Review Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50

Lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 дfor review provided Chmuzh Leo.

Review Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50

Review Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50

There are a huge number of modifications of Tessar 2.8 / 50 lenses. Therefore, I did not review this model in detail. A distinctive feature of the Tessar 2,8 / 50 from this article is 12 petal diaphragm and white metal case. Similar lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 2,8 f = 50mm T has 14 aperture blades Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Tessar 2.8 / 50 (zebra) has a completely different frame rim. Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar DDR 2.8 / 50 also has a different frame rim.

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 side view

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 side view

The minimum focusing distance for my specimen is 60 cm. The focus ring rotates 270 degrees. The lens has only one smooth aperture ring. You can set any number F from F / 2.8 to F / 16. Aperture scale is located in front of the lens, to see what number F is set, you need to turn the lens with the front lens towards yourself, and this is not always convenient.

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50

Enlightenment Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 and aperture view

How to use old lenses with a landing M42 thread on modern Nikon cameras read here, and on Canon here.

Back of the lens

Back of the lens

Like other Tessars, this lens has good sharpness and contrast. The lens is well assembled (made in Germany), very small and compact. Nowadays aperture F / 2.8 is not that big for a fifty dollars, for the price you ask for a similar Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 you can find other old lenses with manual focus and aperture F / 2.0.

View of the Central Hall

View of the Central Hall

Sample Photos

Radozhiv has the following reviews of 'Tessar' lenses:

  1. CZJena Tessar 2,8 / 50 [M42, 8 petals, silver, GERMANY, Nr.4793092]
  2. Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 [M42, 12 petals, silver, 5124425]
  3. Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Tessar 2,8 / 50 [M42, 5 petals, zebra, MDF 35 cm, 9182179]
  4. Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Tessar 2.8 / 50 [M42, 5 petals, black, MDF 35 cm]
  5. Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 2.8 f = 50mm T [M42, 14 petals, silver, Nr.3376939]
  6. Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T [M42, 10 petals, silver, Nr. 3315266]
  7. Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4 / 24-70 ZA OSS T* (Sony SEL2470Z FE 4 / 24-70 Optical Steady Shot) [modern zoom]

Catalog of modern Carl Zeiss lenses can look at this link.

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Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 is another version of the Tessar. Not a bad tiny fifty dollars.

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Comments: 23, on the topic: Review of Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50

  • anonym

    Many animals pleased)) Thank you!

  • Ivan

    Arkady, as always, only happy! Which is fully consistent with Radozhiva!

  • Basil

    Very beautiful bokeh! And the colors are juicy.

  • Gray

    Do I understand correctly that Carl Zeiss are “elite” lenses?))) How is Bentley in the automotive industry?

    • Vasil

      So to his own kind Carl Zeiss is the whole Bentley in the light of photography (: Ale, everything is real (:

  • Gray

    Hello, for starters. I forgot)))))

  • Andrei

    Arkady, thanks for the review. There is a small inaccuracy in the phrase "How to use old lenses with M42 mountings on modern Nikon cameras read here, and on Canon here." the link to the canon opens a completely different article.

  • Roman

    Arkady, you are a true collector: almost all of the Tessars (or Tizars) were collected on your site! It is interesting to look at real rarities. Good luck.

  • Boris

    What is this 1Q badge? Is it a type of enlightenment or what? He meets with enlightenment T.

    • AlekK

      Zeiss's 1Q marking meant top quality. In the beginning, this was true, by the end of the fifties this sign was sculpted by np all in a row, but this is already in black design.

      • Photo

        Yeah, given that some word in this letter is translated from German as a fool, stupidity. And they called it after the release of optics with 0.33 aperture ratio. Nichtra never tried to undertake more stupid developments. Since then, all optics with the letter Q in the name are considered a stupid development. It's a joke, of course, but historically there is such a fact ...

  • Natalia

    Hello. Please help me figure it out. Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 Exa fell into the hands. I read all day and still did not understand which adapter I needed (D90, there is an adapter m42-nikon).

    • AlekK

      From Exakta to Nikon only saw the shank, there are no adapters.

  • Andy

    Enough Tessars have passed through my hands, and the most interesting ones in terms of drawing are just those in the white case.

    • Wlad

      Good afternoon or evening. Andri, you write that there are a lot of Tessars through your hands. Maybe you can advise me where you can find literature how to disassemble and lubricate Karl Zeis Jena Tessar 2,8 / 50 can tell me how to do it better. The lens is in good condition but for a long time the grease lay Thickened Very hard to focus. Thank you very much I will wait for an answer.

    • AlekK

      I would add, not just white, but in a chrome-plated brass case with fourteen petals in the diaphragm.

  • Alexander

    I just bought this particular lens. The white metal and the soft stroke of the diaphragm are admirable ...)

  • Koba

    By the way, Ken Wheeler shows in his video how he puts this particular lens in terms of thinness and everyday use for his tasks above all others from his collection, which has more than 200 lenses of all stripes, and in which he collected almost all fifty dollars in the world . In another video, he also puts Yashica ML 50/2 and Nikon 50 2 AI (or non-ai) in the lead. That's all.

    • Rodion

      With the same success, Industar-26 can be put in a leading position.

      • mAlex

        Considering that according to the scheme it is just Tessar 2,8 / 50 and its diaphragm is perfectly round - you can.

        • Rodion

          I had an industars and a tessar zebra, which optically does not differ much from the post-war 1950s. I didn't like the German - he, like Industar-61, is rather tough. Industar-26m, kmk, the drawing is softer and more pleasant to the eye. Because of all the Tessars, I like the I-26m.

  • Mayan

    I was given the ruins of a Carl Zeiss Jena 21cm / 6,8 Doppel Amatar No. 143201. The patient is more likely dead than alive, because some bad person tore out the diaphragm from him. Interestingly, it can be replaced with another one, not necessarily from the same lens? (I'm afraid it will be difficult to find the same and it will be greedy))

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