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| p.1 #11 · Help with Zeiss ZM 35mm f2 needed |
Mike Tuomey wrote:
Edgars, I believe the ZM line and the 35/2 specifically are well worth it.
Re maintenance, in my case I adopted the ZM lenses early, right from their inception, and have owned most of them: 18/4, 21/2.8, 25/2.8, 28/2.8, 35/2, 35/2.8, 50/2, 50/1.5. The ones I've kept and used most frequently and over a longer time - 35/2, 50/2, 50/1.5 - eventually needed repairs, all outside warranty. The c-sonnar needed a rebuild (worn gears) while the 35/2 biogon and 50 planar needed CLAs, mostly for relubing. So, I think it's not a bad idea to plan and budget for service and at least consider a preventive trip to Zeiss for a relubing which will discourage premature wear.
Considering that many of my Zeiss lenses are 30--50 years old the need for CLA for the modern ones rises questions of quality. I suppose you do use them a lot? My contax 50/1.7 (maybe both of them) became slightly too loose after frequent use, but none of the others. Recently bought a contarex 35/4 that has so smooth and well adjusted focusing that I fell in love with it . I know that even contarex lenses need re-lubing eventually, but then they are 40-50 years old.
It could be to do with the modern approach to manufacturing that affects even Zeiss (in this case a bit more relaxed quality control I guess).