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Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar f2.8 200mm does spring flowers
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar f2.8 200mm does spring flowers Reply with quote

Used on Panasonic GH4 full open...













Great sharpness, colors and contrast, wonderful BG separation, quite easy to
focus, little CA, quite controlled, disappears quickly when stopped down.

Full set is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kds315/albums/72157694968269641


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is it the P6 version?


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys!




blotafton wrote:
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Is it the P6 version?


No, original M42


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have three CZJ Sonnar 180mm F2.8, two with zebra and one with knurled focus ring. All very good lenses.

As far as I know, ALL CZJ Sonnar are P6, but many were sold with a P6 to M42 or P6 to Exakta adapter. The original adapters have the same finish of the lens, so you are easily led to think they are integral to the lens. However, if you manage to remove the adapter, you'll see the P6 bayonet mount.


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I have to take mine out and finish that portfolio.
Great stuff Klaus!


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Thanks guys!

luisalegria wrote:
Yeah, I have to take mine out and finish that portfolio.
Great stuff Klaus!


You should, a great lens this is! No regrets I bought it in EX++ condition for a very good price Wink


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this a lens that you have to use a tripod with?


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

uddhava wrote:
Is this a lens that you have to use a tripod with?


This was all handheld, at f2.8 there is plenty of light usually...


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerald wrote:
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I have three CZJ Sonnar 180mm F2.8, two with zebra and one with knurled focus ring. All very good lenses.

As far as I know, ALL CZJ Sonnar are P6, but many were sold with a P6 to M42 or P6 to Exakta adapter. The original adapters have the same finish of the lens, so you are easily led to think they are integral to the lens. However, if you manage to remove the adapter, you'll see the P6 bayonet mount.


Muito obrigado!

Trust me Gerald, I checked my lens, it was originally made with M42
mount and there is NO P6 mount underneath, nor an adapter Wink


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I trust you, Klaus, but I confess I've never seen a CZJ Sonnar 180mm with a non-adapted M42 mount.
Maybe because I'm in the wrong side of the world... Laugh 1

The CZJ Sonnar is a large and hefty lens, so it is very cumbersone and front-heavy on a 35mm camera. On the other hand, it balances well and really shines on a Pentacon Six, where it is FF equivalent to a 100mm F1.4 lens. Wonderful lens for portraiture.

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lovely spring flower photos, Klaus! I love them all.


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerald wrote:
I trust you, Klaus, but I confess I've never seen a CZJ Sonnar 180mm with a non-adapted M42 mount.
Maybe because I'm in the wrong side of the world... Laugh 1

The CZJ Sonnar is a large and hefty lens, so it is very cumbersone and front-heavy on a 35mm camera. On the other hand, it balances well and really shines on a Pentacon Six, where it is FF equivalent to a 100mm F1.4 lens. Wonderful lens for portraiture.

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Yes, it is quite some lens, but I'm now used to large and hefty lenses, 3-4.000 grams each, so compared to that, the Sonnar 180mm is not that large and heavy and much easier to focus than a f1.4 projection lens Wink


dan_ wrote:

Lovely spring flower photos, Klaus! I love them all.


Thanks Dan, appreciated!


PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful samples of your work yet again Klaus.


PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, a nice display of both the lens' and photographer's abilities Wink


PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! Smile


PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerald wrote:
I trust you, Klaus, but I confess I've never seen a CZJ Sonnar 180mm with a non-adapted M42 mount.
Maybe because I'm in the wrong side of the world... Laugh 1

The CZJ Sonnar is a large and hefty lens, so it is very cumbersone and front-heavy on a 35mm camera. On the other hand, it balances well and really shines on a Pentacon Six, where it is FF equivalent to a 100mm F1.4 lens. Wonderful lens for portraiture.

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I re-checked it Gerald and duuhh, it is a 2.8/200mm Sonnar electric, sorry my bad. Rolling Eyes
Corrected th title line.


PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gerald wrote:
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Maybe because I'm in the wrong side of the world... Laugh 1
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Hmmm. ... that doesn't jibe with the knowledge "If raindrops were perfect lenses, the rainbow did not exist." Laughing We are all on the same side of the world -- the surface!


PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:
Gerald wrote:
I trust you, Klaus, but I confess I've never seen a CZJ Sonnar 180mm with a non-adapted M42 mount.
Maybe because I'm in the wrong side of the world... Laugh 1

The CZJ Sonnar is a large and hefty lens, so it is very cumbersone and front-heavy on a 35mm camera. On the other hand, it balances well and really shines on a Pentacon Six, where it is FF equivalent to a 100mm F1.4 lens. Wonderful lens for portraiture.

Liebe Grüße Like 1 small


I re-checked it Gerald and duuhh, it is a 2.8/200mm Sonnar electric, sorry my bad. Rolling Eyes
Corrected th title line.


Is the 200 lighter than the 180? I am asking because I was just holding a 200 and it seemed lighter than
a 180 I held some weeks ago. In other words the 180 seemed too heavy, but the 200 did not seem bad for a 200.
Or are there 200 Sonnars that open less wide?

Whew....glad I got that question out.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kds315* wrote:

I re-checked it Gerald and duuhh, it is a 2.8/200mm Sonnar electric, sorry my bad. Rolling Eyes
Corrected th title line.


Klaus, both are very good lenses, but in my opinion the Sonnar 200mm is better.





visualopsins wrote:
Gerald wrote:
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Maybe because I'm in the wrong side of the world... Laugh 1
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Hmmm. ... that doesn't jibe with the knowledge "If raindrops were perfect lenses, the rainbow did not exist." Laughing We are all on the same side of the world -- the surface!


Photographic equipment has always been expensive and scarce here. You Californians live in a paradise. Laugh 1
By the way, I have a daughter who lives in Pleasanton, CA.





uddhava wrote:

Is the 200 lighter than the 180? I am asking because I was just holding a 200 and it seemed lighter than
a 180 I held some weeks ago. In other words the 180 seemed too heavy, but the 200 did not seem bad for a 200.
Or are there 200 Sonnars that open less wide?

Whew....glad I got that question out.


Yes, the Sonnar 200mm F2.8 is considerably lighter than the Sonnar 180mm. Nonetheless, the Sonnar 200mm is a heavy lens in my opinion.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice as usual. Like 1 Like 1 Like 1