Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm 1:3.5 DDR Sonnar – review

Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnar 3.5/135 lens review, aka Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm 1:3.5 DDR Sonnar

Mount – M42

This lens is out of the zone of my interests, I don’t know much about it, nevertheless, it was interesting to test it and find out what it was capable of. It turned out that everything is very good. Unlike the “second” Zeiss (Western, or FRG), lenses from which are so overpriced that after tests they can even be disappointing, this lens turned out to be much better than I imagined at the beginning.


Carl Zeiss 85mm 1:2.8 vs Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 – comparison

85mm lenses comparison – Carl Zeiss 85mm 1:2.8 Sonnar T* Contax/Yashica vs Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0

The IQ of both lenses are well known among photographers, but there is not a good head-to-head comparison in the network (or I can’t find it). This gap should be covered.


Carl Zeiss 45mm 1:2.8 C/Y vs Minolta Rokkor MD 45mm 1:2.0 – comparison

45mm lenses comparison – Carl Zeiss 45mm 1:2.8 C/Y vs Minolta Rokkor MD 45mm 1:2.0

At the first glance, both lenses are enough similar but it is not true. There is nothing similar except focal distance and country of origin (Japan), lenses have different mounts, optical designs, sizes, years of production.


Carl Zeiss CY vs Minolta MD – 28mm lenses – comparison

  • Carl Zeiss Distagon 28mm 1:2.8 CY (AE)
  • Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0 (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 7el7gr (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5 (MD III)

This article was made specifically for this Carl Zeiss because Minolta 28mm lenses have already been enough studied and the site contains a lot of materials about them.

Carl Zeiss Distagon 28mm 1:2.8 (AE) for the test was provided by Egor Nikolaev (Егор Николаев) – many thanks.


Sony 35mm 1:2.8 FE – samples

Sony 35mm 1:2.8 FE – demo photography

Full lens name: Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA

Any author of reviews needs to support the idea that not only bricks-walls are photographed by him, but he is able to make a few not bad photos at least. Here the article about it.

All photos are taken: Greece – Crete – Hanya, Sony 35mm 1:2.8 FE, Sony A7II (EXIF presented), Capture One, 2x resized