Jupiter-9 85mm f/2.0 m39 ltm lens, s/n 6010275


Soviet copy of pre-war Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f/2

15 blades or aperture fast aperture of f/2.0

Made in USSR

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JUPITER-9 85mm f/2 portrait lens w/Sonnar style bokeh – Leica Thread Mount(m39)



Soviet  clone of German CARL ZEISS SONNAR 2/85, with its distinct bokeh, smooth step-less aperture control with 15 blades.

Jupiter-9 M39 lens is one of the most desirable Russian lenses in both m42 and Leica (39 mm) mounts. Impressive portrait lens is a copy of pre-war Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm f/2. It produces very pleasant images (portraits in particular), and you can control depth-of-field with a wide range of aperture settings.

Originally produced for m39 Leica thread mount rangefinders, nowadays successfully used via adapters on mirrorless cameras like Sony NEX, Olympus Pen, Panasonic G, Canon EOS M, Nikon 1, FujiFilm X-mount etc.


Aperture stops are set continuously, without clicks, which is great for videographers.

The 15 curved blades form round opening throughout the whole range, resulting in smooth pleasing bokeh(out of focus part of image).

Jupiter-9 85mm f/2.0 lens comparing to kit zoom lenses

Jupiter-9 is vintage soviet fast fixed focal length(prime) lens, in high demand nowadays for their fast aperture(f/2), which opens up a world of possibilities for photographer – selective focusing, low light photography, great portraits with vintage feel and distinct bokeh courtesy of Carl Zeiss Sonnar formula in use; for their ability to be mounted on various camera systems via affordable and easily available adapters.

15 curved blades of aperture is more then usual zoom lens will have, providing nearly round opening at all aperture settings.


Mount: m39, LTM
Focal length: 85mm
Aperture range: 2.0-16
Aperture blades: 15
Close focus: 1.15m
Lenses/groups: 7/3
Weight: 335g
30/18 line per mm optical resolution

This Jupiter-9 is m39 LTM mount lens, adapters will be required to use this lens on modern cameras:

NEX adapter – for Sony NEX E mount cameras
Fuji X adapter – for FujiFilm X-mount cameras
Micro 4/3 adapter – for Panasonic G, Olympus Pen etc
Leica M adapter – for Leica M-mount cameras


Note: This rangefinder lens will not work on (D)SLR cameras due to different flange distance, m42 lenses are recommended instead for Nikons, Canons, Pentax etc.

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The lens s/n6010275  is in good condition.

Lens barrel has some visible signs of normal use/age on lens barrel.

Glass is good condition: no fungus, but there’s very slight haze on outer rim(close to the barrel walls) – this may lead to nice artistic effect on portraits in certain light but will probably be imperceptible in most other cases.

Glass has few micro scratches from wiping/ few internal dust particles may also be present, but will not have any effect on photos.

Mechanics are usable: a bit stiff and not uniform whole range, but servicing this lens will most likely lead to decoupling the rangefinder cam which will make it unusable on legacy film rangefinders.
This lens was not serviced and better left as such if you plan to use it on rangefinder camera.

Aperture blades are free from oil.


Comes with both rear and front lens caps.

Optics:  ★★★

Mechanics:  ★★

Appearance: ★★★

Overall:  ★★★★☆

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