May have found an answer.....the same ebay seller now has the Bayonet version on offer, so ordering that version......now all I have to do is find a Screw Fit Altix body for the first one!!!.... I expect it will actually end up as a Micro 4/3 lens via adaptor.... they are nice lenses anyway, the Tessars CZJ produced were pretty good standard lenses.
Correct Bayonet mount for Altissa Altix. Stephen.
Last Edit: Jun 10, 2013 17:59:52 GMT -5 by Stephen
I use that lens on my PB-6 with the D70 to digitize film. It's a good, flat field with no vignetting and sharp around f/5.6. Pic is of engraving series I did. This one is a Leica 239517 with the Tessar at f/5.6.
No, it is just a number... The warehouse manager of Carl Zeiss provided number ranges to planned production runs. No date relationship at all. It is one of the research areas of the Zeiss Historica Society... Hans
Nice shots Stephen, only possible in England, though...:-)
Not quite, widely across Canada, Tacoma in the US, Galveston, Washington, Los Angeles, Salt lake City, Moscow in Russia, Javea in Spain, there are dozens of Charles Dickens enthusiast Festivals around, of course... Rochester can claim to be where Charles Dickens lived and died...some locals take a more Jaundiced view of his great popularity! .... but it is a good excuse for a party.....
Got a brown finish leather camera case for the Altissa Altix IV, it needs a bit of attention with saddle soap and leather food, and a bit of brown boot polish! It should come up all right, the plush brown lining is still reasonably intact, and straps are solid, although the leather surface is somewhat cracked. They may recover a bit with the leather treatment.
Arrived in the post, a proper Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm F2.8 for the Altissa Altix, from Berlin, again, and this time is the correct bayonet mounting lens. It is the proper vintage and finish, for the early 1950's Altix, and in fine condition, bar a very slight dent to the filter ring. This in now removed, and the lens being tested out, first checks show good optical condition. Clean bright glass, no fungus, no haze, doing test shots on digital first, then a fuller film test. Can't really go wrong with the lens as it is a Tessar after all!
Whilst testing the Plate cameras, I ran of some 99p shop "Agfa" Fuji film 200 ASA rating, using a Weston 5 meter, through the Altissa Altix 5 camera, the lens fitted with lens hood. The lens is a Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm F2.8, Altissa Altix bayonet fit for the Altix 5.
The buildings are the Foord Almshouses in Borstal, Rochester, built in the 1930's, set in their own park and gardens.
Lens works fine, camera shutter OK, one of the best 35mm compacts from Germany all round. The Agfa film is all right as well, I got it processed only, with a hi-def scan on Cd-rom.
Definitely very usable, I have more film to hand and will be using this camera through the summer for more film shots.
And a shot with the Primagon, Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 35mm F4.5 Altix bayonet fit lens, not quite as sharp as the Tessar, but works well, especially as it was only made a year or two after the first retrofocus wide angle lenses, in the early 1950's.
The original screw fit Tessar lens appears to be the normal one with the body bayonet still attached. It was possible for hamfisted types to remove the whole thing.
The flange at the rear of the lens is the breech lock mechanism, the fine screw threaded ring is the thing that holds the breechlock in place. If you hold the front of the lens tight and turn the breechlock anti clockwise it should come off.
The black threaded ring will come off. Now your original tessar can be mounted on the camera. The breech lock could be used to create a M4/3 adapter.