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Sep 12, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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Anden: Grymt! (Great shots!)
You make me want to pick up one. I actually found few for acceptable price. Just wait for some financial aid..



Sep 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


It is the lens I have been wanting in order to round of my landscape kit. It is now 4-5 lenses strong. Mostly Zeiss.
It is hard to find at a reasonable price but if you do, go for it. I was actually eyeing at the Canon 70-200 4L IS but I realized I want the Zeiss pop!

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Sep 12, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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I tested 70-200/2.8L (non-is) and wasn't impressed with it for a moment. It is said that f4L IS is sharpest in the bunch, but I am yet to test it...

The 100-300 I find on the auctions here in the region of 500 euro, so I assume it is acceptable. Some shops will sell even cheaper, so I hope for around 200-300 (not impossible)...



Sep 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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Krosavcheg wrote:
I tested 70-200/2.8L (non-is) and wasn't impressed with it for a moment. It is said that f4L IS is sharpest in the bunch, but I am yet to test it...

The 100-300 I find on the auctions here in the region of 500 euro, so I assume it is acceptable. Some shops will sell even cheaper, so I hope for around 200-300 (not impossible)...


500 Euros is a great price given the lens is in good condition.

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Sep 12, 2010 at 01:08 PM
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Nice shots Andreas

I would love to be tempted by that lens.. but I have a 70-200 f/2.8 IS II that is very very good. It's definitely one of the best Canon lenses in terms of colors and micro contrast plus constant f/2.8, AF and optical stabilization is difficult to beat.. It is also absurdly sharp - as sharp as a good tele prime.

No, it's not definitely not a Zeiss but it does have a nice 'pop' of its own:



















I would of course love to be able to replace the glass inside the lens for Zeiss glass and keep the rest..

So anyway, I don't think the Contax 100-300 is for me. I want AF on a long zoom. I want IS and I want a large and constant maximum aperture.



Sep 12, 2010 at 01:44 PM
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It sure is a great lens but I cant justify the price. I rarely shoot AF at all nowadays. The last AF lens that was mounted on my camera was the 85L and I shot in MF anyway :-)

I will bring the 100-300 to Stockholm next time I visit and you can try it...

Lovely frames! I really like the wild life shots.

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Sep 12, 2010 at 02:16 PM
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Anden wrote:
500 Euros is a great price given the lens is in good condition.


On ebay it seems be in the range 650-750 euros...

By the way, I think my Mamiya 645 200/2.8 APO (at 400 euros) will beat that Canon in corner sharpness and absence of vignetting, at least in that shot with the giraffes.



Sep 12, 2010 at 03:00 PM
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Thanks Andreas I like AF on longer lenses and IS is typically a good things as well.

It's a deal and you can try the Canon.

Benjamin: I've never used the Mamiya so I wouldn't know. The sharpness is pretty constant across the frame though.



Sep 12, 2010 at 08:07 PM
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Nice!



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Also very nice!



Sep 13, 2010 at 03:34 AM
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Unreal shots.
Well, I need to test MkII one then.. Though, the price tag is not its most attractive feature.



Sep 13, 2010 at 03:38 AM
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Yes, the giraffs are very nice. But all colour is so Canon: flat. IIRC there are dedicated formus for inferior stuff. Pleace keep the Canon trash out of this thread!


Sep 13, 2010 at 05:20 AM
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denoir wrote:
Thanks Andreas I like AF on longer lenses and IS is typically a good things as well.

It's a deal and you can try the Canon.

Benjamin: I've never used the Mamiya so I wouldn't know. The sharpness is pretty constant across the frame though.


Sound great. I will let you know the next time I am in Stockholm. BTW. If you are at Stureplan you can see my work on the large screen on the building next to Spy Bar. They show every five minutes or so.

A



Sep 13, 2010 at 07:28 AM
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helimat wrote:
Nice!


Thanks! The 3D and sharpness are very good with this lens. As expected. I will try to fill this thread with samples since there are not alot to be found on the web.

A




Sep 13, 2010 at 07:29 AM
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Z250SA wrote:
Yes, the giraffs are very nice. But all colour is so Canon: flat. IIRC there are dedicated formus for inferior stuff. Pleace keep the Canon trash out of this thread!


Oh behave will ya!



Sep 13, 2010 at 07:30 AM
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denoir wrote:
Benjamin: I've never used the Mamiya so I wouldn't know. The sharpness is pretty constant across the frame though.


Maybe I'm confusing "swirl" in the foreground bokeh with unsharpness in the lower corners. The swirl is there in the 100L macro too. I don't like it.



Sep 13, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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AhamB wrote:
Maybe I'm confusing "swirl" in the foreground bokeh with unsharpness in the lower corners. The swirl is there in the 100L macro too. I don't like it.


To me it looks as the corners are oof and thus unsharp.

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Sep 13, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Thanks Capt. Obvious. I'm talking about smearing in tangential direction.


Sep 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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Anden wrote:
Stureplan you can see my work on the large screen on the building next to Spy Bar. They show every five minutes or so.


I'm impressed! I'll make a point of looking it up - how long are they showing it? How did it happen?

Z250SA wrote:
Yes, the giraffs are very nice. But all colour is so Canon: flat. IIRC there are dedicated formus for inferior stuff. Pleace keep the Canon trash out of this thread!


Hehe, yes, it's not quite Zeiss, I know.

AhamB wrote:
Maybe I'm confusing "swirl" in the foreground bokeh with unsharpness in the lower corners. The swirl is there in the 100L macro too. I don't like it.


Could be. The bokeh isn't all that great at all distances. It ranges from very good to mediocre.



Sep 13, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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