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

  • Igor

    I ask you to answer the following question. Is it possible to link Jupiter21m and nikon D200. And is it advisable? I just have this lens from Zenit122. Of course, the dream of 70-300 NIKKOR, but the price ... From SW. Igor. Yes, staff 18-105.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes you can. M42-nikon adapter.

  • anonym

    Tell me, is it possible to put Jupiter 3100m on Nikon 8? Pts I want to try Russian glass on such a soap dish)))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It is impossible. This is a rangefinder lens.

  • Aidyn

    Arkady, can sell it to me) really want. manual optics left an application for it in the department

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I don’t have a Yu-21A, the only thing I sell is Kaleinar-5n

  • Alexander

    Does it make sense to chase after 21A or Helios 40-2? Are there any foreign analogues in drawing and bokeh, albeit expensive? By the way, it would be great if at the end of each review of Soviet lenses there was an annotation which branded lenses are identical in their artistic properties.

  • Sergey Sh

    Arkady, tell me how much the Nikkor-Q 20cm / 4 is worth, does it make sense to purchase it or is it better to look towards the Soviet lenses? And will there be a review on it?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      How much worth it - I don't know, I didn't use it. I don't know if there will be a review.

  • Igor

    Jupiter21m, who wants to buy? I sell mine, with an adapter. I take 3oo Nikon. Yours faithfully…

  • Boris

    Hello everyone!
    And I got 21A with the number 00054.
    Can anyone say what this means ...
    But there is no quality mark on it, but on the box.
    Thank you.

    • Aidyn

      As far as I know, test samples (i.e. the very first ones)

    • anonym

      This lady offered her U21A # 00054 for 15, then for 25 thousand rubles. How much did you take it in total?

  • anonym

    I will sell Jupiter 21A. plankto@rambler.ru

  • anonym

    what is better to buy Jupiter 37a or 21m especially for a portrait, there was a similar question, how much is the version inferior to A, what would be worse for a portrait than 37A?

    • Vyacheslav

      the portrait is uniquely 135mm 37A or Japanese counterparts.

  • anonym

    ?

  • anonym

    what do you need to attach u21 to kenon 1100?

  • ?

    what do you need to attach u21 to kenon 1100?

  • friend anonymous

    I will buy a yupirter 21a !!!! sell please !!!

  • Svyatoslav

    bought .. only my Jupiter-21T ... which means "T" (the rest is like "A"

    • anonym

      "T" - means that for TV cameras. It has a 15-blade diaphragm. “A” has ten, and “M” has eight lobes.

  • Sergei

    there is a 21m Jupiter characteristic like 21a Jupiter is almost the same 5 tr. post office boss.wret@mail.ru Voronezh write or call 9003023540

  • Oksana

    I will sell a photographic lens Jupiter-21M for cameras like “Zenith” bought in 1983, brand new with instructions and a case !!!!! call the number: 0679325966

  • Oleg.

    Arkady, good afternoon! My friend from Germany offered me 2 Kaleinar 5 N and Jupiter 21 N lenses. Having scanned the Internet, I didn’t meet Yu21 with N. Will these lenses go to Nikon D5100? Thanks!

  • Valery

    Arkady, please give an answer. Is it possible to buy Jupiter-21A for 2000 UAH is it expensive or normal?

  • Vlad

    There are examples of photos on the crop? (photo and distance to the object)

  • Alexander

    Tell me, is Jupiter-21A suitable for Sony a390?

  • I will sell Jupiter-21A

    I will sell a subject. Optics ideally. Slight abrasions on the case. A tube, 2 covers and a light filter are included. Price 4000 UAH without bargaining.
    Write on soap romik79@gmail.com

  • Pauline

    Good afternoon! Interesting lens ... I doubt between Jupiter 21A, Jupiter 37A and Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS. Please tell me which picture quality will be more worthy? Seeking a quality zoom

    • B.R.P.

      Zoom only Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS ...

    • TSerg

      Jupiter 21A did not know. In the plivkovo era, I have known Jupiter 21M. It may be possible to finish off the slope, ale bulo trohi pidustovane pid Zenit. For alignment, the whole slope gave even better sharpness. On chromaticity, it is quite worthy. I can give you one joy, as you know on the Internet and then try it yourself. In Yupiteri 21M, in the back of the hull, there is a healthy blisky zalizyaka - shtovhach diaphragms. I mean a part of the contrast. Yogo vikinuti - no problem, it's easy to get through Jupiter. That is the quality of the knowledge of the sutta of growth.
      And as for the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS (only IS II), which I bought for the blue, then I would be happy to buy it - cheap and nice. Sin tezh with pleasure. Wine of its own cost in terms of price / quality of delivery by 200%. Risky here up to 210 mm focal length at a minimum aperture. At the maximum zoom, it is still necessary to screw it up to 8. The size of the RFP should be more appropriate. Vipravdovuє to myself, yak portraitist. Jupiter 21 with his focal point for a portrait is already the same. Jupiter 37A will not add nikoli, it is even more beautiful than Jupiter 11, but even more beautiful is Tair 11A. If the zoom itself is needed, then taking Canon EF-S 55-250mm f / 4-5.6 IS II, do not regret it. Especially, it is possible to vibrate from 2 to 3 primіrnikіv at purchase. An image stabilizer is an important factor. If you want a little more sophistication - then Canon EF 70-200 / 2,8 or 4. Smell s chi stabilizer without. The price is variable, as well as quality. I’m getting used to more than one Canon EF 70-200 / 4 IS and I’ll give them satisfaction.

  • Nikita

    Lenses tell me the real price in our time, and there’s something else to write on the soap if you are interested in everything else in PM I’ll tell you what else is still ?????
    Helios-44-4 2/58
    MS Volna-9 2.8 / 50
    Jupiter-37A 3.5 / 135

  • Nikita

    (Leningrad - 2) what is it ???
    (Photographic enlarger full set)
    (Zenith ET) with fotik it is not clear what is missing from him and what works since I don’t understand myself!
    the seller is all in the zebra separately not the seller! (Photo timer as a gift))))) ,,,,,

  • Vanya

    Uv.Arkadiy, yak to your little thought yakobyktiv є comfortable, telear 200 chi jupiter 4.0 200

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