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Old Sep 20, 2008, 6:38 AM   #1
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I see these lenses selling on the UK eBay site for prices up to £90/100 (US$ 160/180) and wonder just what makes people value them so highly. Has anyone any thoughts or experience?
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Old Sep 20, 2008, 2:04 PM   #2
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Hi,

No personal experience, but found the links below ... seems to be well rated for near macro or low light close-ups. Hope this helps. ... Jack

http://m42.artlimited.net/lens_detail.php?lid=37

http://www.mflenses.com/content/view/89/29/
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Old Sep 24, 2008, 11:03 AM   #3
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All the Carl Zeiss Jena's are collector items. Becoming more desired each year as their numbers of available lens dwindles. Some focal lengths more than others. Some remember owning one in the past or a relative or acquaintance owning and using one, so they now want one for memories sake. Others have read that they are very good and want one for that reason. And others want to collect them for their rarity.
Either way their value will increase. A while back someone wanted me to modify one for a K-mount and I told them to reconsider, as it is a collectors item and the value will only go up in the future. I still hold that belief. Sort of the same way with the Vivitar Series 1 lenses. There are better new lens out there as far as IQ and AF goes, but if you have ever used one you know there is a feel to them ( heft and smoothness of function) That just screams quality. It is a feel that the new mainly plastic lens do not deliver. Some of them Like my Vivitar Series 1 105mm f/2.5 Macro lens are better than the new offerings. It is said a lot of the Jena's are that way as well, delivering as sharp a photo as any high price new tech lens.

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Old Sep 27, 2008, 4:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the information - much appreciated.
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Just arrived 35mm carl Zeiss Jena f2.8 - f35 screw mount - unpacked it in the car after I picked it up from the Post Office and this is the bottom left corner of the first shot using f8 on my K10D


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Old Oct 16, 2008, 12:45 AM   #6
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this is the bottom left corner of the next shot - this time wide open at f2.8
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Old Nov 14, 2008, 10:56 PM   #7
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Not too shabby. How does it feel and are you satisfied with it?



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It has a nice smooth focus action with enough damping fo rprecision focusing.

It takes a lot of movement of the focus ring to get anywhere, so fine focusing is easy.

The aperture ring is positive with clear steps on each setting.

The image quality is good, the, main challenge is to do the lens justice. The colour does see a bit more understated than more modern lenses, but that does suit many of the subjects in a city full of old buildings.

It sits on the K10d as the first choice lens at the moment.
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Old Nov 15, 2008, 9:15 PM   #9
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It has a nice smooth focus action with enough damping fo rprecision focusing.

It takes a lot of movement of the focus ring to get anywhere, so fine focusing is easy.

The aperture ring is positive with clear steps on each setting.

The image quality is good, the, main challenge is to do the lens justice. The colour does see a bit more understated than more modern lenses, but that does suit many of the subjects in a city full of old buildings.

It sits on the K10d as the first choice lens at the moment.
I've found with my German lenses that the saturation needs to be in the middle or one step up for the color. The fine focus movement will feel alien to anyone that uses mostly auto lens but manual lens (especially manual focus macro) users will be more comfortable with it. Like I said it is looking good.

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detail reproduction looks great... I always thought I should take M42 stuff into account, too. But then... less lens hunting - more photographing is the key to fight LBA
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