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Contax Zeiss Tessar T* 45mm f/2.8

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This article is part of the small but growing Index of Pancake Lenses!

Specifications for the Contax Zeiss 45mm Tessar T* f/2.8
"Crown Prince of Pancakes"
Years Produced 1999 - 2006 (Discontinued)
Street Price US - $499.00 (In 1999)
Lens Type Normal
Available Mounts • M42
Optical Construction 4 elements in 3 groups
• Tessar type lens
Weather Sealing No
Aperture Blades 6
Focus Type Manual Focus
Image Stabilization No
Min. Focus Distance • 0.60m
• (23.62 inches)
Dimensions • 60.0 x 19.0mm
• (2.36 x 0.75 inches)
Weight • 90g
• (3.17 ounces)
Filter Size 49mm
Hood 55mm G-11 soft hood(with 49/55 ring), screw in type; No 4 metal hood (with 49/55 ring+55/86 ring), screw-in type

This lens is the direct descendant of the original Tessar design, and carries both the triumphs and burdens of its lineage name with grace.

It is well regarded and has the performance to match its namesake. Zeiss lenses have been well known for their sharpness and high contrast reproduction. This lens does not disappoint in that regard. The focus ring might feel a bit small for some users, but this is a problem endemic to many pancake lenses, and those with larger fingers.

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Written by Tijger Tsou

March 15th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

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