Here's a tip Peter Hennig sent along that seems
to make good sense. Jupiter lenses do not have any mechanism to
precisely center the lens element when tightening down the lens
retaining ring. This can have an adverse effect on the performance
of the lens. Peter suggests the follow procedure.
First screw on the lens retaining ring so that
it only just very lightly touches the lens element.
Get yourself some sort of vibrator device. I'll
leave it up to you where to find a suitable one.
the vibrator on the outer barrel for a few seconds then tighten the
lens retaining ring 0.5mm. Use the vibrator again and tighten
another 0.5mm, and so on.
Continue vibrating and tightening by 0.5mm
until the ring is seated tight against the lens. In the end the lens
element will centered in the retaining ring.
Peter Hennig indicates, "I have improved
Russian lenses considerable by this centering method".
June 24, 2007