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p.3 #1 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


That Zeiss zoom is amazing. I don't have that FL covered yet. Makes my mouth watery and my valet cry.



Sep 13, 2010 at 02:46 PM
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p.3 #2 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


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

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

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


What lenses have perfect bokeh at all distances? I guess that is hard to archive...



Sep 13, 2010 at 02:52 PM
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p.3 #3 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


IDURITA wrote:
That Zeiss zoom is amazing. I don't have that FL covered yet. Makes my mouth watery and my valet cry.


I felt the same way when I found out about this zoom. I had to get it.



Sep 13, 2010 at 02:53 PM
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p.3 #4 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I have a Sigma 150mm macro HSM APO and the Canon 400mm f/5.6 L.
Nothing in between.

I was considering:

A) Canon 135mm f/2 L and Canon 200mm f/2.8 L

or

B) Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS L

or

C) Sigma 100-300mm f/4

all of them are getting high ratings.

But I could no make my mind up yet. Now comes this Zeiss 100-300mm along.

Anden, your macro shot of your garden are so sharp and the colors really pop, also the tele shots of denoir's safari are stunning.

What to do ?



Sep 13, 2010 at 03:25 PM
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p.3 #5 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I have just found a Japanese website with some nice sample images of this lens.

http://info.xitek.com/producttest/200901/12-10471_3.html



Sep 13, 2010 at 03:55 PM
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p.3 #6 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Another sleeper from the CY series unearthed!

"I liked the combination of IQ, compactness and range of the Zeiss-trio 21 or 28 2.8, 35-70 3.4 and 100-300 a lot".

I have the first three of these and they make for a superb travel/landscape set for the discerning Zeissist. So I have to listen to you good people about this one.

As expected, the long end is weaker in its MTF data but looks about the same at both reported apertures. Wow, the short end looks incredible, as good as primes - nice low distortion also at 100-200mm, the main usage band. Very nice shaping in the shots in this thread.

MF is less of an issue for me - my work at this FL is generally at infinity. And stabilisation matters little, at the long end you still lose so much at working apertures in low (read photographic) light, so it's a tripod job anyway. In the end, it will come down to performance.

Anden, if you can do us a couple of your typical work at 250-300mm over longish distances I (and I am sure others) would love to see.

Another temptation is the ability to fine tune framing with minimal lens changes using just the 35-70 and 100-300. The weight is about on par with other tele consumer zooms (!) from Nikon and Canon (and my Minolta 200mm APO), small filter size is fine also.

Denoir, thank you for showing us why we prefer CZ ;-) A good day to all.



Sep 13, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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p.3 #7 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Well as stated before, the 100-300 really compliments the other "landscape" zeiss.
I have the quartet now and I am happy as can be.

Here is one hand held test shot at 300 mm from the other day including 100% crop.
It was a bit windy but I still managed to get a decent shot.

300 mm f/5.6, Iso 400












Sep 14, 2010 at 05:36 AM
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p.3 #8 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Many thanks, Anden.

Other information on this one for readers: front element rotates with focus change, no tripod socket, and some experience zoom creep. MFD of 1.5m and 925 grams weight.

Some indicative images here: http://forum.mflenses.com/contax-vario-sonnar-100-300-sunflowers-t18597.html

The ebay sharks ask $US800-900 for mint ones.



Sep 15, 2010 at 04:48 AM
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p.3 #9 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


philip_pj wrote:
Many thanks, Anden.

Other information on this one for readers: front element rotates with focus change, no tripod socket, and some experience zoom creep. MFD of 1.5m and 925 grams weight.

Some indicative images here: http://forum.mflenses.com/contax-vario-sonnar-100-300-sunflowers-t18597.html

The ebay sharks ask $US800-900 for mint ones.


It is by no means the perfect lens but I am looking mostly at the results it produces and the result is stunning. I guess the Canon 70-200 II is the more convenient choice but for me a slower process is good since I end up with more keepers when I slow down.





Sep 15, 2010 at 07:52 AM
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p.3 #10 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


philip_pj wrote:
no tripod socket


When searching for this lens on ebay, I find a lot of tripod mounts specifically made for it (apparently). Such as: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280357419115



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p.3 #11 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I will probably order that tripod mount. Reasonable price.

