Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jupiter-8 on my Olympus E-PL1

This, comrades, is my new (old) lens for my Olympus E-PL1, the Russian made Jupiter-8. It took a while to get here, but it was well worth the wait. Hey, that rhymes...

The Jupiter-8 is a copy of Carl Zeiss' Sonnar 50mm/f2.0 from back in the days of the Cold War. Think Chinese Louis Vuitton knockoff -- except for rangefinder cameras instead of designer bags -- and you've got the idea.

What's this madness all about, you ask? Well, if the names Leica, Zeiss or Zuiko mean anything to you, the Jupiter-8 is a cheap way to get a taste of those camera legends. And yes, it works on Micro Four Thirds cameras.

It works on my camera using a little adaptor. For those keeping track, the adaptor is an M39 lens threaded mount to Micro Four Thirds adaptor. It also works with Leica and Voigtlander M39 lenses. Those famous lenses are incredibly expensive though. The Jupiter-8 cost me US$43 (P1,950) on ebay. The adaptor was P2,800, making it more expensive than the lens.

On the E-PL1, the Jupiter-8 is a 100mm (35mm equivalent) f/2.0 lens, making it a really bright short telephoto. The downside is you're forced to use manual focus of course, just like they did in the USSR. I'll be posting sample shots soon. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, an unboxing...

My lovely wife bought this with her PayPal account. Look at the box, there's cyrillic on it!
The lens came with an original case

1 comment:

spork said...

Pics please!!
- carlos