Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8 MC Lens Review

I testes this lens same time than Micro Nikkor-PC 55mm f/3.5 so we can compare them in same lighting environment on same subjects. I found CZJ Tessar is very close for Nikkor ! This pleasant result not bad at all from a general purpose lens. I like everything on Tessar optical and built quality, focusing etc. I didn't find any weakness, especially good the front lens position it place so deep in lens body. This means hard to touch and make finger print on lens what is common problem with other lenses. Quite common lens, easy to grab from local camera shops and from remote sources like Ebay. If you need a cheap, but quality lens this lens a very good choice.
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f/2.8 MC
Vendor name Type name Product year
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1952-1978
Focal min (mm) Focal max (mm) Focus min(cm)
50 50 0.35
Aperture max Aperture min BaRREL LENGTH (mm)
2.8 22 45
Elements IN GROUPS Diaphragm action Weight (g)
4 in 3 auto-manual 175
Filter size (mm) PUsh on diameter(mm) Angular field
49 51 45

User opinions:

Not the legendary performance of the Pancolar 50mm F1.8 CZJ, and obviously slower. However, results are pleasing. This lens is relatively sharp wide open, and it would appear that it is handling Chroma well. The lens flange extends too far for the Sigma SD9/10, and hits the dust protector. Focus to infinity is thus not possible on the Sigma cameras.

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{ln:Biotar 58}
{ln:Takumar 55}
{ln:Micro Nikkor P.C 55 }
{ln:Helios M-44}




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