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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumalite View Post
    JA,JA,JA
    Lente Sonnar f/1.5
    How do you like the uncoated Sonnar?
    I've seen example shots which show it has a different quite pleasing look.

    I have a Jena Sonnar 1.5 from the end of the war and an Opton 1.5 from the 1950s but am just getting acquainted with them.

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    The lens is incredible.
    " A loving and caring heart is the beginning of all knowledge " ~ Thomas Carlyle ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pumalite View Post
    The lens is incredible.
    I believe it. From what I gather they are all good unless they've been abused

    I could be wrong but your lens in those photos is marked Opton T which makes it post war from Oberkochen.
    I think they changed serial # series when they moven to west germany...perhaps that's why you are dating that example to 1936?

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    Here are a couple of pics of the newest member of the family...Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemuir View Post
    With all due respect that copy looks like a postwar Stuttgart IIa/
    Unless you are speaking of the lens which I cant decipher from the web rez.
    The lens shown is an Opton production-confirms postwar
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjaded View Post
    Here are a couple of pics of the newest member of the family...Click image for larger version. 

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    I would suggest changing shutter speed settings AFTER winding-they sometimes get a bit 'confused' if slow speeds are set before winding
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    You are right. It's a Zeiss-Opton Sonnar; S/N: 1053414
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    True...I learned that one pretty quick! HA HA. I do like the feel of this camera (I tend to like the Zeiss feel.)


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Layne View Post
    I would suggest changing shutter speed settings AFTER winding-they sometimes get a bit 'confused' if slow speeds are set before winding
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    Here's my riggs
    The IIa has a russian Helios
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    The 50/1.5 Sonnar usually isn't absurdly expensive, and it's one of the best 35mm lenses on earth. Well worth picking up if you get half a chance. (There's one at KEH now for US$119, but it's in UG condition.) The 85/2 is a real winner as well.

    Congratulations!

    -NT
    Unfortunately the good ones are going the way of the Leica Summicron now, i.e. getting real pricey. Three years ago one could find a clean one for $150 or so, and now the same lens gets at least $300. The 5cm F2 Sonnar is fortunately a little cheaper and still a very good lens. The J8 is good for the money too particularly the later production ones (in my experience).

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