Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.4-22.0

Lens categoryWide
Vendor nameCarl Zeiss Jena
Type nameFlektogon
Focal min (mm)35
Focal max (mm)35
Focus min (cm)19
Aperture max2.4
Aperture min22
Diaphragm blades6
Filter size (mm)49
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f/2.4-22.0

This lens comes in 2 configurations – the earlier ‘auto’ shown below, and the later ‘electric’ Flektogon.The auto version also comes in a version that features the same printing around the inside of the filter ring (minus the ‘electric’). Both feature MC (Multi Coating) on the lens. Both are known to be very sharp with excellent bokeh. Well controlled distortion and CA. Same filter sizes for both. This lens will focus 4 inches away from a subject, at what is comparable to a macro ratio of 1:2, while infinity focus is only 2-3 metres away. Highly regarded.

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  • Adam Stone, Hungary  14:34 Sep 30, 2006 

    I own a Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f2.4 lens and all I can say about it is:
    A truly amazing glass. It has beautiful colors and it’s razor sharp even wide open! Stopped down below f5.6 it’s unbeatable. A gem of the past. I use it on a Canon EOS 350D with an M42 screw mount adapter. Note the less than 20cm closest focusing distance. It can be effectively used for macro photography.
    Street price in Hungary around 6,000 – 10,000 HUF (approx. 30-45$).

  • Clive Watkins, Scotland  23:37 May 16, 2007 

    I have to agree with Adam, this is a truely great lens. The build quality is exceptional especially compared with modern auto-focus lenses. The close focusing is a real boon and the bokeh has to be seen to be believed. I use mine on a Canon 30D and I am very happy with the results.

  • Arjen Ouwerkerk, The Hague  11:40 Jul 11, 2007 

    It is indeed a perfect lens, most off the time its on the sd10, for me the best travel lens

  • juan rino, argentina  00:00 May 08, 2008 

    It’s a great lens. From 4 to 11 is superb – contrast and sharp- great bokeh. I can’t put it off my camera. It do anything. In my country – Argentina, is very rare and, for this, high value.

  • Mark Pickett  10:50 Mar 10, 2011 

    I don’t have a macro lens…but that doesn’t stop me from attempting shots like this one. I believe I was stopped down to f/8 to get the DOF. 1/800 sec, apparently ISO 400 (ouch).

    This lens is truly fantastic, unbelievable, amazing. A tack-sharp, fast wide-angle that goes down to 1:2 macro…you just can’t beat it. This was one flower I saw growing in a ditch. With some tricky stepping I was able to get close enough to it for a snapshot – but didn’t think that it turned out well. I was lost in the woods at this point for about 2 hours, so no need to take 20 pictures.
    This lens also boasts wonderful contrast that can be so difficult to achieve among many M42 primes.

    Purple flower

  • Jon Scanlon  10:51 Mar 10, 2011 

    Shot with a Canon D60. 1/500 sec, f 2.4, ISO 100, Manual focus, Auto White Balance, Normal in-camera Sharpening, no cropping, a little sharpening in Photoshop post-prod.

    Horses Battle

  • Jon Scanlon  10:51 Mar 10, 2011 

    Shot with a Canon D60. 1/500 sec, f 2.4, ISO 100, Manual focus, Auto White Balance, Normal in-camera Sharpening, 50% crop of original. Great colours and shaprness, but VERY prone to flare and needs a hood.

    Coonawarra Vines in Autumn

  • Emmanuel Corr?ia  10:52 Mar 10, 2011 

    Mounted on a 10D .
    What i like in that lens is that it can do macro.
    Here I just change the tones in PS.

    Ce que j’aime c’est que cet objectif peut faire de la macro.

    Pierre et coquillage

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