As you might already know, I am an amateur photographer. Recently, I have started to collect vintage lenses from various optic manufacturers. Since there have not been many reviews for these old lenses on the Internet, I would like to share with you my thoughts about vintage lenses that I have owned. If you are reading this blog due to a search on the Internet, I would assume that you have been familiar with manual-focus lenses thru either native-mount or adapting-mount via mechanical adapters for mounting lenses on your camera(s). Important note: your camera’s flange focal distance plus adapter must be equal to the flange focal distance of the original camera.
My copy of Jupiter-8 was made in 1964, and it was cataloged as PT3065. From 1949 to 1990’s, there had been many variations of Jupiter-8’s. I had paid US$26 on eBay for my Jupiter-8 in 2018.
How I use this lens:
- Leica M240 + M39-LM adapter (rangefinder-coupled OVF and EVF)
- Fujifilm X-M1 + LM-FX adapter (EVF only)
Using my Leica lenses as a reference (10), I would rate this lens a 6 score in build quality.
Excellent price for a fast prime lens
This lens has six elements in three group, and it is a Sonnar design.
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How I feel about owning this lens:
I like this lens for its compactness, rangefinder-coupling for my Leica M, being built in a USSR’s factory, and excellent price.