Review: Jupiter-8 50mm f/2 Lens

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Jupiter-8 50mm f/2
AT A GLANCE
This elegant little lens offers great optical quality, good sharpness, and beautiful color rendering at an incredible price point.
Our Score
4.2
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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 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

Equipment

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

Image quality
Bokeh
Build quality
Micro contrast
Ergonomics
Center sharpness (wide open)
Edge sharpness (wide open)
Reader Rating1 Vote4.75
Pros
Light and easy to carry
Premium build quality
Excellent optical quality overall
Sharp at center wide open
Renders beautiful classic colors
Cons
Manual focus may present a challenge to first time users
4.2
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