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Brian
USA
67 Posts
Posted - Dec 29 2012 :  10:41:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New camera, first Monochrome Digital camera made in 12 years. And the first new Monochrome Digital Camera that I have bought in 20 years. Told that to Josh of Dale Photo when I bought the camera.

First lens on the new camera HAD to be my favorite Jupiter-3, from 1950.
At F1.5, Red Filter





At F4



Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Dec 29 2012 :  11:07:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Brian!

I don't know what a monochrom digital camera is (or just a faint idea) but the 1950 Jupiter... Zeiss glasses, probably?
Astonishing!

Jacques.
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Brian
USA
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Posted - Dec 29 2012 :  4:02:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Jupiter-3: Zeiss Glass, and a Zeiss SN on the rear fixture. This lens looks like it had never been used: the focal length was wrong, and it was held into the Contax mount with sewing thread. There was no shim, and it front-focused terribly. I set the focal length for the Leica, and moved it into a Leica mount. Focus is perfect at f1.5 across the entire range.

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Stephan Van den Zegel
stephanvdz
Belgium
176 Posts
Posted - Dec 30 2012 :  3:32:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow... i like those BW, but the M monochrome is out of reach for me... sadly

Stephan
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Brian
USA
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Posted - Jan 02 2013 :  6:40:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's an expensive camera, no doubt. I let the camera collection pay for this one, about half of it from selling lenses accumulated before the age of digital.
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Kris Lockyear
womble
United Kingdom
70 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Jan 03 2013 :  4:09:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit womble's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lovely results from that combination. I'd be tempted by the Monochrom if I ever win the lottery...!

K.
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Brian
USA
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Posted - Mar 17 2013 :  2:48:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



I took three Sonnars to the Marine Museum in Quantico, Virginia: A 1936 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F1.5 (Factory coated, converted to Leica mount), an early Nikkor-SC 5cm F1.4, and the 1950 Jupiter-3.

All shots wide-open, on the M Monochrom.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/876628771/albums/jupiter-3-1936-sonnar-nikkor-5cm-f1-4

To my eyes- the 1950 Jupiter-3 has higher contrast, sharper, and less field curvature. The lens was originally in Contax/Kiev mount but did not focus correctly, and the mount prevented it from being properly shimmed. I moved it to a Leica thread mount. This one is special: I changed the position of the rear triplet four times to minimize field curvature, changing the main shim each time. I'm going to experiment with a second J-3 for this.

This is my favorite lens on the new camera.

Edited by - Brian on Mar 17 2013 2:50:04 PM
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Jacques M.
France
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Posted - Mar 18 2013 :  05:06:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Thanks for this comparison, Brian.
Finally, these lenses seem very close: all is probably more a question of shim and regulation of the body than a problem of quality, no?

A pity that the prices of the Jup 3 keep on increasing...

Amitiés. Jacques.
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Brian
USA
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Posted - Mar 19 2013 :  7:22:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have two J-3's on the way in, one will be used to convert a Sonnar to Leica mount "on request".

The other is going to get a perfect-glass 1956 KMZ optics module in it. I've been buying J-3's with broken filter rings, scratched glass, etc- and "upgrading" them. Days of $50 J-3's are over, but they are getting the respect that they deserve.
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Ulrich W.
uwittehh
Germany
832 Posts
My Collection

Posted - Mar 21 2013 :  5:21:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit uwittehh's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Brian,

the shots are great! They make fun to use my "new" J-3 from 1951 which is originally a coatet 1943 Sonnar :-)

Ulrich

http://fotos.cconin.de
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