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aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f4 (zebra)

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aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f4 (zebra)

aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f4 (zebra)
aus JENA (Carl Zeiss) "S" (Sonnar) 135mm f4 (zebra)

"aus JENA" was apparently an "export brand name" for Carl Zeiss lens ... "S" is an abbreviation for Sonnar

6 blades
f4 to f22
M42 mount
49mm filter
"Auto" plus exterior engagement lever function
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount
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Registered: November, 2013
Posts: 8
Lens Review Date: March 12, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: extremely sharp f 8-11
Cons: very, very few CA's
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: spotmatic, k-x k200 fuji x-e1   

inspite my item has the same problem with focus ring and a few dust, I've fitted my k-x to higher contrast (filter). This improves contrast and eleminates some flare.

I use it only for butterflies with an additional macro ring - an achromatic 2/1 lens element integrated in the ring = focal reducer 0.7x.

++ excellent sharpness

++ 5/4 lens construction and fluorite glass will guarantee nearly no CA's

So I've changed optical construction from 5/4 to 7/5 with astonishing results: absolutely no CA's and very high sharpness of details

Because of my very sharp macros: 9.5 points totally

Registered: April, 2011
Location: Lost in translation ...
Posts: 18,006
Lens Review Date: May 25, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $15.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Tank-like build, long throw, sharp downed down ...
Cons: Slow @ f4, my copy needs more servicing - focus ring blocking


Just a quick entry for this 135/4 aus Jena (Carl Zeiss). I picked it up cheap at the Poiters annual swap meet since it had rear element fungus (which I cleaned out easily) and it had a very stiff focus throw (more problematic).

Have shot a few test and really not too impressed for the moment. I need to further "overhaul" this lens ... Thus a base benchmark "7" overall mark/rating for the moment with sample images to come later once repairs are (hopefully) finalized.

Allez et salut, J
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