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te4o wrote:
There was a word of 2 side effects of having this immaculate optics which would be: heavy and difficult to achieve focus.
Heavy is easy to know - it is objective .
Focus is subjective: is it really a problem to focus more than any other manual Zeiss/or MF lens for portraits, street, landscape, casual use? More difficult than the Zeiss 100/2?


I find the lens easy to focus as it is so sharp that when I use focus peeking, it lights up like crazy when I hit focus. I admit that small movements at infinity are necessary, but it is not hard to me and easy to know when you are on it. I was wandering around the neighborhood looking to take pics of fall leaves (such as they are) with my wife today. I took ONE pic of her with the CV 65. Here is it, wide open with a small crop off the top:



Here is a 100% crop with no sharpening:



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nandadevieast wrote:
Well, I am not falling for this, however good it may be, weight is a concern, especially for a prime. Have vowed not to put any heavy stuff on my a7R3. So many great lenses, 35/1.4, 85GM, but not for me. Why can’t Sony take the 28/2, 55/1.8 culture forward? They started with lightweight great lenses and then completely forgot making more of it.


The left it to Zeiss Batis...which is targeted at the “excellent and quite fast but no so fast as to need to be huge if excellent” market.



Nov 04, 2017 at 08:36 PM
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Regarding size, I am debating about lenses to take on a trip overseas. I am set on taking the 12-24, my CV 40/1.2, and a long telephoto I love, the Leica R 180/2.8. I am debating between my Loxia 85/2.4 and the CV 65/2. I was comparing stats today and noted that the CV 65 is heavier, but not by much: Loxia is 1.31 lb (594g), the CV is 1.38 (625g). I don't hear folks complaining about the Loxia 85 being too heavy. Now, the CV is chunkier, but hardly huge. To me, it is without question worth the size and weight penalty. I don't know of another lens that is as good anywhere near its focal length and aperture without being a good bit larger. Don't talk to me about the Leica M 75/2 as this is quite a bit better corrected and sharper at large apertures. Otus 55? Okay, but quite a bit bigger.


Nov 04, 2017 at 08:42 PM
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Another image of my now favorite lens







Nov 04, 2017 at 08:50 PM
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Bob, thank you for these surreal beauty samples ! I followed you through your 5DM3 and ZE first steps and now I find your work here and I will follow again. "pick your teachers"... Great images from the CV65!
I ordered them all now, the 12, 40 and 65. Curious to see the 35 in January.
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Another image of my now favorite lens




Nov 04, 2017 at 09:31 PM
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Thank you Luvwine! Great info confirming my addiction.


Nov 04, 2017 at 09:40 PM
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This is simply the best lens I have in my kit, followed by my Batis 138 2.8. The one blessing this lens has is there is no copy variance reported , known or seen. Why I picked this one to sell to stabilize the cash flow for the A7rIII because I know when I buy it back I don't have to worry about any copy variance. I have all golden copies on my lenses and i don't want to play they freaking lottery on any of them. This I have the most faith in getting another golden copy. Trust me i don't want to sell it, its one of my favorites. But I need to get it back once I get the A7rIII because this is the perfect lens to test the Pixel Stitch feature


Nov 04, 2017 at 09:44 PM
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GMPhotography wrote:
This is simply the best lens I have in my kit, followed by my Batis 138 2.8. The one blessing this lens has is there is no copy variance reported , known or seen. Why I picked this one to sell to stabilize the cash flow for the A7rIII because I know when I buy it back I don't have to worry about any copy variance. I have all golden copies on my lenses and i don't want to play they freaking lottery on any of them. This I have the most faith in getting another golden copy. Trust me
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Sounds like you’ll only be without it for a month or so....wouldn’t it be less hassle and possibly cheaper just to take on the extra credit card or mortgage withdrawal debt for that period rather than sell and buy back?



