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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Hooked on Contax now


Tradition, I'd say, just like Zeiss doing 25mm instead of 24mm.


Aug 23, 2017 at 12:10 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Hooked on Contax now


Why 25mm while we're on it...


Aug 23, 2017 at 01:41 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Hooked on Contax now


I tried the 25mm C/Y a while back and just couldn't fall in love with it. I have the 28/2.8, and it works very well. Also have 35/2.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.7, and 85/1.4. I've found the 85/1.4 to be a crazy-wonderful portrait lens.


Aug 23, 2017 at 01:59 AM
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jcolwell wrote:
Nope. It's probably something that happens somewhere between design inception, build, marketing, and sales. Maybe the big boss had a preference.


Good point...maybe the boss was a fan of blackjack.



Aug 23, 2017 at 08:37 AM
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Mathieu18 wrote:
Why 25mm while we're on it...


Well when i was looking through my LR catalogue, most of my shots taken on the 14-24 were either 14mm or 23/24mm.

i will end up with a 21mm at some point, but i think for now, a 25mm will be wide enough - especially here in the SW




Aug 30, 2017 at 04:02 PM
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From personal experience, the 28mm f2.8 is the best lens I've ever used. It has a very cinematic color palette and rendering. The 50mm f1.4 and 1.7 are both wicked sharp lenses but I prefer the smoothness of the bokeh and much better build quality of the 1.4. The 1.7 is all plastic and does not really fit in with the typical tank-like contax zeiss build quality. The 35-70, is just phenomenal. It can do everything if you can deal with the size and push/pull ergonomics (which were never an issue for me). I have never used, but would love to get my hands on a 100mm f3.5 or 100mm f2 someday. The 100mm f2 is supposed to be incredible. Some call it the best lens that they have every used.


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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Hooked on Contax now


Both 100s are truly wonderful portrait lenses, tremendous presence and character.


Sep 03, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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I always preferred the later iteration of the C/Y 25/2.8, the Zeiss ZF/ZE 25mm f/2.8 Distagon. My favourite24/25mm FL on Canon 5DII, but I found it front heavy on the A7.

As diglloyd points out, it doesn't perform well on test charts because of Close-up curvature of field. (But I found c/u performance to be really good)
https://diglloyd.com/articles/ZeissZ/ZeissZ-25f2_8.html

I'm surprised that the Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar hasn't been mentioned yet. I haven't used it myself, but it usually gets great accolades here.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1501962

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/926319

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1058320/0



Sep 03, 2017 at 01:40 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Hooked on Contax now


I found the CZ 100-300 to be an excellent lens, but the results for handheld shooting just could not match what I got from my Canon L-series zooms, with IS.


Sep 03, 2017 at 03:33 PM
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Jmonat7 wrote:
... I have never used, but would love to get my hands on a 100mm f3.5 or 100mm f2 someday. The 100mm f2 is supposed to be incredible. Some call it the best lens that they have every used.

In different ways, these are definitive CZ Contax lenses: I own both. Used S100 have been listed recently on FM B&S for under $300. The P100 is a dense hunk of glass and metal with great handling and classic rendition. It has excellent bokeh and virtually zero linear distortionóboth rare for Planars. Narrow DOF wide open makes for a challenge at close range:




Sep 03, 2017 at 04:26 PM
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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Hooked on Contax now


I have the 21/2.8, 28/2, 35PC, 35-70/3.4, and the 100MP. The 100 Macro is one of the sharpest 35mm lenses ever made. And it is 1:1.


Sep 03, 2017 at 08:19 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Hooked on Contax now


I'm coming to think I may be hooked on them as well ... again! (I briefly owned a modest, two-lens RTSII outfit back in the early '80s and loved it, but had to sell it when my car needed a new cylinder head and I was caught short of funds.)

Anyway, I was out photographing this morning in downtown Phoenix from 2:30 am until 6:30 am and used exclusively the 35/f2.8. Here are some of the initial results with it mounted on my A7R / Cambo Actus combo:










Sep 03, 2017 at 09:21 PM
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