Carl Zeiss Jena is a branch of the legendary Carl Zeiss Company. The brand was established after World War II when Jena remained on the side of East Germany and the well-known Zeiss brand wanted to be used in West Germany as well.
The company manufactured a wide range of optics: from camera lenses to microscopes, industrial optics and optical equipment for the military.
Frame types varied over the years: older frames were chromed. The latest classic Carl Zeiss Jena lenses were produced with aluminum bodies, with red or green markings.
Optically, the quality of Jena lenses was excellent. Mechanically, it has been said that the quality varied more.
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