Jupiter-3, 50/1.5 Chrome

Russian Jupiter-3 lens in Contax RF Mount

This lens is a copy of the famous Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5. It was initially made for the Kiev line in Contax/Kiev bayonet mount and later - in Leica thread mount. The lens is sharp and contrasty, and even at maximum aperture produces great images.

  • Focal length

50 mm

  • Aperture

1:1.5 (steps from 1.5 to 22)

  • Focusing

1 m - Infinity

  • Filter size

M40.5x0.5 mm

  • Optical registration (back focus)

34.85? 0.02 mm

  • Mount

Contax/Kiev Internal Bayonet, can be used on any pre- and postwar Contax or any Kiev.

  • The glass is coated, the barrel has a chrome finish.

This Jupiter-3 was made in the mid-1950's. The lens is in EXC.- condition. The barrel finish is clean, no brassing. The glass is also clear and clean, with a few faint cleaning marks on the front element (they are present on practically every Jupiter-3 lens).

The lens comes with the front lenscap and a plastic case.

The Jupiter-3 is uncommon; it was sold as a separate interchangeable lens. I believe it never came as a standard Kiev RF equipment.

The lens is shown mounted on a Contax II (not included).

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