|Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:14 am Post subject:
|I have not made test shots for this, from normal use the Flek 25 seems excellent with regards to distortion, however I must say that the Distagon 25 is fantastic lens, with nearly nonexistent distortion and excellent centre sharpness, make sure however that the Distagon copy is not build before 1985 because in 1984 the lens design was modified to improve edge performance. All MM copies are safe, for the AE copies consult the engine, from my experience I can say that copies with a serial number beginning with 68 or higher should be ok, the 68 serial is usually from 1985.
Or even better consider a new Z series copy instead of Contax, which was again redesigned and has excellent cinematic mechanical parts.
Price factor is all for the Flek, which easily costs 4 times less, however the sharpness of the Flek 25 is not even comparable with that of the Distagon.
Both lenses (Flek 25 and Distagon 25) are amongst the oldest designs in the Zeiss catalogues, as the Flek 25 existed longtime as a rangefinder model and the Distagon 25 was the first Distagon ever made, it exists in Contarex version. So both are desireable historical pieces.
Comments about many Contax lenses:
Engine to find year of production of Zeiss lenses (not complete):
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