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03-01-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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Best 35mm for me to buy

I am about to buy a 35mm lens tonight please help me which one is the best for the money....

Super Tak 35 3.5 40usd

CZ Jena 35 2.8 60usd (no info about this lens here)

CZ Flektogon 35 2.4 190usd

My main concern is IQ, versatility, and price

Thanks in advance

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Include into the mix Soligor 35mm 2.8 as well
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If you are wiling to pay fo the flektogon, would you consider the DA L 35? It looks to be a very strong lens.. and I would argue that AV compatibility makes a lens much more versatile...

Otherwise I would go for the flektogon. I have a Jena (80mm 2.8) and it's OK - but not up to what I've seen from the fleks (specifically, wide open softness with the Jena).
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Here is some information on some of the CZ lenses - at least the older models (M42)


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QuoteOriginally posted by HoBykoYan Quote
I am about to buy a 35mm lens tonight please help me which one is the best for the money....

Super Tak 35 3.5 40usd

CZ Jena 35 2.8 60usd (no info about this lens here)

CZ Flektogon 35 2.4 190usd

My main concern is IQ, versatility, and price

Thanks in advance
The Super Takumar 35 3.5 is a very sharp, very low distortion lens. $40 is a good price of the condition is good. Can't comment on the others.

If you are thinking about spending up to $190 the SMC 35/2.0 should also be considered. Another very fine lens and easier to focus on a crop sensor body.
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I don't have the CZJ lenses, but do own the Takumar (actually the S-M-C version), and can say that it's a brilliant little lens, especially for only $40.

Regarding the CZJs, I think they're both Flektogons, but I have a recollection that the F2.8 is perhaps an older design, and is less sought-after than the f2.4 (hence the price difference). Possibly the f2.4 has multi-coating where the f2.8 has single-coating, so you'd expect better contrast and flare resistance from the f2.4. Apparently they are different optical designs too.

The Flektogons have a reputation for being very sharp, but then so is the Tak (very much one of my sharpest lenses). Possibly the main differences may be in the area of PF/CA and colour response. I haven't really tested the Tak for PF/CA, but I would expect the CZJs to be much better in this area, and if the CZJs are anything like my CZJ 135/3.5, then colours will be significantly better as well.

All in all, I would think the Tak is the best value for money - the Flektogon f2.4 is probably a little better performing overall, but you sure have to pay through the nose for the privilege. But the f2.8 may be worth a try at $60...

One thing's certain though: the Tak will be much better made and smoother in operation (don't forget the Flektogons were part of the cheap-and-cheerful East German Praktica system)!
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my take

I have the 35 f2.8 version of Flektogon. It is a good lens and it is fun to use. It has some macro ability. But sharpness wise and mechanical quality wise, it is no comparison with DAL35. Focusing is no Pentax K smooth either.

Flektogon has its unique characteristics. Despite the issues, I still love it dearly. BTW, my f2.8 is single coated and it is not the best for color photos or digital cameras.

https://picasaweb.google.com/yyyzzz/Carl_Zeiss_Jena_Flektogon_35mm_f28Zebra#
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I have used no Flektogons, so I can't comment there.

My SuperTak 35/3.5 is exceedingly sharp and well-built.

My Isco (Schneider) Westron 35/2.8 is also very sharp, close-focusing, magical, but a bit strange to handle. Weird aperture ring...

My Nikkor-O 35/2 is dangerously sharp and distortionless, with slight tendency to flare.

Strange: good, affordable 28's abound; similar 35's don't.

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if you are considering any range of lens, not just what is on you rlist, why not look at an SMC Takumar 35mmF2

You get just about the fastest 35 there is, and it is a great lens.

SMC coatings make it about the best in the vintage, and it is not too rare to be overly expensive.
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i have the newer 35mm 2.4 DA L and i have found the iQ is awsome in raw format and focus is very quick and accuret in an all over i love this lens and if you have the 220.00 to spend on it go for it you will be vey pleased
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QuoteOriginally posted by HoBykoYan Quote
I am about to buy a 35mm lens tonight please help me which one is the best for the money....

Super Tak 35 3.5 40usd

best bang for the buck.
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Hi All,

Thank you for your ideas...

@ Paperbag, interested observer and yyyzzz: i believe cz flek is sharp but i was considering the best value for money.

@ John, m42man, riorico and pentaxor: thank you, i bought the super tak

@ lowell: these are the only choices i have for the moment and i want it asap

@ Iguckert: i prefer manual (really wanted to own good old manual lenses.... and cheap)
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first few pics of my newly purchased super tak 35mm 3.5 above....

i don't care about 3.5 aperture since i am using k-x (high iso)

Again Thank you all, love my new lens...
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looks great .
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