"poor man's" fast 85mm lens (yet another Jupiter-9 thread!)

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Ari Aikomus
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"poor man's" fast 85mm lens (yet another Jupiter-9 thread!)


From time to time I like to write these "poor man's" threads...Perhaps it's directly correlated to the fact that from time to time I also have a tight budget ;-D

Here is my previous poor man's thread (60-250/4):


However this time I like to show some of my recent shots with fast Russian 85/2 lens - Jupiter-9, of course - which many of you may know very well...not least because of unique bokeh and its great applicability for portrait work.

Actually I have now two copies of that lens, and these pictures in this thread are taken with that my newest version - which I like is slightly better copy than my first Jupiter-9 (sharper wide open). Here are some my pictures with that first one:


And here are some info for those who do not know Jupiter-9 lens so well...

Price: You can get used Jupiter-9 lens for 70-130$ (ebay), Rugift.com also sells new ones:
...But there are also new ones in many ebay sellers.

Lens Specifications:

Focal length,mm: 85
Maximum aperture: f2
Angle of view,deg.: 28,5
Focusing range,m: 0,8 - inf
Aperture range: 1:2 - 1:16
Number of aperture blades: 15
Working distance,mm: 45,5
Type of camera mount: M42 x 1
Attachment mount thread: M49 x 0,75
Resolution, mm-1, min.:
in centre: 33
off centre: 18
Light-transmission factor: 0,85
Light-diffusion factor: 0,05
Overall dimensions (with covers) ,mm Diam.: 66 x 72
Mass (less carrying case), kg: 0,380

The Jupiter-9 is a copy of the pre-war Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f/2

Jupiter-9 has also nice smoothly working 15 aperture blades! With almost perfect aperture circle!

Some info more:


My next post will include my recent samples with it.



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