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 at 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, with the Nikon F-mount), you need to use adapters with a corrective lens, which allows you to focus correctly at all focusing distances. For any mirrorless cameras, 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 Pentax cameras with K mount, you need an M42-Pentax K adapter, 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 'E'/'FE' mount series 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 bayonet mount Micro 4/3 (Micro 4:3) you need an adapter M42-Micro 4/3, you can find it at this link.
  3. CANON M: For cameras with Canon EF-M mount need adapter M42-Canon M, it can be found at this link.
  4. CANON R and RF-S: For cameras with Canon RF mount 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 cameras Nikon Z series (FX/DX) need an 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, you need an M42-Samsung NX adapter, you can find it at this link. There are no adapters for the NX mini camera yet.
  10. PENTAX: For Q-mount cameras, you need an M42-Pentax Q adapter, you can find it at this link.
  11. SIGMA / PANASONIC / LEICA: For cameras with L mount you need an M42-Leica L adapter, you can find it at this link.
  12. LEICA: For cameras with a bayonet mount Leica M 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: 273, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter-21M 4/200

  • Sergei

    I bought this lens and shot it. In principle, I liked it, the only thing is heavy and I have to get used to it. I shoot on Nikon D90, put it with an adapter on the lens, it is better to focus through the screen, and not through the viewfinder. portraits, by the way, I often miss, but very accurately hits distant objects, 7-30 meters, good as a telephoto. It is quite possible to shoot at a number of competitions - heats, ship modeling sports

    • a guest

      The portrait portrait is awesome. Draws and washes the background amazingly. Among the pillars and motley foliage - at the exit there is a portrait among a birch grove, and a photo of animals is no worse than in the wildlife magazine. A fairy tale, not a lens. Although, maybe this is my kind ...

    • Farid

      Through the lens, photographs are “blurred”. There won't be the sharpness you hoped for. The lens is simply altered to fit the Nikon's focal length. Sharpness increases immediately. Although if we compare it with Jupiter 37a, then this lens is much inferior to it, both in terms of the picture and in size)).

      • a guest

        Yes, an extra lens in the optical system is not good. Regarding Jupiter, 37A and 21M, I have both, and both draw differently. The 37th compact lens can always be taken with you on the road without hesitation, the 21st - in addition to optical functions, it also performs the function of an additional support, which turns the lack of size and weight into an advantage that helps to avoid movement. So I use some domestic lenses depending on the situation, it can be said on a hunch, especially if you used to twist them from childhood.

  • a guest

    Nothing special:
    -How is our potato?
    http://img.by/i/cLaU2.jpg

  • Guests

    More photos. The first test shots on the CZK with this lens.
    http://img.by/i/wL2UE.jpg

    • a guest

      …hastily

  • Bogdan

    Hello! Please tell me which telephoto lens is best for 450d with adapter m 42?

    • a guest

      Jupiter-37A is a good lens, but better Zeiss Sonar. Still Telenitar-M, Tair-11A, all of them with a focal length of 135mm

  • Ilya

    But I came across an option 21t what would it mean?

  • Novel

    I want to take either Jupiter 650m or Jupiter 21a for my Kenon 37d, help me decide on the choice (maybe the question is not quite correct?), The price of the question is almost the same! And what kind of adapter to use for this carcass to these two lenses, so as not to lose functionality and quality. Thank you!

    • Farid

      Jupiter 37a, as a general rule, gives a better picture than Jupiter 21m. 21m closer objects closer, but I noticed that after enlarging an already finished picture taken on s37a, the quality and resolution is slightly better than s21m. So the Yu37a is better and more convenient to circumvent, since the sizes differ greatly.

      • Novel

        Thank you!

  • Sergei

    selling Jupiter 21m characteristics are almost the same as 21a. price 5 tr post office boss.wret@mail.ru Voronezh write or call 9003023540

  • Vladimir

    recently acquired such a) completely new, no scratches, class :) still 37 new to find in the kit :) thank you Arkady for your efforts and this wonderful site, I discovered a lot of new things, in fact I acquired this hobby :)

  • Jane

    Please tell me the analogue of modern televisions on the Nikion D5000

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Nikon 55-200 Vr. There is no exact analogue.

