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Musicman, Sonnar 85 & architecture seems to be good combination.
which contax tele would you recommend? 135/2.8, 180/2.8, 200/3.5, or the 300/4? all seem to be at the same price range - which is the one to get?
I have not had priviledge to use 2.8/180 or 4/300. I did like rendering of 2.8/135, but it has too much LoCa. I shoot a lot with 3.5/200, and liked it a lot. Eventually I ended up shooting with Vario-Sonnar T* 4/80-200, which I think is better than mentioned 135mm or 200mm. This zoom had extreme nice rendering (from rendering style point of view AND also technical aspects are in pretty good shape) from 80mm to 120mm - even tele-end wasn't the forte of 80-200 I think it was better than 200mm on many aspects.
Let me know if you need some samples and I can try to check if I have some online or develop few photos for you.
Wow, who would have thought it would come this far. Usually only the lens/camera-of-the-day threads (and the Leica and ZF/ZE/ZM threads) make it that far.
Zeiss has so wide range of legacy lenses still in use that I'm not surprised. Medium format, C/Y, G-series, ZA-mount, Sony compact cameras and even cellular phones.
Thou I'm not sure cellular phones should have "Carl Zeiss" printed on them. Last Sunday I forgot CF-cards from both cameras to card readers at home So the outdoor time was spent mostly scouting the forest for good places for 2014. While doing that took about 20 photos with "Carl Zeiss" lens equipped smart phone. Photos look awful in phone screen and even worse in computer. Not even slight hint of Zeiss rendering. I can't understand why Zeiss gives their name to all kind of crap these days.
One of the few shots I ever took (won't do it in future...) wide open with ZA 24-70. Unlike photos I usually post this has been sharpened (because f/2.8 even at best range 35-40mm wide open isn't much to talk about...).
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 2.8/24-70 @ 40mm & f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 100