I recently sold the ЮПИТЕР-9
that I never really got around to using & being the sensible person that I am I immediately put the money in the bank for a rainy day. Only joking, I bought a ЮПИТЕР-12 for my current Former Soviet Union rangefinder fad instead.
The ЮПИТЕР-12 is a copy of the pre-war Zeiss Biogon, but you find out all that information via Google if you’re interested. Depth-of-field is ridiculous; at f/16 the entire range from 1m-∞ is in focus. I had to bend the rangefinder arm of my FED-2 upwards to clear the edge of the rear element’s housing but that’s a common issue. Mounts fine on my Zorki-4 with no modifications.
I’m not planning on taking it off the FED in a long time, very paranoid about scratching that ludicrously protruding rear element (photo stolen from the ebay auction).
There’s nothing like completely dismantling 1950’s Soviet lenses for servicing to relax on a Tuesday night! I’ve already done this to a 1959 Индустар-26M to clean off the old tractor grease that had begun to turn solid & replace it with some nice new white lithium grease, but tonight’s Индустар-50 was the first time that I’ve actually dismantled the optics & cleaned each individual element.
The rings are soaking in a certain soft drink over night to clean them up nicely ;)
I’ve had this lens for years but never really used it apart from for the odd indoors figure shot. With spring rapidly approaching there is an abundance of flowers & blossoms lining my path to the lab every morning (dissertation deadline is looming, so every day is a lab day even in the current ‘holiday’) so what better subject for macro shooting? I need to do a more scientific test comparing the performance at different apertures, but all of these were at 5.6 & I’m already getting a feeling of what this glass is capable of.
I’ve noticed a little bit of CA, but I’ll need to do more testing to see how bad it can actually get.
These were all shot on my K20D, which has a 1.54x crop sensor & I cropped this shot down quite a bit in Lightroom as well, but it still has plenty of detail.
A 100% crop of the above.
Definitely my favorite from this morning’s walk, the flower on the right is tack sharp. This one is cropped down even more than the last one, I cut out maybe as much as 40% of the frame.
Once again a 100% crop for you to peep at.