Overview of Jupiter-21M 4/200

For the opportunity review of the lens Jupiter-21M 4/200 Many thanks to Vadim Shkurat, who sent me a lens from another area for review.

Overview of Jupiter-21M 4/200

Overview of Jupiter-21M 4/200

Jupiter-21M 4/200 and Jupiter-21A 4/200 - outwardly two different lenses, their bodies are very different. The only thing that remains the same with lenses is optical circuit, and the color of the DOF indicators. Jupiter-21M 4/200 is a newer modification that was produced at the Vologda plant, version Jupiter-21A 4/200 was produced at the Krasnogorsk plant. There are versions with the spelling of the name in Latin: Jupiter-21M, Jupiter-21A. About Jupiter-21A and Jupiter-21M is well described on the website of Sergei Elizarov here.

View of the depth of field scale on Jupiter-21M F4 200mm and the diaphragm mode switch

View of the depth of field scale on Jupiter-21M F4 200mm and the diaphragm mode switch

Jupiter-21M 4/200 can be much more often seen in the hands of amateur photographers than the more rare Jupiter-21A... I used two versions and got the impression that the 'M' version is not that much inferior to the 'A' version. The 'M' in the name of the lens refers to the blinking diaphragm and M42 mounting thread, and the 'A' refers to the replaceable shank. Generally 'A' lenses are considered more successful modifications than others.

Enlightenment of the front lens of the lens Jupiter-21M F4 200mm

Enlightenment of the front lens of the lens Jupiter-21M F4 200mm

The focusing ring of Jupiter-21M 4/200 is very smooth, rotates approximately 270 degrees, while the front lens does not rotate, and the lens trunk is noticeably lengthened. When focusing, the entire lens unit moves. The minimum focusing distance is 1.8m, versus 1.7m for the 'A' version. Sighting is pleasant and easy.

The weight of the Jupiter-21M 4/200 lens has increased to 980 g, compared to 740 g for the 'A' version. Jupiter-21M has a built-in retractable hood, the hood is metallic and short. The diameter of the lens hood is 67mm, and the diameter of the front filter is 58mm. The lens that is presented in this review is numbered 83018196.

Jupiter-21M F4 200mm when focusing on MDF with an extended hood

Jupiter-21M F4 200mm when focusing on MDF with an extended hood

Jupiter-21M has an automatic blinking aperture. The lens has a special ring that can be used to switch to manual 'M' or automatic 'A' aperture control. The aperture ring itself is in the middle of the lens, you can only set fixed F-numbers from F / 4-F / 22. The 'A' version had a smooth aperture change and an additional ring for its preset. Also, the number of diaphragm blades was cut off for Jupiter-21M, now they have become 8 pieces, compared to 10 in the 'A' version. When the aperture is closed down to f / 8, the lens produces nuts with serrated in the out-of-focus area (the so-called circular saw, see for yourself). The 'A' version has smoother circles in the out-of-focus area on closed diaphragms.

Jupiter-21M F4 200mm when focusing on a digital camera

Jupiter-21M F4 200mm when focusing on a digital camera

Sample Photos

Photos without processing.

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with mounting thread M42 (M42 X 1 / 45.5), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this it is enough to choose the right adapter (adapter). You do not need to carry out any additional steps to modify the lens.

The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com... There are adapters (adapters) with a chip that provide more convenience during shooting, usually chips are used to confirm focus and / or metering exposure, and form the correct EXIF. The chip does not affect the image quality in any way.

For some SLR cameras (for example, Nikon F) it is necessary to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows correct focusing at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless camera, such a lens is not needed, and the adapter is a simple decorated hollow metal tube with an appropriate mount.