Here are another sample thread. Not my photos :http://www.dchome.net/viewthread.php?tid=919904



Sep 15, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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p.3 #12 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


denoir wrote:
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:

http://peltarion.eu/img/70200II/70200II-29.jpg

http://peltarion.eu/img/70200II/70200II-30.jpg

http://peltarion.eu/img/70200II/70200II-31.jpg

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


Outstanding animal shots no 1 and no 2 denoir!



Sep 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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p.3 #13 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Anden wrote:
I will probably order that tripod mount. Reasonable price.

Here are another sample thread. Not my photos :http://www.dchome.net/viewthread.php?tid=919904


For that FL - I could see some real usefulness of this lens but on a tripod and using a collar - the build looks like a larger scale of the 35-70 - I assume the collar would attach to the inside sliding barrel below the focus ring. A mint copy just sold on auction last night for $645.00 usd - I hope someone here got it - the BIN's are asking over $800-900 - KEH has an UG for $300.

The Canon II would be a great choice if $2,300 usd + 1490 gm will work for you - the fixed 2.8 is a real plus - add the new TC 1.4 for 280mm @ f4 plus $500 and 220 g. Very nice but expensive and very heavy - might need to add a heavy tripod though the new IS is quite efficient. If wildlife and/or sports is the main subject (though 200mm is short for wildlife) and you don't need to carry it very far - must be one heck of a set-up.



Sep 15, 2010 at 03:14 PM
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p.3 #14 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


For landscapes that require you to actually walk to get there (!) giant tele lenses are a big problem, no pun intended, and no IS gets near a tripod image. Which outs the tele zoom set for me at least. Sony make a great 70-200 also but it is huge.

Thanks AhamB, I saw those tripod collars but they all refer to a f4.5 lens, which I thought might be yet another lens, but checking the Contax list I see no other. If so, that would assist greatly in consistently sharp images. The only place for a collar is at the front of the lens it seems - unless you attach it just in front of the aperture ring, over the focal length scale? Maybe an oversight on Zeiss's part, for such a slow lens would be hard to handhold at decent shutter speeds.

I like the zebra MTF test, which the Canon passes with flying colours, although it looks more like 2 lp/cm than 40 lp/mm - hah.

Back to the 100-300, sadly it extends in linear fashion - 100mm in retracted form, 300mm at full extension, unlike the 35-70. Happy to be wrong about these things.



Sep 16, 2010 at 03:49 AM
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p.3 #15 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


The lens is 4.5-5.6, so they just labeled it incompletely on those tripod collars...
I think you won't be able to mount it with the lens at 100mm, but then at 100mm it will be handholdable. Maybe from 135mm or so the lens will be extended far enough to provide room for the collar.



Sep 16, 2010 at 08:50 AM
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p.3 #16 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


A few around 300mm. f/8 or f/11.
The side light killed some of the 3D.

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Sep 19, 2010 at 08:50 AM
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p.3 #17 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Late summer grasses and autumn leaves...still a nice rendition, light notwithstanding - thank you again. I was hoping that is how this lens would go at the long end, where good rendering of a central subject is more often needed than blazing 'across the frame' performance.

From the MTF, it looks to be stunningly good at 100-150mm, really good at 200mm and a gentle loss of performance from there on - with the aperture being more of a DOF control than a big factor in IQ. Much 'better' than the 80-200/4 at 200mm, but such comparisons can, of course, be odious and limited! And other shots show a certain 'delicacy' to this 100-300mm; subjects sit nicely in image space.

It's a fairly short lens at the 100mm end, and a tripod shot using the body's socket/QR will work fine, as the COG is not very far out in front of a full-frame body.

For any Sony users reading, Leitax can do a custom mount for it, at extra cost. In the near future...



Sep 20, 2010 at 12:37 AM
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p.3 #18 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I am very satisfied with the rendering. Will try to shoot some more at the long end and wide open.
I have no problem shooting on a tripod without a tripod mount. The lens is not heavier that my 85L.

A



Sep 20, 2010 at 09:30 AM
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p.3 #19 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Good news Anden. I have a KEH sample in EX condition coming my way.


Sep 20, 2010 at 09:39 AM
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p.3 #20 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


pdmphoto wrote:
Good news Anden. I have a KEH sample in EX condition coming my way.


I like your photos so this should be a good addition to your stable. Make sure you have a solid tripod to make the most of the resolution available.

a



Sep 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM
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