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Zeiss Contax Forum for the classic Zeiss Contax I, II, III, IIa, IIIa , G series, and if you want to push it, the nice Contax point and shoots. Some spill over from the Kievs, the Soviet copy of the Contax II/III can also be expected. Plus the ONLY production camera ever made in classic Zeiss Contax Rangefinder mount WITH TTL metering ... the Voigtlander Bessa R2C.

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Old 01-02-2017   #81
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My 1934 lens is remarkable considering the age and lack of coating. After all, the design was optimized for contrast in the days before coating. It was quite a while before Leica caught up.

Dante, did you see my question a few posts up about the adjustment you mention?
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I have several Zeiss 5cm lenses, including an Opton, a ZK, and the early 5cm/1.5 and 5cm/2.0 lenses. They are excellent lenses overall. I have some of them in ltm while others are in Contax mount.
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That sounds good, Mr Flibble. I will put my ZM Sonnar on my M6 for some shots too. I've got a IIa and 50/2 Sonnar, but the body needs shutter work. The quality of finish on these cameras is beautiful.
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My 1934 lens is remarkable considering the age and lack of coating. After all, the design was optimized for contrast in the days before coating. It was quite a while before Leica caught up.

Dante, did you see my question a few posts up about the adjustment you mention?
Sorry. You basically back the rear group out a fraction of a turn until the zone of sharp focus moves backward to where you want it.

You do need to maintain tension on the system to keep the element square to the optical axis, which you can do with teflon tape on the threads (it can be challenging but works) or conceivably copper foil tape on the front or rear bearing surface of the group (which might be more easily repeatable). I heard from the guru on this that you can even use single strands of copper wire to create the spacer.

Needless to say, this is way easier with a digital body and a LensAlign target, since you can iterate, test, and iterate.

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Thanks. That is what I did, but only pulled the cell into place with some tape to hold position. If it ever shifts on me I may try the teflon tape idea.

I'm shooting film, but fine tuned it quickly after grossly overshooting the first try. I'm surprised how non-fussy it has been since.
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Love the Sonnar 50/1.5! Mine is with native nickel LTM mount, from 1933. A real rarity according to Zeiss experts.
Here's a portrait I took with the Sony A7R + helicoid adapter to come way closer than the 1m limit of the lens.
Love this picture!
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River Banks by unoh7, on Flickr


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Hopeful Trio by unoh7, on Flickr
Reminds me of Minnesota in the summer, great shot.
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St. Cloud Minnesota Dunn Brothers Coffee. They Grind it in house.

Carl Zeiss Opton Sonnar 1.5 T. Contax mount. Purchased here recently from another member. Fuji X-E2.

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Looking excellent lundrog!
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Looking excellent lundrog!
Thanks. Thanks for selling it to me
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1953 CZ 50 1.5 Sonnar, Acros 100, perceptol...



Out fishing, took my Contax IIa.
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Out fishing, took my Contax IIa.
your brave, I' worry about the water. , got more? share!
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Okay. Thanks for all of the data points on the previous three pages. I just picked up a near mint IIIA with the 50mm f1.5 Sonnar. Bluish coating so I'd guess that it's coated. The body, of course, has a dead shutter which means I'll sell it as is.
I am a fool for adapted lenses on the Fuji cameras. I'm seriously ready to order the $155 Amadeo adapter to mount this lens on the Fuji camera. I enjoy using the Russian copies of these Zeiss lenses and this one is so unbelievably clean and clear that I think I'll kick myself if I don't keep it. Any comments on the Zeiss/Fuji pairing?
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Okay. Thanks for all of the data points on the previous three pages. I just picked up a near mint IIIA with the 50mm f1.5 Sonnar. Bluish coating so I'd guess that it's coated. The body, of course, has a dead shutter which means I'll sell it as is.
I am a fool for adapted lenses on the Fuji cameras. I'm seriously ready to order the $155 Amadeo adapter to mount this lens on the Fuji camera. I enjoy using the Russian copies of these Zeiss lenses and this one is so unbelievably clean and clear that I think I'll kick myself if I don't keep it. Any comments on the Zeiss/Fuji pairing?
Loving mine. Have the Amadeo adapter as well. Using mine with a X-E2.

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A example wide open of my sales guy. Focused on his nose.

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Nikon S2, Zeiss Sonnar black/nickel 50mm f/1.5 uncoated, 400-2TMY.

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