Lomography brings Jupiter 3 lens back from the dead, new 50mm f/1.5 Jupiter 3+ Art available now


posted Friday, January 22, 2016 at 12:53 PM EDT


The Soviet-era Jupiter 3 lens is being resurrected after its nearly fifty-year production run stopped in 1988. Lomography is bringing the Jupiter 3 back to life in the form of the Jupiter 3+ Art lens.

Like the original, the Jupiter 3+ Art lens is a 50mm f/1.5 normal lens with an aperture range of f/1.5 - f/22. It is being sold with an L39 mount and Leica M-mount adapter, although it will be able to be used on mirrorless cameras with the appropriate adapter. The 3+ is handcrafted by Zenit, which is the same Russian factory where the original Jupiter 3 lens was manufactured.


This is not just a recreation of a classic lens, the 3+ Art has improved the close focusing distance by 0.3 meters (from 1.0 to 0.7 meters) compared to the original 3. The lens has seven elements in three groups, a 40.5mm filter thread, and an iris diaphragm.


Lomography says of the new lens, "The results are phenomenal - expect crystal-clear sharpness, natural colors, and a beautiful, dreamy bokeh." To see sample images taken with the Jupiter 3+ Art lens, see here.


This metal lens comes in silver and is available now for $649.00 from Lomography. Don't wait too long to order, this lens is available only in a small quantity on a first-come, first-served basis.

(Seen via Photo District News