Leica Sonnars old and new

Mr_Flibble

Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
69
The Lowlands
Rick
Well, it's a pre-war Sonnar, so I guess it's safe.

Dad with the dirty Sonnar (Agfa Superpan 200 + Walz K2 filter)
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Visit to Fort Rammekens with dirty Sonnar (desaturated Fuji Superia 200)
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Zeeland Beach with dirty Sonnar (Fuji Superia 200)
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And some Vandalism from Fort St.Andries with clean Sonnar(Agfa Superpan 200 + Walz K2 filter)
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BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
124
Are those with the Contax?

I only have one F1.5 Sonnar that did not clean up well, a bizarre "276" batch that had been through the war. It was in Contax mount, but had a strange rear group. Glass and cement was destroyed on it, swapped it for a J-3 rear.
 

Mr_Flibble

Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
69
The Lowlands
Rick
Jupiter-3 with leaky Zorki-I

Operation Pheasant 2011 event

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My (p)ride, 1/4 ton truck, command & reconnaissance, Willys MB.
165th Signal Photo Company
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Mr_Flibble

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Aug 16, 2013
69
The Lowlands
Rick
Still want a real Sonnar in LTM one day.


Epson R-D1 with Jupiter 3, Roll on the Meuse Tour 2009 (one of the few surviving digital images after catastrophic HDD failure)

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BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
124
The original Wartime Sonnars in Leica Mount: the focus mounts are not as well made or as well thought out as the Jupiter-3 focus mount. I've taken quite a few apart, have two proper wartime LTM Sonnars and one made just after the War.
 

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
123
Bakersfield, CA
Andrew
Here are mine, compared to the modern Summicron (non-APO), all at 1 meter (MFD for the Sonnar and Jupiter 3) and wide-open.

First the benchmark, my 2013 production 50mm f/2 Summicron M (non-APO), 6 bit coding enabled on M Monochrom Focus is pretty much dead-on.

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Summicron by Lawman1967, on Flickr


Now the 1937 Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm f/1.5 Sonnar at 1 meter, wide-open, coded to Leica 50mm Summilux Pre-Asph. Back focusing just a tad, but focus shift starts to work in its favor and it holds true focus at f/1.5 all the way to infinity.

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Sonnar by Lawman1967, on Flickr


Now the 1963 Zomz 5cm f/1.5 Jupiter 3, again at f/1.5 and 1 meter, coded to Leica 50mm Summilux Pre-Asph. Splits the middle in terms of back focus between the Sonnar and the Summicron, but this one needs to be stopped down to f/2 before it will focus accurately at infinity.

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Jupiter by Lawman1967, on Flickr
 

leafster

New Member
Jul 22, 2013
3
Nice thread. I will probably get a used C Sonnar if I can't find a pre-war Sonnar for conversion.
 

Mr_Flibble

Veteran
Aug 16, 2013
69
The Lowlands
Rick
Jupiter-3 on Epson R-D1
Halfway between f/4 and f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/125th or 1/60th

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My "Luftwaffen-eigentum" Robot II camera is nearly ready for action after returning from a repair and maintenance overhaul at Robot-kameradienst in Dusseldorf. Bought the lens for it last week and I'm only waiting for a film feeder "T" cartridge.
Got the camera for free...but I've already sunk around €250 into it to get it ready to shoot. ;)
The US Veteran who brought it back to the US after the World War 2 was thrilled to hear that I was getting it back to fully working condition.
 

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
That is one special camera! Well worth the investment, even if it follows "the most expensive things are free".
 

NJH

Regular
Aug 12, 2012
28
South West England
I should add a picture. What else is there to do in Britain this time of year then to take a picture of the Mrs laughing at the telly whilst Hubby plays with the bokeh from the sonnar 50 at f1.5 and his new mistress M6.


Christmas2013bokeh by Neil Haughey, on Flickr

Lucky that she threw her head back slightly taking out any focus shift!

I must also apologise for taking nearly a month to get round to posting a Christmas image.
Ilford XP2 shot at 800 iso.
 

asiafish

All-Pro
Aug 9, 2013
123
Bakersfield, CA
Andrew
Thanks Brian. It is definitely a prized possession. Everyone showed their work and while I am a mediocre photographer compared to some of those guys, nobody asked any questions about lenses other than with my Sonnar shots.
 

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