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Archive 2012 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon
  
 
jopeme
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p.1 #1 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I'm so impressed by this little unobtrusive lens that I just wanted to share my impressions.

At close distances, this lens is just great. It's sharp and colours are great. Its nearly macro capabilities are really a plus.

Flektogon at f/5.6 focused at MFD (= 19 cm)

IMG_1387 por jopeme, en Flickr

Here you are the CR2 file at your option
http://www.box.com/s/ccf628d7e36cd9c1c788

Exif data has been modified in order to record the right exposure data

Same scenario, this time with a Zeiss 1.4/35mm ZE @ f/2.8 and focused at MFD (=30cm)

IMG_1395 por jopeme, en Flickr


What can I say? One more from the Flek

IMG_1411 por jopeme, en Flickr

However, at mid and far distances the Flek doesn't perform that good. Here, the ZE shines. As for corner sharpness, again, the ZE is far ahead even wide open at 1.4

Still, I'm trying to understand this behaviour of the Flek. I fail to understand this performance difference depending on focusing distance.





Jun 30, 2012 at 04:30 PM
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p.1 #2 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I have found this lens to be great on both ends - near and far. Dave














Jun 30, 2012 at 05:59 PM
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p.1 #3 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


Very charismatic lens, this Flek.


Jul 05, 2012 at 09:59 PM
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p.1 #4 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


One of my favorites.

On m4/3...






Pano on a NEX....






On FF...













Jul 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
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p.1 #5 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


jopeme wrote:
However, at mid and far distances the Flek doesn't perform that good. Here, the ZE shines. As for corner sharpness, again, the ZE is far ahead even wide open at 1.4

Still, I'm trying to understand this behaviour of the Flek. I fail to understand this performance difference depending on focusing distance.


I've read something on the mflenses forum about a mechanical weakness (IIRC some ring around a lens element that can be too tight or too loose) in this lens that can reduce the performance. Reportedly it should be quite easy to fix. It might be worth having your lens adjusted by a repairman (unless you want to try it yourself).



Jul 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
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p.1 #6 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


AhamB wrote:
I've read something on the mflenses forum about a mechanical weakness (IIRC some ring around a lens element that can be too tight or too loose) in this lens that can reduce the performance. Reportedly it should be quite easy to fix. It might be worth having your lens adjusted by a repairman (unless you want to try it yourself).


I've found my Flek to be decent at infinity on the NEX, but not so much on FF.

Here's one from the Flek on a 5d2 taken today, gotta love the MFD in a wide angle lens for interesting perspectives....







Jul 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #7 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


This lens is one of my favorites. I think it deserves a thread of its own, or maybe with other CZJ lenses, although this one is really special.

Excellent images so far to start it off so I'll add a few pics, too, to try to keep it going:




















Jul 15, 2012 at 01:15 AM
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Jul 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #9 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I've just acquired a nice copy of this lens and I'm very impressed. The guy I bought from was using it for close up work at weddings, rings, flowers etc and CU ability is very impressive. I need to give this a full work out but as of now, this is a very pleasant little lens to work with!







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p.1 #10 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


This lens is great where it's great, but I do question whether it's as good at distance, and I've seen that many have issues in one or both upper corners. The corner problem doesn't seem to exist at short distance or when stopped down, and it is also likely to be a quality control issue versus lens design. I have had mixed feelings about mine, mostly because I had a very low percentage of perfect focus shots. That isn't the same issue now as it was before because I now have a NEX with the focus zoom. Here are some of mine, but taken with my Sony A200...










Dec 03, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #11 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I just bought a flektogon 35mm 2.4 that looks brand new, it has MC and its serie number is 2039, I'll buy an adapter to test it but in the meantime I'd like to hear any opinion on this lens. Does its serie number 2039 means something good or bad?
When I move it I can hear something moving inside, is it normal?



Dec 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #12 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


It could be the aperture pin if it isn't in locked position.


Dec 03, 2012 at 09:55 PM
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p.1 #13 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I read somewhere that 4- or 5-digit serial numbers mean that they are more recent and are well sought after good copies.


Dec 05, 2012 at 03:18 AM
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p.1 #14 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I tried an adapter without AF the other day and I wasn`t able to mount it on my 5DII. Are there special adapters for full frame cameras?


Dec 06, 2012 at 05:43 PM
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p.1 #15 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


Panchoskywalke wrote:
I tried an adapter without AF the other day and I wasn`t able to mount it on my 5DII. Are there special adapters for full frame cameras?


There are no special adapters for FF cameras. There are lenses that need a modification before they can be mounted on a FF camera though, but I don't know whether that's the case with the Flektogon 35/2.4.



Dec 06, 2012 at 08:59 PM
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p.1 #16 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


I have used this lens lots on my 5DII. I use a Fotodiox Pro adapter (v.2, with the flange)!


Dec 07, 2012 at 12:24 AM
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p.1 #17 · Zeiss 2.4/35mm Flektogon


Up on this page michael49 and dbehrens also posted pictures taken with the lens on a 5Dmk2, so there must be something wrong with Panchoskywalke's adapter or something special with his copy of the lens.


Dec 07, 2012 at 04:31 AM





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