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p.163 #1 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


I recently bought a CY Sonnar 135/2.8 (AEJ, "ninja star" aperture @ f4) on the B&S board. This lens tends to be one of the less well reputed items in the CY line, especially being overshadowed by the 100/2 (and 100/3.5, 85/2.8 sonnars). But it was cheap, so I picked it up for a try, and got my first break in the rain to take it out this afternoon. For the price, I think it's actually a rather nice lens.

Build quality is great; it's a moderately heavy, dense, and slightly front-heavy. The lens has a "Leica-style" pull-out hood, and Zeiss was kind enough to keep 55mm filter threads by using a steeply angled front name plate (handy for consistency with most shorter CY lenses). Sharpness is uniform and decent at all apertures (not a super-resolving heavyweight, but little more could be gained on my 5D); slight lateral CA is only sometimes visible (generally well controlled). There will be magenta/green fringing in front / behind the focal plane; the plane of focus is not as "clean" and sharply delineated as with, e.g., the Planar 100/2. Vignetting is unobjectionable, and mostly gone by f4. I'll let some photos do the rest of the talking:

























































Jan 28, 2013 at 01:10 AM
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p.163 #2 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Nice shots with the Sonnar!

Here's a couple of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis with the CY85





Bob Israel 2012

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    85-85mm lens    85mm    f/1.4    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  





Bob Israel 2012

  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    85-85mm lens    85mm    f/1.4    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jan 28, 2013 at 03:11 AM
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p.163 #3 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Going through some old family slides, i guess these were taken by my granny with a Contaflex III with a 50/2.8 Tessar lens:








Jan 28, 2013 at 02:41 PM
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p.163 #4 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Wow..


Jan 28, 2013 at 02:47 PM
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p.163 #5 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


An 82 image stitch with the 100 F2 C/Y (cropped quite a bit so maybe 50 or so images)

Victoria Park by Rob.Young, on Flickr



Jan 28, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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p.163 #6 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Cool Contaflex shots!


Jan 28, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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p.163 #7 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Dergiman, great to see those photos. From a vacation in Sweden perhaps, the first one is from Stockholm at least.


Jan 28, 2013 at 09:25 PM
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p.163 #8 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


First captures of 2013. More snow and ice.





































Jan 28, 2013 at 09:53 PM
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p.163 #9 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Toothwalker - Love that last one with just a hint of color. Nicely done.


Jan 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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p.163 #10 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


R.Young wrote:
An 82 image stitch with the 100 F2 C/Y (cropped quite a bit so maybe 50 or so images)

Victoria Park by Rob.Young, on Flickr



Nice raven.



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p.163 #11 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Toothwalker, simply stunning. Love them all


Jan 28, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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p.163 #12 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Great ice and snow photos, Robert and Toothwalker!


Jan 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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p.163 #13 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Thank you Carsten, but I think Toothwalker has blown me out of the water there


Jan 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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p.163 #14 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Nice, Tannvandrer. Where is it?


Jan 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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p.163 #15 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


I'm really enjoying the CY85/1.4 that I purchased from Grenache. All wide open.

















Jan 29, 2013 at 02:56 AM
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p.163 #16 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


R.Young wrote:
Thank you Carsten, but I think Toothwalker has blown me out of the water there


Not at all, your shot is as great, I think.

Paul, did you partially desaturate those images, or was that just what it looked like?


Edited on Feb 01, 2013 at 05:42 PM · View previous versions



Jan 29, 2013 at 04:26 PM
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p.163 #17 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


rji2goleez wrote:
Toothwalker - Love that last one with just a hint of color. Nicely done.


R.Young wrote:
Toothwalker, simply stunning. Love them all


mortyb wrote:
Nice, Tannvandrer. Where is it?


carstenw wrote:
Paul, did you partially desaturate those images, or was that just what it looked like?


Thanks guys. The location is Horten. It was after midnight with city lights dominating the scene. The slightly snowy sky was a bit greenish in my memory. Anyhow, I could not get a consistent color balance across images and decided to go for B&W. As an experiment I also tried to desaturate all colors except orange/red, and these are the images I posted. They show what the scene might have looked like with an ideal white light source.



Jan 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
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p.163 #18 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


they look amazing Toothwalker, something I must try in the future


Jan 29, 2013 at 07:41 PM
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p.163 #19 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


Terrific photos everyone.

@mpmendenhall - Wonderful! I'm not sure what flower that is in photo #3 but I captured one just before I sold the D800. It's in my flickr stream. Beautiful flower.

@Derigiman - Love the film / slides. I'm playing around with film presets in LR and definitely hooked. Need to break out the Minolta.

@Bob - Fantastic photos as always. My wife would definitely not be smiling in that cold weather.

@Toothwalker - Stunning! I really like the last one too.

@RYoung - Great! I really need to learn how to stitch photos. I've never tried it.

I'm extremely happy with my new Zeiss 100mm ZF.2. I really tried to purchase the Zeiss 15mm but the stars wouldn't align (wallet was empty too).

My wife and I went to Tupelo Honey Cafe this afternoon. I didn't order this but absolutely will next time.

100mm

Beef ... It's What's for Dinner by jimservies | photography, on Flickr



Jan 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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p.163 #20 · Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion


mpmendenhall - Thank you for sharing your finding on the135 Sonnar. I really like the #4 the building shot. Great sky and white building naturally draws my attention.

Bpb- Gorgeous waterfall ( frozen ) shots ! Also love the framing of 'keep off ice not safe' sign with people on ice behind.

Dergiman - Those are quite lovely. #1 is very nice.

R. Young - Impressive stitch work !! Beautiful shallow focus scenery. Love the snow covered twigs sticking out from frozen water. They are beautiful.

Toothwalker - Beautuiful series. Stunning shots. #4 is super.

JSPHOTOS- Very juicy !

tree portrait






Jan 30, 2013 at 05:07 AM
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