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Lenses old and new - Can you tell the difference ?


pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:01PM
OK , so i picked up a couple of rare bargains at a charity shop one of which was the Carl Zeiss 35mm 2.4 Jena Lens , bought an adapter and stuck it on the Canon 5Dmk2 , the results - somewhat astonishing , and just to prove a point on quality bokeh etc , i mounted the camera on tripod and swapped between the Carl Zeiss and the 1200 Canon 24-70 2.8L all done at the same settings in manual mode ... now without anyone searching exif data etc be honest can you tell which one is which ????

One cost me 10 , the other over 1000


Image 1

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Image 2

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I would certainly recommend some second hand vintage lens shopping there is some amazing stuff out there ! Oh and the 35mm has a WAYYYY better macro facility than the 24-70 too !

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
16 Apr 2013 10:30PM
In Praktica fit ?
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:34PM
yep m42 screw praktica fit , bought an adapter to EOS
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
16 Apr 2013 10:36PM
I stumble upon them from time to time, but there usually too long for my liking.
I picked one of these up while ago but yet to use it!

Ps bottom one is the 24-70?
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:41PM
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
16 Apr 2013 10:45PM
Ebay prices are often like that, over inflated.
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:45PM
Lol , I know already checked fleabay , dont want to part with it just yet tho , going to give it a few outings might just be a nice addition to my kit bag Smile
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:46PM
not over inflated thats what people are paying paul , completed listings and lots of - but if the lens is producing the goods like a 1k lens than its worth 150 quid isnt it ?
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:47PM
Christographer the macro is really quite amazing give it a try out ....
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
16 Apr 2013 10:57PM

Quote:not over inflated thats what people are paying paul , completed listings and lots of - but if the lens is producing the goods like a 1k lens than its worth 150 quid isnt it ?


150 is still a pretty good price looking at it that way, what is the CA like wide open.
petebfrance 2 1.3k United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 11:06PM
'Recent' review of lens which should give some idea of it's characteristics (on digital camera APSC and FF):
http://slrlensreview.com/web/reviews/carl-zeiss-lenses-swhorizontalmenu-172/zeiss-wide-angle/396-carl-zeiss-jena-mc-flektogon-35mm-f24-m42-lens-review
I looked this up as I have one from my Praktica days and keep thinking of buying a camera to make use of it. I certainly won't be parting with it for a tenner!
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 11:09PM

Quote:not over inflated thats what people are paying paul , completed listings and lots of - but if the lens is producing the goods like a 1k lens than its worth 150 quid isnt it ?

150 is still a pretty good price looking at it that way, what is the CA like wide open.



The CA is there and more obvious than the 24-70 2.8L a fair bit of purple and blue but not enough to put anyone off and easily fixed, the real winner with this lens is the real close up macro ability combined with its all round capability , not many lenses can fill so many roles as this one and do it well ...
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
16 Apr 2013 11:23PM
Yeh there are some real gems out there if your prepared to use them.

One of my faves is the vivitar series 1 200mm, loads of CA wide open but its easily dealt with.
pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 11:29PM
Heres a quick side by side from a %100 crop of the same area with the zeiss on the right ... remember though this is wide open at 2.4 on a full frame 5D2

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Yep Paul i had a couple of Vivitars years ago and seem to remember a really good wide angle with some sort of red band ?

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