I could tell you that I went to Russia for a shoot but that would be lying. I just happened to use my Russian made Jupiter 8 50mm 2.0 lens likely made in the 1960’s. Put it on my Olympus EM1 and went out and about. The lens does some weird bokeh and my versions aperture ring is what you call loose so I usually just left it wide open. Still, the shots that came out are nice and it was fun to walk around and shoot manual. For those of you who are familiar with the EM1 I didn’t use focus peaking. It doesn’t do much for me and the EVF is so good that I can usually nail the shot with just using my eye.
Enjoy the “Russian” flowers.
What happens when you take a 47 year old lens out into freezing rain? The results are below. I finally got my M42 adapter and stuck on the lovely Jupiter 11 135mm F/4 lens on the Olympus and out I went. Nothing like having an effective 270mm lens at your disposal for a fraction of the weight as some massive DSLR lens. Out into the freezing rain I went. I figured it’s a Russian lens so its used to winter! The bokeh on this baby is just magical and you can even see where it froze the rain drops and I had to manually focus. It did a fantastic job for the 10 minutes I had it out.
Seeing how I recently received a Jupiter 8 50mm/f2 lens made in Russia. The lens is 51 years old and still a performer. The first image is just of a bush thing near my condo and I had the lens wide open. I haven’t had to manual focus a lens in a while mostly using native lenses on cameras so this was the first shot. While not perfect look at that bokeh! The second shot is just a playing with it and I liked the umbrella color just being out there in the sun and the shadow cast. Neither image is what I call photographic master pieces but just shows what a beautiful lens this is. I have another Russian lens but I’m waiting for the adapter to come in so I can play with it. I am planning on getting a couple more to round out the “Russian Collection”.