Review of JUPITER-8M 2/50

JUPITER-8M 2/50 is an updated version of the lens JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P с internal mount Contax-Kiev RF.

JUPITER-8M 2/50

JUPITER-8M 2/50 on the Sony a7 camera

JUPITER-8M 2/50 differs from JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P only in the little things:

  • 2/50 newer and 1: 2 F = 5cm P - older model. The new lens has a modern writing of parameters responsible for focal length and relative hole.
  • 2/50 slightly updated the design of the frame. Instead of a label for the aperture value in the shape of a triangle, version 2/50 has a label in the shape of a red dot.
  • versions have different enlightenment. Lenses 1: 2 F = 5cm P cast more blue, and 2/50 - lilac.

JUPITER-8M 2/50 looks like this:

The difference between JUPITER-8M 2/50 and JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P

The difference between JUPITER-8M 2/50 and JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P

The difference between JUPITER-8M 2/50 and JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P

The difference between JUPITER-8M 2/50 and JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P

Differences between versions 1: 2 F = 5cm P and 2/50 as an image I did not notice. Perhaps JUPITER-8M 2/50 yell a little less.

Example photo on JUPITER-8M 2/50

Example photo on JUPITER-8M 2/50

Source files can download from this link (12 photos in the '.ARW' format, 285 Mb). On camera Sony a7 I used the lens with a homemade adapter Contax-Kiev - Sony E.

The difference between JUPITER-8M 2/50 and JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P

The difference between JUPITER-8M 2/50 and JUPITER-8M 1: 2 F = 5cm P

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.


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

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 51, on the topic: Review of JUPITER-8M 2/50

  • anonym

    Now is this a site exclusively for reviewing Jupiter 8?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Of course not, not only for Jupiter-8, but also for Jupiter-8M :)

      • Bkrg

        Do you buy them in buckets? :)

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Yes, it is necessary in buckets, otherwise it is very difficult to find an adequate copy in a small heap of gel-jupiters-industrial :)

  • Mahal Makhalych

    Is this your suitcase without a handle?
    It’s a pity to throw it away, it’s impossible to use? Although the text is written, and thank God?
    Useless thing, too much bling!

  • Lynx

    All the same, there is a charm for this Kiev with Jupiter.

  • anonym

    And also by means of Jupiters from Contact-Kiev mounts the bugs are photographed)) throwing is still a pity))

  • THE

    Arkady is trying to do more reviews of different lenses, with different modifications, and you are like ungrateful jackals. : /

  • Nicholas

    Just come across while Jupiters, he is testing. Sometimes a review of a lens of some nth one-of-a-kind in its kind on the expanses of tyrnet, for which many thanks to Arkady! This or that modification is very important!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In fact, there’s simply no time for something serious :)

  • Dmitriy

    Yes, with the advent of sony A7, there were a bunch of useless reviews on the lenses that FIG put on a regular DSLR.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I'm not complaining :)

  • Ch

    Well, people!
    Well, ungrateful!

    "Ingratitude is a kind of weakness."
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Dmitry K

    joyfully new neighbor. And his name is Tottoro))

  • arnet

    Jupiter -8m, it shoots very nicely. somehow natural and ... Arkady, you are great. Pay no attention to these and do your thing. Thanks. 7

  • Yarkiy

    That lied in a couple of hours.

  • Yarkiy

    There were two full ones, one cripple became.

  • Yarkiy

    We shoot from 25cm, full-length portraits of hamsters, facial guinea pigs. :)

    • Vadim

      Is he "makrik" now? What and how was the adapter made of? Please answer, do not be lazy. Such Jupiter is gathering dust. To shoot on film ... - well, you understand! And selling is the same as throwing out, the hand does not rise. There is in the arsenal a wonderful Helios-81M with a native Nikon-Kiev bayonet, but their drawings are different!

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Only macro, something like this https://radojuva.com.ua/2013/08/elektronika-l-50-lens-sample/ I put it through a macro ring and sealed it with tape.

      • Yarkiy

        Yes, it shoots exactly like Arkady showed, only I did it not from macro rings, but from a plastic pinhole HOLGA, f8 60mm. I cut everything I didn’t need, put it in, filled it with glue and voila the bauble is ready. I don’t know where to apply, there is a makrik, there is a portrait painter, a fifty dollars is also available.

    • dock

      who do not like do not read. there is nothing to write any nonsense about hamsters.

  • Valentin Kalenichenko

    The letter "P" in red appeared when Soviet lenses began to illuminate (the 50s of the last century - my school years). Optics then in the USSR were made very carefully exclusively at the factories of the defense industry. Therefore, the “P” on the lenses that have survived to this day is a kind of sign of their really high quality. Another sign of the quality of products from that (Stalinist) era is the 3/8 '' threaded tripod nut on 35mm cameras (used until the late 60s).

