View Full Version : Legacy Lenses Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8

03-16-2009, 01:14 PM
Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8
serial 4224330
f range 2.8 - 22
focal range 1' - 50' - infinity
14? blades
Exakta mount
??mm filter

This lens is tiny in size for a 50mm despite f2.8 and 50mm. The f stop runs from f2.8 to f20 with no stops. It is well built and performs very well, very smooth but way too firm (will have to disassemble and clean/grease one day). I the fit and finish is like what you would expect machined forged aluminum, steel and glass. It shows no softness wide open. It is very very sharp stopped down. The colors is natural and bright the contrast is natural. There seems to have more detail or colors than other lenses. The bokeh is very good, better than most at f2.8 and very nice, it is soft and creamy. CA is very well controlled, I did not see any. There is about 340 degree's of rotation on focus ring. This lens is very small and I thought that there my be some vignetting but there has not even been a hint of it in any of my photo's.

03-16-2009, 01:18 PM
here are the samples

03-16-2009, 03:38 PM
very nice lens for portrets with funny bokeh: