LZOS Jupiter-9 85mm f2

So pleased with my first Soviet M42 lens purchase, a 1978 Helios 44M, I decided to take the plunge & buy another piece of Soviet glass.

The Jupiter-9 is an 85mm f2, a focal length classically used for portraiture. After the 1.54x crop factor of an APS-C sensor the effective focal length is 131mm, making it an ideal replacement for the common 135mm f2.8. Designed for portraiture, images are understandably soft wide open, but quickly sharpen as you stop down; the beneath was taken at f4. Really need to take it out & do some actual portraiture mind.

I wasn’t quite so lucky with the serial number this time, getting a 1991 sample. Those who know Soviet history will recall that the USSR collapsed in 1991 & as the rumours of this collapse circulated there was an understandable drop in the quality of output from state-subsidised optical plants like KMZ & its satellite plant LZOS. Still, whilst this particular sample may not be optically as good as some of the earlier, chromed samples, the build quality is still superb & the rings are some of the smoothest I have felt. Incidentally, this is the first pre-set aperture lens I have used; there are two aperture rings, one to set what aperture you want & a second to actually stop down. So you set the aperture you want with the first ring, focus wide open & then stop down with the second ring before taking the shot.

CS Reading Party 2010, The Burn

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the annual Computer Science Reading Party again this year; I posted some photos from last year’s Reading Party (my 1st) which was just after I had taken delivery of the K20D. You would think that a year on there would be a noticeable improvement in my photos… but I still rush composition far too much!

It was raining a bit when we went out & whilst the K20D & grip are weather sealed, the 28mm Sigma isn’t, so I put the Helios 44-M (Soviet M42 58mm f2) on instead as it wouldn’t be the end of the world if that £13 investment got wet!

Should’ve rotated this one a bit more anticlockwise…

I didn’t even notice the threads of spider web here until I looked at the photo on my computer – guess I got the manual focus right!

Not sure what the deal with the pink stuff in the top corner is, could be some nasty chromatic aberration around spider web.

Now this bit of spider web I did notice at the time.

Didn’t get this anything like I wanted. Would’ve had to stop down more, but was already at the limit of how steady my hands are at f2.

And of course there were the taps!

Including these extra longs ones!

Hill of Tarvit Gardens

Hill of Tarvit is a mansion house in Fife, about 1.5 miles from Cupar. Most of the house that stands on the site today was built between 1905 & 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. There was no photography inside the house, which is a wonderful mix of periods & styles to house the owner’s vast & varied collection of paintings, tapestries, furniture and porcelain, but the house happens to sit in very well kept gardens & the sun was out in full force.