Carl Zeiss Jena
Excellent! 1938 CARL ZEISS SONNAR LENS for Contax II or III
Fits Contax I, II, III, IIa & IIIa
Camera not included!
The 135mm Carl Zeiss Sonnar which was developed for the Contax rangefinder cameras is well known and well respected. Built of high quality chrome plated brass, it is suitable for portraits & landscapes and it was a very popular Zeiss lens in its era. Nearly all the great WWII war correspondents carried this lens as part of their regular kit when using a Contax.
This lens has an excellent reputation for its lovely rendition of the object in focus and the nicely rounded back ground. It’s something the Japanese refer to as bokeh. Simple said this lens has a lovely bokeh. Narrow the depth of field by moving closer and opening up the aperture and the focus rolls on and off very smoothly.
This serial number (2523999) indicates that this lens was produced in at the very end of 1938 at a time when the world looked incredible different than it does today. This lens will fit the Contax I, II, III, IIa & IIIa. (But will naturally also fit other cameras with this Contax mount.)
This glass in this lens is exceptionally clean and clear. There is no crystallization, separated elements or other problems. There are no scratches or cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing beautiful photos modern color and B&W films.
All in all an excellent lens for your classic Contax. Perfect for photographers with a historical interest. If you’ve been looking for a exceptionally clean, useable lens for your prewar Contax, then you’ve just found it…
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