How To Avoid Zeiss Sonnar Fakes

by Frank Mechelhoff

Zeiss Sonnar lenses of World-War-II-era are often faked from vulgar Russian Jupiter lenses by simple changing the front-ring, and sometimes engraving the barrell with "Made in Germany" or something. This faking is alleviated due to the fact that parts of the Carl Zeiss Jena lens plant and machines were disassembled and rebuild in Russia after the war, as well with many workers, engineers, parts and maybe whole lenses going with them, and were build quite unchanged as Russian lenses until youngest present. So it's hard to distinguish them.


Carl Zeiss Jena Olympic Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 Lens Review

The legendary 'Olympic' Sonnar designed for Olympics game in 1936 Berlin.In shortly OUTSTANDING quality.



Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5 Lens Review

Legendary Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5  I suppose every body heard about this lens. But I suppose a few people see pictures taken with this one.First of all I have to say the truth, all information about quality is TRUE. Outstanding in every point of view build and optical quality both, sharp at wide open as possible.


Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 5,8cm f/2 Black Lens Review

Little brother of legendary Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5.Small size not very good looking lens, but it has amazing picture quality, this lens is older and better than alu finish lens and much more rare.


Tamron SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 23A Lens Review

One of my favorite lenses are Tamron SP series, all members are exceptional. Tamron SP 60-300mm also an excellent lens it has comparable quality with many prime lenses. Very good performer indeed, sharpness and color rendering just great. I saw many sharpest prime lens, but I not saw many better zoom lenses.In my opinion this lens a very good traveler lens , because quality is pretty good and it has also a good multi purpose focal length range from portrait to long tele photo.

Russian Lens List

Russian lens list Helios,Jupiter,3M,Rubinar,Volna,Industar etc.

Auto Revuenon 28-200mm f/4-5.6 zoom

Garbage.Don't buy!

Sample pictures:




Industar 61 vs Volna-9 by Tom Tiger

Volna 9 vs Industar 61 L/Z.The Russian Macro Lenses Review by Tom A.H. Piel (Tigers Lair ). All materials written by author permission.

Helios 40 1.5/85mm by Tom Tiger

The Mad Big lens Review by Tom A.H. Piel (Tigers Lair ). All materials written by author permission.

Meyer-Optik Görlitz Domiplan 50mm f/2.8 Lens Review

Surprisingly very good lens, I thought this would be a low quality lens, because pretty little and I suppose this come from Meyer cheap product line.

Carl Zeiss Jena Lens List

Lenses made by Carl Zeiss Jena

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