View Full Version : Carl Zeiss 250mm f/5.6 Sonnar

10-Aug-2007, 15:09
Anybody have any experience or know anything about this lens? Just kind of curious, and my google search didn't turn up much.

Eric Brody
10-Aug-2007, 17:17
Is this a LF lens or are you referring to the well known 250mm f/5.6 Zeiss Sonnar for MF cameras such as Hasselblad and Rollei? I have one for my Hasselblad.


10-Aug-2007, 21:18
I'm interested in the lens for LF, although I also have the MF version for the Rollei SL66 and like it very much. I'm curious how the LF version compares, or can it stand on its own qualities.

Gene McCluney
14-Aug-2007, 11:00
The Sonnar name was usually used on lenses for 35mm and roll film cameras. Cameras that did not require a large image circle, as the lenses were not able to shift. While the Sonnar design produces outstanding results on small and medium format cameras, I am not aware of a Sonnar for LF.

David A. Goldfarb
14-Aug-2007, 11:07
I've never tried one, but by all accounts, it's supposed to be an excellent lens. The Zeiss Biogon-Planar-Sonnar sets for Linhof were all designed for good performance at wide apertures for handheld use, but they all had fairly tight image circles for their focal length. There was a 180mm Sonnar for 2x3" and a 250mm for 4x5".