Overview of Jupiter 11 under M39

Jupiter 11 one of the very good portrait soviet lenses. I put it to the vote on best soviet portrait lens.

There is a very large number of different lenses of the Jupiter-11 brand, you can additionally look into the review JUPITER-11 1: 4 F = 13,5cm P with mount Contax-Kiev RF.

Jupiter-11 on a modern camera

Jupiter-11 on a modern camera

TTX of the Jupiter-11 lens
Focal length: 135mm
Maximum aperture: F4.0 (closes to F22.0)
Number of aperture blades: 12
The weight: 300-400
Minimum Focus Distance: 1.4 meters (indicated on the lens)

The lens presented in this review is from an M39 SLR camera. Jupiter-11 has a classic Zonnar (from Sonnar) scheme of 4 lenses in 3 groups. The parent of the Jupiter 11 optical design was the Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar T 135mm f4.0 lens.

Photo on Jupiter-11

Photo on Jupiter-11

Jupiter-11 exists in different versions, for more details about the Jupiter-11 lineup you will find the review of its brother - Jupiter-11A.

Photo on Jupiter-11 135mm 4.0

Photo on Jupiter-11 135mm 4.0

Lens pros:

  1. About small dimensions - both the weight and the length of the lens are not great at all.
  2. Good image quality with the popular zonar blur of the background.

    Photograph on Jupiter-11 135mm 4.0

    Photograph on Jupiter-11 135mm 4.0

  3. A huge number of aperture blades, which is 12 pieces and allows you to get even bokeh, which is very popular when shooting portraits.
  4. Metal casewhich will serve for many more years. My lens was produced in 1962, as evidenced by the first two digits on the marking of the lens, while it looks at 100.

    Photograph on Jupiter 11 135mm 4.0

    Photograph on Jupiter 11 135mm 4.0

  5. Allows use on full-frame cameras. On the cropped matrix of mine Nikon D90 (and the rest of the cropped cameras) there is no vignetting at any aperture value.
  6. The focus ring rotates all 360 degrees, providing the smoothest focusing possible.
Jupiter 11. Sample photo

Jupiter 11. Sample photo

 Disadvantages that I have identified:

  1. The diaphragm has only fixed values ​​of 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, and not a smooth stroke, like Jupiter-11A.
  2. There is no possibility of pre-setting the aperture, which appeared in Jupiter-11A.
  3. A rather small depth of field due to the combination of 135 mm focal length and aperture F / 4.
  4. The lens does not hold well office and side light, it’s difficult to find a lens hood and it doesn’t help much.
  5. Not really big aperture, torn only F / 4.0 is not always on hand, for example, when I took a photo in the shade under the trees, I had to set the shutter speed at ISO 400 to 1 \ 100 s at F / 4.0. Take a look at the Jupiter-11A review, there sample photos were taken indoors with a lot of light, but still F / 4 is too small to take off.
  6. Rare thread 40.5 mm under the filter, my usual protective filter 52 mm did not fit this lens.
Photograph on Jupiter 11 135 mm 4.0

Photograph on Jupiter 11 135 mm 4.0

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with an M39 mounting thread (for SLR cameras, M39 X 1 / 45.2), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this you just need to choose correct adapter. The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com

For use on modern digital SLR cameras Canon EOS need M39-Canon EOS adapter, you can buy such an adapter (adapter) here. Also, an adapter M39-Canon EOS can be easily replaced with two adapters: M42-Canon EOS + M39-M42. Detailed information on the use of such lenses with any Canon EOS cameras will find here.

An adapter is required for use on Nikon SLR cameras M39-Nikon F, you can buy such an adapter (adapter) without a lens and a chip here. Also, one adapter M39-Nikon F can be easily replaced with two adapters: M42-Nikon F + M39-M42. Detailed information on the use of such lenses with any modern Nikon cameras will find 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, any user can add a comment).

Photograph on Jupiter 11 135 mm 4.0

Photograph on Jupiter 11 135 mm 4.0

Personal impressions

The lens gives a good picture, great for portraits, the depth of field is quite small. In most cases chromatic aberration not large and almost invisible. Distortion is not observed. Max open f / 4.0 aperture is well suited for shooting. This lens does not pursue sharpness, but simply gives a nice picture. Jupiter-11 creates moderate contrast in the picture, for printing you need to tighten in the editor. In principle, a lot of things in the picture and functionality are similar to Jupiter-37A.

