18 Jul 2017神無月

Jupiter-8 50mm, Soft depiction and cored focus surface. Small old lens of L39 mount in Ogikubo station south side*

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When I was looking at Yahoo Auction in Japan, I found some lenses that I haven’t tried even though they are well known.
One of them, the Jupiter-8, which is the standard angle of view lens of Jupiter, which has many series, was brought out this time.

About lens

Jupiter-8 50mm F2.0 Leica L-mount

Like a lot of Russian lenses, this lens is based on Zeiss lenses as part of a post-war claim for compensation.
It seems that it is based on Zeiss’s famous Sonnar, and it looks exactly like the lens configuration.

Looking only at the compact appearance, it has the image of a low-priced version.
However, the contents are made with small parts, which gives the impression that they are made more precisely than Helios and Mir-1.

Today’s agneda

– Explore the depiction of Russian lenses with standard angles of view other than Helios
– On the second day of Ogikubo, walk on the south side

Bokeh, depiction around the frame, color

Oh soft!

It’s made in 1962, and it looks neat for the vintage, and the freshness of the blur is good.

I wonder what it is, it’s a little different from Helios, and both are soft and blurry, but this Jupiter-8 seems to have a sharpness.

Perhaps it’s because the depth is stable and refreshing because it doesn’t blur round and round, I feel like it will be a very refreshing frame.

The atmosphere of the focus surface at full aperture has the impression of other Russian lenses, but the nuances may be quite different from there to the periphery of the image.

It seems that the blur toward the periphery of the image is somewhat like Flektogon while remaining stable. Of course, the angle of view is different, so the optical story and picture making will be different in the first place, but I feel that the influence of Carl Zeiss remains stronger than other Russian lenses Helios and Mir-1.

I took another Jupiter-8, which I bought with the intention of selling it, at a later date in the neighborhood.

After all, with old lenses, the coating is weak and the reflection inside the lens barrel is strong, so I think that the expression will change considerably depending on the weather.

The condition of the focus surface is the same, but the feeling that the bokeh becomes white and soft is completely different.
The older the lens, the more noticeable it will be.

However, that is the goodness of old lenses.
I wonder if it’s interesting because there is a wide range of expression because it depends on the light so much that it’s too selfish.

Resolution, sharpness when the aperture is closed, aberration

It is a sharp and delicate focus surface for the 1963 and vintage products.
The lens itself has quite a few scratches (scratches and wipes), so I can’t say it’s in good condition, but is it a lens that has the ability in the first place?

It looks relatively realistic with soft nuances. There will be many comparisons with Helios, which is close to the standing position, but I think Helios will be sharper.

Still, the texture of this T-shirt, which is quite far away, is unexpected. It’s an image that you can take a gentle shot even if you squeeze it or open it.

Is the mechanical thing a little sharp as expected?
Recently, I remember taking a motorcycle as a subject, and it’s interesting to take a picture of this size because the composition is quite different depending on the angle of view of the lens.

It was nightfall, so it was an easy day to take pictures with soft sunlight everywhere.

I wanted to add a little more color to this frame, but I thought it would be impossible with this lens. It might have been possible if there was sunlight up to the cola, but that’s all there is to it.
Saturating with Raw development is a direction not in this blog.

Although it is a soft line from beginning to end, it seems to be a line that remains persistently, and that area is Sonnar’s lineage.
I’ve seen several times that the lens configuration called the double gauss type is strong against halation, but I certainly felt the nuance that halation was well diffused throughout the lens.

I tried to aim for the backlight firmly.
It’s white, but the scene is quite understandable, and it has a soft nuance.
It’s a very good lens.

I wrote it with a high evaluation, but one point I would like to write down is that the shortest shooting distance is 100 cm, so it is difficult to take close-up shots of food etc., so be careful.

Reference at the time of purchase

Jupiter-8 50mm F2.0 Leica L

Actually, I bought Jupiter-8 about a year ago, but the housing at that time was sold as a junk as it was because it disassembled into pieces when the focus helicoid was turned.

After that, the Jupiter-8 50mm had a similar angle of view to the 58mm of Helios 44-2, so I was far away from trying other lenses than trying a Russian lens with a similar angle of view.
Because of that, this lens has the feeling of going around and returning.


Looking at eBay’s Jupiter-8 market,
There are a number of them that are relatively affordable, but since there are many vintage ones, I think you should take a closer look at the lens condition as well as the appearance.
Especially, the silver aluminum lens barrel does not get dirty unexpectedly even if it shines by polishing, so please be careful if you want to line it up as an interior.

As a portrait shoot

I can’t get close to this lens, but it seems to be good for portrait photography.
I think it’s just right above the chest and above the knees.
The bokeh is a little more realistic, and it feels like it looks flat, for better or for worse.

Where I walked

The second Ogikubo that came. This time it is the south exit.
It was a really hot day.

This is more like a shopping street and it feels easier to walk.

There are many chain stores, but there are also old-fashioned stores and buildings, so it’s easy to take pictures.

It was too hot on this day and I walked while taking a quick break, but I felt that it was a cityscape where it was easy to take a break.
Is there enough road width? It was a street that didn’t feel like it was packed for the number of stores.

As I wrote in the text, it is not very suitable for food photography.
I feel that I can shoot almighty to some extent except for close-up shots, but I think that close-up shots are premised on trimming.

Just looking at the pictures reminds me of the heat.
Changing clothes is essential for taking pictures of the city in summer.
It’s not as big as the north side of the station, but the south side is also wide enough and worth walking.

I’m going to climb.

The grass and duck in the river were cool and had a nice atmosphere.
I felt like living once in a room with a view of the river like this.

There was a place where the cherry blossoms were sticking out on the sidewalk of the river, but it looks like Ghibli when combined with the straight line where the vanishing point cannot be seen.

There are still many old shops in the city, which is more peaceful than the north side. If you live, you may like this side.

Even so, it was a hot day.

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