A rough and ready test shooting between my tried-and-tested Jupiter 8 and a new (to me) Jupiter 3. The top photo is the Jupiter 3, the bottom being Jupiter 8. The yellow-green filter was, in hindsight, a mistake; I only used it to bring the exposure to f2 and 1/500, but it has darkened the shadows on the blue-ish statue more than I would have liked. Also, both photos were taken from the same position, despite appearances; the Jupiter 8 shot was crooked, and my straightening has forced it into a tighter crop.

Despite this, a few things can be seen. This particular Jupiter 3 appears to transmit slightly more light than the Jupiter 8 at equivalent stops, something which I’ve seen on a couple of other (even more boring) tests, and it actually seems to be sharper at f2 than the Jupiter 8, despite what I had been led to believe; some members of Rangefinderforum suggest the performance is equal across the board, with the two lenses being basically indistinguishable.

But then my J8 is covered in “cleaning marks”, and the J3 is nigh-pristine, so make of that what you may.

Also, the bokeh on the J3 seems slightly less busy than the J8, and considerably more pleasing, so I’m quite happy with my ridiculously expensive purchase; I can’t wait to see what it can do in proper situations.

I spent an hour or two disassembling, cleaning, re-lubing and rebuilding the lens that took this photo today. It was strangely satisfying and engrossing, and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner; I’d been meaning to do it for almost a year, and because of how stiff it was, it’s largely sat on a shelf. Now I can’t stop playing with it. So… smooth…
Also: I miss Cornwall. That will be all.
Fed 2, Industar 26, Ilford XP2 (and probably a yellow filter).
Shot in Fowey, Cornwall, February 2011.

I spent an hour or two disassembling, cleaning, re-lubing and rebuilding the lens that took this photo today. It was strangely satisfying and engrossing, and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner; I’d been meaning to do it for almost a year, and because of how stiff it was, it’s largely sat on a shelf. Now I can’t stop playing with it. So… smooth…

Also: I miss Cornwall. That will be all.

Fed 2, Industar 26, Ilford XP2 (and probably a yellow filter).

Shot in Fowey, Cornwall, February 2011.

A selection of silly results. The lesson: don’t push Surveillance P3 to 3600 in Rodinal. It takes too long and isn’t really worth the effort.

Oh, and by too long, I mean one hour and three minutes of standard agitation - not stand. At 20ºC. It was boring as all hell.

Camera is the Fed 2, lenses vary.

This photo only exists for one reason, and sadly, that sign has been there for years. I don’t know whether the store owners don’t realise or just don’t care.Fed 5, Jupiter 12, XP2.

This photo only exists for one reason, and sadly, that sign has been there for years. I don’t know whether the store owners don’t realise or just don’t care.

Fed 5, Jupiter 12, XP2.

I’m pretty certain I won this game.Fed 5, Jupiter 8, Ilford Surveillance P3. Pushed to 800ISO in Rodinal 1:50; 21mins, 20ºC.

I’m pretty certain I won this game.

Fed 5, Jupiter 8, Ilford Surveillance P3. Pushed to 800ISO in Rodinal 1:50; 21mins, 20ºC.

This is what I do almost every Thursday (although I should point out that’s my adversary, not myself).Fed 5, Jupiter 8, Ilford Surveillance P3. Pushed to 800ISO in Rodinal 1:50; 21mins, 20ºC.

This is what I do almost every Thursday (although I should point out that’s my adversary, not myself).

Fed 5, Jupiter 8, Ilford Surveillance P3. Pushed to 800ISO in Rodinal 1:50; 21mins, 20ºC.

Memorial Hall, Newhall.Once upon a time, my friends and I would skate here. In the past decade, a huge (and ugly) perimeter fence has been put up and put paid to all of that. It seems a fairly common practice in this area, which leaves me wondering where the next generation are going to be able to go to do anything that doesn’t involve sitting on their arse and playing computer games.Fed 2, Industar 22 with an 8 second exposure on Ilford XP2; stand developed in Rodinal 1:100 for an hour.

Memorial Hall, Newhall.

Once upon a time, my friends and I would skate here. In the past decade, a huge (and ugly) perimeter fence has been put up and put paid to all of that. It seems a fairly common practice in this area, which leaves me wondering where the next generation are going to be able to go to do anything that doesn’t involve sitting on their arse and playing computer games.

Fed 2, Industar 22 with an 8 second exposure on Ilford XP2; stand developed in Rodinal 1:100 for an hour.

Real-world push processing test. Surprisingly crisp and lovely and contrasty. Sod shooting this stuff at box speed ever again.
Fed 2, Industar 22, Ilford Surveillance P3, shot at 1600 and pushed in Rodinal 1:50 for 31:30 at 20ºC.

Real-world push processing test. Surprisingly crisp and lovely and contrasty. Sod shooting this stuff at box speed ever again.

Fed 2, Industar 22, Ilford Surveillance P3, shot at 1600 and pushed in Rodinal 1:50 for 31:30 at 20ºC.

Heaven.
Fed 2, Industar 22, Ilford Surveillance P3, shot at 1600 and pushed in Rodinal 1:50 for 31:30 at 20ºC.

Heaven.

Fed 2, Industar 22, Ilford Surveillance P3, shot at 1600 and pushed in Rodinal 1:50 for 31:30 at 20ºC.

Awkward self-portrait.Fed 2, Industar 22, Ilford Surveillance P3, shot at 1600 and pushed in Rodinal 1:50 for 31:30 at 20ºC.

Awkward self-portrait.

Fed 2, Industar 22, Ilford Surveillance P3, shot at 1600 and pushed in Rodinal 1:50 for 31:30 at 20ºC.