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For the love of Zeiss

Carl Zeiss, the giant among the optical innovations. Its designs, such as Sonnar, Planar, Tessar have been copied by other lens makers over the world. Many of today's lenses are still based on some of form of Zeiss' designs.

For people who love Zeiss, this can be both a curse and a blessing. A curse is because some of the Zeiss lenses are extremely hard to find; for someone who has collected many Zeiss lenses, not being able to get the next dream lens could cause sleepless nights. It's also a blessing because Zeiss lenses can also be cheap and easy to come by. These would the the common, but nevertheless with excellent performance for the prices that the can be obtained.

No other lens makers have their design licensed to so many other camera/lens makers. You can find Zeiss lenses in a number of mounts, from rangefinder to large formats. Names like Contax, Rollei, Hasselblad, and even a few of the Leica lenses were design/made by Zeiss.
Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 200mm F2.8
gallery: Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 200mm F2.8
Carl Zeiss 35-70mm F3.4
gallery: Carl Zeiss 35-70mm F3.4
Distagon 35mm f2.8 -- Contax Mount
gallery: Distagon 35mm f2.8 -- Contax Mount
Flektogon 35mm f2.4 -- M42 Mount
gallery: Flektogon 35mm f2.4 -- M42 Mount
Flektogon 35mm f2.8
gallery: Flektogon 35mm f2.8
Contax S-Planar Makro 60mm f2.8
gallery: Contax S-Planar Makro 60mm f2.8
Distagon 28mm f2.8 Contax Mount
gallery: Distagon 28mm f2.8 Contax Mount
Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Pancolar 80mm F1.8
gallery: Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Pancolar 80mm F1.8
Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f3.5
gallery: Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm f3.5
Carl Zeiss Contax 50mm f1.4
gallery: Carl Zeiss Contax 50mm f1.4
Carl Zeiss Contax 25mm f2.8
gallery: Carl Zeiss Contax 25mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss Contax 135mm f2.8
gallery: Carl Zeiss Contax 135mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 180mm f2.8 for Pentacon Six
gallery: Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 180mm f2.8 for Pentacon Six
Contax Carl Zeiss 85mm f2.8
gallery: Contax Carl Zeiss 85mm f2.8
Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (Rollei Mount)
gallery: Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (Rollei Mount)
Contax Vario-Sonnar 28-85mm f3.5-4.0
gallery: Contax Vario-Sonnar 28-85mm f3.5-4.0
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 5.8cm f2
gallery: Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 5.8cm f2
Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f2.8 QBM-Mount
gallery: Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f2.8 QBM-Mount