Carl Zeiss 135mm f3.5 Jena

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Thi Tran, May 12, 2004.

  1. Thi Tran

    Thi Tran Guest

    I noticed that some Carl Zeiss 135mm f3.5 lens have the word "Sonnar" on
    it and some don't. Does anyone know the different between them and
    which version should I get? Thanks.

    Thi Tran, May 12, 2004
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  2. The ones without "Sonnar" are so for trademark reasons (Zeiss in the
    West won the rights to various names, including "Sonnar").

    You can find such lenses branded "S", or "C.Z." or just "Aus Jena"
    (because they couldn't use Zeiss).

    Sometime removing the front lens ring with an "S" on it, you will find a
    second one underneath with "Sonnar" on it.

    There should be no difference, but the non-"Sonnar" ones are likely to
    be export versions and might have undergone stricter Q.C.

    What to look for is a small 1 inside a circle; those are the better ones.

    Chris Loffredo, May 12, 2004
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  3. Thi Tran

    Thi Tran Guest


    Thanks for the details explanation & advise. I've seen some fantastic
    pictures produced by the lens.

    Thi Tran, May 12, 2004
  4. Thi Tran

    lalil Guest

    Those were exports to_Western_countries. Jena had the right to use
    various Zeiss trade names in Eastern-bloc countries.
    lalil, May 15, 2004
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