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Archive 2010 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar
  
 
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p.6 #1 · p.6 #1 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Haha, I am just being thrifty. I have a 2 year-old at home and new kid on the way this month. Those little suckers can really make money (and time) disappear.


Oct 08, 2010 at 03:23 PM
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p.6 #2 · p.6 #2 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


+1!!!


Oct 08, 2010 at 04:07 PM
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p.6 #3 · p.6 #3 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


mMontag wrote:
The BIN's are $900-ish usd - the last auction was a 1 owner near mint condition for $645 - there might be some interest from a few FM'er but it would be hard to get your money back much above $700 - 6 months from now.

I've seen the Contax 35-70 go from a common $450-500 up to $735 and now Ebay has been selling auctions below $350 in excellent condition.



I have KEH catalogs from the last two years and prices have held steady above $700 during that time. Considering the performance I'm getting on the 5DII, its smallish size, and the price increases for new Canon/Zeiss lenses, I don't see prices coming down anytime soon for the 100-300 zoom.



Oct 09, 2010 at 03:29 AM
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p.6 #4 · p.6 #4 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Had an hour at a waterfall today. was very glad to have the 100-300 on hand:








Oct 09, 2010 at 04:11 AM
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p.6 #5 · p.6 #5 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


There is some fine work on these pages - congrats to all. I have been refraining from posting, hoping it would fade off into the distance of page 2 or beyond, but no.

I want one also in the near future, but now I see the price is what it is, and I agree with Anden reluctantly about that.

Doesn't it feel strange to use film era lenses, ancient in technological terms, on modern day wonder cams - and knowing there will never be a ZE 100-300mm? hah.



Oct 09, 2010 at 04:31 AM
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p.6 #6 · p.6 #6 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


New lenses are not so much about pure optical technology. AF forced lens designs to change (the need for a small lens group to move rapidly). Price point/marketability also caused a major shift.


Oct 09, 2010 at 04:35 AM
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p.6 #7 · p.6 #7 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Paul! That is one amazing shot. I have to come visit you and take a walk in the woods!

As for price. Remember what this lens sold for when available new?

A



Oct 09, 2010 at 07:56 AM
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p.6 #8 · p.6 #8 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Anden - if you come to the US and want to stop by the NW, just let me know.


Oct 09, 2010 at 07:36 PM
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p.6 #9 · p.6 #9 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


pdmphoto wrote:
Anden - if you come to the US and want to stop by the NW, just let me know.


Will do!



Oct 10, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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p.6 #10 · p.6 #10 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Three from yesterday. All wide open. Second one with the Nikon 4T close up lens. I prefer this to tubes when shooting macro.

It is a super sharp lens. Dof at macro distance is short.

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p.6 #11 · p.6 #11 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Nice ones Anden. They really show the great sharpness, color, and bokeh (especially for a zoom).


Oct 10, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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p.6 #12 · p.6 #12 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Thanks Paul!

Here is another flower with the 100-300.
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Oct 10, 2010 at 01:29 PM
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p.6 #13 · p.6 #13 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Superb photos Andreas!


Oct 10, 2010 at 01:31 PM
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p.6 #14 · p.6 #14 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Thank you Luka. This is one of my favourite lenses ever.

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Oct 10, 2010 at 04:15 PM
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p.6 #15 · p.6 #15 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Fog.
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Oct 12, 2010 at 05:31 PM
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p.6 #16 · p.6 #16 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


100mm f/4.5







Oct 20, 2010 at 07:03 PM
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p.6 #17 · p.6 #17 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Well, I bought a BGN one for $499 on KEH, and decided to pick it up in person. When I first picked it up, I was blown away at how conservative KEH was with their grading (I have bought from them before). It turns out there were a few fungus blooms (or at least the etchings of) just under the front element. They were really nice about it, and the guy who was processing me, showed it to a tech who suggested that it may get worse. So, I returned it. But, I could see marks indicating that internal element had been serviced.

Oh, well, you get what you pay for.



Oct 20, 2010 at 07:23 PM
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p.6 #18 · p.6 #18 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Anden,

Very nice grab! - wow, what a fun shot - colors to textures are excellent - love the fog also. Thanks!
Mark




Oct 20, 2010 at 07:37 PM
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p.6 #19 · p.6 #19 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


sooo ewadler,

Is that lens still available and did you take any shots? - the images may be fine. As much as I enjoy excellent/mint condition lenses for that price and how much I would (or not) use that lens - sounds like a steal.



Oct 20, 2010 at 07:43 PM
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p.6 #20 · p.6 #20 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


What hood, if any, are people using with this one?


Oct 20, 2010 at 08:57 PM
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