Overview of Jupiter-8 2/50

For the opportunity lens overview Jupiter-8 2/50 Many thanks to Andrei Shutenko.

Additionally, you can see the full review + video review JUPITER-8 1: 2 F = 5cm P with mount Contax-Kiev RF and its modifications - JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P, JUPITER-8M 2/50 и JUPITER-8M 2/53.

Overview of Jupiter-8 2/50

Overview of Jupiter-8 2/50

Jupiter-8 is an interesting lens with an amazing picture. Jupiter 8 is very well written on the site of Sergei Elizarov.

TX Jupiter-8 2/50
Focal length: 50
Diaphragm: F / 2.0-f / 22.0
Number of aperture blades: 9 pieces
The weight: 130 g
Optical design: 6 elements in 3 groups
Thread: M39 (rangefinder lens)
Front Filter Diameter: 40mm
MDF: 1 метр

View of the lens diaphragm Jupiter-8 2 50

View of the lens diaphragm Jupiter-8 2 50

The focusing of the lens is smooth. The focusing ring rotates 180 degrees, the front lens does not rotate when focusing. The lens itself is very small. Its shiny white metal frame looks very unusual on modern digital cameras. There is a modification of the lens in a black frame of the body, as well as a modification with a Kontax-Kiev mount. You can see what the 'P' version looks like Jupiter-8 1: 2 F = 5cm P. There is also a similar lens, but with a larger aperture - Jupiter 3.

Lens enlightenment

Lens enlightenment

The diaphragm has 9 blades. The iris control ring rotates smoothly, without stopping at fixed values. At closed aperture values, the lens gives almost even circles in the blur zone.

Type of indicators Jupiter-8

Type of indicators Jupiter-8

Sample photos on Jupiter-8 2/50

It’s a pity, I don’t have the opportunity to use Jupiter-8 2/50 on mirrorless cameras. On SLR cameras Jupiter-8 2/50 works only in macro mode, in more detail here. How to use Soviet old lenses on modern Nikon cameras read here, and on Canon here. I shot on Canon 350D and two adapters M39-M42 + M42-Canon EOS.

Sample photos on Jupiter-8

Sample photos on Jupiter-8

After I crawled on my knees near the first spring flowers and transferred the photo to a computer, I was shocked by the unusual picture of this lens. The lens has amazing bokeh. On F / 2.0, weak sharpness and strong aberrations, this allows you to convey unusual volume, style and artistic content in photographs.

Photos without processing:

The history of my copy from the owner of the lens:

The lens has a slightly tired look. He had a very rich past. Its previous owner, with the Zorkiy-4 camera, was, and now alive and nimble, my grandfather, a former investigator in especially important cases of any very criminal kind. The lens had to see such that we mere mortals and think terribly. Where only he was not and where only he was not worn. From the 64th to the 84th they used it regularly. He never saw the hands of a master and prevention. But for the entire time of its operation, he was treated very carefully! But time has taken its toll. Shutenko Andrey.

Jupiter-8 on the SLR camera

Jupiter-8 on the SLR camera

Review Addendum

I came across another copy, this time with a name in Latin - Jupiter-8 2/50... Externally, the lenses are identical. Photos taken with Nikon 1 J1, while the EGF of the lens is 135mm (sounds scary).

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

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.

conclusions

Jupiter-8 2/50 is a very interesting and well-made rangefinder lens. Will work best on mirrorless cameras. On SLR cameras it can only work in macro mode. The lens has a very specific bokeh. I recommend it for creative experiments.

Reviews of the lenses of the Jupiter-8 series:

  1. JUPITER-8 1: 2 F = 5cm П | Arsenal | Contax-Kiev | 1956
  2. JUPITER-8М 1: 2 F = 5 cm | Arsenal | Contax-Kiev | 1961 | reader's review
  3. JUPITER-8М 1: 2 F = 5cm П | Arsenal | Contax-Kiev | 1963
  4. JUPITER-8М 2/50 | Arsenal | Contax-Kiev | 1977
  5. JUPITER-8М 2/53 | Arsenal | Contax-Kiev | 1978
  6. Jupiter-8 1: 2 F = 5cm П | KMZ | M39 | 1958 | white
  7. Jupiter-8 2/50 | KMZ | M39 | 1962 | white
  8. Jupiter-8 2/50 | KMZ | from the TV camera 'Electronics L-50' | 1965
  9. Jupiter-8 2/50 | KMZ | M39 | 1974 | black | review from Rodion Eshmakov
  10. Examples on JUPITER-8 2/50 (black, M39)
  11. 500PX Gallery

Jupiter-8 also exists in early versions under the names:

