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Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar - Lens

Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar - Lens

Manual focus normal prime lens made for Contax/Kiev mount rangefinder cameras by Contax. Metal body available in chrome.

  • Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar
  • Aperture blades: 11
  • Size: 44 x 46mm
  • Weight: 151g
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Contax/Kiev

After Leica’s success with their 35mm rangefinder cameras, optical manufacturer Carl Zeiss wanted a piece of the pie. They introduced their Contax rangefinder in 1932, immediately making themselves the leaders in photographic technology in Germany.

The Contax rangefinders featured a combined rangefinder/viewfinder decades before Leica competitors, and also featured a vertical metal focal plane shutter decades before this would become standard. Contax rangefinders also feature a dual bayonet lens system with an internal and external bayonet for different focal lengths.

After World War II, the Soviet Union seized the Zeiss Ikon plants in Dresden as well as Leica factories. They began to produce their own versions of the popular Leica and Contax rangefinders with looser machining tolerances. The Contax rangefinders were replicated in Kiev, Ukraine.

Because of this, there are many Soviet lenses available for the system on top of offerings from German companies like Carl Zeiss, Hugo Meyer, Schneider-Kreuznach, and Voigtländer.


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Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar - Lens Availability & Price History
Date Sold SKU Quality Control Price Image
15 Nov 2023 T51634 € 172.56 Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar - Lens Image
10 Nov 2022 T25905 € 199.00 Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.5 Sonnar - Lens Image