Shooting with the Vintage Jupiter 9

Shooting with the Vintage Jupiter 9 ~ yeah, I found another vintage lens that I like. This is the Jupiter 9 85mm 2.0. Mine was manufactured in 1965 with Zeiss Technology. It is a copy of the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm 2.0 and from these first images, I think it was a good buy. This…

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  • Michael Callison

    Wow! These images are absolutely breathtaking!  I’ll have to look this lens up on eBay!  The one I just bought hasn’t arrived yet. I can’t wait to get it! ReplyCancel

    • KarenBurns

      I was anxious to get this one Michael ~ it is sooooooo nice ~ in great condition!! I have one more lens on the way and then I’ll stop!! (she says while crossing her fingers).ReplyCancel

      • Michael

        Awesome, Karen! Lenses are like books, you can Never have enough!  This one looks like it will be amazing!  ReplyCancel

      • Michael

        I can’t wait to hear about your other new lens too!!ReplyCancel

        • KarenBurns

          lenses are like books, I like that! Not sure when my other one will arrive. ReplyCancel

  • Michael

    Hi Karen, in looking at the Jupiter 9 on eBay, it looks like there are 2 sizes of this lens, and I was just wondering, is yours the shorter version? I think I’d definitely like to get one. I had an 85mm Nikon lens that I sold and have regretted ever since.  This one would more then make up for it!   ReplyCancel

    • KarenBurns

      Hi, Michael. This one is 2.6″ long. I am guessing that it is not the shorter version. It is a beauty with the silver on the outside. Hope you find one 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Michael

        Thank you very much, Karen! I am very interested in getting one!  Luckily, it looks like there are a lot of them on eBay! ReplyCancel

        • KarenBurns

          The Helios will give you sort of a swirl bokeh in the background and the Jupiter 9 gives more of a “bubble” bokeh ~ but you need that back light for it. Very fun to play with! Very Lensbaby-ish ReplyCancel

          • Michael

            Would you be able to post a photo of it?  I’m seeing a couple of them on eBay that look like they are different lengths.  
            Thank you, Karen!

  • KarenBurns

    Michael, I’ll take a shot this morning and send it to you via PM on Facebook ~ just having my morning coffee now ~ReplyCancel

Shooting Spices

I’m back on my own coast from our Still Life and Food Photography Workshop in Connecticut. What a great group of students we had to share our time. We cook, we shoot, we eat! Marie Otero is the perfect teaching partner ~ we have been bouncing from her coast to my coast for workshops with…

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Shooting with Unusual Lenses

As a photographer, there are many things about photography that peak my interest. Lately it has been incredibly fun shooting with unusual lenses. I recently began searching for vintage lenses, the older lenses that have vintage glass. Since these are rarely used anymore you can pick up some vintage lenses for as little as $20….

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  • Michael Callison

    Hi Karen, these are such beautiful images and I really like the story behind the vintage lenses. I collect vintage film cameras, but have not thought about looking at vintage lenses until now. You’ve inspired me to look!  One thing I wanted to ask you is, where did you purchase your adapters?  Thanks Karen!   Michael ReplyCancel

    • KarenBurns

      Michael Callison ~ just google lens adapter(s) and then narrow your search for what would fit your camera. OR find a vintage lens you like first, see what mount it is, then google adapter for “vintage lens brand/name” to “your camera brand”.ReplyCancel

      • Michael

        Thanks a million, Karen!  I really appreciate your help. ReplyCancel

        • KarenBurns

          You are most welcome. Have a great time falling down that rabbit hole researching Vintage Lenses 🙂ReplyCancel

          • Michael

            Good morning Karen, well I just bought a Helios 58mm lens on eBay that came with a Fuji X mount for only $65 plus shipping! It looks to be in almost new condition and just had a CLA! You were right, these lenses are extremely inexpensive!  I can’t wait to try it out!  

          • KarenBurns

            Congrats, Michael. Which Helios did you get? There are 44-2, 44-3, 44-4, etc.

  • Syd

    Hi Karen – Loved your images. Several years ago, after buying an adapter on the internet for my Nikon camera, I tried out several old lenses from my Pentax K1000 film camera. I was surprised how good some of the images came out. (See https://sydspix.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/recycling-those-old-camera-lenses/ ) I did have to fiddle with the settings a bit to get the sharp results and no landscapes images were taken, mainly floral. I need to pull them out and try some experimentation again. Nice post.ReplyCancel

    • KarenBurns

      Your images came out beautiful, Syd ~ I just had to try a few of these old lenses, they are so reasonably priced and they do have some great glass! Thank you for stopping by the blog!ReplyCancel

Fall is Arriving

Fall is arriving slowly, cooling off the early morning hours and the late afternoon hours. Once again it is that time of year where it is just so darned wonderful to be outdoors. I seem to gain a new energy with the changing season. A trip up to Apple Hill supplied me with plenty of…

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Fresh Figs

The Farmer’s Market supplied plump, sweet, fresh figs this week. What a delight! Black mission figs and tiger stripe/candy stripe figs were combined for this super easy Fig Tart. If you can slice a fig, you can make this tart. They baked up almost to the consistency of jam. To keep it simple I used…

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