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    Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    Do you have one of these lenses? What do you use the lens for? How does it perform for you?



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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    I had one a few years back. Mine was a decent lens stopped down past f8 or so, but open wide was pretty soft. I replaced it with a coated 240/3.5 Xenar, which I still have and use for alternative processes. I found that at wide apertures the coating made a world of difference. Still, it is certainly worth a try, and stopped down a bit they make a great portrait lens for 4x5.

    I found that in general I prefer the f4.5 versions of Tessar type lenses over all others. The f3.5 are too prone to flair and they--like the f6.3 Tessars--don't have the same nice bokeh as the f4.5 lenses.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    Thanks Jason. I shoot quite a bit of portraiture and like the soft aesthetic. Interesting comments on the bokeh...

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    None that old, but I've got two GDR made coated 240/3.5 (one fifties, one seventies, but AFAIK still the same optical design) on the Reflex Primar and Mentor. A bit softer than the 240/3.5 Xenar, but differences diminish as I stop down.

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Greenberg Motamedi View Post
    The f3.5 are too prone to flair and they--like the f6.3 Tessars--don't have the same nice bokeh as the f4.5 lenses.
    Surely the more "flair" the better

    flair :-
    a natural or innate talent or aptitude; a knack
    distinctive style or elegance; panache or elan

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    I have the full black one and also f 3,5 250mm Zeiss Jena, got it for getting almost no DOF, mine has very fine scratches somewhere inside the lens at the sharpest part in the center maybe did one of the forrmer owner use it as a portrait lens.
    Or he wanted on the whole field the same sharpness.
    It still gets very sharp at around f 16.

    Armin

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    Re: Carl Zeiss Jena 250/3.5 Tessar

    i got a 210/3.5 coated tessar, very nice lens.. i would like to get the 250mm allso.

    by my standards it's a plenty sharp at 5.6 and really nice even wide open, for small prints. And it's not even close to mint condition, lots of small scratches

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