Test Jupiter 37A lens with Nikon

posted on 25th of may, 2013

Hi all!!!I have a little story for you!

So… When I just started to take photos, I was using old camera, which was made in USSR somewhere around 1980 called ZENIT, where you was using photo film inside! I think a lot of people remember these ones!
And for last few months I was really interested in good old USSR lenses, as during that time things was made to serve for centuries! I read a lot about converting and combining new stuff with old manual lenses, and I found what I was searching for…
I bought myself few adapters for M42 bayonet joint for Nikon and buy also few lenses of old times manual cameras! First one I try legend of past century in USSR Jupiter 37A f 3,5 135mm together with my Nikon. I should say that it was quite nice experience to use this one and results also was quite good!
Actually I didn’t expected that in fully manual mode I would catch such great dynamics, like in photo with running dogs, and such a great sharpness from first shoots!:)
I always like to make some experiments and try for something new and I will continue to try this and other old lenses which will get to my hands!
Enjoy! ;)

Comments (9)

Posted by Celiaak on May 31, 2013
Great to know about that mount, I have some old lenses I just loved. And the photo flowers are great!
Posted by Onime on May 30, 2013
great blog. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Suyerry on May 27, 2013
I had a chance to get a older lens in great shape for very little, but was worried about how it would do. I may have to give it a try after ready your blog. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Perstock on May 27, 2013
Thats cool, Svetlana!
Posted by Cousy86 on May 26, 2013
I'm glad that i'm not the only one who thinks like that!!!:)
Posted by Igordabari on May 26, 2013
Svetlana, you are completely right without any 'but' :) My J37 (second hand) costed $$90 only but it's optical and mechenical performance is at the level of the Canon L-series. The obly disadvantage is mandatory manual mode, but as I see from your beautiful pictures, it is not a great problem. I also habe Helios-44-2 58mm/2.0 Jupiter-21 200mm/3.0 and Jupiter 8. For sure, I will try to follow your way :) Thanks a lot once again!
Posted by Cousy86 on May 26, 2013
But really, this lenses gives quite interesting effects, and i mean that sometimes they are better than some new ones!Only problem that they are fully manual,but when you really a photografer it's not a problem!:)
And also you shouldnt pay for them 2000 USD they are much more cheaper...That's why I think that it's kind of trend!
And Igor,your astrophotos are tottaly great!And I suggest to you,if you have oppotunity to try more of old Helios and Jupiters and etc...I have now 6 old lenses!
Posted by Martingraf on May 26, 2013
yes, thanks for sharing - it's getting a bit of a trend to use our old lenses on our high tech digitals - I am thinking about this myself but then rather into a range I haven't got any lenses get - 500mm or 600mm - in earlier days I was a fan of Pentax Takumar lenses, they also have a M42 bayonet
Posted by Igordabari on May 25, 2013
Thanks for sharing, Svetlana. Actually, you have inspired me to try the same. I have J37 AM which I used with my Canon for astrophoto (like this one that was obtained just with J37) but I did not think it could be used just as regular lens. As I remenber, it gives terrible lot of chromatic abberations being open but it's quite OK starting with f/5.6 or so. So, I will try. Thanks once again!

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I started as a model some time ago in year 2006, and it was a time when photography took me over. In year 2008 when i study in academy i had a lessons of photography. There I learned basics of photo compositions lights and some other stuff. During that time i was shooting on small cheap camera... In year 2009 i came to another level, i found good old soviet union Zenit analog camera, and started to learn about exposure focus length and everything that goes with it. In 2010 i bought my first digital camera. It was Nikon D3000 which i'm using very long time. Year 2011 I found out about stoc... [Read more]

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