For SLR cameras

  1. CANON: For cameras Canon EOS with bayonet mount EF / EF-S need an M42-Canon EOS adapter, such an adapter with a chip can be found herewithout chip here.
  2. NIKON: For cameras Nikon DX / FXas well as for cameras Fujifilm и Kodak with a Nikon F mount, you need an M42-Nikon F adapter, you can buy such an adapter without a lens and a chip here, with a lens without a chip herewith chip without lens here, with lens and chip here. Why a lens? Why chip?
  3. PENTAX: For cameras Pentax with mount K you need an adapter M42-Pentax K, you can buy such an adapter here.
  4. SONY/MINOLTA: For cameras with a Sony / Minolta A mount, you need the M42-Sony A adapter, you can find such an adapter without a chip at this linkwith a chip at this link.
  5. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with a 4/3 bayonet mount (not to be confused with Micro 4/3!) You need an M42-4 / 3 adapter, you can buy such an adapter here.

For mirrorless cameras

  1. SONY: For cameras with an 'E' series mount SonyNEX и Sony Alpha you need an adapter M42-Sony E (aka M42-Sony Nex), you can find it at this link. An autofocus adapter is also available for these cameras. Techart PRO Leica M - Sony E Autofocus Adapterwhich can be found at this link.
  2. OLYMPUS / PANASONIC / KODAK /  XIAOMI: For cameras with a Micro 4/3 bayonet mount (Micro 4: 3), you need the M42-Micro 4/3 adapter, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon EF-M need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R: For cameras with a bayonet mount Canon r need adapter M42-Canon R, it can be found at this link.
  5. Nikon 1: For cameras Nikon 1 Series need adapter M42-Nikon 1, you can find it at this link.
  6. Nikon Z: For series cameras Nikon Z need adapter M42-Nikon Z, it can be found at this link.
  7. FUJIFILM X: For cameras with mount X need an M42-Fuji X adapter, you can find it at this link.
  8. FUJIFILM GFX: For medium format cameras G-mount need M42-Fuji GFX adapter, you can find it at this link.
  9. SAMSUNG: For cameras with NX mount need adapter M42-Samsung NX, you can find it at this link. For the camera Nx mini adapters do not exist yet.
  10. PENTAX: For cameras with Q mount need an adapter M42-Pentax Q, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount, you need the M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a Leica M mount need adapter M42-L / M, you can find it at this link.

If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters - ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all).

They say that there is still a Jupiter-21 lens in a white frame under M39 (mirror), Jupiter-21M-2 and Jupiter-21A MS version, if anyone has data on these modifications, add them to the comments.

Crop (coding) 1: 1 (720x479) of my picture of the Moon from a Jupiter-21M lens and a Canon 350D camera

Crop (cropping) 1: 1 (720x479) image on the Jupiter-21M lens and camera Canon 350D. ISO 200, F / 5.6, 1 / 400c.


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Conclusions:

Jupiter-21M 4/200 is an excellent lens, it gives a very nice drawing, good image quality, it is much easier to find than its brother Jupiter-21A.

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Comments: 254, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter-21M 4/200

  • Gene jb

    What is R on the DOF scale?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Infrared Focus Correction Designations (Infra Red)

      • Artem

        Arkady, tell me which shovel lens from 135mm can be taken for 600 kenon? I think Yu 11 but they say he is not friends with kenon? what do you recommend for photo hunting? preferably budget

  • Okulov Dmitry

    Thanks for the review. I have one. I used it on crop only a couple of times. Not very convenient focus. It’s almost impossible to shoot against the sun, it loses much contrast and glare appears. But constructive !!! Just a man!

  • Vasil

    Arkadiy Vi could explain how to use the DOF scale, which means numbers in niy ...

  • Andrei

    the whole industry of the USSR on optics - a new tank is not kidaty
    Okulov Dmitry and show de about ”Active up to $ 150 not to catch hares? s so focal? all about ”assets + і -.

    • Artem

      “All about” actives + і - ”like a battery, right?
      why do you write in ridovy movі, and the name is written in Russian?
      Arkady - thanks for the article!

      • anonym

        What? Ukrainian language do not like? do not read

        • Rodion

          Not readable because most of the audience.

          • Eugene

            So they wrote above, if you don't like it, don't read it. Why bring intolerance and politics here, on the site from photography.

            • Rodion

              What does “dislike” or “politics” have to do with it? I say - it is not clear (not readable) for the bulk of the audience.

              • Yuriy

                And where does the mass statistics come from? ...

