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Well recognized for its remarkably compact size and excellent sharpness, this lens delivers beautifully unique images with a quality well suited for portraiture and street photography. While this lens is often referred to as a “copy” or “clone” of the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/2, if you read through the history books, you’ll find that it isn’t really a “copy” or “clone” so much as it is essentially a renegade Sonnar produced by Russian appropriated German factory equipment and technology that was moved back to the Russian homeland, then re-keyed and re-died to produce the Jupiter brand. When the Soviets took East Germany at the end of World War II, they captured much of the tech that they came across in their zone, including the machinery and blueprints used to make some of the best German lenses.


Jupiter-8 f2 50mm Prime Lens at a glance


  • Extremely compact
  • Incredibly light weight
  • An unprecedented value
  • Excellent sharpness, colors and contrast
  • Low barrel distortion
  • Low lateral chromatic aberration
  • Reasonably fast and bright f/2 maximum aperture allows for shallow depth of field and for good results in low-light photography
  • Quite sharp at center wide open at f/2 and sharpest across the frame by f/5.6
  • Good image compression for a pleasing bokeh effect
  • Ideal for portraits, street photography, and close ups


Jupiter-8 f2 50mm Prime Lens (Images)



Jupiter-8 f2 50mm Prime Lens Sample Images



Technical Specifications


Focal Length (35mm format): 50mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Mount format: Leica M-39 Screw Mount
Format: 35mm Film
Angle of View (35mm format): 45°
Focusing Distance: 1m to Inifinity
Elements/Groups: 6 elements in 3 groups
Number of Blades: 9 (rounded)
 Focus type: Manual Focus (MF)
Filter size: 40.5mm
Manufacturer: Jupiter
Country of Manufacture: USSR (Russia)
Weight: 130g


Where to buy


You can visit the following affiliate links at  ebay  and Amazon to search for this lens!




The sample images in this post were captured using a Sony A7r, Mark III

The product images were captured using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9



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