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Wartime built Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135/4
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:52 am    Post subject: Wartime built Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135/4 Reply with quote

At a local fair I managed to find a CZJ Triotar 135/4 that from the serial number seems produced in 1942-43. It's, of course, in exa mount (it was for the Kine Exakta) and since the m42 postwar copy I already owned is such a lovely lens I was very curious how this one would behave.

Ok, I have confirmation now that the Triotar is one of my best 3D effect lenses.



More on my blog http://foodografia.blogspot.com/2009/06/carl-zeiss-jena-triotar-1354.html


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simply.....GREAT! Shocked


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Wow, that looks wonderful.

What a find!

If you need to pass on the m42 version... I am here for you Smile


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My best lenses are the Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50/1.8 and the Carl Zeiss Jena Triotar 135/4.

I hold the Triotar even above the Sonnar 135/3.5.
The only problem with them is, that they are sometimes stiff in manual focusing.
I am happy to own a copy which was professionally restored.
But my other - stiff - copy is nevertheless usable.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just lovely.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really great. Is it taken at f/4, or stopped down?


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no-X wrote:
Really great. Is it taken at f/4, or stopped down?


Wide open (and ISO 1000 but that's 5dmkII merit)


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome photo, I really like that a lot. Very Happy


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder why Zeiss didn't manufacture shorter triotars for SLRs, too. There is 85/4 Triotar for rangefinders, but I've never seen SLR version. It's quite strange, because there were many different lens models for other focal lengths (e.g. for 50mm: tessar 40/4.5, tessar 50/3.5, tessar 50/2.8, biotar 58/2 and later 3 panoclars instead of the biotar), but for 75-100mm, there was only expensive Biotar 75/1.5 and Biometar 80/2.8...


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow! great colors and bokeh, impressive!


PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no-X wrote:
I wonder why Zeiss didn't manufacture shorter triotars for SLRs, too. There is 85/4 Triotar for rangefinders, but I've never seen SLR version. It's quite strange, because there were many different lens models for other focal lengths (e.g. for 50mm: tessar 40/4.5, tessar 50/3.5, tessar 50/2.8, biotar 58/2 and later 3 panoclars instead of the biotar), but for 75-100mm, there was only expensive Biotar 75/1.5 and Biometar 80/2.8...


They made Triotar 80mm to be mounted on the first Rolleicord (I own one).

I suspect is a matter of coperture, the 135 I have don't have any problem at the borders on full frame either also at full wide aperture. So I think it covers far more than 35mm., a 50 mm probably would present unsharp and aberrated corners just like for example the Meyer Trioplan. My guess is that it would have been unacceptable by Zeiss standards.