Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/2 Sonnar T (1941 coated)

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Mount Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by asiafish, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    So I bought this lens from Brian about a-year-ago and haven't used it much. Not sure why, perhaps because of the all of the marks on the rear element (he sold it as something to the effect of "not pretty", though in reality it doesn't look too bad. My guess is that the marks won't do anything other than slightly reduce contrast at wide apertures, and I really don't bother with Sonnars stopped down as I prefer the Summicron from f/5.6 and smaller.

    I usually shoot with my modern Summicron (if 1979 design can be called modern) or my more exotic f/1.5 Sonnars, but today for whatever reason I mounted the f/2 to my Monochrom and left for work about an hour early and took a bit of a detour.

    In all, I think I underestimated this little lens. Images look quite sharp to me, with very pleasing rendering and bokeh that are distinct and different from anything else in my arsenal. I think this one will be seeing more use from now on.

    All images captured with the Leica M Monochrom at ISO 320. Most shot wide-open at f/2, with orange filter and mild post processing in LR5 (mostly pulls on the black slider and boosts to clarity.

    16488602917_a6ecf22e27_b. L1000142.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16509754829_9d28051a06_b. L1000144.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16694853732_1043c09e4e_b. L1000145.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16075943713_26aa0b7c4c_b. L1000146.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16695893115_8d6258f322_b. L1000149.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16669964076_7c6d381e32_b. L1000152.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16073598554_d92f8ed059_b. L1000163.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16508516170_068d8971b9_b. L1000164.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16694598681_28c66034e1_b. L1000165.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr

    16669966366_2c474a1fa4_b. L1000154.jpg by Lawman1967, on Flickr
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    I also tend to ignore the 5cm F2 "Little Brother" of the F1.5 Sonnar.

    Then I got the M Monochrom.

    Wide-Open, ISO320, Orange filter.


    this one is from 1934.
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  3. asiafish

    asiafish Leica Place All-Pro

    Aug 9, 2013
    Bakersfield, CA
    I would say yours looks better than mine, but most likely due to prettier subject matter more than anything technical.
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