Nov 04, 2017 at 11:03 PM
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I got a wife standing over me with a baseball bat are you crazy. Lol

Honestly I don’t want to dip into the personal stuff. I will actually buy it after my big gig in January. I need all AF stuff for that work. Besides I rented a A7rII today bought a MC -11 and snug in aSigma 24-70 2.8 to go with it. Been on a tear here. Lol



Nov 04, 2017 at 11:32 PM
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The 65/2 is now always in the bag. Lately the bag has had:
35/2.8 Sony FE
65/2 APO CV FE
135/3.4 APO Telyt M
300/4.5 ED AI Nikkor

that's roughly a ~2x FOV/FL factor between lenses.

Very portable and reasonably light. Sometimes the 16/3.5 Nikkor or 21/2.8 Lox sneaks into there.

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Hi
I think people are talking about size because it has a potential to be a normal lens, a walk around, being 65.

85 clearly is not normal for most so it doesn’t matter.

Luvwine wrote:
Regarding size, I am debating about lenses to take on a trip overseas. I am set on taking the 12-24, my CV 40/1.2, and a long telephoto I love, the Leica R 180/2.8. I am debating between my Loxia 85/2.4 and the CV 65/2. I was comparing stats today and noted that the CV 65 is heavier, but not by much: Loxia is 1.31 lb (594g), the CV is 1.38 (625g). I don't hear folks complaining about the Loxia 85 being too heavy. Now, the CV is chunkier, but hardly huge. To me, it is without question worth the size
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Nov 05, 2017 at 06:53 AM
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I view it as my 85 landscape lens more than my 50 type lens. It actually took my 85mm lens place.


Nov 05, 2017 at 01:11 PM
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I have somewhat quickly adapted to using it as a walk around and landscape lens. It requires thinking and planning a bit differently for me as I usually shot 35mm and wider.


Nov 05, 2017 at 01:33 PM
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te4o wrote:
Bob, thank you for these surreal beauty samples ! I followed you through your 5DM3 and ZE first steps and now I find your work here and I will follow again. "pick your teachers"... Great images from the CV65!
I ordered them all now, the 12, 40 and 65. Curious to see the 35 in January.



A most humbling compliment . . . I thank you for coming on my journey!



Nov 05, 2017 at 01:34 PM
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Luvwine wrote:
I find the lens easy to focus as it is so sharp that when I use focus peeking, it lights up like crazy when I hit focus.


Same experience here. It's very easy to nail focus with the CV 65/2 because contrast and resolution is so high from wide-open throughout the image field. Peaking always shows 'red' (my color choice) even when set it to low. With some lenses, I have to bump peeking to mid or high for it to show when using focus magnification.



Nov 09, 2017 at 01:32 AM
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Be nice if we had it bump up automatically when we hit the magnify. That would be a very cool update


Nov 09, 2017 at 01:36 AM
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GMPhotography wrote:
Be nice if we had it bump up automatically when we hit the magnify. That would be a very cool update


+1 Exactly my wish too. When you have it on a level enough to be useful at 100% it can get crazy in the viewfinder when looking at the normal full image in the EVF when you have a very sharp lens and lots of detail in your image.



Nov 09, 2017 at 01:51 AM
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Yea be nice . Low on full frame than goes to medium on first magnify press than high to second magnify press.

Write this down and send it to Sony. This be brilliant



Nov 09, 2017 at 01:55 AM
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I spent the past week reading every post in this 55 page thread, getting more and more excited about this lens. Decided this was the right lens for me, so I went to B&H to place the order and..

"Due to certain restrictions, this item cannot be shipped to CANADA."

Amazon.ca doesn't sell it but Amazon.com does, but will need an extra $164 for shipping and import fees. I wanted to buy from B&H for the free shipping and because I trust the company. eBay has them, but will be shipped from Hong Kong or Japan. Arghh



Nov 09, 2017 at 07:58 AM
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Try Camera Quest. Steve Gandy is great to work with and ships overnight.


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