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  • Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm (Red MC)

    Cosmos

    I spotted the recommendation * for this version of this lens and bought a copy. "Red MC" means that the multicoating is indicated by "MC" in red letters on the front of the lens barrel. My version has an M42 mount, so I can use it on any camera via an adapter.

    At first I thought I had bought a dud. However, I had not fully compensated for the frequent air movement. This is the only shot from two sessions which dispelled my doubts. This is at closest focus, uncropped at f8. On m4/3 the FOV is ca 95mm wide at this setting.

    * http://extreme-macro.co.uk/

    Harold

    The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm (Red MC)

    This lens appears to be available very affordably on EBay. Is it good? I guess manual focus and aperture? Also there appears to be a 135 f/2.8. Is this also macro capable?

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      Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm (Red MC)

      Originally posted by RobEW View Post
      This lens appears to be available very affordably on EBay. Is it good? I guess manual focus and aperture? Also there appears to be a 135 f/2.8. Is this also macro capable?
      The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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        Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm (Red MC)

        Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm (Red MC) on A7R

        Having tried the lens on my EM-1, I thought I would give it a go on my full frame A7R. I took some shots at f8 and f16. Once more, the gusty conditions were unhelpful and I had to hold the flower stem with one hand and operate the camera with the other. Thankfully, the famous shutter vibration did not add to the difficullties.

        The flower in this series of tests is a tool and better images are possible in less-windy conditions. This is about the potential of the lens, which could also be refined.

        A tiny crab spider made an appearance in one set but my handling of the flower drove it away.

        This time, I used a Marumi Achromat +3 supplementary lens on the front, thus making closer focus possible. Again, there were at the closed focus distance. The f16 is to give DOF comparable with f8 on m4/3.

        The images are uncropped.

        Harold

        f8



        f16

        The body is willing but the mind is weak.

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