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Old 02-13-2013   #41
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I've posted these before in another thread, but here are shots w/dexdog's rare 5cm/1.5 Sonnar (c.1933) that was made by Zeiss in LTM (probably for the German military):










All taken @ f/1.5 in atrocious club lighting.
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Clearly not a rangefinder but, 1.5 sec exposure from my Zeiss Ikoflex III with 80mm f/2.8. and some Kodak Ektar 100



This lens flares like a dog of the female persuasion, still need to try it with a hood.
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Here are some (very bad) photos taken with a Zeiss tenagor box camera:

must practice more with this interesting but very difficult (for me) to use camera.
I've had trouble with my Tengor (54/2) as well. It had a tendency to scratch the film (before I bent back and sanded the edges of the film plane).

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Lumix G1, Tessar 2,8cm/8:



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Lumix G1, Tessar 2,8cm/8:
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They're all nice, but this one is absolutely lovely. :-)

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The Robot II I bought a month or so back was manufactured in 1941, the lens is an uncoated Zeiss Jena Biotar 4cm f/2 ... definitely a pre-WWII design. Quite a neat little camera ... here's a scan index composite of the first roll I put through it:


There are several fun exposures and exposure sequences on the roll. This is one of the photos I'm pretty pleased with, with a little rendering work applied to the scan:


(You can see the whole set, with a first pass of processing, as a slideshow by clicking this link: Robot II - First Roll

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Collapsible Tessar 50/2.8 on a Contax I. I sold it along with the camera because I felt it was worth more as a collector piece than a user (and I'm firmly in the user camp), but I kinda wish I would have kept the lens.


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Collapsible Tessar 50/2.8 on a Contax I. I sold it along with the camera because I felt it was worth more as a collector piece than a user (and I'm firmly in the user camp), but I kinda wish I would have kept the lens.
I ended up listing my Contax I too for this very same reason. As tempted as it may be to burn film through it, there exists a nagging thought in the back of my head saying "the silk straps on the shutter blinds are going to snap any moment now, and then the camera will become junk."

And I concur with you on the lens - its just simply fantastic.
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Contax IIa, Sonnar 2/5cm, Provia 100F,
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Hey Botty! These photos are your relatives? I hate to see people for who can be my grandfather died in 1941 at Moscow ... I understand that things of bygone days, but can do without pictures of people in Nazi uniform?
For example here is a neutral photo machines, shot Zeiss Superikonta 531
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I can only post photos of things I have taken shots of. I took some shots of people in Soviet uniforms the same weekend but they were over exposed and not worth sharing. However some people would be offended by those as well.

As you say, things from a bygone age. I have no political agenda.
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Super Ikonta B 532/16 ca. 1938


Abbey Super Ikonta B Fuji Pro 800Z by Chris Bail, on Flickr

And a couple with my wartime Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 in LTM for good measure (found this through the classifieds here...)


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I am constantly amazed by how good these photographs are using not only the pre-war lenses but also the pre-war cameras.
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I'm not a big fan of all the Nazi "reenactment" photos either. I have trouble believing the "reenactors" are completely devoid of a morbid enchantment with the political agenda of the soldiers they like dressing up as. I would not wear such uniforms. Would you dress up as Dr. Mengele or Unit 731 sadists? The whole thing is beyond creepy.

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Hey Botty! These photos are your relatives? I hate to see people for who can be my grandfather died in 1941 at Moscow ... I understand that things of bygone days, but can do without pictures of people in Nazi uniform?
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I'm not a big fan of all the Nazi "reenactment" photos either. I have trouble believing the "reenactors" are completely devoid of a morbid enchantment with the political agenda of the soldiers they like dressing up as. I would not wear such uniforms. Would you dress up as Dr. Mengele or Unit 731 sadists? The whole thing is beyond creepy.
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As someone who has a father that survived a concentration camp the effects are not always in the distant past.
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Loving the photos in this thread.
Have to ask, would they be just as disturbing if they where of allied troops?. Not all the men of the German army were nazi, if we take this to the logical end we should destroy these lenses and cameras because they brought money into Germany that would ofhelp to fund its build up to war.
As stated before to forget is to repeat. Let's just admire the photos that these great lenses produce.
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Uncoated Czj sonnar 1.5

This one was shot wide open (1.5):

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This one at 4 (i believe)

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Uncoated 5mm Sonnar f2 made around 1936
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CZJ Sonnar 50 f/1.5 before internal lens surface cleaning. Little bit too much glow to my taste.

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Thanks Mr Flibble, I'm always surprised how well this old lens renders color.
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CZJ Sonnar 50 f/1.5 after cleaning the internal lens surfaces.
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+1, it is completly disgusting.
The history is a difficult subject, it is better to keep it separate from photography. Nothing is black and white. Some of us have lost relatives in Nazi camps, some of us have grand parents killed by Soviet regime, yet posting old photos does not mean we support atrocities that were done by people in some of those pictures.
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yet posting old photos does not mean we support atrocities that were done by people in some of those pictures.
They aren't old photos. All the photos on the thread are recently taken using these old lenses.

I hope to have more good enough to share soon. Hopefully none contentious ones.
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These are part of a set that I have been working on this year taken in an old tractor yard on the edge of Melbourne - the most amazing place!

All with a 1936 uncoated Sonnar f1.5...


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Wow these are beautiful images
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Shot taken in Gunnesbury Park Ealing London in 1971/2 with my Contax 111 and F2.0 Sonnar.

The camera's shutter failed in '73 and I did not have it repaired, I think it went for parts and all that was left was the Sonnar that I eventually sold through eBay in recent years. As you see it is a fine performer. Scan of fibre based silver print made around the same time.

I now have 2 post war Contaxes.
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Very nice photo, with something in it reminding the park photos scenes of "Blow Up".
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Turkey Run, Indiana. Shot with a Zeiss Jena Sonnar 50mm f2 on a Kiev 4.
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Now I do like that Mothertrucker.
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Yes beautiful shot Mothertrucker
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