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Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 Lens

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Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 lens

Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 lens

Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 lens

Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 lens

Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 lens

Optical design

Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: M42

First year of production: 1975

Last year of production: 2006

Optical design: 4 elements in 3 groups

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Average price: $91


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Additional information:

The Jupiter-37A 135 mm  f/ 3.5 (Russian: "Юпитер") -  high resolution telephoto lens for a 35mm SLR with a M42 screw mount.

  The letter "A" in the name of the lens means that lens has a removable shank and can be installed to the other camera system (Nikon or Pentax).

 This lens is also available in version with achromatic multi-coating - MC Jupiter-37A 135mm f3.5 (since 1980). MC version is much more resistant to the backlight. Contrast decrease and flare are almost unnoticeable.

 There is also a version of  this lens named "MC Jupiter-37AM 3.5/135". It is an upgraded version of the older lens "MC Jupiter-37A" which was being produced earlier. "MC Jupiter-37AM 3.5/135"  differs from older version with higher reliability and lower weight because of it's design improvements.

Jupiter-37 135 / 3.5 lens was recalculated from Carl Zeiss Sonnar 135mm f/3.5 according mostly to the new types of glass used. In this case, the lens reconstruction was  successful.

This lens is shifting color balance a little bit to warmer colors. It produces a sharp and at the same time, soft image. Can be used as a portrait lens, but due to the high resolution can reveal all skin defects.

Comfortable smooth focusing.

Iris aperture of Jupiter-37A. Changing the aperture value is smooth, with no stop-overs.

Jupiter 37A 135mm f3.5 aperture blades

Aperture of the lens Jupiter-37A 135/ 3.5

 Angle of view - 18 °. The lens can be used at a temperature of minus 15 to plus 45 ° C and relative humidity not exceeding 80% at 20 ° C.

Resolution  (center / edge): 45/30 lp / mm

  There is no problem when using this lens with the adapter on the latest digital SLR and mirrorless cameras.

In present time, Jupiter-37A 135 mm f / 3.5 is quite inexpensive  and easy to buy almost new. One should prefer  lenses  which were exported (written Jupiter in latin, not Юпитер in russian), as well as lenses with a russian quality mark or the sign of the Olympic Games of the 80th year.

There is one well-known problem - this lens usually has too much oil inside of the barrel so it often can be seen on the aperture blades.

 Year when the specific lens was manufactured is easy to find out as the first two digits of the serial number.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 04.08.2010

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Mid noon portrait
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Nikon D90 + Jupiter 37A
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Pricing / Value4.7356
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Owner reviews: Jupiter-37A (MC) 135 mm  f/ 3.5

Bakin 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 14 year

  • Very high quality picture, and at the same time, with excellent plasticity.
  • Good mechanics, focusing is smooth.
  • Compactness.
  • Price!!!!


    • Yes, the oil may be on the diaphragm, but not critical.
    • I want 2.8 aperture.
    • Catch glares if not the MC version.


      Jupiter-37A - an amazing lens. With such a low price today, you get a real German quality of the fix lens. Do not be lazy to find a version of MC

Сергей Бородин 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 2 years


Compact. Perfect picture quality on the max aperture. Really easy move the focusing ring - rather tight and smooth. Focusing is a pleasure.


Not all lenses that give the same picture quality on the 3.5. A large percentage defective lens


In my opinion, very successful model of 135mm lens. Low price (especially compared to the Zeiss Sonnar 135mm) and no problem use on digital SLR. Recommend.