Overview of Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

According provided by lens Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS, serial number No. 6506715) many thanks to Ilya Kostenko (the first official photo flea market of the city of Dnepropetrovsk).

Overview of Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

Overview of Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

I came across Jupiter-9 2/85 with a mounting thread M39 × 1 / 45,2 (for SLR cameras) and, judging by the logo, made at the Lytkarino optical glass plant.

The lens, as for the Lytkar version, has an unusual white body color (or rather golden), although it is generally believed that the Lytkarian 'Jupiters' were mainly produced in a black frame (in contrast to the widespread white version of the Krasnogorsk plant) In fact, just the black Lytkarian lens variants were preceded by white Jupiter-9, such as in this review.

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
Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

The Jupiter-9 2/85 from this review has a short and chubby body; in appearance, you will never say that such a lens can be attributed to the telephoto range of focal lengths. The focusing ring is metal, ribbed, rotates 270 degrees, the minimum focusing distance is only 80 cm. Focusing is very smooth and pleasant, although if you quickly rotate the focus ring, you can feel 'dips' when focusing. When focusing, the lens trunk lengthens, but the front lens does not rotate (for comparison, the version Jupiter-9 1: 2 F = 8.5cm P front lens rotates).

On the body there is a scale of focusing distances and a depth of field scale for values ​​F / 2, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16. The scale of focusing distances is marked on the back of the focusing ring and is too close to the camera mount, due to the 'nose' of modern CZK it is practically invisible.

Also, the lens has a preset ring and aperture settings. Using the setting ring, you can select the values ​​F / 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, but in fact you can shoot at any intermediate value (for comparison, black Jupiter-9 2/85 closes the aperture to f / 22). The ridge of the lens is a 15-blade diaphragm with blackened blades that create a perfectly straight aperture, which helps to always get the correct circles in the out-of-focus area. Such a diaphragm is a rarity and is inherent in all modifications of Jupiter-9.

Jupiter-9 2/85 uses light filters with a diameter of 49 mm. He came to my review in his native black small tube with front and rear covers. The front cover is worn over the trunk of the lens, while not particularly fixed and can be easily lost.

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

Externally, there are 5 different rings on the lens, and from the outside, Jupiter-9 2/85 seems to be a very unusual lens. The front lens casts a pronounced lilac tint, which indicates that the optics are coated. But the trouble is so bad - among all Soviet lensesthat I happened to use, Jupiter-9 2/85 has the most terrible color rendering. When sighting through JVI one gets the impression that a green light filter is screwed onto the lens - everything is flooded with a terrible greenish-yellowish tint. Actually, in the photos automatic white balance can not cope with such a difficult job and gives not the most pleasant picture.

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

Very poor color performance, not very suitable for photographing people, is still half the trouble (after all, Jupiter-9 2/85 is considered almost the best Soviet portrait lens). Due to its Lytkarin blood, the lens produces a very soft image at F / 2.0-F / 2.8. People who are accustomed to the per-pixel sharpness of their standard modern lenses will sometimes find it painful to look at the pronounced software of Jupiter-9 2/85. Even at F / 2.8, the softness remains and almost completely disappears only at F / 4. This property can, of course, be used for artistic ideas, but I still think that this is a clear drawback of the lens. In addition, the lens does not tolerate side and back light poorly.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 426 MB, 35 photos in .CR2 format (RAW) from the camera Canon EOS 5D (Ff). On Canon cameras, I used a lens with two adapters: M39-M42 and M42-Canon EOS.

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS) on the ZK

Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS) on the ZK

How to use with modern cameras?

Lenses with an M39 mounting thread (for SLR cameras, M39 X 1 / 45.2), such as the lens from this review, are very easy to use on almost any modern digital camera (both SLR and mirrorless), for this you just need to choose correct adapter. The cheapest adapters can be found aliexpress.com

For use on modern digital SLR cameras Canon EOS need M39-Canon EOS adapter, you can buy such an adapter (adapter) here. Also, an adapter M39-Canon EOS can be easily replaced with two adapters: M42-Canon EOS + M39-M42. Detailed information on the use of such lenses with any Canon EOS cameras will find here.

An adapter is required for use on Nikon SLR cameras M39-Nikon F, you can buy such an adapter (adapter) without a lens and a chip here. Also, one adapter M39-Nikon F can be easily replaced with two adapters: M42-Nikon F + M39-M42. Detailed information on the use of such lenses with any modern Nikon cameras will find here.

How to use this lens with cameras of other systems (Pentax, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Sigma etc.) - ask in the comments and you will be prompted. If you have any questions on compatibility and adapters, ask in the comments (comments do not require any registration at all, any user can add a comment).

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

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Jupiter-9 2/85 from this review turned out to be a very interesting, but optically weak lens. However, when shooting, I somehow got into it and even got used to its 'swamp' color rendition, which made that cloudy morning pleasant and 'atmospheric'.

