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Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens

Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens

Manual focus semi-wide-angle prime lens for Contax/Kiev rangefinder film cameras. Copy of Zeiss 35mm F2.8 Biogon lens. Non-retro-focus wide-angle lens design. The distance from the back element to the focal plane is much smaller than its focal length. Metal construction in black and silver finish.

  • Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 (6 elements, 4 groups)
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.9m
  • Aperture blades: 5
  • Size: 55 x 49mm
  • Weight: 118g
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Contax/Kiev

After Leica’s success with their 35mm rangefinder cameras, optical manufacturer Carl Zeiss wanted a piece of the pie. They introduced their Contax rangefinder in 1932, immediately making themselves the leaders in photographic technology in Germany.

The Contax rangefinders featured a combined rangefinder/viewfinder decades before Leica competitors, and also featured a vertical metal focal plane shutter decades before this would become standard. Contax rangefinders also feature a dual bayonet lens system with an internal and external bayonet for different focal lengths.

After World War II, the Soviet Union seized the Zeiss Ikon plants in Dresden as well as Leica factories. They began to produce their own versions of the popular Leica and Contax rangefinders with looser machining tolerances. The Contax rangefinders were replicated in Kiev, Ukraine.

Because of this, there are many Soviet lenses available for the system on top of offerings from German companies like Carl Zeiss, Hugo Meyer, Schneider-Kreuznach, and Voigtländer.


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Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
08 Jul 2024 T73972 € 29,00 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
01 Jun 2024 T60179 € 100,00 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
01 Aug 2023 T44810 € 127,57 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
23 Mar 2023 E18117 € 111,33 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
13 Jan 2023 E18096 € 139,00 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
09 Dec 2022 A61163 € 113,99 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
15 Sep 2022 E16043 € 129,00 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
04 Jul 2022 T14598 € 99,00 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image
08 Feb 2022 E15859 € 129,00 Jupiter 35mm f2.8 Jupiter-12 - Lens Image