Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 alu M42 Lens Review

Little brother of legendary Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5. Pretty sharp well usable lens for close-up photography even reverse back on other lens.


Vendor name
Type name
Product year
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar
Focal min (mm)
Focal max (mm)
Focus min(cm)
58 58
Aperture maxAperture min
Lens size (mm)
Diaphragm ACTION Weight (g)
6 in 4 groups
pre-set,manual,auto 210
Filter size (mm)
Body mount
49 41 M42

I like old lenses as well, this lens looks old with aluminum finish, but image quality is not looks old at all. Not really macro lens so not expect same result than real one, but good first step to macro photography and very good performer as reverse back lens on others.  It has two variations with "B Aus Jena" title, Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm title, I saw pre-set version and pre-set version with auto mechanism.All kind of lens great performer on DSLR cameras, so don't worry about that just pickup one , this lens relatively cheap. Biotar 58mm copied by Russians too, their variation called Hellios-44.


Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

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Comments (2)
Have one in black - Love it
2Sunday, 27 February 2011 19:28
I use it with a Canon DSLR with focus confirmation adaptor. It is really nice. EX bokeh, and with the 1.6 factor, nice for portraits.
CZJ 5.8cm F:2 in Brass & Heavy Chrome in Cmt. Red T
1Friday, 24 September 2010 01:14
Rare,,, hardly ever seen in heavy chrome on brass, never mind in Cmt. serial # 3277933. Tested on a lumix G-1 , Not ultra sharp, really good for Portraits. 17 aperature blades , focus to three feet! No info in my books or web. must be very Rare! 610-681-4030,,,, Don

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