Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 Lens Review

This great lens was the highest quality standard lens on Praktica body.This time getting more and more popular,because pretty sharp even at wide open and it has nice "bokeh" and  good color rendering.For "reverse mount" macro shooting the best choice you able to make incredible magnification with Pancolar 50mm f/1.8 lens. For example a head of fly can be 1:1 life size macro etc.

Fact Sheet

Vendor nameTypeProduct year
Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar -
Focal Min(mm)Focal Max(mm)Focus Min(cm)
50 50 35
Aperture MaxAperture Min.Barrel length(mm)
1.8 22 51
Elements In GroupDiaphragm actionWeight (g)
6 in 5 Auto|Manual 225
Filter Size (mm)Push on diameter (mm)Angular field
49 52 46

User Comments

This lens was available in M42 and Exakta RTL mount, and has a longer helicoid which makes it physically longer and heavier than its f/2 predecessor. It followed the general pattern of evolution as the Meyer/Pentacon 1.8/50 as an alternative fast standard; the first version had bright fluting and from the start was available in both auto and electric forms. Also remounted in B-mount as the Carl Zeiss Jena Prakticar 1.8/50.

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Personally I like more this lens than other 50mm focal length lens like Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar or Pentacon 50mm and others. Industar-50 "pancake" lens is really close for this lens.Sharpness should better than Pancolar, but in all features I suppose Pancolar is the best. I see no difference in quality compare with Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.4. With reverse macro adapter should works fine as macro lens, but I didn't tested yet. Finally I can tell you pick up one ASAP because prices getting higher and higher, one or two year before you I could pick up for a few EUR in local camera shop. When I write this article highest price what I saw was 124 EUR !

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enjoy for photo
1Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:27
jongmoog, jung

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