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Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 Lens

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Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 lens

Optical design

Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 optical design

Format: 35mm rangefinder

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Contax I-III (CRM), Contax I-III (CRM)

First year of production: 1936

Last year of production: 1951

Optical design: 5 elements in 3 groups

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Owners (6)

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Average price: $533

Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
180mmf/2.8f/22181.5771365/48,1138/5,4

Additional information:

The Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8 is a legendary and fast telephoto lens for a 35mm rangefinder cameras with a Contax CRM mount.

This lens was developed by Carl Zeiss for the Olympic Games of 1936 which took place in Berlin (hence the name «Olympia») as a lens for shooting sport competitions. But the real glory lens earned as a portrait lens.
 
Since 1938 it was being manufactured with a single layer coating.

In 1945, after the Second World War big amount of the Sonnar 180 lenses was transferred to the Soviet Union as reparations. In the Soviet Union on the basis of original optical design of Sonnar 180mm Jupiter 6 lens was produced.

Optical design of Carl Zeiss Sonnar 180/2.8 became the base for a large number of lens variations with different brands.

Now the original Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f / 2.8 is a very rare lens cause only about 800pcs. of this lens were ever manufactured.

The lens has a high resolution and good contrast. It produce a "live" image with 3D-effect. Also lens shows a good color reproduction and nice bokeh.

 At F2.8 lens applies a small vignetting to the picture.

Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f / 2.8 is a perfect portrait lens and good for a creative photography in various genres.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 20.12.2010



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Mechanical quality4.254
Optical quality4.504
Usability4.254
Pricing / Value4.504
Bokeh5.004
Overall lens rating
4.50

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Owner reviews: Carl Zeiss Jena Olympia Sonnar T 180 mm f/ 2.8

Сергей Бородин 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 1 year

Strengths:
  • Stunning picture on the max apertures.
  • Good resolution and contrast.
  • Beautiful color.

    Weaknesses:

    • Quite big and heavy.
    • Not very well kept backlight and side light.

      Comments:

      Carl Zeiss Olympia Sonnar 180 2.8 - one of my favorite lenses. I was fortunate to become the owner of this original lenses block Sonnar 180 (1941 release) with single-coated, brought to the USSR after the war with a threaded m42 mount (see attached photos).

      The lens produces a very beautiful picture in the open aperure. 18-blades, circular aperture makes no contribution to the final image bokeh.

      I use mainly on the Canon 5d mark 2 with the battery grip. By weight, this design is beginning to balance the weight of the lens.