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Distagon 25/1,4 and a Distagon 18/2,8
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikos wrote:
Welcome aboard Rob!
Your grandfather is famous here Wink

These two distagons have Contax mount?
We would like to see a few photos taken with them, if you can Smile

there are different contax-mounts. pls be specific.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lightshow wrote:
Hi and welcome to the forum Rob.
You may want to contact Zeiss to see if they are interested in a loan to take them on tour or put them on display at a photo expo.

I would use them once a month to keep them in healthy condition and prevent the lube from drying out, but I would never take them everywhere I go, they are way too rare for that.

Looking forward to seeing your shots.

yes on tour to get stolen, destroyed or damaged. certainly WILL NEVER HAPPEN. zeiss is not stupid.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2022 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marco cavina wrote:
Thank you for the warm welcome! Several years ago I had some interesting conversations about the Distagon 1,4/25 with a friend of mine wo had been employed at the Oberkochen Plant and was in touch with Woeltche and Schuster; he said that Herr Glatzel, may his soul be in God's glory, in the project parameters which had been granted, had obtained to manage a maximum of 10 lenses with the use of two aspherical surfaces, and that he was able to negoziate the lenses number, increased to 13 elements, in excange for giving up one of the two aspherical elements, at time already difficult to realize at Zeiss, and so he did; I never shared this detail before.

Oberkochen folks whisper that the lens didn't reach the production stage mostly due to it's bulk (more or less 1kg, I was told), unsuitable, uncording to the management, for fast reportage actions... Of course several Canon users take advantage of fast lenses of the same weight class (50/1,0 L, 85/1,2 L) without complaining too much about what, but this is it.

For testing the lens(es), I guess that the classic EOS 5D mkII - mkIII + adapter (maybe mounting the lens with the mirror up + live-view already on, to avoid the risk of a mirror collision with the rear elements) should be the easiest way.

Best regards,


i have FOUR DSLRExchange(exotic C/Y-EOS adapter with screws) for focus-clearing FF-EOS-DSRLs. infinity not reached. i dont yet have FF. will use the for macro. most screws are lacking will buy. and they are not for sale. will add dandelion FC-chip-
i am still waiting to see the lenses here. i have a list of prototypes. image and text-image. most exotic is a 4/18 shift lens for cine. the other ones here and 3.5/25 apo-pc-distagon not listed. 2.8/35 pc-distagon autodiphragm.listed