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Showcase Jupiter-3 50mm f/1.5

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Ned, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Here is my 1953 KMZ Jupiter-3 50mm f/1.5, the Russian copy of the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5:

    (photo taken with Zuiko ED 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD)

    Here are some samples from it...

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  2. dbuckle

    dbuckle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Looks excellent.
  3. gscara

    gscara Mu-43 Regular

    Jupiter 3 - User experience

    Hi Ned

    I enjoyed reviewing your images taken with the Jupiter-3. I am thinking of purchasing one of these and wondered if you noticed the focus shift that occurs when you change aperture. From reading reviews on a number of rangefinder forums, I see that users lean into the shot when they stop down, as the focal plane can shift 1-2 inches, from the wide open focusing.

  4. gscara

    gscara Mu-43 Regular

    Jupiter 3 arrived

    Here are some portraits taken with my 1956 Jupiter-3. I have a Russian friend who volunteered to be my guinea pig. The first two shots were at f1.7 and the last shot was at f2.8

    The Russian Tzarina
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  5. peterbee

    peterbee Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    Huddersfield, UK
    Peter Bartlett
    Thanks for showing this, Ned. I've not seen one of these Eumig projectors for many years. My late father was a cine enthusiast when I was a youngster and I can remember going with him on a round trip of around 300+ miles to buy one of these (may have been an earlier version), long before the internet and mail-order buying in the UK! Brought back a lot of happy memories.:smile::smile::smile:
  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Yes, they are pretty neat things! :)  This particular one is my own, and I still haven't figured out what to do with it yet...

    Here are some more photos from the Jupiter-3...

    E-PL2    ---    25mm    f/2.8    1/20s    ISO 3200

    E-PL2    ---    25mm    f/2.8    1/20s    ISO 3200

    I will probably end up with more J-3 images soon, as I have gotten a second E-PM1 and have decided to pair it up in a really small compact bag with the J-3 for a super lightweight kit. I imagine I'll be carrying this one around with me more often now. ;) 
  7. foto2021

    foto2021 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 5, 2011
    SE England
    Some nice images, Ned, but nothing that tests the lens at or near its widest aperture.

    The results at f/1.5 or f/2 are what most people buy these lenses for. As they are made in the former Soviet Union, sample variation is to be expected, but a good example will provide a delightful rendering when used wide open, or stopped down just a little.
  8. Brian S

    Brian S Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    1951 Jupiter-3 with a rear module from a 1957 J-3. the original rear module had etched glass. "left over parts" from a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar conversion, this J-3 was originally FED/Zorki mount, and is now Contax mount. I will be using it on a Contax II.

    Wide-Open at f1.5, on the Olympus EP2.


    Low-Angle, flipped the Finder up for this one.


    Flare-test, sunlight illuminating the front element.


    the original real triplet was not coated, the new one is. Finding a good match required going through a few lenses. I have ~10 J-3 parts lenses.

    This J-3 is sharp, even wide-open. This particular lens now has a German glass for the front section, Russian glass for the rear.


    Lens positioned to get the front element out of the sun.


    Focus shift on the J-3, and any lens- is not an issue for mirrorless cameras when you focus with the lens stopped-down to the taking aperture. It is an issue on a rangefinder camera, and on SLR's when focus is done wide-open and the lens stops down for taking the picture.
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  9. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    New York Comedian Mike Storck from Baltimore
    ISO400, 1/90s, f/1.5
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  10. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Shot at f/2 and ISO800. I'm always scared to go faster than f/2 on this lens because of contrast loss, but I really like the results from f/2 on. :) 
  11. whatisinthebag

    whatisinthebag Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Central California
    I took a rather aging Jupiter 3 50mm out onto my patio this afternoon. The glass is nice. The fstop is a little wonky. The focus ring works, but i'm sure it needs a bit of repair as only a small portion of the focus ring actually shifts focus.

    Perhaps some more interesting subjects will make me like this lens a bit more.

    Taken with E-PL3.

    Potted Cactus by staticantics, on Flickr

    Pink Bougainvillea by staticantics, on Flickr

    Pink Hibiscus by staticantics, on Flickr
  12. whatisinthebag

    whatisinthebag Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 23, 2011
    Central California
    Temperatures will dip 20 degrees lower tomorrow. Here I pulled out my Jupiter.3 50mm f1.4 on the OMD E-M5

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/staticantics/11186051044/" title="Jupiter.3 Tree by staticantics, on Flickr"> View attachment 329092 "1024" height="768" alt="Jupiter.3 Tree"></a>
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