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Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar f2.8 180mm does spring flowers
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 8:12 pm    Post subject: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar f2.8 180mm 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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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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