              • Rodion

                Well, take a look for fun the main language of the blog and its audience.

              • Yuriy

                The bulk of the audience is Ukrainian. I further quote: “We, for the sake of the population, do not want to think of the Ukrainian language of all 1% of the population. There is only 10% of such people in Crimea ”. More details here: http://m.nv.ua/ukr/opinion/bekeshkina/ochevidne-nejmovirne-1692851.html

              • Vitaly N

                You are wrong. I am generally from Kazakhstan. Although I understand more or less MOV. The problem is different - there is less chance of getting an answer to a question in Ukrainian due to the fact that not everyone understands it. More blog members know Russian than Ukrainian.

    • Victor

      you are wrong about the category of users browsing this site, very useful and interesting, I’m sure that the number of users both from Ukraine and Russia, and Russian-speaking from all over the space of our former great homeland is huge, whether you understand the Ukrainian language or not, then as they say without comment, ONE LANGUAGE is like by someone or not, but my child of 8 years old understood everything perfectly after reading the comments in Ukrainian on his own, so don't be like politicians of all stripes!

  • Alexey

    That is such a strange question. If the lens is without multi-enlightenment (MS), and a protective filter with MS is put on it, then the lens is already similar to MS, and if it was with MS and a filter with MS, is it already double MS?

    • Novel

      Alexey, enlightenment increases the light transmission of a particular lens, not the entire lens. The filter is an additional optical component, the coated filter is more transparent, roughly speaking, than the uncoated one. The rest of the lens does not get better from this.

      • Alexey

        Thank you.

  • Ullar

    Arkady, hello, thanks for the interesting article.
    My question is a little off topic, but still. You have probably come across aperture jumpers in Soviet lenses. How to “defeat” it on Nikon?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I encounter constantly. The easiest way to block it is with a toothpick, super glue or part of the rod with a paste from a writing pen.

      • Ullar

        Thank you.

  • Glory

    I can add that up to the 21s Jupiter-80m was produced exclusively at the Krasnogorsk Optical, and then the Valdai plant began to produce it.
    I had a chance to hold the Valdai copy in my hands, and so, I visually noticed that the cases are the same, and the lenses have different enlightenments, the blackening of the lenses and internal surfaces is very different, the diaphragm is not smooth with an 8-blade and with notches.
    My copy of 1978. release and I am pleased to work with him. Even in the open, the depth of field is quite large (which cannot be said about the test specimen). The only difficulty in use is manifested when shooting dynamic scenes (a lot of blurry frames are obtained).

  • Jason

    Hello Arkady, I have such a question: is it possible to make infinity for Nikon d5100 on this lens? which adapter is better to take?

    • Farid

      I am now just busy with this issue. Need to unscrew the shank. There is a ring responsible for the clamp and for plus infinity. It needs to be sharpened by about 2 mm (more precisely, the other day, when I finish adjusting the details). There is still in the middle the focus rotation limiter ring, it also needs to be loosened and screwed in place, this will allow the lens unit to be slightly moved back when focusing at + infinity. The adapter you need to buy m42-nikon without a lens, the thinnest.
      Just tried to shoot without a ring that needs to be sharpened, the lens even jumps infinity.
      I will unsubscribe a little later about the results.

  • Farid

    done.
    you just need to throw out all the mechanisms responsible for the jumping diaphragm, as it is written in the post by reference. And then rearrange the ring it is visible in the last picture. http://www.penta-club.ru/forum/topic/46533-%d0%bf%d0%be%d0%bc%d0%be%d0%b3%d0%b8%d1%82%d0%b5-%d1%80%d0%b0%d0%b7%d0%be%d0%b1%d1%80%d0%b0%d1%82%d1%8c-%d1%8e%d0%bf%d0%b8%d1%82%d0%b5%d1%80-21/page__view__findpost__p__678122
    it must be rearranged so that the glass does not press the ring against the lens body, but the ring presses the glass. Those. to put not on the bottom of the glass, but on top. There, when approaching infinity, the mechanism responsible for the jumping diaphragm will touch the body and the diaphragm will not be regulated. However, this happens to me when flying through infinity, so I don’t see a particular problem.
    M.B. over time, the offending part is cut off.

