Sunday, April 14, 2013

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Reliable. Precision. A pleasure to use. The real work of art. Double-Gauss lens. No wonder that became the prototype for Helios.

Optics: ★★★★★
Sharp. Very good color reproduction. Extremely sharp when uses a macro.

Ergonomics: ★★★★☆
Without the blocked pin aperture hampered operation..

Build quality: ★★★★☆
Small, lightweight, rugged construction. Aluminum coating soft and easy to scratch.

Market value / value of subjective: ★★★☆☆
Less than $ 100 is a very good price.

My lens has a broken lens coating - from what I can see in the pictures it does not affect very the quality of the images. From various sources on the internet I met with the opinion of the coating from this period are very soft and prone to damage.

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Old photo of lens.

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Here are some sample pictures.

They were made with Sony Alpha 300.
Pictures were taken with aperture F/4 ISO-100.

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Pictures were taken with aperture F/2 ISO-400.


Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Pictures were taken with aperture F/4 ISO-400

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42

Image - sony alpha a37 - various settings.

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample

Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2 M42 sample