Carl Zeiss Flektagon 35





Type: Manual/Automatic

Focal Length: 35mm

Aperture Range: f2.4 - f22

Filter Thread: 49mm


One of the trio of lenses produced exclusively for Pentacon to use with the Praktica cameras. It is still not entirely understood if these were made by Carl Zeiss in Stutgart or made by Pentacon themselves in the old Dresden factory, which was the original pre war Carl Zeiss factory. Anyway, it is fairly obvious, by price alone, that these were not made to the highest CZ standard, more mass produced to meet a budget camera market. Having said, there is little to complain about in terms of performance, this is an excellent lens. However, the performance starts to falter when you enlarge the images. Initially the results are very impressive but when you drill into the picture away from the main focal point you can clearly see the quality starting to deteriorate. There has always been a debate as to who made the sharpest lenses, Carl Zeiss or Leica. The Zeiss was said to appear sharper because it has a very high contrast where the Leica has actually the sharper glass but lower contrast. The evidence of this is born out by the previous comment about zooming in to the image. The sign of a good lens, in terms of its glass, is when you zoom to 100% and the image still holds good. there are few lenses that can achieve this. All of this debate aside, looking at the pictures in the gallery here at the "standard" 6in x 4in these are some very impressive shots.































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