Flowers on Jupiter 11

Flowers on Jupiter 11

Jupiter 37-A has a diaphragm one third more than Jupiter-11. The optical design of the lenses is the same. I did not find differences in the picture between my instances on the same apertures. Jupiter-37A, however, is with multi-enlightenment and has a smooth diaphragm stroke. Nevertheless, shooting with the 37th Jupiter is more pleasant, since it has a more classic black color and does not attract attention. By the way, in my survey about the best Soviet portrait lens, Jupiter-37A takes the second place, lagging behind only the legendary Helios-40-2.

I really liked the size of Jupiter-11, which is much smaller than the popular Jupiter 37-A. See for yourself the difference in size between Jupiter-11 and Jupiter-37A.

Size difference

Size difference

Examples of photos without processing:


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


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Conclusions

Nice short telephoto lens suitable for portrait photography, the picture is very similar to the well-known Jupiter-37A. When used on cropped cameras, it may not be very convenient to use.

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Comments: 175, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter 11 under M39

  • Yuri Vinogradov

    For a long time I have been using Jupiter11 as a portrait lens on film, recently I switched to Pentax K5, but I always carry Jupiter11 with me. By the way, all attachments from the Lada movie camera are suitable for the eleventh: screw cap, lens hood, light filters, macro lenses, vignetting diaphragm, half-frame shutters ...

  • Alexey

    I ask for advice ??? although the theme is bit-interrupted ... From the father still remains from the Soviet era, a completely new Jupiter-11, but with a bayonet mount for Kiev-4. I really want to use it on Nikon D3100. What adapters would you recommend ??? I no longer ask about "dandelion". In the internet, I seem to have read that such a bayonet is called 4/3. I beg you to give advice.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      On Nikon D3100, you can’t install Jupiter-11 from the Kiev-4 rangefinder camera. And even if you somehow put it, then the lens has a short segment, and only macro can be shot with it.

  • Jury

    Probably a misprint has crept in and the phrase “My lens was manufactured in 1962, as evidenced by the last two numbers ...” should be read as “… the first two numbers ...” ...

    Thanks for your reviews ... I always enjoy reading ...

    My copy of Jupiter-11 M39 (KOMZ 69 ′) also (as already mentioned) has a mechanism for presetting the aperture. Thread for filters 40,5 - suitable for rangefinder Jupiter-8, Industar-61 ... The hood is also installed with Jupiter-8 (as it says on it;)) - a bit short of course, but sometimes it helps ...

  • Alexey

    Thanks for the quick response !!!

  • Helga

    I “got” exactly such a lens at the local bazaar. My number is 6202512, only a 40,5 mm diameter filter, which is extremely rare in our area, is suitable. Photos from him are amazing, Jupiter 37 is resting. In general, all "white" Soviet optics will outperform the current one.

  • Kostya

    And how often do you use a worm shank?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yu-11A is very rare.

      • Kostya

        Thanks for the answer and nice review.

  • Alexey

    Arkady, tell me this question: they suggested Jupiter-11, new in a case and with a hood, black. When focusing, the ring does not move very smoothly, it is difficult in the middle of the scale. Is it possible that the lens will be developed or is it a marriage and should not be taken?
    And another question, if there is a Yu-37a, is it worth taking the Yu-11 or is it the same hell, only a side view?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Difficult focusing is related to the age of the lens. There is nothing wrong with that, it may pass over time. I see no reason to take the Yu-11, if there is a Yu-37.

  • louu

    canon such a lens can be put?

  • Alexey

    11a black is no different from your silver?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Black did not hold in his hands, but they should be optically the same.

  • NikitosZs

    And what is the difference between thin Jupiter 11? He doesn’t have this massive grip, that’s understandable, and yet?
    http://94.img.avito.st/images/big/238049594.jpg
    http://93.img.avito.st/images/big/238049593.jpg

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Different lenses, the article describes various lens modifications.

      • NikitosZs

        It seems like a thin one will have a short back segment => won't it go to infinity?
        Can you tell me?

        • Arkady Shapoval

          According to the pictures sent, it may be that one rangefinder (thin).

  • Dmitriy

    Please tell me, is Jupiter-11 under Kiev-4 and Zenit-B the same or the mounts are different? Thanks in advance.

  • Masha

    Hello, please tell me whether it is possible to install a rangefinder lens Jupiter-600 11/4 on the Canon eos 135d ??? or jupiter-8 1: 2 f = 5 cm ???

    • Peter

      It’s possible through an adapter, but this makes no sense, since you can focus no further than a meter due to the difference in the working lengths of the lens and camera

  • Irina

    Please tell me which adapter is needed from Kenon 500D to Lens Jupiter-11 4/135 automatic?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Adapters from the machine do not exist.

