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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Hi Janet,

Have a look at item 110514006805 on eBay. It's 10.99 from China and is post free. You'll find quite a few adapters if you search for M42 to Olympus 4/3rds adapter. Just remember that it may take a few weeks to reach you.

Mind you don't order one that is designed for the micro 4/3rds. I have been trying out an adapter for my Rokkor lenses and have been achieving some success I have posted a picture today under the thread "Resurrected Rokkor". This adapter came from China and when you bear in mind that that's where many Olys are made................!!

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Hi Janet, it's me again.

I've just had a look at your link and it doesn't look as if the Sonnar lens is an M42 screw thread. I have a Contax with a Sonnar 50mm F2 lens and it has a bayonet fitting, so be careful.

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Thanks for that Bob.

The lens is most definitely M42 screw fit...it is not a bayonet fitting.

It was discovered with a Zenit camera and a couple of other M42 lenses.

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Resurrecting an old thread again!

It really is time I got my act together and DID something with this lens instead of it sitting gathering dust at my friend's house.

With this in mind, I've had a look on Fleabay and found this...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AF-Confirm-m42...item1c1109d50b

Bearing in mind that I'm a total technical dummy, am I right in thinking that I would still have auto-focus on my e520 if I used it with the Zeiss lens? I know it says it does, but I've been told previously that whichever adapter I buy, I'll only ever be able to use manual focus...

I'd really appreciate the thoughts of anyone who's used one of these adapters - I've been into my local camera shop and their price for something similar is over 100....they're joking, right?

Whatever, I really must do something with this lens before Christmas as otherwise it's going on Fleabay and I don't want him to sell it for less than it's worth.

I did register earlier this year at the manual focus forum as Pete suggested, and got some excellent advice, but then they deleted my account after my forum post asking for information and advice on the lens, assuming that I was simply joining to sell, despite my telling them that it wasn't mine to dispose of. I explained the circumstances, but they weren't interested...not the most welcoming of forums, unlike this one!

I'd appreciate any advice and if anyone can provide a link to an adapter that they've found safe and reliable to allow me to use M42 mount lenses on my e520 at a reasonable cost then I'll order it today.

After purchasing a set of reversing rings last year and getting them stuck on my 35mm macro lens when a screw fell out, I'm very wary of anything which may damage my beloved Oly!

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

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Bearing in mind that I'm a total technical dummy, am I right in thinking that I would still have auto-focus on my e520 if I used it with the Zeiss lens? I know it says it does, but I've been told previously that whichever adapter I buy, I'll only ever be able to use manual focus...

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Well you wont have autofocus because there is nothing to drive the lens element in/out, so you will still have to focus manually. What you will have is focus confirm in the viewfinder and the bleep (if you haven't disabled it), once you've got the subject in focus by twiddling the ring on the lens.

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

The M42 adapters are very simple so are unlikely to do any damage. I wouldn't bother with the chipped version for af confirm, just use your eyes. Good quality adapters can be found from srb griturn for about 25 or the cheap 5 -10 type will do from ebay.
If you need any advice or help in selling for the best price let me know.
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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Thanks for the replies...sorry I'm late in responding, but I've been out with Nelson Brass Band again for the switch on of the Christmas lights....man, I'm SOOOoooooo cold!

Nick, you've cleared up the AF thing for me....thanks! I don't think I'll bother with that version - as Xpres says, I can just use my eyes...I'm just not used to manual focus, so I guess that's something I could do with learning about. I've just ordered one from SRB-Griturn as recommended. I'd rather buy from a UK based company where I can. Hopefully it will be here before next weekend when I visit my friends again.

Xpres, if you can point me in the right direction of where they can go to try and get a valuation for the lens, I'd appreciate it, and will pass them the details.

I'm looking forward to playing around with it - hopefully it will produce images as good as I've been lead to expect, in which case, once it's been valued, I may well be making them an offer myself!

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

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Xpres, if you can point me in the right direction of where they can go to try and get a valuation for the lens, I'd appreciate it, and will pass them the details.

I'm looking forward to playing around with it - hopefully it will produce images as good as I've been lead to expect, in which case, once it's been valued, I may well be making them an offer myself!

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I reckon that a search on eBay for similar lenses would give you an idea what they are worth. In other words, an article is only worth what the market will pay for it. That doesn't take into account any sentimental, etc., value you attach to it. If you ask a dealer to value a lens, he will probably give you a figure that he would pay if he bought it from you (and also say that there's no market for that type of lens).
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As Bob says, a dealer will only tell you what he thinks he'd pay, you'd get a lot more at auction, but Simon Chesterman of collectable cameras would be a good place to start if you wanted to go that way.
I've just found your thread on TP - looks like you're going to have some fun... Good luck and post some of the results here too.
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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

I got a great deal of help on TP, but I tend not to go there much now...too big and busy for me and too much bitching!

I've found the details for Collectable Cameras, so I'll pass the details on, thanks! If this lens peforms as well as I've been lead to believe it should, then I'm secretly hoping that it turns out to be worth bobbins so I can keep it myself!

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Xpres,

Thanks very much for the tip about SRB-Griturn. I ordered late on Saturday night and it arrived this morning. Excellent service!

I'm looking forward to playing around with the lens at the weekend - that's if the weather clears up enough for me to go over to my friends!

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You're welcome, have fun!
I've just thought of another dealer they could talk to - Peter Loy. He seems to specialise in the older rarer stuff.
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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Well, I had an interesting weekend trying out the Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar. I'm not used to manual focus, so it was a bit of a learning curve, but I was quite impressed with the results.

Just a few random test shots - all straight from the camera with no tweaks.









This one is rather poignant - the grave of the guy who owned the lens...







The rest of the test shots are here...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/janetst...th/5234932572/

I'd really appreciate if some of you knowledgeable guys could take a quick look and tell me what you think? I don't expect any detailed C&C, as these were just quick test shots to try and see how good (or bad!) the lens performs after all this time. I thought it was pretty damned good for a 61 year old lens!

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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

I'm far from being a knowledgeable guy but these shots look good to me. In fact, your experimenting with a old Zeiss lens has made me wonder whether I can get an adapter for my 50mm F2 Sonnar. It has a bayonet fitting to fit a Contax camera and I doubt whether an adapter is available for this.
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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena lenses

Looks like you can get Contax adapters for both big and micro 4/3rds from our friends at SRB-Griturn - see http://www.srb-griturn.com/camera-bo...body-324-c.asp

They make their own at around GBP40 for micro or GBP25 for big 4/3, and import Novoflex ones for a hundred or so. I've dealt with them a couple of times and found them excellent, and would have no hesitation in using their own adapters. I've just got a few bits and bobs from them for joining cameras to telescopes and everything seems fine.

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