Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Question about Jupiter lenses:
From: "Stanislaw B.A. Stawowy" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 11:43:33 +0100
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> So, after adding the necessary screw to bayonet adapter they should work, 
> yes, but it is worth taking greater precautions when buying Soviet lenses 
> than those from other sources. Try to ensure you get a refund option and 
> check them out as soon as you can.

Agree. Saw a Jupiter 12 with mis-screwed rear element... Was about 12 degrees
off optical axis... :)

But some of them are really worth buying:

Russar - good quality on center, rectilinearity, compactness.
Not rangefinder coupled, so be warned...

Jupiter 12 (2.8/35) I have one - very, very sharp design, self-
contained in sunshade :-), nice Biotar copy

Jupiter 3 (1.5/50) - one of rare Sonnars in LTM :))) - Noctilux
at a tight (50$ ?) budget, sharp wide open, very little flare,

Jupiter 9 was also told to be good, but one I tried was hopelesly
soft... Returned.
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                     (Stanislaw B.A. Stawowy)
            Echelon/Carnivore lines: Bob Black, Hakim Bey, 
           Ralph Klein, Sabotage in the American Workplace