  1. ZK 1: 2 F = 5cm P | KMZ | folding frame | ~ 1948 | M39
  2. Vigilant ZK 1: 2 F = 5cm P | KMZ | white with ears | ~ 1949 | M39

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Comments: 211, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter-8 2/50

  • EvAlex888

    By the way. If there is no "round timber", you can carve adapters from "pancakes". There is enough thickness of 10 mm. Cut a suitable piece from the "sheet" of brass, and go. The turner knows how to work with it. Or you can try it yourself, though you have to work, and even look for a tap. Just take the “Ballerina” (this is such a “nozzle” device for a drill), mark it up, drill with a small drill. It will be more convenient to use two drills with ballerinas, and process it one by one, slowly, a little at a time. And you will get a ring. But in general, from the beginning you need to make a pancake, fix it on the axis (bolt, hairpin), insert it into the drill, and with a file grind the corresponding groove, and only then embed the ring. As you can see, it is easier to find a turner. And turning has an undeniable advantage. Here the ring will be automatically centered, since it is turned, and not stamped, as is done in production. A shifted optical axis, will inevitably introduce distortions.

  • Paul

    Good day to all. Here everyone writes that on the mirrors, it will work only as a macro. So, if I put through two adapters M 39-M42 + M-42 with a lens, in theory should I focus on infinity ???

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There will be no infinity. It will only be macro, even with a lens.

      • Paul

        Thank you, alas alas ..) So the inheritance of the old-timer will be with macro rings for macro photography to establish.

  • Murad

    Please tell me the link to aliexpress on the adapter from the F mount to this lens and Jupiter-8m. Thanks! D5300 Camera

    • B. R. P.

      These lenses are rangefinder and will work on a DSLR only in macro mode.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Link. But this is a rangefinder lens, there will be only macro mode.

  • Gennady

    Arkady, tell me please, when shooting with Nikon1 + Jupiter8, you have a peasant with pigeons in focus, but he only takes photos of me, doesn’t take any further, what adapters were there? Or is there a problem in the lens?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Simple M39-Nikon 1 adapter, it can also be called L39-Nikon 1, this

  • Gennady

    Clearly, thanks, I used the M39-M42 + M42-N1, which is probably why the distance to the matrix is ​​large, your adapter has less thickness. Was there infinity?

  • Death_upset

    I found here the adapter m39-fuji x, put this miracle on my X-E1 and was simply surprised. Despite the dust inside, the scratched enlightenment and the front lens are not in the best condition, this lens is capable of producing a very atmospheric picture. if you climb in the lightroom, you can muddle such a retrovave, the buzz is simple. on f8 is quite clear, compared with AF Nikkor 35-70 f3.3-4.5, it doesn’t lose at least in clarity, but there are highlights in places with bright backlight (maybe because of the front lens just right)
    in general, there’s probably no reason to buy it, only if you don’t feel sorry for the money and you want something experimental, and if you have it from your grandmother / grandfather / father / mother, then you simply have to get the adapter and try to shoot it

  • ba3lur

    for a long time aliexpress stamps adapter M39-Nikon

    • BB

      Have you read the article at all? About the working segment, in particular?

      • Arkady Shapoval

        in fact, there is the L39-Nikon F, but what to put in there, the mirror 39 or mirrorless (there will only be a macro) is another question :)

        • BB

          It is also possible through M39-> M42; M42-> Nikon_F, but you won't be able to take advantage of all the advantages of the lens)

  • Marina

    Thanks for the review, but I didn’t understand why fifty dollars, but focuses only in macro)

  • Eugene

    Hello. Thanks for your reviews, they inspired me to experiment. While I choose Fujifilm x-t100 lenses for my mirrorless, I decided to test Jupiter-8, which was idle. So far, only test shots, the first day, but I'm already delighted with the bokeh.

  • Leonid

    Arkady! How will this lens work on nex? Will there be infinity through the transition rings?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      yes, it will be like an ordinary fifty dollars of a past era

    • Anatoly

      Without a limb it will definitely be.

  • Stas

    Does he fit the fed?

    • Andrei

      Does the rangefinder lens match the rangefinder camera? Hmmm, I need to think ...

    • B. R. P.

      Suitable for carving.

  • Anatoly

    Hello. I recently bought Jupiter-8 1950 by mail. with ears? Is there any hope that there is a Zeiss lens unit?

    • Rodion

      Of course not. Jupiter-8 is already a product of conversion to Soviet glass. You can still try to speculate with the ZK, nothing more

  • Anatoly

    Thank you Rodion. Then this is the very first of the Jupiters-8 turns out? Which I met under this brand of Soviet glass)))))

  • Denis

    I do not know how he rhodolite on mirrorless cameras, but on my Samsung nx2000 it works like a macro.

  • Denis

    On the mirrorless Samsung nx2000 also works as a macro.

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