Nex7 and Jupiter-8 50mm f2.0

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by freddytto, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    Ever since I started with the fever of the mirrorless,NEX, I become addicted to legacy glass, have bought and sold many lenses but certainly the Russian lenses have fascinated me so much, maybe it will be by the compact size once used the adapter and mounted in my NEX7 but equally strongly influences the cheap price I paid for it.
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    So recently I have been using a lot of russian vintage lenses, for some reason I love work with them, since sold the Industar-50 f3.5 50mm so jump on the Jupiter-8 50mm f2. It is M39 mount so I got a M39 to NEX adapter, is too small to carry all the time on my bag, could say is perfect for Street Photography but for portraits is good too. According to my serial number, my first two digit says it was made ​​in 1959, chromed aluminum with focusing tab. Exact copy of the Zeiss Sonnar rigid. Looks great, but has some small signs of wear, but is typical in these old lenses, and we’re talking 50 years since it was manufactured, so it can’t be so picky.



    The lens is all metal and is solid as a rock, one of its weak points of this lens is the aluminium lens barrel, which is easily damaged if dropped. The filter thread on the front is particularly vulnerable, and takes 40.5mm filters or lens hood.

    About:

    Focal length: 50mm
    Aperture: f/2 to f/22
    9 bladed aperture
    Focus: Infinit to 1.0m (3.3ft)
    Mount: Leica M39 screw mount
    Covers: Standard 35mm film size (24×36 mm negative) on APS-C CMOS sensor is 75mm.
    Without a doubt the strength of the lens is the image quality, I had the Industar 50 and was a really great lens, very sharp, low contrast and easy to get some glow effect, as the Soviet optical factories were known for sharp optics, and this one is no exception. The edges are not so good but the center is very sharp. Wide open have good sharpness and soft corners fairly far out, like I said before if we use a hood could avoid the glow.

    Now some quick shots when picked up the lens in the postal service on Wednesday morning, all shots were made in jpg using creative mode, I forgot to set up on Raw that I usually use, but the shots were very decent. Using the maximum aperture creates a very nice bukeh, is not buttery smoot but I like how come out the photos with the medium contrast and the clarity. All shot was in jpg.


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    I’ve been a fan of Russian lenses, so I’m very happy with this lens after using it a couple of days, although I’m a street shooter, and used to use a 50mm fixed lens is so easy to manage to reach a focus quickly, I can’t compare it with the Rokkor 50mm f1.4, we talking about two very different optics and the focus ring is handled even better, could be a bit tedious on the Jupiter-8 but still I like the style, looks so sexy, compact and retro in the NEX7. The aperture ring is the weakest part of this lens, as there are no clicks so once you set an aperture, any little shake can turn the aperture ring easily. The minimum focus distance on the Jupiter 8 is 1 meter, but I was reading in some post on the web I could fix to get more close, but for now don’t want to waste time doing extra job,although is all metal, well aluminum, which is built makes it very lightweight with only 130g. I tested for a few portraits, and the results are more acceptable than for the price you paid, then my main reason is to work only in B / W, so I feel very satisfied. I'm a street shooter so some SP also.

    Portraits
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    Street Photography:

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    I hope you liked it, any comments suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Very nice set of images, Freddy. The alure of fairly inexpensive old lenses is hard to resist.

    Tony
     
  3. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    NYC
    Lovely shots. I got the jupiter 3 but I haven't used much, looked soft and low contrast wide open. I was wondering how jupiter 8 will perform on nex as they say the qc is better with 8 and it is cheaper also. Both Jupiters are copy of Zeiss Sonnar. Brian Sweeney at sister Leica forum fixes them and have lots of knowledge if you need to ask questions to change the mfd. MFD is the handicap for rf lenses but they have the advantage of size. There are also adapters that you can adjust to reduce mfd.
     
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
  5. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Thanks for the write up Freddy and of course fantastic photos as usual.