Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.4 MC Lens Review

One of the most wanted Carl Zeiss lens generally.This is very good lens for macro photography too. It is render very sharp images like Sonnar 135 mm or Konica Hexanon normal and short-telephoto lens.

Fact Sheet

Vendor name Type Product year
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon  
Focal Min(mm) Focal Max(mm) Focus Min(cm)
35 35 19
Aperture Max Aperture Min. Barrel length(mm)
2.4 22 61
Elements In Group Diaphragm action Weight (g)
6 IN 6 auto|manual 248
Filter Size (mm) Push on diameter (mm) Angular field
49 51 62

User Comments

Some CZJ Flektogon 35mm f2.4 Flowers..... I Just Love this lens, it’s a wide or a macro! Better than my excellent 28-70 L.


walshy (Manual Focus Forum)

I have compared my 35/2.4 Flectogon with my 35/2.8 Zuiko and it seems to be a little more contrasty, is all. As expected, it has better corner sharpness from wide open to f5.6 than any of my Canon Eos zooms, about equal to my Canon 50mm f1.8 prime.
by (Graham Serretta)

I have used and ownn pretty much almost every variation of the CZJ lens and also most Takumars. IMHO image quality of the CZJ is pictorially better than the Takumars but the Takumars are indeed better build. And as the 35mm goes, the CZJ 35/2.4 is far better than any of the Takumars

All of the late MC versions of the 35/2.4 and 80/1.8 CZJ lens are prone to the aperture sticking at wide open. Otherwise the others are just fine. I think most experience regarding the bad build quality had to do with the fact that most of these old lens that are available had already gone through quite a lot of abuse by previous generation of owners.

by (Franka T. Lieu)

A 35mm F2.4 Zeiss MC Flektogon is one of the best lenses I have ever used (including Leica and Nikon's best). That lens doesn't flare even when the sun is in the picture, and focuses to a few inches in front of the front element. The color, contrast , and detail is exceptional, all the way out to the edges.
by (Andrew Schank)

Personally I love tele shooting and close-up photography, my Nikon D50 can't focus infinity with M42 lenses, so I can share only close focusing experience with this lens. I tested many normal lenses Tessar, Pancolar, Industar, Biotar etc and I have Kiron 105mm, Tamron SP 90 macro lenses so I have good compare basic how good this Flektogon in close-up photography. If you have no budget to buy dedicated macro lenses or you do close-up photography less frequently than others, Flektogon 35mm excellent choice as multipurpose lens. Under travel also give us good help, because I don't think so good idea to bring macro lenses, this lens good for general landscapes and close-ups too. Colors, contrast, sharpness and build quality just excellent.


Comments (5)
5Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
doomed forever
I think this lens is overrated, and too expensive atm, i do also own a decent copy...but can't say it's better for instance than the Zeiss 35/2.8 Distagon C/Y.
Carl zeiss jena 35mm2.4
4Wednesday, 12 December 2012 10:49
I want this lens but I see some with Flektogon on lens and some just Carl Zeiss Jena. Is there a difference in result or are they the same lens. Thanks
Carl Zeiss Flektogon 2.4/35
3Friday, 27 April 2012 05:30
Thank you for the review. It's true though as a very happy owner of this lens. I agree, renders good macro pictures.
Flectogon 35/2.4
2Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:45
This lens is the best I have ever used.
A sheer delight and such pin sharp definition
Flektogon 35/2.4 vs. Takumar 35/2.0
1Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:47
I've owned this Flektogon 35/2.4 as well as the highly regarded Takumar 35/2.0. Both are excellent lenses: for close focussing the Flektogon is great. In terms of resolution I found the Flek has slightly better center resolution, and the Takumar has better corner resolution. Mechanically, I liked more the Tak: buttery smooth.

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