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aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f3.5

Sharpness 
 10.0
Aberrations 
 9.0
Bokeh 
 9.5
Handling 
 8.5
Value 
 9.0
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aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f3.5
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Description:
"aus JENA" was apparently an "export brand name" for Carl Zeiss lens ... "S" is an abbreviation for Sonnar

6 blades
f3.5 to f22
M42 mount
49mm filter
"Auto" plus exterior engagement lever function

If you're curious about "sonnar" lenses this web page is a comprehensive discussion (mostly in Italian but the diagrams are clear). However, as mflenses contributor Gerald comments in this thread, these days "sonnar" aplied to a recent lens is really just a branding rather than a technical descriptor.
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount
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Pentaxian

Registered: July, 2014
Location: Paris
Posts: 1,828
Lens Review Date: November 2, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ, IQ, IQ
Cons: MF
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 9    Value: 9   

nice lens, IQ is top notch, the MF make this lens a "not to buy right now" for me
   
New Member

Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 5
Lens Review Date: September 2, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $38.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: really very sharp, stopped down at f 8
Cons: very few CA's wide open, in bokeh sometimes visible
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: k200.k-x.mg.k2,MZ-10 sf-x etc.   

my lens is a few dusty in the interior. very similar to tele-tessar 4/135 of west german zeiss.

wide open sharpness 8, but stopped down to f8-11 sharpness 9, and with one of my macro tubes with integrated bi-convex achromate as focal reductor the sharpness is incredible 10+.

the optical base construction is 5/4. but my jena S has been improved by special fitting into a small M42 ring and using of a single front lens of a binocular 8x30 to an excellent 7/5 element building. these achromates are very important for macro shootings.

I don't want to miss this lens.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: April, 2011
Location: Lost in translation ...
Posts: 16,584
Lens Review Date: May 25, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build, long throw, sharp, stop down lever, auto ...
Cons: Hefty, tendency to have sticky focus throws ...

Bonjour,

Picked up an decent copy of this "aus Jena" lens at Poitiers' swap and had to service a slightly stiff focus ring. This lens is exactly the same as a Carl Zeiss Sonnar 135/3.5, since I have both and compared them together, only very minor exterior markings differences.

My CZ Sonnar developed a problem with its external stop down lever, so I dissembled both lens side by side to find the problem with the CZ Sonnar. Inside, both lens are identical mechanically and I repaired the CZ Sonnar thanks to the "aus Jena" copy; also cleaned up/out some minor haze/fungus upon the rear element block on the "aus Jena".

Some sample shots to come later ... quite happy with this acquisition.

Allez et salut, J
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