Overview of the MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 lens

For the opportunity review lens MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 Many thanks to Igor Tihan.

Overview of the MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 lens

Overview of the MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 lens

This review presents a multi-coated version. The 'MC' in the lens name stands for 'МtionСloyal permeation '(often also called МultiproСbranching from an English like 'MC' - Multi Coating).

There are several modifications of JUPITER-37, produced at different times:

  1. MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135, 1990-2002 (the prefix 'MC' is placed before the lens name, this lens is shown in this review)
  2. Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 MS, 1983-1986
  3. MC Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135, 1986-1989 (prefix 'MC' is placed before the lens name)
  4. Jupiter-37A MS-N-30 3.5 / 135, 1983-1984
  5. Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135since 1978
  6. Юпитер-37AМ 3,5/135, 1990-2002

Perhaps the weight of different versions is slightly different, you won't feel it to the touch. The letter 'M' most likely stands for 'Upgrade' the lens. If someone has more detailed information on the design difference, add it in the comments.

Therefore, in this review I will not dwell on a detailed description of the lens, but I will focus only on the difference in versions. If you read Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 review, you will know everything about MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135.

Lens view MS Jupiter-37AM 135mm F3.5

View of the MS Jupiter-37AM 135mm F3.5 lens when focusing on infinity

Jupiter-37 is a legendary Soviet lens, super portraiture, easy to use, relatively cheap with excellent image quality. Both versions of 'MC' and 'Not MC' are good.

Lens view MS Jupiter-37AM 135mm F3.5

View of the MS Jupiter-37AM 135mm F3.5 lens focused on MDF

The MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 lens is very well made, it is pleasant to work with it.

MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

Enlightenment of the front lens MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135:

Enlightenment of the front lens of the MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 135 lens

Enlightenment of the front lens of the MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 135 lens

Enlightenment of the rear lens and the look of a chic 12-blade aperture lens:

Enlightenment of the rear lens of the MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 135 lens and aperture blades

Enlightenment of the rear lens of the MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 135 lens and aperture blades

This is what a lens with a native metal hood installed looks like:

Lens MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 135 with a dressed native hood

MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 135 lens with a clad native metal hood

At one time, the MS version of the lens cost a lot of money. For example, the version without MS was several times cheaper, you can see for yourself... There is also the 'Olympic' version of the Jupiter-37A lens, it is no different from the usual Jupiter-37A except for the original olympic case and production around 1980. I would not bother looking for either the 'Olympic' or 'MC' versions of the lens, but would take the first successful copy of any of the Jupiter-37A.

Case from MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

Case from MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

The difference between MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 and Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135

The MC version is marked in red, white and yellow. In the 'Not MC' version, all markings are in white. This is clearly visible in the photo below. Although there are variants of lenses with slightly different designations than the one shown below:

Two lenses Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 and MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

Two lenses Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 and MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

The difference is enlightenment. The 'non-MC' version has a lilac (violet-bluish) enlightenment. The 'MC' version has a greenish enlightenment. This is clearly seen in the photo below:

The difference in the enlightenment of the front lens Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 and MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

The difference in the enlightenment of the front lens Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 and MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

Enlightenment of the rear lenses is also very different:

The difference in the enlightenment of the rear lens Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 and MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

The difference in the enlightenment of the rear lens Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 and MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

Another difference is that the 'MC version' hood cannot be installed backwards. The non-MC version can be installed backwards, making it easy to carry with you at all times. When back-mounted hood access to the focus ring is not lost, but in this position you cannot put the protective cap on the lens.

Sample photos on MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

All photos taken on Nikon D700without processing. How to use interchangeable shank lenses on modern Nikon cameras read here, and on Canon here.


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).


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Conclusions

MS Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135 and Jupiter-37A 3,5 / 135 - excellent lenses. Both options are good. I recommend this lens to all interchangeable lens camera owners.

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Comments: 249, on the topic: Review of the lens of the MC Jupiter-37AM 3,5 / 135

  • bressong

    here you go.

    from russia language world, is there any more info can be found about the modification from version “A” to “AM”.

    the reduced quality of plastic is not the turth, I once disassembled it.

  • bressong

    blue/purple coating

  • bressong

    one more info to add.

    my friend once asked the seller, his copy was uninstalled from a elctric-optical device, as a component, so there is no hood, no cap. I don't know if this is the truth

  • bressong

    one more question,
    J-37A/AM had relative good performance in wide open, how it compares with Jupiter21M 200/4, which had similar optic scheme.

    I have reviewed some some sample photo of J-21M, seems full open si much soft than J-37.

  • bressong

    J-37 is a simple but beautiful lens

    By Nikon D850

  • bressong

    the bokeh from Jupiter-37 is fantastic without a doubt.
    the strange thing is there are some spot or “small bubble” in the light flare.
    I found this in both of my two copies.

    • bressong

      is any one why this comes?

        • bressong

          one of my J-37 copy, has a small and visible bubble(size like dust) in the middle optical glass. which the “bubble/dots” in the flare is more significiant.

          this photo I took from my better J-37 copy, when I still find this small issue in the bokeh light flare, the first thing I checked is the glass, all the elements are relatively clean, no significant bubble or dust in the glass.

          I doubt if it is the issue from the gluewater bwteen two combined glass elements. like those moduled ASP glass has the “Onion ring”, not becasue of the spot dust between those glass elements.

          • B. R. P.

            Bubbles in the lenses were acceptable by Soviet factory standards.

            • bressong

              haha

              • B. R. P.

                hihi

            • bressong

              do you know if the Jupiter-37 is a full copy from Zeiss 135/3.5?

              • B. R. P.

                read carefully: 6 blades vs 12, 1m. mdf vs 1.2.

              • Rodion

                No, because J-37A was based on J-11 which was a copy of Sonnar 135/4. So, the development of J-37 and Sonnar 135/3.5 was probably independent and J-37 is not a copy of Sonnar 135/3.5.

              • bressong

                6blades vs 12 blades is a good point, that's one of the charming points from J-37.

                1m vs 1.2m MDF, I don't know how the optical design can optimize this MDF.

                I read some comments on the internet, the j-11 is softer than J-37.

                do you know who is the designer of J-37?

              • Rodion

                I suppose that comparision of J-11 and J-37 are comparisons of the quality of assembling of these lenses, not the quality of optical design. For example: I had J-11 that sharper than J-37A, but also I had J-37A that sharper thanJ-11.
                Also I think that the optical design of the J-37A was the result of the work of a team of engineers, not just one person. Although J-11 (Sonnar adaptation for soviet glass) designed andcalculated by Maltsev MD

              • bressong

                so who is the sharpest from your best copy? J-11 or J37 ;)

                I think J-37 is definitely a successful design or engineering work.

                use less optical elements to achieve such performance, even in nowadays and modern 47M DSLR, it still can be used in full open way.

                and the funny thing I found, with J-37 to close some aperture, it doesn't improve the image quality too much, expct the depth field.

              • Rodion

                Nonsense question. The best lens is the lens that you have.
                Not J-37 was a successful design, but Bertele's Sonnar variations are succesful optical design. And not only Jupiter lenses use with type of optical construction, but also Nikkor P 105/2.5 pre ai, some of old west german 135/2.8 lenses and others.

  • bressong

    on a 47M pixel full format DSLR, the lens perform well in center, but require a quote high shutter speed.

    in the sunshine ,it's easy to focus manually.

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