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10-24-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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[SOLD] Carl Zeiss Jena MC Sonnar 135mm f3.5 Marketplace Listing

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Carl Zeiss Jena MC Sonnar 135mm f3.5

Asking Price

Item Location
N. California (United States)

Item Description
This lens would look new if not for scratches on the screw mount (see picture below). On the parts of the lens that show and matter -- the external paint and the glass -- there are no scratches or wear. Its focus action is smooth and tight, aperture control is snappy, aperture blades are oil and grease free, and there is no haze or fungus on/in the glass.

Relatively compact for a 135mm lens, the Zeiss Jena both renders colors beautifully and is very sharp--a combination found in too few lenses--and exhibits the classic saturated, slightly warm colors Zeiss lenses are known for. It has a built in lens hood, and a Manual/Auto switch to aid in focusing. The lens comes with front and rear caps and original makers box.

I bought the lens hoping a shorter telephoto would break my addiction to shooting only between 90mm and 28mm (I almost never use my 180mm or 20mm lenses). The lens has great IQ, but I find myself again facing the feeling I get when I shoot too far away or too wide, which is that I feel disconnected from my subject.

Price includes original packaging, CONUS shipping via USPS Priority Mail, Insurance, and no Paypal costs if paid as “Personal." I will ship the same business day we seal the deal (or next if it is too late in the day).

Thanks for looking.


• F stop range: 3.5 to 22.
• Optical Construction: 4 elements in 3 groups
• Angular Field: 18
• Minimum Focus: 1m/3.3ft
• Weight: 430g/0.94lbs
• Dimensions: 51x89mm/2x3.5"
• Filter size: 49 mm
• Fitting: M42
• Focal Length: 135 mm
• Focusing Action: Manual focus
• Auto / Manual Switch
• Built in Lens Hood
• Multicoating

Note scratches on the rear of the screw mount:

With the lens hood extended:

A few test shots with the lens. A gift shop:


Old train station:


Jazz musician singing a Dan HIcks song at an art exhibit:

Stormy day in the vineyard:

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Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

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Shipping Services
USPS Priority Mail

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Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

Last edited by les3547; 10-24-2011 at 12:38 PM.
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