Carl Zeiss MC Jena Pancolar 50mm f1.8 Review with test images and bokeh results. The Jena MC Pancolar 50mm f1.8 review video is produced by Tuber Zenography who brings us this great vintage lens video.
The Carl Zeiss MC Jena Pancolar 50mm f1.8 is a very high quality lens for it’s day. It is sharp in the center from f1.8 and unlike the lenses like the Pentax M lenses with softer edges to 4.0.
Some of the big reasons people are drawn to this lens is the rendering, colors and contrast. Starting at 2.8 it is almost perfect in every way. The bokeh is not perfect, but, it is very smooth and rounded in the edges which works well for portraits.
The Carl Zeiss MC Jena Pancolar 50mm f1.8 is very easy to focus because of the center sharpness. The mechanical build is good, and not bad as in the Pentacons.
One of the major problems is that like the Pentacons, and almost every east German lens from this time period, the grease is very bad and if it is not cleaned and re-greased, the lens is going to become frozen.
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Jena Pancolar 1.8/50 MC
CARL ZEISS JENA
The MC series is from the early 1960’s
View angle on 35mm: 46°
Optics: 6 elements in 5 groups
Apertures: 1.8 to 22
Blades: 6 curved
Min. focus dist.: 0.35m
Filter size: 49mm
Dimensions: 58mm x60mm
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