Carl Zeiss Jena Spiegelobjektiv (Mirror Lens) 1000mm f/5.6

Started Sep 1, 2018 | Discussions thread
Ching-Kuang Shene
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Re: Carl Zeiss Jena Spiegelobjektiv (Mirror Lens) 1000mm f/5.6

fferreres wrote:

Thomas KP Lee wrote:

PaulHepner wrote:

I know this is an old post but I came across with while researching a Carl Zeiss Jena Spiegelobjektiv 5.6/1000mm i might purchase. Is this the Portage Lift Bridge in the photos? I went to Tech in the 70s and just moved to Marquette after 40 years in Texas. Looks like a good performing optics and a great photo subject.

I have two sets of this Carl Zeiss Jena 5.6/1000mm, and their optical performance able to match the Nikon 2000mm f11 ( I also have two sets). The drawback of the Carl Zeiss Jena is that it does not provide any handle to pick up the lens, and these two types of lenses are heavy, some 17Kg ( 38 lbs). So when moving the CZ Jena up and down on the heavy duty fluid head, especially the center of gavity is on the end ( camera side), you would better find some way to hold on to the lens. I bought an astronomy scope used handle and it is able to fit it. The CZ Jena lens case is a bit fragile too. But CZ Jena's price is much lower than the Nikon 2000 f11, only about 1/4 of the price.

17 kgs! I think one can still carry it though with the right attachments. Like Goku does in Dragon Ball I guess it could even be made part of some Sayan training.

13.9kg as stated in my post.  You can easily put a dove tail type bracket (with a strong wrap something like you use to pull your truck) into the tripod hole.  Then, add a handle and you are all set.  I always use a small and strong wagon to haul this beast.  By the way, a very strong and sturdy Gimbal is needed.


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