacts from hand shake.

Sample photo on Jupiter-21A

Sample photo on Jupiter-21A

If you are interested in this lens or any other Soviet optics - you can buy Jupiter-21A and much more by contacting the contacts from the manual optics section.

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A

Sample photos on Jupiter-21A


Catalog modern brand lenses 'Zenitar' и 'Helios' can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Conclusion:
Jupiter-21A 4/200 rare fixed telephoto with outstanding parameters and excellent picture, which can easily compete with modern high-aperture telephoto lenses. The lens has a younger brother - Jupiter 21M 4/200.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 108, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter-21A 4/200

  • Maksim

    Zabombil normally pictures! ++

  • Sergei

    Tell me, please, how sharp is it compared to the Nikon 70-300 / 4,5-5,6 VR on the same RF?

    • Pastor

      Yes, by and large, almost as sharp. Closing up to an equal diaphragm with 70-300, maybe even a cut. But Jupiter also has f 4, which 70-300 does not have on any focal. A huge plus, in my opinion. On the other hand, Jupiter will only go when you know for sure that you need exactly 200mm, and from 70-300 you can report a lot.

      • Sergei

        Understood thanks. I'm not for reportage. To shoot a reportage by a manual operator is cruel. Although at one time people filmed ...

  • Pacman

    I don’t know whether this refers to the shortcomings of Jupiter 21M or not, but you will still need to buy an adapter for a modern camera. Old lenses were screwed on the thread and did not have a lock. Therefore, take another 200-400 rubles from the budget and buy an M42 eos adapter if I don’t know for Canon, for Nikon another.

  • Alexander Hedgehog

    In general, for a long time I chased 21a, and then for a long time persuaded the seller to drop the price tag to an adequate $ 150, but the seller bent his own. In the end, I tried several 21m and was pleasantly surprised, only after trying it on I realized that deep down in my heart I was embarrassed about the first one, and it was, without exaggeration, an eagle's sharpness. I would say that u21 is an “adopted son”, or a hypertrophied twin brother of Tair 11a, they give out an equally perfect picture. Well, I'm back to 21 meters, it was the emka that retained that “Jupiter” softness and the characteristic Zonar pattern inherent in the entire line, while it is quite sharp with an open one. So, these are completely different lenses in essence, and ideally you can have both, the first will be with a reference sharpness and color rendering, the second with a characteristic pattern and softness.
    Photo from crop 2,0 at 21m

  • Timon

    Thanks for the review. If there is a choice, which is 200 mm preferable: Jupiter-21A or Tele-N? It is clear that the latter has a bayonet mount on Nikon, but in terms of pictures?

    • KalekseyG

      Jupiter-21A has a replaceable shank, you can find and put on Nikon. But finding it (the lens) is difficult, the M version is easier to find, but you need to cut it.

  • Timon

    Still: Jupiter or Telear?

    • KalekseyG

      Jupiter

  • Tamara

    Selling a new photographic lens in a package with a passport - "Jupiter-21M." 1996 release - Vologda Optical and Mechanical Plant. lotos63-63@mfil.ru

  • Alexander

    21A, ideally, for three hundred (and not a cent less) I can give, only in Ukraine, it produces a very tasty picture, ideal for full-frame Sonya with a sensor stub.
    https://vk.com/alexander_jozh

    • anonym

      And then, Ostap suffered! ... :-)

      • Alexander

        Well, it’s really cheaper to give it away, firstly it’s worth the result; secondly it’s very rare.

  • Olga

    I decided to sell my Soviet optics. I was surprised to find that I have something, it turns out, a rarity)
    Put on Avito for 10 000, until they wrote, did not call. Maybe there are interested here?
    https://www.avito.ru/novosibirsk/fototehnika/sovetskiy_obektiv_yupiter-21a_4200_1025149456

  • Chris ashurst

    I have an Jupiter 21A lens which needs reassembling - any instructions / manual / guide / diagrams would be helpful - or where can I get informations from

  • Oleg

    Hello!

    I dont know can I post links here ori cant, but you can check posts from “nesovet” livejournal. He repairs many kinds of lens and there is at least 3 posts about Jupiter-21;)
    Good luck

    • Christopher ashurst

      Thanks Oleg

  • Vadim

    What are the advantages of such a lens over Helios 44-3? I don’t understand much, therefore the question is

    • B. R. P.

      Well, for example: 200 mm of focal length versus 58. That is, you can take larger pictures of distant objects. Just not for everyone it's a holiday). You can also put Jupiter on Nikon while maintaining the tip to infinity using the adapter KP-A \ N, unlike Helios, etc., etc.

  • anonym

    Jupiter 21 M. Loves the light, then the picture will be beautiful.

  • Olena

    About * Active to get to the Nikona 5200?

    • Michael

      Yes

  • Ilya

    I have a Sony a6500 UPC and Jupiter 21m, respectively, I need an M42-Nex adapter, I ordered a long adapter for Helios, but is it suitable for Jupiter? Because Jupiter is so long, but with an adapter on the bzk camera it will be something at all))

    • anonym

      Yes. It will be something. But the telephoto will give an interesting picture.

  • Vadim

    Good day. Thank you for the article. I have Yu 37A. Question: who has the best picture, 37A or 21A?

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