Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 55mm f/1.4-16.0

Lens categoryNormal
Vendor nameCarl Zeiss Jena
Type namePancolar
Product year1968
Focal min (mm)55
Focal max (mm)55
Focus min (cm)39
Aperture max1.4
Aperture min16
Element(s)7
Diaphragm blades6
Filter size (mm)58
Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 55mm f/1.4-16.0

The CZJ Pancolar 55/1.4 can almost termed a hybrid design as the optical layout comprise of a very thick negative pair doublet which is almost Sonnar fashion and the rear negative quite faithful to the original planar design. The Pancolar 55/1,4 was made for the Pentacon Super camera, made by Pentacon Dresden. Together with this camera, it allowed a TTL light metering with open diaphragm. The selected diaphragm setting was transfered mechanically to the camera by a second pin. When using this lens on another M42 camera, the lens has to be switched to a setting, where this pin is retracted (see the added pics). The Pancolar has a very yellowish coating, which may cause some problems when using slide film. For the use on DSLR cameras, a manual white balance should be used.

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  • shashidhar talla  17:53 Jul 15, 2006 

    i am so glad to see a lens of zeiss jena i will be highly thankful if i would be guided by u to get one lens of cz jena 35 2.4 . i am a great faan of zeiss ,i dont get any lens of zeiss ,so i my self converted 8″x10″ cameras lenses of 180mm ,250mm,300mm of f 4.5 to my praktica LTL thankingyou sir shashidhar
    once again i am so happy to see this photo gem

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