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    Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    I mistakenly posted this originally in a wrong forum. I apologize and if a moderator wants to take it down I understand. I'm new to this website and I am still learning.

    Can anyone tell which year the above-mentioned lens was manufactured? It has Nr 609995 stamped on the front of the lens. My best guess is 1924 according to http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Carl_Zeiss_serial_numbers. Of course if you scroll down to Carl Zeiss Oberkochen it indicates a possible match for the years 1951-1953.

    If it was made in 1924 or 1951-1953 is it of high quality?

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Zeiss always and still makes high quality lenses

    https://www.zeiss.com/corporate/int/.../archives.html
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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Zeiss always and still makes high quality lenses

    https://www.zeiss.com/corporate/int/.../archives.html
    Thanks for the helpful input.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Hi,

    a focal lengh imprint in mm is uncommon for pre war Zeiss lenses (exept close up/micro or microscope optics).
    Is your's coated? If so, and it is Carl Zeiss Jena it should be a East german Tessar of the 1950s. Can you post a picture?

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug guy View Post
    I mistakenly posted this originally in a wrong forum. I apologize and if a moderator wants to take it down I understand. I'm new to this website and I am still learning.

    Can anyone tell which year the above-mentioned lens was manufactured? It has Nr 609995 stamped on the front of the lens. My best guess is 1924 according to http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Carl_Zeiss_serial_numbers. Of course if you scroll down to Carl Zeiss Oberkochen it indicates a possible match for the years 1951-1953.

    If it was made in 1924 or 1951-1953 is it of high quality?
    Zeiss was originally a single factory in Jena but after WWII split into 2: "Zeiss Oberkochen" in the West and "Zeiss Jena" in the East. Then there was a fight over the use of the name "Zeiss". And later they were reunited and then split again. (it is more complicated)

    If it is marked "Jena", then it certainly isn't one of the "Oberkochen" ones. Could be before WWII or east German after the war.
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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Myriophyllum View Post
    Hi,

    a focal lengh imprint in mm is uncommon for pre war Zeiss lenses (exept close up/micro or microscope optics).
    Is your's coated? If so, and it is Carl Zeiss Jena it should be a East german Tessar of the 1950s. Can you post a picture?

    Best
    Jens
    Thanks for the response, photo is attached. I'm not sure if the photo was attached or not so I'll put a link to it, you'll probably have to scroll down to see it.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/274459914249

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Havoc View Post
    Zeiss was originally a single factory in Jena but after WWII split into 2: "Zeiss Oberkochen" in the West and "Zeiss Jena" in the East. Then there was a fight over the use of the name "Zeiss". And later they were reunited and then split again. (it is more complicated)

    If it is marked "Jena", then it certainly isn't one of the "Oberkochen" ones. Could be before WWII or east German after the war.
    Thanks for the helpful reply.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    The lens in the photo is marked "15 CM", not 150 mm. Pre-WW II.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    The lens in the photo is marked "15 CM", not 150 mm. Pre-WW II.
    Well that explains a lot, it's a really old lens. I wonder if it's worth keeping and using image quality-wise. Everything works ok and the glass is good.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 150mm f4.5

    Completely depends on your print image goals. Previously discussed.
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...ut-Lens-Design

    What might be the only choice for some does not work at all for others.

    Do test any lens before considering long term ownership as each individual lens in question might not perform as designed due to an extremely long list of events that can and does happen to an lens of age.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug guy View Post
    Well that explains a lot, it's a really old lens. I wonder if it's worth keeping and using image quality-wise. Everything works ok and the glass is good.

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