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| p.1 #9 · Trying to pick an alt portrait lens [Contax vs Leica R] |
Cogitech, thanks for being upfront about not enjoying the "Zeiss look"would you mind telling me what elements of it you don't like? I'm a fan of Zeiss although I hardly buy into the whole 3D thing. I've used several Leica Rs, primarily for video, but not the 90mm.
It's funny; the things I don't appreciate about "the (Contax) Zeiss look" (particularly for portaits) are all the things others seem to love about it. Think of all the things you love about the look and you'll have an approximate list of what I am not so keen on (particularly for portraiture).
Having said all this, I must also say that the Contax 21/2.8 Distagon is in my top three of all-time favourite lenses I have ever owned and I forever regret letting mine go. For landscape work, I am a huge fan of "the Zeiss look", but that is where it ends... well sort of. There is one Zeiss I used for portraiture quite extensively and enjoyed; the Contax 135/2.8. It is particularly unique among the others I have tried - it is the least "Zeiss-like", I suppose.
Also, I got a great deal on a Contax 50/1.7 (80 bucks) a long time ago and I keep it around for those rare times that I want that uber-contrasty, in-your-face, POW! that it can offer. It gets very little use.