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Arsat Jupiter-36B 250mm f:3.5

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Arsat Jupiter-36B 250mm f:3.5

Arsat Jupiter-36B 250mm f:3.5
Arsat Jupiter-36B 250mm f:3.5
Arsat Jupiter-36B 250mm f:3.5

This is Russian Zenitar lens.
Made in "Arsenal" manufactory, Kiev, Ukraine.

Construction - 4 elements, 3 groups
Angular field - 18
Minimum focusing distance - 3.5m
Maximum aperture - f/3.5
Minimum aperture - f/16
Aperture blades - 7
Filter size - 82mm screw-in type (includes two filters : 1 UV and 1 yellow filter).
Weight - 1500g
Diameter x length - 85mm x 180mm
Special features - collapsible integrated hood.
Pentacon Six lens mount.
Mount Type: Third-party (adapter required)
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Registered: February, 2021
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: February 28, 2021 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Interesting
Cons: Heavy
Camera Used: Full Frame DSLR   

I wanted to add some info about this lens that some may find useful. I was looking at my copy of this lens the other day and noticed that fungus was starting to grow on the front and rear elements. It wasn't bad yet. It just looked like someone had left their french fries lying on the lens for a day and left the lens greasy and dirty. The front element was very easy to remove and clean. It's just held in by a screw crown. The rear element was a little trickier to remove but the screws all behaved and everything went back together real smooth. My front and rear elements are now spotless and I took the attached test shot of my dog.
New Member

Registered: December, 2017
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: December 4, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $49.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: colours, sharpness, bokeh, build
Cons: weight, heavy focus ring
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 5    Value: 9    Camera Used: Kiev 60, canon eos 5dii   

Useful lens as well on the Canon EOS as on the medium format for what it was made.
As for the tripod problem: I solved it for the EOS combination by attaching a 64mm tripod mount to the adapter. Works well, sits tight. Take care not to buy one made out of plastic
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Registered: August, 2012
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 3,667
Lens Review Date: September 22, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Generally good optically, price
Cons: Weight, handling, need Pentacon 6 adapter
Sharpness: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 2    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-x, K-01, K-5II, K-S1   

I may have bought this lens for less than $50, shipping included. I think the previous owner was happy to pass along a "white elephant". I haven't done much with it, because the weight makes it almost unusable on Pentax DSLRs. As you can see from the optical diagram, the front third is one huge mass of glass, making it extremely nose-heavy and difficult to use hand-held. Optically, the lens is fairly sharp with (to me) pleasant bokeh. It does have a fairly long minimum focus distance (more than 3m/10 feet). Of course, the lens is all-manual, and it's Pentacon 6 format. To use it on a K-mount camera, you'll need a Pentacon 6 to M42 adapter (and an M42 to K-mount ring) or a P6-direct-to-K adapter, which may cost a little more, but adapters aren't hard to find.

The weight really demands a tripod, but the lens lacks a tripod foot. I haven't found any Pentacon 6 adapters with a built in foot. Using the camera as the tripod mount is awkward because so much weight is so far forward. I have found that an 81mm Canon 'C' type tripod ring/collar will fit perfectly in front of the aperture ring - which really is the only part of the lens where you could put a tripod ring. This puts the heaviest part of the lens directly above the tripod connection. How well this works depends on how heavy your camera body is. You will need a decent tripod that doesn't shake like a frightened puppy under the weight.

So who is the Jupiter 36B for?

- Well, Medium Format shooters, obviously. As fs999 shows, the lens gets excellent results adapted to 645.
- 35mm Full-frame or film shooters, possibly.
- APS-C is hard to justify on this lens - you are just using a small part of the image circle provided by all that glass. If you are going to stop down, you might as well get a slower 300mm zoom or prime.

If you are a student on a budget and desperate for longer glass faster than f/4.5, or just someone who likes to experiment (me), you can make this lens work, but you will have to work at it (and invest in a good tripod).
New Member

Registered: April, 2015
Posts: 12
Lens Review Date: June 15, 2015 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Nice "to have" and good rendering
Cons: Weight
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 5    Value: 5    Camera Used: Pentax LX   

Quite simple;
Too Heavy to seriously carry....
But, for foolish collecters of USSR stuff great to have

Registered: July, 2008
Location: Luxembourg
Posts: 6,586
Lens Review Date: April 14, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $170.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: It is sharp and has a nice bokeh
Cons: It is heavy and it is heavy :)
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 7    Value: 8    Camera Used: 645N   

As far as I have seen, it is a nice lens. It has a smooth bokeh.
Did I mention it is heavy ? Realy heavy 1500 gr., 1.5 Kg.

645N on TMax 400

with a Hoya closeup filter n3

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