  • anonym

    Oh gods, send me an enlightenment of the mind of the same bluish color as the front lens on the disassembled Jupiter-11 with a metal case, which was presented to me yesterday in the form of a bunch of zapzatsok ... seventy meters away a luminous window, seemingly sharp. It is a pity that I cannot find the parameter on it - at what distance to put infinity.
    Shl. This Soviet optics is extremely contagious. In addition to tough reporting, everything else is, in my opinion, subject to.
    With respect to the photo community, Ibrahim Ostap-Suleiman-Maria-Berta-Abdullah-Farukh-Islambek-Ismail-Bay Zadunaysky.
    2ZY. I look at the button ADD THOUGHT. And THOUGHT appeared. Dear community. Maybie would collect in a heap all the comics that periodically appear on the network, for destroying, smoking out, adjusting and other mockery of Soviet optics in one place. For example, here, on the site of the respected Arkady.

  • NESTOR

    YES WELL ORDER SUCH MATERIALS IN ONE PLACE. Particularly interested in homemade adapters to lenses.

  • Elena

    Arkady, thank you very much for such useful information, I wanted to clarify Shank KP / AN will fit as a Jupiter 11A 4/135 adapter to Nikon D5100?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does.

  • Ivan

    on my birthday I made myself a gift - I bought a SABZH lens, white grenade, M39, number 62XXXX at a thrift store, not bad condition, lenses are in a tolerable condition (a couple of small thin scratches on the front, although maybe these are fingerprints - there was no time to walk with a pencil) ,
    the situation is this - the focusing is tight, share information on how to disassemble the lens, lubricate the focusing mechanism, and then reassemble it so that it works)
    information of this kind about U37A is also of interest, only there are small troubles with a diaphragm (in order not to produce messages, I wrote about U37 here),
    thank you and good all the staff

  • Eugene

    Thanks for the good reviews, I constantly look in search of information and impressions.
    I have a copy of the Ju-11 under the M42 No. 56 .... Thin, with a smooth movement of the diaphragm.
    There is a red letter P on the marking - in the same place as all the other data. What can it mean?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      P is Enlightened Optics.

  • Gennady

    Arkady thanks for the helpful review! Today I got it from the mezzanine, I will try with the pentax

  • Liana

    Arkady, good afternoon. Tell me, please, is it possible to use the Jupiter-11 lens on the Canon 60D (with an M-39 adapter or something else) or can this lens be used only on Nikons? Thanks in advance.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes you can. Using adapters M39-M42 and M42-Canon EOS or one M39-Canon EOS.

      • Liana

        Arkady, good afternoon! I looked at my lens Jupiter 11 4/135 automatic, there is no thread on it where I could screw the adapter M39 Canon. Perhaps because the machine? Is there any way to attach this lens to my Canon 60D? Thanks in advance.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          There is practically no possibility. Automatic machines on SLR cameras normally sit down only with the help of alterations.

          • anonym

            And there is someone who could remake, perhaps you know ..

    • Ivan

      I use this lens with Canon 50D using the M39-M42 ring + M42-EOS adapter, there are no complaints, the lens is cool, I have not felt the difference with the younger Yu37A except for ergonomics, maybe after the acquisition of the Yu37A MS the difference will be more noticeable.
      Arkady, thank you for your work, the reviews are good, and most importantly understandable to a person not experienced in this matter

  • Alexander

    Regarding the AUTOMATIC device, you can redo it at home, but with Gimoroy I’ve gotten a terrible day off for a whole alteration with a normally controlled diaphragm, redone it under the canon, (for everything that was in the house from the AUTOMATIC devices and this is world-1 and helios-81 also choked) I think it will become Nikon without a prom, it’s pleased with the result, the only drawback will not be back to Kiev-15. In general, if you really want it, then it works in the prince, but once again I will remind you very difficult. I’ll help you with advice, as well as photos and reset some videos.

    • Vlad

      Help with the alteration of Jupiter 11-A, please, on nikon d3100

      • Kostya

        Jupiter-11A on Nikon I do not need reprocessingє.

  • Artyom

    I would like to clarify which adapter ring is necessary for the Nikon D7000? 42 or 39?
    And focus is also interested, are there any differences in the adapter rings?

  • Serge

    It was thanks to this review that I got myself one, at a flea market I got for 100 UAH. sharpness makes me happy !!

  • Dmitriy

    Arkady, good afternoon! Today I read articles reviews about my Sony Alpha NEX-3N and in one of them I read that the owner uses a Helios 44 lens on it and remembered that I have Jupiter 11 for the old Zenith in perfect condition (inherited from my father) Google brought me I decided to clarify to you how can it be used with adapter rings? thanks

  • Sergei

    Is it compatible with Nikon 3200? How to determine how old lenses are compatible with new cameras?

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