    • Sanya

      good evening.
      became the happy owner of this miracle =)
      I want to clarify with you about altering it to infinity:
      All the same, you need to grind the ring or enough to carry out manipulations to swap the cup and ring

      if you can answer here or sanek1587@mail.ru

      thanks in advance

    • Sanya

      thanks the question is removed =) went by an exception method and everything turned out))))
      many thanks for the information

  • Alexander

    Arkady, will the Jupiter 21 M lens retain infinity when using KP 42 / N (M42-Nikon)? I understand that you need two adapters for Nikon?

    • anonym

      Everything has already been written.
      Nothing is saved.
      Need to redo the lens.
      Or take an adapter with a lens and spit on the quality of the pictures.
      How to alter - has already been described.

      • Alexander

        There is a link, how to redo it?

        • anonym

          Sometimes it seems to me that people do not know how to read something that is not addressed directly to them. Read, then, first.

  • abaiti

    Will it go to the Canon 600D? Will infinity work? Want to buy.

  • Ksenia

    Hello. I bought a jupiter usa version .. tell me how to adjust the focus. if you can write to the mail. Thank you in advance !!!

    • lesa

      Focusing in manual mode.
      Automatic mode is not implemented.

  • Vladimir

    Good day. This lens fits the camera zenith 11 ?, thanks in advance for your reply.

    • anonym

      Must come up. There is an M-42 thread.
      But why is this? the number of shots when I do not get the lens in sharpness is so great that only 1/4 of the pictures can be left. I have d90. And I just delete these frames. On a film machine, this is not just deleting pictures. This is the removal of money. But this is my opinion. The opinion of a person who removed only Smena from film devices))) well, a little fed 5

  • abaiti

    has gained. delivers. slightly smears. and so gorgeous quality

  • Bogdan

    Hello Arkady, tell me please, with the M42 Nikon adapter, at what distance can I focus?

    • Farid

      There I got 4-5 meters. But if the camera is cropped, then this is a 300mm lens, and at 4-5 meters only a shoulder portrait was placed in the frame.

  • anonym

    Hello! say what is better than Jupiter 21m or Super-Takumar 135 mm f / 3.5

  • Edward

    Hello, I want to ask a question. Today I bought Jupiter 21m for Zorkiy, but the lens allows you to focus only at a distance of 20 meters, the focus ring does not go further. What does this mean: the lens is broken?

  • Boris

    Hello, please tell me, and he will be suitable for Sony DSLR 390, thanks in advance.

  • Alexander

    Good afternoon, I have such a lens and a Pentax kr. When connecting a lens, the camera asks to enter the focal length. What do you think to introduce "200" or based on the crop?

  • Andrei

    Hello! please tell me, is there any point in putting this lens on a crop? Will the frame be too cropped?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Behind the scenes is a photographer. See examples in this review from crop.

  • antony

    Good afternoon, tell me, is this a lens for a digital camera or for a DSLR?

    • hell

      it's a spyglass

    • А

      Lens for SLR film and digital cameras, with the ability to install adapters (but this has its own problems, for example, Nikon has a problem with infinity)

  • hell

    weight is big. does the camera hold a tripod with such a lens? =))

  • xenomorph

    please tell me, the moon in the last picture was not processed in any way? is the photo posted “as is”? I don't quite understand what “cropping” means in the comment under the picture, sorry)

    • А

      Roughly speaking, they took the full photo (100% approximation) and cut a piece out of it, that's the whole crop.

      • xenomorph

        thanks! already googled on this topic, but thanks anyway. I know what cropping is, just the word “cropping” was confusing.

  • a guest

    The lens impressed me from the first shots, it washes the background perfectly. Don't even ask, I won't sell ...

  • Svetlana

    Uncle Jupiter gave me 21m, but I don’t know what the adapter ring is) tell me please) I canon D600) I want to buy an adapter for it) If you can with a link to the name and description) in advance, thank you so much!

    • a guest

      You need an M42 adapter for the Canon 600D with a programmable chip. You can buy in any good company selling photographic equipment.

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