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06-03-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Auto Chinon 35-70mm f/2.7-3.5 MC

Got this from my girlfriends father, along with a Chinon CE-4. I've tried searching it up, and found a lens with very similar looks and specification, called Carl Zeiss Jena Vario-Prakticar 35-70 f/2.7-3.5.
I have not used it much, but got it down from the shelf when I put film in my A3 (my A50 and M28 are both on holiday for the summer). All-metal construction, two-touch.
From test shots on my K20D, it seems like it is weakest at the wide end, and better at 50 and 70mm. At 70mm, there is a 'macro' mode, which enables focus down to 1:2,4. Seems quite sharp, especially stopped down a bit.
Very prone to flare (no hood), or rather 'total loss of contrast' when a strong light source is shining on the front element.
As I'm generally curious, does anybody know anything about it?




10-22-2010, 05:27 AM   #2
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I have it and I find it very interesting. The Macros are always good and it is very funny for me to shot with this lens.

My father gave me a Chinon Ce-4s and I am very happy that he bought some years ago this lens too.

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11-11-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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This lens, or rather its East-German cousin, the Vario-Practicar 35-70/2.7-3.5 (which is almost identical) seems to command extreme prices, even for Ebay:

zeiss 35-70 items - Get great deals on Cameras Photo, zeiss 35-70mm items on eBay.com!

This makes the lens quite a bit more interesting, of course.
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During the last week end I used a Pentax-M 28mm 3.5
I am not very happy with it (but I have to study it, I know that it is a good lens). Yesterday I switched to the 35-70mm by Chinon and I am completely satisfied with it.

Can I see some of your shots with this lens? Do you have some picture in your gallery where you used the Chinon 35 - 70?

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I've never seen a really bad Chinon lens and some of them have been really good. But I doubt theres any connection to those Zeiss lenses. They look somewhat different and according to this thread @mflenses.com they were actually made in East Germany. I don't think Chinon would've contracted lenses from GDR
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I think all pics here (except "miao") were shot with Chinon CM-4s auto chinon 35-70 MC
Johan Benesch in southern China 2001
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