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| p.1 #4 · CONTAX C/Y CARL ZEISS VARIO-SONNAR T* 28-85mm F3.4-4.0 MM |
wfrank, these are fantastic. I'm glad there's a thread devoted to this lens.
I bought my C/Y 28-85mm almost a year and a half ago and have used it primarily for video with a Canon 7D (I shoot stills with an old Rollei 35s with a Zeiss 40/2.8). I've noticed that after the two shoots this year with this lens that have been handheld for over 4 hours, my lens mount becomes loose. As in, when I put another lens on, the focus isn't sharp throughout the frame on the same focal plane. It was a $250 repair 6 months ago and this time I'm looking at the same.
I'm totally bummed out because I absolutely love this lens. The colors are true-to-life and gorgeous. I like the color depth much more than Canon's lineup of L zooms. Also, the sharpness makes the image pop. I've had clients wow out loud when I put this lens on after a Canon non L prime. My copy even has a larger dust particle towards the rear element that I can't tell exists on video.
I'm wondering if anyone here (now or in the future) has had this problem with this lens on their Canon or Nikon dSLR? I wonder if it's my Fotodiox Pro C/Y to EOS adapter, or perhaps it's my camera. Or, it could be how I zoom. It could also be how top-heavy this lens is and when I place it on a flat surface without a rig, the weight ends up on the lens, rather than the bottom of the camera. Sometimes when I shoot doc-style, it's hard to be completely delicate.
At any rate, any thoughts would be welcome!