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| p.1 #1 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar |
Got mine today, and have just looked through the few test images for the 14th time. Iīm still impressed. This lens is just as sharp and mikrocontrasty as the few stories to be found on the net can tell. And it is sharp wide open, not much improvement when stopping down. There is not much to improve. I am very impressed. LoCA? Almost as good as my superachromat: canīt find any in these images. No colour fringing either. But the light was not that sharp today, and the images not necessarily of the LoCA exposing type.
I could not resist to get a Mutar I converter with the order, just to test. And to my great surprise and utter satisfaction, this lens does very well even with the 2x Mutar as a 200-600mm f/9-11. Slight lateral colour can be found. There is significantly more details in the 600mm images, wide open, than can be found of the same subject without the Mutar. Yes, Iīm impressed.
No, itīs not just the first joy of a new toy. This is my 10th Contax lens, and my relationship with zooms is not at the excited end of the spectrum. Iīm in fact slightly annoyed by the thought of a zoom this sharp. The lens is said to be top notch at shorter lenghts, but loosing some at the longest. I will of course match it against my 300L4 and 400L5.6. But Iīm afraid the Līs just might not make it to the last round. Iīm allready shure that they are defeated in the colour fringing and LoCA matches. And this is all on a 7D with the pixel density of a 46Mp FF. Yes, Canon, bring me the 5Dmark5. Now. Iīve got the lenses to match!
I have aimed at three 100-300 VSīs in the last year but never got around to pull the trigger. Zooms, you know... What a waste of time!