The legendary 'Olympic' Sonnar designed for Olympics game in 1936 Berlin.In shortly OUTSTANDING quality.
IÂ have the late MC version of the 2.8/180mm CZJ Sonnar. It is a wonderful lens. Great for portraits. I have an adapter to use it on a m42 35mm camera. I use it on my 35mm camera for sports. It is one of the sharpest lenses I own. The results are very fine.
The lens I have is the very latest model of the CJZ 180 sonnar: all black MC with the switch on back. It is in immaculate condition.
Simply put, it is one of the finest lenses I have ever owned. It is mechanically excellent, and images from it are beautiful. The price is incredibly low. The bokeh is beautiful, the image is very sharp, and the lens is fast. What more could you ask for? Perhaps a little less weight, but you can't have everything.
I've got to jump in and join those who are gushing about their Sonnars! I've been using my zebra sonnar to shoot mostly glamor and fashion photos of my favorite model (my wife), in various locales.
When the camera is held steady, the images are as sharp as I've seen anywhere. The bokeh is very pleasing as well. The downside is, of course the weight of the lens, but I think that if I could only bring two lenses for my K60 or K88cm, I'd bring the 80mm Arsat and the 180 Sonar.
I STILL HAVE TO FIND A LENS THAT WILL SURPASS THE QUALITY OF IMAGES PRODUCED WITH MC Sonnar 180/2.8 LENS IN any MF SYSTEM.
Best regards to Rick and all former and future voters/users of Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 180mm f2.8 MC!
-Dr. Adam R. Bujak
I have two pieces Olympic Sonnar both are produce OUTSTANDING quality pictures, I love them very much works so perfect on Nikon D50 body. Not too heavy, but sure need to keep the lens in hand. Generally any Sonnar variant get very positive feedback from users.