The New Lomography Jupiter 3+ Art Lens Offers Gorgeous Bokeh

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Lomography has been on a roll with lots of their new art lenses, and the latest addition being announced today is their Jupiter 3+ LENS (1.5/50 L39/M). It’s a 50mm f1.5 lens that comes in both L39 screw mount and Leica M mount–very similar to the older Leica glass and some Voigtlander screwmount lenses. This lens a collaboration between Lomography and Zenit; and to that end the body is made of chrome plated brass with full glass optics. Because of the mount, it can be easily adapted to many other formats like Sony FE, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, etc.

It can focus as closely as 0.7m–which is an improvement over many other rangefinder and screwmount lenses. This lens is also rangefinder coupled; so if you’ve got an older Leica or Voigtlander Bessa-R then you can use it with the rangefinder working with no issues.

More tech specs and sample photos are after the jump. It’s launching today for a price point of $699.

Tech Specs

 Focal Length: 50mm

 Aperture: f/1.5 – 1/22

 Lens Mount: L39, includes Leica M-mount adapter

 M-mount Adapter Frame Line Triggering: 50mm frame line

 Rangefinder Coupling: Yes

 Minimum image circle: 44mm

 Field of view : 46 degrees

 Flange distance: 28.8mm (L39 mount) 27.8mm (M mount)

 Closest Focusing Distance: 0.7m

 Filter Thread Requirement: 40.5mm

 Lens Construction: 7 elements in 3 groups

Sample Photos

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Product Images

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  • asiafish
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    How about a full review? Please?

    In all seriousness, I just bought this lens and it is everything I wanted it to be, which is a modern version of the ancient Sonnar, with modern coatings and brass build.

  • ajl23
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    So, this Jupiter-3 lens, is it just a Jupiter-3 lens in a Lomo box? You can buy a Jupiter-3 lens for under $200 all day long on eBay.

  • Brian
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    The price is $649 with an M-Mount adapter. That is about 1/2 the price of the Zeiss C-Sonnar 50/1.5. The Zeiss lens replaces the middle triplet with two elements, easier to make. This new lens is made in brass, is built to the Leica 51.6mm standard, and can close-focus to 0.7m. If this lens is as good as the original KMZ Jupiter-3, it is worth consideration. Modifying an original KMZ J-3 to the Leica spec involves moving the rear triplet in; modifying it to close-focus involves cutting some metal. I’ve done this with two J-3’s. Wartime 5cm F1.5 Sonnars run about the same price as this new lens, the original Carl Zeiss Jena LTM mounts are not as well designed and are not as well made as the original J-3 mount. I have a couple of those as well.

  • Peter Neale
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    So how does this lens differ from the original Jupiter 3, of which I have a couple? And mine cost much less than one tenth of this lens. What justifies moving the decimal point one place to the right? Better materials? The original is aluminium, and this one is brass. Better coating? Who knows?

  • Turbofrog
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    $699, eh?

    You can buy a new Zeiss Planar 50mm/1.4 for that price. Interesting choices…

  • jampy
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    Lomography is the Apple of photography. Overpriced products, not always the best. As others say above, better invest in some Helios 44M or Jupiter9 85 f/1.5. At 435 Euros you can buy a Rokinon/Samyang 50 f/1.2, and it’s a monster lens, better constructed. It’s not “fancy” or “cool”, but it does the job.

    • ajl23
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      Lomography is not the Apple of photography. Apple has a combination of good design, a unique OS and better customer service than any other consumer computer vendor, and sometimes costs more but sometimes costs less than competitors. Lomography puts a Jupiter-3 in a new box and charges $700 for it. There’s a difference.

  • Bewar3them00n
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    I’ve got 2 Jupiter 50mm f2, cost me about £20 each, a Jupiter 12 35mm, (both L39) which was about £40, I use these on my Canon P. You can pick up the 50mm/f2 quite easily, but they are a bit hit and miss sharpness wise, but at that price you can buy a few and keep the best.

    • Chris Knight
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      Question is, did Lomography change the optics (aspherical elements, lens coatings and/or exotic lens materials)? I doubt it, buying old Jupiter lenses probably a wiser move.

      • Brian
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        The coatings are improved, contrast at F1.5 is higher than the vintage lenses, and the focal length is made to the Leica standard. The build quality is far better than the original Jupiter-3 and vintage Zeiss lenses made in Leica mount, focus is smooth without play in the mechanism. This lens is sharper than the vintage Nikkor 5cm F1.4. The Bokeh is smooth, a lot of attention was given to controlling spherical aberration. Vintage Jupiter-3’s with perfect glass go for ~$200, figure to perform a full CLA and set for the Leica standard- ~10 hours of work to get it right.

        • Bewar3them00n
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          I went into the Lomo store off Carnaby St. London, the price is in the £400+ region, and it does look nice, but if you want to experiment with manual legacy lenses for a fraction of the price, there’s plenty of Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax 50/1.4 lenses you can buy for a lot lot less, I have an OM 50/1.4 which cost me £60, and there’s plenty of other lenses with a unique look, like the Helios 58mm F2 44M and its swirly Bokeh

          • Brian
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            Rangefinder coupled lenses tend to cost more than SLR lenses. Sonnar formula “normal” lenses also tend to cost more because of the two triplets used in the design. The lens itself is much smaller than a typical 50mm lens on an SLR.

            I do agree that if you want to experiment with manual focus lenses for mirrorless cameras, there are many less expensive alternatives. I’ve converted a Canon 50/1.4 FL mount, Minolta 50/1.4 MC mount, Pentax 50/1.4 screw mount, and Konica 50/1.7 AR mount to RF coupled M-Mount. That was fun.