So I found another Carl Zeiss lens hiding on the shelves. If you haven't been following along, we've been talking about Zeiss lenses because Saturday was Zeiss's 125th birthday as a camera lens manufacturer.
(And how about this theme shot. Who says I'm not good with color, huh?)
I took this portrait of the two Big Dogs with the Zeiss I found:
That's a Rolleiflex 6008AF and an original Pentax 67. The Rollei has a Schneider 80mm on it, and the 67 is sporting a 135mm ƒ/4 Super-Multi-Coated Macro-Takumar.
Here's the lens I used. It's a Contax/Yashica mount Zeiss T* 60mm ƒ/2.8 Makro-Planar "C" lens, on a C/Y to NEX adapter.
If you don't recall (or never knew), the Makro-C was a much smaller and usefully less expensive 1:2 version of Zeiss's 1:1 S-Makro Planar lens for Contax. These still go for around $500. I bought this one for more like $300, but that was before the age of mirrorless and adapters! They've gotten a new life now. The C (for compact) had exactly the same optics as the contemporaneous 60mm ƒ/2.8 S-Planar. No difference, not even the coatings. I got that directly from Zeiss.
The S-Planar weighs 20.2 ounces and the Makro Planar C weighs 9.2 ounces. That was one big difference. The C was an MM lens and was manufactured by Tomioka, the optical division of Kyocera, in Japan. Design and quality control specifications by Zeiss.
Now you're going to laugh, but get this: I shot the portrait of the Big Dogs under the overhead fluorescent fixture, and I couldn't get the "Rolleiflex" lettering on the front of the prism to light up for the camera...
...so I used the iPhone as a fill light!
Ha. If you look back at the shot of the big dogs, you'll notice it. Now that I've told you. (Of course if you're a tabletop guy you noticed it at first glance, but then how many tabletop guys are out there?)
Just having some fun in the office late on a Sunday night.
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JK: "That Makro-C is a classy little lens. Despite not being the world's biggest Zeiss fan, I've never been able to bring myself to sell mine. Its only weakness, for anyone hoping to use it for general photography, is that it's very much optimized for closer distances. Japanese Contax users have a saying: 'Infinity on the 60mm Zeiss Makro is three meters.'"
Andy F: "I bought a set of CY lenses early last year which includes the 60mm ƒ/2.8 S-Planar. Its a huge and heavy lens, I didn't realise there was a compact version, though I do have the 45mm pancake :-) ."
Eric Rose: "I've always lusted for one of those Rolleis. And finally a good use for an iPhone ;-) ."
Iñaki (partial comment): "By the way, it is very telling to see (pity you might not have the models there!) those 'medium format' cameras (contrary to sheet film or field cameras) against an SLR system or even a contemporary medium format digital camera. The Pentax, in my humble opinion, is a very telling story. Because there is nothing to compare it to, it seems of a 'reasonable' size. Only when compared to a APS-C or 35mm peer do I notice how big they are."
Mike replies: Ask and you shall receive: er, see:
This is all this LX is good for, as it is grievously wounded (i.e., it's busted). It's pleased to be able to serve and be useful once more, perhaps for the last time.