Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Jupiter-8 sample photos with Olympus E-PL1

Here are some sample shots of my other new baby, the Russian made Jupiter-8 lens, on my Olympus E-PL1. It's been interesting so far. It definitely won't replace my 20mm Lumix as the first lens I reach for, but really it's not meant to. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but here are some impressions…

1. Manual focus isn't easy. But there's something to it. It's a slow process, but I found it enjoyable. On the E-PL1, focus is probably easier through the electronic viewfinder, but for now, that's just another piece of kit on the "to buy" list. I just made do, but I did end up with more out of focus shots than I was ready for.

2. It's a bright lens -- f2.0 on a 50mm -- and it's sharp when you can focus properly. So it does deliver what was promised.

3. The difference between a modern lens and this one isn't that great, at least by what my eye can see. This is either good or bad, depending on where you stand. Anyway, I'll be playing with the lens some more. The Zeiss lens the Jupiter-8 was copied from is famous for its contrast, and I've yet to get to the goodies it can deliver on that front.

Click on the images for a larger view. All the photos, except the last, are as is. No Photoshop.


This is a shot of my Ibanez electric using a 20mm/f1.7 Lumix, so you have something to compare. Everything else is with the Jupiter-8


The 50mm focal length is equivalent to 100mm on the Olympus. It's a prime lens so there's no zooming in or out. This shot gives you an idea of how close it can focus.

You can get some very nice bokeh (background blur) with this lens.

 Looks like Manila in the 70s or something.

This last shot is with Photoshop. The photo is from the same series as the one above. A little digging brought out some good contrast and colors, but it stopped looking like a 70s photo. I'm torn.

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