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05-05-2019, 09:07 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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I Used Only a Russian M39 Jupiter-9 lens On Sony A7ii for a Few Weeks with Review

I have not used this lens very much, even thought I have had it for almost 10 years shortly after I bought my Pentax K-x. the problem was I when I needed this focal length. I had Pentax-f 100mm2.8 Macro or Bokina 2.5/90m or Rokinon 1.4/85mm or Tamron adaptall-2 2.5/90mm and so on..all much easier to use. I used only a Jupiter-9 2/85mm lens on my Sony A7ii for 3 weeks straight and reviewed it, Here's my Take away.



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Nice video! Thanks for sharing

The Jupiter-9 is a really lovely lens... I believe yours is most likely from the mid-to-late 1960s, given that it's M39 mount and in black finish. My 1972 M42-mount example is very similar:


I also have an M39 version in silver - same basic shape, but 1960s (I forget the exact year).
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One can do amazing things with a J-9, pity mine in M42 needs some repair at present. I am most sad. Just one point regarding your presentation. While all J-9s are coated, multi-coating was not a feature until the last few years of production. Such lenses are prominently labeled "MC Jupiter-9"* and I believe production was limited to M42 mount. It is my lens that is pictured on the review page for the J-9 on this site, though I sadly did not include a face-on view. I also own a 1962 vintage "silver" J-9 in Kiev/Contax rangefinder mount...very pretty. As for reports of a "quality decline" on new versions, I have read suggestions that the earlier "silver" versions render better, but have seen no compelling example photos to confirm those claims. Below are a few example images from both 35mm film and Pentax dSLR.



Yes, the Kiev/Contax version photographed with the MC M42 version on the K10D.



Taken with the K10D



Rollei Retro 100 on my Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL



Ektar 100 on my Ricoh XR7



Ekatar 100 on my Ricoh XR7



With the K10D



Wide open on the K-3...Explored on Flickr



With the K10D


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* I don't know how non-export versions might be marked.

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Lovely shots, Steve

QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
One can do amazing things with a J-9, pity mine in M42 needs some repair at present. I am most sad.
What's up with your M42 J9, Steve?

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Just one point regarding your presentation. While all J-9s are coated, multi-coating was not a feature until the last few years of production. Such lenses are prominently labeled "MC Jupiter-9"* and I believe production was limited to M42 mount. It is my lens that is pictured on the review page for the J-9 on this site, though I sadly did not include a face-on view. I also own a 1962 vintage "silver" J-9 in Kiev/Contax rangefinder mount...very pretty. As for reports of a "quality decline" on new versions, I have read suggestions that the earlier "silver" versions render better, but have seen no compelling example photos to confirm those claims. Below are a few example images from both 35mm film and Pentax dSLR.
My '60s M39 Jupiter-9, though not in the same pristine condition as my '72 M42 model, has a very slight (and it really is slight - but noticeable) edge in image quality. I don't know whether the coatings used in single-coated lenses differed over the years, but I've found this with other Soviet lenses too... even the humble Industar-50 / 50-2; earlier versions (I have several from the early to late '60s) simply produce nicer-looking photos.

Back to the Jupiter-9, I've read many reports that later (1980s onwards) versions are inferior optically. I'd love to add a good copy to my collection, and compare side-by-side to see if this is actually true. Certainly, the same can be said of the MIR-1 vs later MIR-1B... the earlier lens is better by far (I own two copies of the MIR-1, tried two copies of the MIR-1B and still own one of them).

Apologies to the OP for hijacking the thread slightly, but I hope its still relevant information


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Nice video! Thanks for sharing

The Jupiter-9 is a really lovely lens... I believe yours is most likely from the mid-to-late 1960s, given that it's M39 mount and in black finish. My 1972 M42-mount example is very similar:
Hey thanks. I delved a little deeper and you are correct about the date 1969. I just omitted that part in my video. ps your copy is so pretty.

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Hey thanks. I delved a little deeper and you are correct about the date 1969. I just omitted that part in my video. ps your copy is so pretty.
Thank you I bought it that way for my collection, but in truth it probably produces about the same image quality as yours
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Thank you I bought it that way for my collection, but in truth it probably produces about the same image quality as yours
Yeah mines been around the block a few times.
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