Anamorfaking Contax Zeiss 35mm f/2.8

September 30, 2018

Moving up from 28mm, today we’re anamorfaking the 35mm on the Contax Zeiss budget lineup. This is an awesome normal-type lens, allowing for better closeups without distorting people’s faces.


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Written tutorial by Marshall Rogalski, for MMJ versions.

1 – Unscrew the 4 screws on the back (same ones as for the Simmod mount).

2 – Hold onto the outside aperture ring and gently lift the entire back element off. It will be wiggly but don’t let it fall apart. Gently set it aside.

3 – This was by far the most difficult step. The manufacturer had glued where the rear element screws into the main element, so I had to use a soldering iron (heat gun would probably work too) to soften the glue. Apply heat to the underside of this matte black disc, where it makes contact with the lens body. Then grip the outer edges of the black disc and unscrew HARD counter-clockwise. It took a lot of force to get it to budge, but once it loosened up the rest was easy.

4 – Follow the same steps as the guide for the 28mm, cutting the Mir-1B aperture down to size and using electrical tape to secure it. Since the threads are so close to the aperture disc, I had to use lots of tiny pieces and then apply heat (soldering iron) to melt the tape together.

5 – Screw the rear element back into place and reattach the back of the lens. Make sure to realign the aperture. This part is where you can easily de-click the aperture if you want. When the back of the lens is removed, you have easy access to the spring and lever that control the aperture. Fiddle with it for a minute to see how it works. It won’t break or fall apart. You’ll see that there’s a way you can realign the levers so that the aperture doesn’t click once the back side is reattached. (I did this part by accident, which is why there are no photos, but it was very easy and is reversible.)

6 – Attach the lens mount adapter and you’re all done!

Thank you so much for all the instructions and photos, Marshall!