Overview of Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev

For the opportunity to review lens Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P many thanks to Alexander Balabak.

Overview of Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev

Overview of Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev

Below shown list of major versions of JUPITER / JUPITER-9:

  1. JUPITER-9 2/85 AUTOMATIC. In the case for the Kiev-10/15 cameras, the Arsenal plant (Kiev), the Kiev-Avtomat mount
  2. JUPITER-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm. In a white case, Krasnogorsk, mount Contact-Kiev
  3. JUPITER-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P. In the white building, Arsenal building (Kiev), Contact-Kiev bayonet mount
  4. Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8,5cm P... In a white case, KMZ, M39 for Zenit cameras
  5. JUPITER-9 2/85. In a white case, Lytkarinsky, M39 for Zenit cameras
  6. In the black case of the old type, Lytkarinsky, M42 (no review yet)
  7. JUPITER-9 2 / 85. In a black case of a new type, Lytkarinsky, M42
  8. MC JUPITER-9 2/85. In a black case of a new type, Lytkarinsky, with 'MS', M42

Very well about Jupiter-9 is written on the site of Sergei Elizarov here.

Type Jupiter-9 85 2,0

View of Jupiter-9 85 2,0 from Contax cameras

My copy from this review originally had a Contax-Kiev mount (aka RF). By our craftsmen, the bayonet mount was sawn under the Nikon F mount while maintaining focus on infinity. Rumor has it that the Jupiter-9 versions for Contax-Kiev are the best. How to use old Soviet lenses on modern Nikon cameras you can read in the section Soviet optics.

Marking the lens Jupiter-9

Marking of the lens Jupiter-9, the letter P in the name.

Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P has a pronounced lilac enlightenment, the letter P in the name of the lens just indicates enlightenment. The whole lens has an unusual body color for our time. The white metal lens looks unusual on modern cameras.

Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P focuses from infinity to 1.15 meters, while the focus ring rotates 180 degrees. The trunk of the lens lengthens by about 1 cm. When focusing front lens rotates. The diaphragm control ring is located near the front lens. Aperture values ​​are 2.0, 2.8, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22. Aperture adjustable smoothly, without clicks, you can set any intermediate values ​​of the F number, which is quite important for video. The front filter diameter is 49mm. By the way, if someone has examples of video clips from this lens - drop the links in the comments to this review.

Jupiter-9 side view.

Jupiter-9 side view. The rear of the lens has been redone for installation on Nikon cameras.

A distinctive feature of Jupiter-9 is its 15 blade aperture. The aperture device always allows you to get even circles in the blur zone. The bokeh of the lens is excellent.

View of Jupiter-9 on a modern camera

View of Jupiter-9 on a modern camera

Sample photos:

All photos were shot on a full-format camera. Nikon D700 and a converted lens Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev. Photos without processing, only reduced size and added data from EXIF. Special thanks to Nate and Albina for the photos.

Personal impressions

Judging by the serial number of my copy 620790, the lens is more than 50 years old. A 15-blade aperture and a combination of F / 2.0 aperture with 85mm focal length make this portrait a wonderful portrait lens. On the crop, he remains as good. I am very surprised that many amateur photographers often pass by the lenses of the Jupiter-9 series in search of Helios-40 (40-2). Among the shortcomings, I can single out the factor that when focusing, the aperture control ring is often touched and the current aperture value gets lost. Also, when sighting, it is clearly visible that the lens is yellow.

Dimensions of two lenses

The sizes of two lenses: Jupiter-9 85mm F2.0 P and Nikon 85mm F1.8D AF Nikkor

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

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Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev is a good portrait lens, it requires serious alteration to work on modern SLR cameras. Jupiter-9 is one of the best soviet portrait lenses.

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Comments: 114, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev

  • Vladimir Lvov

    I have Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P Contax-Kiev, 1956, new condition, I really don't want to sell. I want to attach it to Nikon without any alterations. Bayonet on an internal lens (the body clings to the lens, not like Nikon's e - the lens to the body). Please, tell me, who knows where you can buy a Nikon F adapter for such a lens so that focusing is complete with a minimum loss of aperture? And what is the correct name for such a bayonet, like mine?

  • Sergei

    Arkady, good afternoon.
    Do not tell me where you can read the story on them.
    I have his ancestor, Vigilant ZK 1: 2 8,5cm. one of the first fiftieth year.
    It is very interesting to know how many there were and what kind of glass they put on them.
    It is a pity you are far away, could give you to review it.

    • Vladimir Lvov

      Jupiter-9 is a copy of the German Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85/2
      Read about Jupiters here: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%AE%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80_(%D0%BE%D0%B1%D1%8A%D0%B5%D0%BA%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%B2)
      ZK lenses (Zonnar Krasnogorskiy) were made from captured optical units Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar at the Krasnogorsk Mechanical Plant named after S. A. Zvereva. They were later renamed Jupiter.
      I have never seen ZK lenses with a focal length of 8,5 cm. Fifty dollars are sometimes found, very rarely 13,5 cm, I have never seen wide-angle ones either.
      Sergey, please take some photos of this lens.

  • Peter

    There is a similar lens Jupiter-9 1: 2 f = 8,5. I would also like to know how you can (and can) put it on Nikon (d750)? How serious is the alteration required, where to find the masters? Or can you find an adapter? - Which one?

    • anonym

      No adapters. Alteration is possible independently, he sawed himself. There, everything that clings to the carcass is removed from the back side, the excess is cut off and the adapter for Nika, which is, is attached.

      • anonym

        But there are no masters, artisans meet. I sawed 10 pieces myself.

    • Michael

      You can unscrew it and put an adjustment ring between the lens blocks thinner and you do not need to saw anything. Nikon adapter - M42 without lens and thinner

      • Michael

        Sorry, did not look that Contact. No adapters

  • Vladimir

    the review does not say anything for the pictures on aperture 2, sharp or there is software, the photographs do not exactly indicate which aperture they were taken on, I would like your comment

  • Sergei

    Sorry, but at Contact-Kiev the working length is short. It turns out that it can not be used on mirrors with preservation of infinity?

    • B. R. P.

      It turns out impossible, but ... a quote from the review: "Our craftsmen sawed the bayonet under the Nikon F mount while maintaining the focus at infinity."

    • Vladimir Lvov

      The lenses with Contact-Kiev bayonet mount are the easiest to redo to any digital-mirror camera, they have a working distance of 34,85 mm. But the threaded rangefinders, M39 (Lake), is already very difficult, they have a working distance of only 28,8 mm, but such lenses will stand without any alteration through an adapter to mirrorless digital cameras with mounts: Nikon Z (16 mm), Sony E ( NEX) (18 mm), Micro 4/3 (Micro Four Thirds) (20 mm), Nikon 1, Samsung NX (25,5 mm)

  • Michael

    Tell me please. I just can't figure it out. The wiki provides information that the Contax Kiev bayonet is otherwise called Contax RF. It has a flange distance: "external bayonet 34,85 mm, internal - 31,85 mm." At the same time, “Contax G 29mm” is indicated on the lensklab for rangefinder. I couldn't understand where the truth is ... Tell me, who knows?

    • B. R. P.

      Contax G is newer AF rangefinder cameras, Contax RF is old mount.

      • Alexander

        Contax RF is not just old, RF stands for rangefinder - rangefinder ...

        • B. R. P.

          If this is for me, then where did I write. that he is not rangefinder?

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