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Comments: 71, on the topic: Overview of Jupiter-9 2/85 (m39, white, LZOS)

  • Anna

    Good day! Thank you for the educational article. The question is, I got a black Jupiter-9 from 1969 LZOS from my friend, which, to my surprise, did not fit the M42 adapter. Filmed from Zenith-E. Perhaps there were still versions of the black Yu-9 with the M39? and then do they possess the peculiarities of the white variants of Jupiter-9? Or did I get a copy with a redone thread?

    • Lynx

      maybe there were.
      the thread from M42 to M39 is not redone.

  • Yura

    Otsey butilchany vіltіnok can vikoristovuvati in b / w. Гарно заміняє відповідного фіьтра =)

  • Sergei

    Good day. I'm certainly not a photographer, but in my opinion sharpness is present in this photo. JUPITER-9 Lytkarino. Externally, one to one as white, only painted in black and m42. N7602107. shot on nikon d7000 f2

    • Alan Grek

      rather, there is no obvious soft effect, but I personally would not call this photo sharp ..

  • Valery

    I have a strange model - like a white Lytkar one, but black with an M42. No enlightenment. I shoot with Pentax K5-II through an adapter. It focuses on infinity normally. Required AF adjustment. Sharpness is excellent. It is easier to aim than on Helios 44. At 2,0 yes - lathers. But for some plots it can be used as a near-soft effect. I liked the glass. Here are examples of photos https://flic.kr/s/aHskxSmh2t

  • Vyacheslav

    Hello, where is the building with the arch (14th photo in the collage)?

    • Valery


  • Novel

    Good afternoon, there is such a lens (black 1975), but unfortunately got without a front cover. Tell me which cover from modern optics is suitable for it.

  • anonym

    Optical glass in the USSR was produced not only in Lytkareno, but also in Leningrad, where the first optical glass plant in the USSR is located, and where the technologies of practically all optical glasses in the USSR are now developed - this is a subdivision of the State Optical Institute. The most massive and varied glass in terms of brands is not LZOS at all, but the Izyum State Instrument-Making Plant, the Kharkiv region was formerly called IZOS, in fact it is a Leningrad plant scaled up for larger-scale production. There was also a subdivision at the Krasny Gigant plant near Penza, but there it was not possible to establish the quality and scale of production.

    • Shadow.

      I live 35 km from Izyum. There was such a glorious factory. It produced products, mostly for the army, such as night vision devices, tank sights, etc. But why was it? It has not been working for twenty years, but a lot of different shops are set up around it, from a small shop where frames are made to large supermarkets of glasses, where they sell in batches, wholesale. And how many glasses do they wear by train! And all this is under the brand of Izyum Optics. They say these are lenses with products saved or (stolen?) In those years? You involuntarily think, were they really producing so much? Or stolen so much? ...

  • Ivan

    Tell me, what kind of beast?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      White Jupiter-9, KMZ

    • Rodion

      Jupiter-9 adapted for SLR cameras (KMZ, originally for Kiev-Contax cameras). Excellent glass, from the Soviet - not cheap. The review here somewhere was just such an option.

      • Ivan

        Thanks a lot for the quick answers.

  • Nastya

    Good afternoon, I have this lens, I wanted to use it with Sony Alpha 5100, I ordered an adapter, fotga m39-nex, but unfortunately it does not focus, maybe I need to change something in the settings, or do I need another adapter? I would be very grateful for your advice.

    • Valery A.

      Nastya, focus with your hands, or rather. This is a Soviet device, there the electronics are dumb.

  • anonym

    Nastya, no offense ;-) you need to change the adapter between the camera and the carcass (you still comprehend in this field, read more articles on this site)

  • Glory

    I have just one on Sony 7rii.
    A sharp focus for some reason with 50cm (instead of 80cm), there is no infinity. Someone climbed, right?
    Color rendering (for me) is normal. A hood with a Pentax, Super Takumar 135mm came up.

  • anonym

    Good friends to everyone, can you tell me what kind of glass my friend has, I want this Jupiter for a long time and now I don’t know which one is better to take !?))) I will be grateful for quick answers;)

    • anonym

      This is Jupiter-9.

      • anonym

        You think, maybe some other !!?

        • anonym

          He is signed.

          • anonym

            I wrote this as sarcasm .... it will be clear to the moron that this is Jupiteo 9! I was interested in the variety, the factory made it, etc. !!!

            • anonym

              It is the same as in the review. Actually, the Yu-9 is purely creative, 5 shots a year, but very interesting. I have remade from contact-cues, except for a portrait or an interesting blade of grass in the evening sun, they have nothing to shoot.

  • Stas

    Re-upload the link is not working on the raw archive

    • B. R. P.

      It's unlikely to be reloaded.

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