When Russia soldiers burst through the front doors of the Carl Zeiss Jena optical factory during the last days of World War II they weren’t looking for enemy combatants, rather top secret documents which they quietly sequestered back to the motherland. For the next 50 years those blue prints were the key to unlocking the success of the most popular lenses on the planet and changed the vocabulary of photography forever. There was nothing to compare with the dreamy way they captured the world, your parents probably had one on their favorite film camera! Flash forward to the 21st Century and Russia blasts it’s neighbors while Ukrainians busily transform those same lenses into modern, digital video work horses that still have their special, authentic visual style. We received our set recently, thank you Iron Glass our thoughts and prayers are with you!