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 lens comes to me from the Ukraine. Aesthetics-wise, the silver finish makes it look like a high-end lens and the build quality is solid without being bulky. Its relatively light weight making it an easy lens to have in the kit.

I’ll just leave you with these first images, which were all shot at F2. From what I read, it will have better focus at F4, so I’ll be testing it more as time permits.

Focal length: 85mm
Weight: 311g
Max aperture: f/2.0
Minimum aperture: f/16
Mounts: m39, m42 screwmounts and Pentax K mount
Aperture blades: 15
Minimum focus: 0.8m
Filter diameter: 49mm
Length: 65mm or 2.6in

~K

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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