Upload & Sell: Off
Thanks Adam. Sell me one of your Contax 80/2 lens? . Contax 645 AF lenses are nice, very smooth but I think they are showing their age when compared to the Hassy H or Leica S lenses? I'll get a set at some point, especially the 80/2 and 120/4 Macro. On the S2, with the crop factor, we do lose a little of the Contax 80/2 magic, but its still a very nice lens, great for portraits. I'm not really considering the Hassy H lenses as they are slower than the S counterparts and also quite pricey. Might as...Show more →
Good points. I'm wondering if the smaller sensor makes to much of a negative impact on the overall image. I mean to the point where I'd rather not give up the DSLR high ISO and autofocus speeds (almost like ). It's hard to say.. So at the end of the day, even though you'll have great fun adapting lenses, maybe you're right, the Leica S-lenses are probably the biggest draw to the system. That's what I felt anyway from the brief few shoots I did with it.
The Hassy lenses are ok, I liked the 100/2 and I though that MF speed was on par with the S lenses, and it's actually a pretty decent lens. The only reason I mentioned it though, is from what I've been seeing, it can be had used for a good amount less then what a Leica 70mm costs, and it's compatible with the S-system. Though by that logic, I think you should give the 80/2 a shot, it's a much better/cheaper lens.
From my use, I found autofocus to be a problem (especially with subjects walking towards me), to the point where I manual focused. And I prefer to manual focus my contax (maybe because I have a brightening screen installed?). But at the end of the day you are right, the contax system is "dated" and then you'll find yourself hoarding them like me.. I have so many redundant parts and extra kits, it's annoying. And for the price these suckers fetch now a days, if I sold everything off, I could almost afford a S-system anyway.
Honestly though, every time I look at my 80/2 images, I really think that lens is hard to beat. So please do borrow one soon (if I were in the states, I'd let you borrow one of mine).. I'd love to see how it looks on the S-system (you might convince me to buy one yet).
That and yes, I completely forgot, the 110 hassy/zeiss lens is great. Someone on the forum here a long time ago use to shoot with one.. He's gone now (went to getdpi, then disappeared).. But he always took amazing shots with that lens.