Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Another Sample from the Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f2.8

Tim S. Dool
Tim S. Dool -- NEX-5N & Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm f2.8 @ f2.8

I have been using this lens quite a bit lately and really start to like it a lot, and I am wondering why modern 35mm lenses aren't designed like this one: very close focusing, sharp, and great bokeh.  Very hard to find wide angle lenses that have nice bokeh and this Flektogon is one of them.

Just out of curiosity, most container ships seem to stay at the port for a long time.  Two to three weeks is not uncommon.  This Tim S. Dool ship has been at the port for at least two weeks now. That seems very inefficient use of the ships.  Does it take that long to load/unload the goods, or there are other reason for the long stay?  Curious!


  1. How do you find the sharpness on your copy? I have this lens and it's one of my favourites, if not the favourite lens, but it's not really that sharp at f/2.8. It's OK for close-ups but with infinity or near infinity focus it needs to be stopped down a click or two. Is it just my copy or am I too demanding?

    1. Actually the Flek 35mm f2.8 is quite sharp at f2.8. Not it's not sharp like the Canon 35mm f1.4 at f2.8, but totally usable considering the age of the lens. It also depends on what kind of camera you shoot with too. I find that the same lens is sharper on the original 1Ds and 5D than say on 7D or T2i, as the Anti-Aliasing filter has an effect on the sharpness.