  • Alexander

    Hello, can you help with the adapter I will be very grateful if you throw off the link ... well, which one you have on Sony A7 thanks for your attention

  • apotheosis

    Thank you so much for your review! My grandfather took pictures all his life, namely from the age of 57, at Kiev 4a. And just recently, as he was already 92, he gave it to me. Albums with photographs from him - feast for the eyes! And the information is adequate, except for the rewritten Soviet instructions on the Internet. Thanks so much for the lens reviews, not only this one but all Jupiters.
    For those who are just “getting to know” this knowledge is a treasure.
    Thank you again

  • Alexander

    People, someone found an adapter for minolta A, otherwise Jupiter lies idle, but I can’t find an adapter.

    • Rodion

      There is no such adapter. Only make a mono try, but there will be no infinity.

      • Alexander

        Is there an adapter for m42?

        • Rodion

          A similar answer. And what's the difference at all, that M42, that A?

          • Alexander

            Well, if it was on m42, then through the m42 adapter - minolta A, it could be put.

            • Rodion

              Eh ... I tell you that even if there was an adapter immediately to A, there would be no infinity - that's the trouble. Even more so with the M42.
              Everything is bad with this Kontax-RF system - industrial adapters cost tens of thousands. And insanely rare.
              Therefore, they are usually made by themselves.
              Because Yu-8 on the ZK does not sit down with infinity, you can simply fix the lens in the M42 macro ring rigidly and shoot an interesting macro with it.

  • Alexander

    People and what is this detail? And where to get it?

    • BB

      Have you read the review? Or just looked at the pictures?
      This is a homemade adapter.

      • Alexander

        Thank you for noting that this is a homemade adapter (), and what exactly is the highlighted part?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I can sell.

      • Hope

        Hello! I need an adapter for Jupiter M8 for Sony A7. sell it to me!

    • Paul

      This is a helicoid pulled from the Kiev camera, from which this lens. after pulling out the helicoid is turned (metal is soft) and sticks into a suitable adapter from Sony Nexus. sorry to break Kiev, but this is the easiest and most convenient option to use lenses with this mount

  • anonym

    8m is done only with a bayonet mount in Kiev? on the m42-m39 was not produced?

  • YEW

    Fell into the hands of 2 Jupiter-8. Used on a mirrorless mirror (Fuj X-M1), through an adapter. Maybe I didn’t understand what, but apart from Industar 61, there is not one sensible among the rangefinders. There is a tolerable Inustar-50, and i-26M is not better in quality than the Yu-8, and even darker. Soviet SLR lenses are much better.

    • Rodion

      Jupiter-8 is a soft, portrait lens for the most part. You don't need to expect high quality from it.
      Industar-61 is rather dull in its properties, a good Industar-26M will easily compete with it.

      • YEW

        Of course, yes, portrait, only the G-44 and the G-81N pair showed themselves much better than the existing U-8 and, all the more, the I-26m. The first two models you can play, make the center cut or softer, softer along the edges and get into the depth of field and smudge the background. And u-8 is only mild, and sharply at f5,6-8, and there it is sharply around and the depth of field from here to lunch. In the i-26m, it’s even worse about portraiture. As for the dullness of i-61, not g-44 or g-81, but something can be done. I-26m, well, if as a creative, instead of a monocle))) - I haven’t reached that point, it’s not interesting.

        • Rodion

          Look at my recent photos from the I-26M review. And which are the first. The bottom line is that different I-26Ms behave differently: an old, battered sample will give a dull and generally weak picture. And the “new” lens, and even blackened inside, gives a picture quite good in sharpness (no worse than I-61), with good contrast and colors. After acquiring a good copy, I became a fan of this small but beautiful glass.

          Regarding, again, Jupiter-8, it is worth noting that it is not now “every day” glass (like the listed Helios and “technical” I-61, but it is a wonderful “spectacular” lens.

  • Alex

    Found Jupiter-8M 50 \ 2. I can not find an adapter for the Nikon D5100 on it. But something came up. If you take Industar-61L \ D and unscrew the three bolts, you can remove the threaded ring. This ring can be stuck to Jupiter using a sealant (for example, adhesive tape or some other garbage). Now the thread of the M39 ring allows you to use Jupiter as a macro lens through an adapter.

  • Svjat

    here is the same bokeh and overall image quality as in this?https://radojuva.com/2013/04/obzor-jupiter-8-f2-50mm/

  • Andrei

    I fell into the hands of a brand new Kiev with a Jupiter 8M 2-50 lens.
    1971 camera the film has never been in it.
    Outwardly, as if yesterday from the factory
    Now it remains to find the film and test it))

    • Jury

      before putting the film on - make sure visually that the shutter works

  • Artyom

    Guys, explain to the fool the deletant how to put 8m Jupiter on canon, there is an M42 adapter and a ring at 39, but 39 is big for him. I rummaged everything, but I don’t understand anything anyway.

    Thank you!

    • anonym

      If such as in the review, then only with adhesive tape and only macro. This is if Canon is the default SLR.

  • Sveta

    Tell me, please, do I have a Jupiter-8m 2/50 lens, is there a chance to buy an adapter to install on the canon ??

    • Alexander

      It makes no sense to put it on the mirror Canon, it will focus no further than 30cm. You can set it to mirrorless, but the adapter is unlikely to be found, you must either do it yourself or order it to someone.

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