Review Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

According provided by lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T with serial number 3315266 many thanks to Denis' 10111 ′ Tkachenko.

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

The Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T is a rather rare and very interesting lens. It is the widest lens for full frame SLR cameras with non retrofocus optical design. Due to the fact that the designers tried to position the rear element as close as possible to the focal plane, this lens can catch a mirror on some cameras. In addition, this lens does not fully screw into my M42-Sony E adapter, due to the bulge on the back.

Dimensions Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Dimensions Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

I got a review of the version of the lens with a M42 mounting thread, but there are also bayonet versions of the lens with Exakta mount. There are also several versions of the lens with different spellings of the name and different minimum aperture numbers and aperture preset ring.

On Canon SLR cameras, you can use Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T using the usual M42-Canon EOS adapter, while maintaining the ability to focus on infinity. On Nikon cameras, you can use a lens with the usual adapter M42-Nikon F (KP42 / N), of course, with the loss of focusing ability to infinity. How to use Soviet old lenses on modern Nikon cameras read here, and on Canon here. For other systems, choosing an adapter is also not difficult.

Rear lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Rear lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

By itself, the Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T is a very small lens with tiny lenses. The diameter of the front filter is only 30.5 mm. The objective lenses are cast with a lilac color ('T'enlightenment from Carl Zeiss).

The focus ring rotates 270 degrees. The minimum focusing distance is 60 cm. During focusing, the front lens does not rotate and the trunk of the lens lengthens. Focusing is performed by moving the entire lens block.

The diaphragm ring rotates smoothly, without fixed values. On the ring there are marks for F / 4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22. Also there is a depth of field scale for the same values ​​of F. The highlight of the lens can be considered a diaphragm with ten petals. On closed diaphragms, smooth circles are obtained in the blur zone (F / 8 example).

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T when focusing on MDF

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T when focusing on MDF

And some more photos of the lens itself:

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

 

Aperture blades Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Aperture blades Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

 

Enlightenment of the lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Enlightenment of the lens Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

 

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

The optical design, like most Tessars, consists of only 4 lenses in 3 groups. Tessars are usually very sharp lenses, the Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T is no exception to this review. It's just a shame that the maximum aperture ratio is 1: 4.5, which is only 1.55 times more than the 1: 5.6, typical of many modern 'dark' zoom lenses. The bokeh of the Tessars, and even at 40 mm focal length, is not a very pleasant thing.

Source files can download from this link (12 photos in '.ARW' format, 280 MB). In the gallery, all photos without processing, the usual reduced on-camera JPEG. This is a 666 gallery on the site, because it is so sad :). In fact, there are not many photographs, because the focus ring on the lens from this review rotates very tight, and there is no infinity on the Sony a7 (the lens is not completely screwed into the M42-Sony E adapter). And on Canon cameras without the picking function, I’m too lazy to shoot :).

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T on Sony a7 camera

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T on Sony a7 camera (Sony ILCE-7)

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.


In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


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Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T - 'Lens' still from the days when they didn't know how to make retrofocus lenses. The lens is small, well made, but with a mediocre maximum for a prime lens. aperture.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 17, on the topic: Overview of Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 1: 4,5 f = 4cm T

  • Yarkiy

    Thanks, as always, after the Zeiss reviews, it is tempting to buy one for the sample.

    • anonym

      Just not this one. (

      • Ivan

        I look at examples of pictures - and I definitely don't understand what I don't like? Awesome Tessar.

        • anonym

          Today I ate French cheese, and tomorrow I betrayed the Russian world!

        • Alexander

          "Awesome" - you overdid it a little :)
          Who needs this kind of retrovism? This is a real perversion!

          • Ivan

            I wonder if I hear at least one argument?

            • Alexander

              In part, I agree with you. As for such a grandfather, very much so. But who needs this today? Unless for general development to read, no more.

              • Ivan

                I would love to shoot with such a lens. There were no arguments against him either.

    • Artem

      Where to find one for a photo review.))) The picture was taken at the time of the shot ...

  • anonym

    But where is it to buy them, such a rarity, even in museums there are none.

  • Oleg

    Good review. Although in the manner of presentation, it is felt that Arkady did not like the lens.

    • Dim

      As far as what? In a certain century, Zeiss DDR, who was not killed, came to the review, it was possible to strain a little, just a little and at least portray something, at least from a feeling of gratitude to Denis. I myself want to take something from the old Zeiss, I have to see at random, as it is.

  • Oleg R

    I also think the picture is quite decent. Good lens.

  • Vasili

    Great lens. I liked it very much (especially the photo of the sand). I would take this without thinking. The only question is why it was tested on Sonya (on Sonya, by the way, the result was very good), and not on the Canon 5D stamp?
    Because of the adapters?

  • Vasili

    Sorry, I read it inattentively :) Because there is no picking in the canon! And it would be interesting to compare the picture of Sonya and Canon on this zeiss :) But thanks anyway for a great review!

  • Ingvard

    It is you, Arkady rightly noticed - after getting acquainted with piking on mirrorless or semi-mirrorless cameras, hunting with manual glasses on ordinary DSLRs disappears completely)))).

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Actually, where is not compliance with the working interval? Even if the segment is not observed on nikon, then the photographs will be exactly the same at certain focusing distances. The photos are certainly poor, but 1) this is a review, not an art exhibition 2) they give a lens for a day or two when there is time / weather.

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