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, With EGF lens is 135mm (sounds scary).

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

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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
  12. Video about Jupiter-8

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

  • Mark

    Hello, thanks for the review. Tell me, if you put Zenith 39 through the M42-M122 adapter, will it work?

    • B. R. P.

      No. This is a rangefinder lens. Written at the beginning of the review.

    • Andrii


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