View Full Version : Finally! :D

02-13-2006, 01:48
After a waiting to the post office this morning, after being told that I need my ID and after wasting about 20 minutes to go home, return and wait in line with my passport, I finally have my collapsible Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 50/2 collapsible! It is coated (non T) with a light blue coating, and looks in very good shape! There's a bit of oil on the blades, but I don't think it's going to affect the lens performance. It looks wonderful on my Kiev-2A, and it almost feels like if i'm holding a contax! I'll try to post photos of the cam & lens later. The lens came with a yellow CZJ filter, in nice condition as well. I'm amazed at how the lens is heavy and feels solid! My J-8 is going to be jealous! :D

02-13-2006, 03:24
Congrats on that Max!

A Contax-mount collapsible is on my (admittedly way too long) to-buy list as well.

02-13-2006, 03:31
Thanks Eugene! I lost a bid on a 35/2.8 Zeiss Jena Biometar yesterday... so I went for a J-3.. waiting for the owner to contact me :)

Here are the pics meanwhile :D Sorry if they're not good, I took them hastily with my office's digital camera.

02-13-2006, 03:35

No damage on front element? I've read that scratches are somehow more common on collapsible lenses.

02-13-2006, 03:47
Eugene, the lens is in great shape :) There's only a few cleaning marks :)

02-13-2006, 03:49
For some reason, the most common issue with the collapsible Sonnar seems to be cleaning marks. I've had a number of these lenses and all except two have had aggressive cleaning marks.

Glad to hear that you found a good one.

02-13-2006, 04:00
BTW, any idea how much a collapsible Tessar would command?

My idea is to have a pocketable set, for trips to grocery and such.

Mike Kovacs
02-13-2006, 04:34
This is a very easy lens to service, not even requiring a spanner wrench. You'll probably find the oil will affect the optics. Rick Oleson has clear sketches.

02-13-2006, 04:45
Congrats ! We've been feeling your pain since last friday ;)

02-13-2006, 04:50
Still waiting for my jupiter 3 of 1985 to show at my doorstep!

02-13-2006, 05:36
Oh thanks to all! Huge collective reply (sorry!)

Eugene : The Tessar should be a nice bargain lens, if you manage to get the f/2.8 one :)

ZeissFan : The cleaning marks are almost invisible, there are some, but pretty light. The item looks much better than how the seller described it on ebay. :)

Mike : I'll be surely checking Rick's page :) The light blue coating on the lens is lovely, exactly like on my 180/2.8 Olympia Sonnar (P6) :D

Taffer : the pain is far from being finished! I'm still waiting for the 85/2 J-9... and I missed an auction for a 35/2.8 CZJ Biometar (in Contax mount) :(

franceluxemburg : I'll write this in english though I think I could use french with you ;) I'm getting myself a J-3!!! :D

02-13-2006, 06:54
Mike, here are some photos of the lens, it'll show a bit better the condition of it :)

part 1 :

02-13-2006, 06:56
and now part 2 :