  • Igor

    I have a question on Jupiter 21M
    For Canon EOS 400D, it is suitable and which adapter do you recommend?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does. Adapter ordinary M42-Canon EOS with a chip.

      • anonym

        Thank you!

  • Alexander

    And if you compare Tair-3 and Jupiter 21M which is preferable in terms of picture quality (sharpness, HA, soap on an open diaphragm, etc.)
    It’s clear that the RF is different, but if we take into account only the quality of the received photo?

    • Vladimir

      there are both and both are good;)

  • Valerii

    Hello! Happy New Year!
    Arkady, is it possible to put Jupiter-21M 4/200 on sony alpha 99?
    Need an adapter with a chip? Which one?
    Best regards - Valery

  • raw

    a very good thing, the background bokeh is excellent, the aperture on mine is set to 2, but super-duper-sharpness, as with autofocus, cannot be achieved, but a gentle smoothing effect. of the obvious disadvantages - heavy.

  • Alexander

    Please pay attention. What price for Jupiter-21M can be considered acceptable. In my city with photo flea markets it’s very tight and one person sells it for 6000 tr, although on LensClub the average price is 2000 tr

    • a guest

      80-120 $$ - normal price

    • Egor

      Selling Jupiter-21M, in excellent condition, complete set (wardrobe trunk / lids). The question price is $ 85. houme-ms@mail.ru

      • Franz

        well, your prices in Russia for Russian lenses ... not at all for a hobby ... a week ago in Germany I bought a Y21m Ibei for 25 euros ... so, now I'm trying ... the feeling that you are sending a grenade launcher to the flowers ...

  • Alexander

    Hello! Summarize again: is it possible to put a 600M lens through the 21D adapter? Will there be problems with the working length

  • a guest

    It is possible, without problems, like all other Zenith optics M42 with a working segment of 45,5 mm

    • Alexander

      Tell me, will there be a mismatch between the aperture value on the lens and the device and how to get out of this situation?

  • Leon

    Please tell me, I want to buy such a lens as a gift to my father, he is a beginner, but loves to bring objects closer, and modern analogs are an order of magnitude higher, actually the question is whether the automatic focusing in this lens on the Canon 600D with an adapter and a chip will work, if not, is it difficult to focus manually?

    • Ilya

      Auto focus will not work, but the focus confirmation points will turn red when manually focusing.
      In general, focusing is not very difficult, you just need to get used to it.

    • Egor

      Selling Jupiter-21M, in excellent condition, complete set (wardrobe trunk / lids). The question price is $ 85. houme-ms@mail.ru

  • Egor

    I will sell Jupiter-21M, in excellent condition, a complete set (wardrobe trunks / covers).
    The issue price is $85. home-ms@mail.ru

  • Sergei

    I sell lenses.
    1.Jupiter-37a
    2.Mir-26B
    3.HELIOS-44M
    4.HELIOS-44-2
    5.Industar
    6.Fed-5 in excellent condition for the collection.

  • Paul

    Good afternoon. Tell me, since it’s all the same to remake 21m to infinity to Nikon? I read, I did not understand anything. Thank you in advance

  • Igor

    Tell me - is Jupiter 21 suitable for macro? There are macro rings, I have an industrial 61. Macro is obtained if you get very close. What is the minimum distance to use the Ju-21?

    • Andrei

      Have you tried it? What happened?
      As I understand it, you can do without macro rings by increasing the size of the adjusting ring -
      focusing distance will decrease.

    • Konstantin

      Very suitable! Before him, I shot macro on Helios 44-2, tried it on Jupiter, I really liked it. Not so scanty depth of field as on gelika, color rendition and sharpness are excellent. Plus MDF is sufficient to not scare insects.

  • Daniel

    Please tell me the approximate price of this lens. It would not be bad to sell it. Thank you in advance:)

  • Igor

    It depends on the condition: 400-500 UAH ...

  • asp

    Jupiter 21m is a great lens.

  • Elena

    and what kind of camera does the lens fit in our time

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