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PratyushPandya
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p.20 #1 · p.20 #1 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Just picked up one off eBay.
Where can I find the Contax metal lens hood? Do I need anything else to fit the hood to lens front? What I read online is a bit confusing.
Thank you in advance.



Oct 30, 2017 at 12:22 AM
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p.20 #2 · p.20 #2 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


PratyushPandya wrote:
Just picked up one off eBay.
Where can I find the Contax metal lens hood? Do I need anything else to fit the hood to lens front? What I read online is a bit confusing.
Thank you in advance.


It's the "Metal Hood 5" and needs a 86-67mm step down ring for the Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar.



Oct 30, 2017 at 12:37 AM
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p.20 #3 · p.20 #3 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


A7RII, Zeiss 100-300, f8 I think, iso400, 1/1000, hand held at 200mm







Nov 02, 2017 at 05:54 PM
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A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Nov 11, 2017 at 04:08 PM
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p.20 #5 · p.20 #5 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Nice capture and processing Ronny!


Nov 13, 2017 at 09:59 AM
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p.20 #6 · p.20 #6 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


TBjork wrote:
Nice capture and processing Ronny!

Thanks Tom




Nov 13, 2017 at 04:34 PM
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p.20 #7 · p.20 #7 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I sold mine 18 months ago but have been missing it since. My new one just arrived. This and the Minolta 80-200 2.8 are the only telephoto lenses I think of in terms of rendering.












Nov 19, 2017 at 11:37 PM
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A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Dec 30, 2017 at 08:34 PM
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A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Dec 31, 2017 at 09:18 PM
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p.20 #10 · p.20 #10 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Nice shots Ronny !

Waiting on delivery of my copy from Japan.



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p.20 #11 · p.20 #11 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I'm always amazed by the images in here!
I'm looking for a longer focal length (currently top out with the 24-70GM) but for landscape and cityscape stuff I'm not sure I really need AF as most of that type of thing is done on a tripod, how easy is this lens to handle?



Jan 01, 2018 at 11:47 PM
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No it's not a easy lens to handhold..Even with focus magnify it can be pretty difficult to hit focus, esp at longer distance and in bad light and stopped down WO... on tripod it is easier .. but it is possible to miss on a tripod also but I think it performs really well when it hits it as it should

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A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr




A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T*by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T*by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr





A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T*by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr


A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T*by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Jan 02, 2018 at 05:59 PM
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A7R II + Contax 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Vario-Sonnar T* by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Jan 02, 2018 at 07:42 PM
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Reach for the sky







Jan 02, 2018 at 09:29 PM
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Ronny Olsson wrote:
No it's not a easy lens to handhold..Even with focus magnify it can be pretty difficult to hit focus, esp at longer distance and in bad light and stopped down WO... on tripod it is easier .. but it is possible to miss on a tripod also but I think it performs really well when it hits it as it should


Thanks Ronny, your landscape stuff is amazing with this lens! Appreciate its probably not easy to handhold!!! I think I'm going to pull the trigger on one of these from Japan!



Jan 02, 2018 at 10:43 PM
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chrismscotland wrote:
Thanks Ronny, your landscape stuff is amazing with this lens! Appreciate its probably not easy to handhold!!! I think I'm going to pull the trigger on one of these from Japan!


I would say that's the largest flaw of the lens. It's amazing how much more hand holdable and useable the canon 70-300L is. The Canon has separate focus and zoom rings, and the subject can be focused on with ease in the EVF. Like Ronny said, even magnified, the CY 100-300 can be hard to focus, and especially at night. They are virtually the same size, weight and technical IQ is close. The Contax has terrific rendering though, while the Canon has a much more canon and flatter rendering, which is a big deal. It can be used easily without a tripod. And then you'll get exif and better stabilization and weather sealing on the Canon as well, and AF if needed. But you'll also need an expensive adapter. As usual, pick which tradeoffs you like (or dislike least, ha). Ming Thein compared the 2 and said they were neck to neck, but he opted for the Contax on account of rendering, but he's a tripod shooter.

edit: also, MFD is great on the Canon, which is pretty field relevant. After a Batis 35 f2, I'd like to see Zeiss make a modern CY 100-300 4-5.6 through the Batis line.


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Jan 02, 2018 at 11:33 PM
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nehemiahphoto wrote:
I would say that's the largest flaw of the lens. It's amazing how much more hand holdable and useable the canon 70-300L is. The Canon has separate focus and zoom rings, and the subject can be focused on with ease in the EVF. Like Ronny said, even magnified, the CY 100-300 can be hard to focus, and especially at night. They are virtually the same size, weight and technical IQ is close. The Contax has terrific rendering though, while the Canon has a much more canon and flatter rendering, which is a big deal. It can be used easily without
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Thanks, I hadn't considered the Canon 70-300L but will have a look at it, just sold my Canon EF adapter as well (MC-11)!



Jan 03, 2018 at 12:01 AM
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p.20 #18 · p.20 #18 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Playing with the CY 100-300 around sunset.

















Jan 03, 2018 at 04:17 PM
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p.20 #19 · p.20 #19 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Don't forget the FE 100-400 GM, guys.
Granted, it is more expensive and a little heavier and bigger than a used C/Y VS 100-300 (If you find a good one).
I sold my VS 100-300 (it had high serial > 81.....) for the GM.
You get AF and exif data, more reach up to 400 mm and IS with the FE.
You get warranty.
No risk of haze coming up suddenly in the rear element after some time.
And the rendering is really VERY competitive and comparable.
Also focusing is a challenge with that VS. IBIS is more or less useless, so your magnified image in the vf does not help very much, and this VS is VERY sensitive on focus.
Look at the images above........



Jan 03, 2018 at 07:58 PM
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p.20 #20 · p.20 #20 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


'And the rendering is really VERY competitive and comparable.'

Many may have to disagree on that one, these are two very different optics. One is twice the complexity of the other, and the full images may look like chalk and cheese. My comments from this great comparo by Fred:

"Both do very well. Surprising to see how well the Vario Sonnar did WO and at f5.6 in the extreme edge at 100mm. The MTF shows a little midfield curvature at 100mm/WO and this shows up in the mid-zone here. I prefer the color transitions provided by the VS's advanced glass formulations and the already very good 1996 coatings. Sony's new zooms can show slightly blue-tinged, saturated greens at the expense of near tones, with resulting subdued yellow and oranges - to my vision at least. You see this most strongly here in outer frames, as the definition declines.

The 3D is very real, results from the combination of the glass, color transitions and micro-contrast; when definition falls off the organic color saves the day. I shoot in very clear air (vis 50-80kms) with this VS 100-300, and often see a pleasant smoothness to the image, despite the definition.

This CY lens is a 12/7 design against a 22/16 design, separated by 21 years, 450 grams and $1500."

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1501962/0



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