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p.6 #1 · p.6 #1 · 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 #2 · p.6 #2 · 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 #3 · p.6 #3 · 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 #4 · p.6 #4 · 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 #5 · p.6 #5 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Superb photos Andreas!


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


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

a



Oct 10, 2010 at 04:15 PM
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p.6 #7 · p.6 #7 · 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 #8 · p.6 #8 · 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 #9 · p.6 #9 · 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 #10 · p.6 #10 · 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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p.6 #11 · p.6 #11 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


phillip.

67-86 ring & #5 hood - k-89 hood cap

I've been accumulating a few of the Contax rings / hoods / caps as I can find them on the cheap - decent system. This PeeblePlace Contax db has most of the Contax associated information and some great reviews on some of the Contax and other lenses.

http://www.pebbleplace.com/Personal/Contax_db.html



Oct 20, 2010 at 10:01 PM
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p.6 #12 · p.6 #12 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Thanks very much for the information, mMontag - will keep my eyes open for these parts but will also try the rubber hood if I can find one in the meantime:

Soft Lens Shade 67mm G-13(Screw-in type)
Usable lenses <Direct attachment>: P85mm f/1.4, P100mm f/2, MP60mm f/2.8, MP100mm f/2.8, VS100-300mm f/4.5-5.6

The mir website is another great resource:

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/contax/shared/accessory/hoods.htm



Oct 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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p.6 #13 · p.6 #13 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Anden wrote:
100mm f/4.5


Anden,
that is art.A wall hanger for sure.Well done!
-Jim



Oct 20, 2010 at 11:56 PM
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p.6 #14 · p.6 #14 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Thanks Mark and Jim!

I actually use the Metal Hood 4 that I got with my 85/1.4

A



Oct 21, 2010 at 03:52 AM
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p.6 #15 · p.6 #15 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


mMontag wrote:
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.


I did not take any pictures. I brought my camera and realized I had forgotten an adapter.

I am not sure how it would perform, but it was a pretty sizeable spot of fungus. I can't imagine it wouldn't affect the pictures, but I could be wrong. A possibility is that the fungus isn't dead, either.
For the price, it may be a good deal in its current state, I was afraid of getting a $600 lens for $500 and then the fungus gets worse, and in a few months I have a $200 lens (picture quality-wise).
But, they have a 14-day no questions asked return policy. Watch for it to pop up again (the guy said it would take few days to process the return), and give it a try, and return it if you think it is affecting the picture quality.



Oct 21, 2010 at 04:50 AM
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p.6 #16 · p.6 #16 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


ewadler,

Thanks - I called them on an UG for $299 and the person mentioned that their UG's should be considered for "parts only" and that image quality would be impaired. The BGN should not impair image.

I have an old 75/1.5 Biogon that was very economical and had several fungus spot - I opened it and cleaned it up - it's not perfect but you can't see any image degradation due to the fungus. No need to inventory primo expensive lenses if they're only going to be on the camera a few times a month or year.



Oct 21, 2010 at 01:11 PM
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p.6 #17 · p.6 #17 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Before I pull the trigger on VS 100-300mm, I saw old thread here http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/508562 . Is it true that Canon 100-300mm f5.6L is sharper than VS 100-300mm?


Oct 21, 2010 at 03:54 PM
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p.6 #18 · p.6 #18 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


wilco23 wrote:
Before I pull the trigger on VS 100-300mm, I saw old thread here http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/508562 . Is it true that Canon 100-300mm f5.6L is sharper than VS 100-300mm?


Maybe. But where is the 3D?



Oct 21, 2010 at 07:19 PM
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p.6 #19 · p.6 #19 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


wilco23, the Canons may be 'sharper' however one defines it (and I really dislike single indicator measures, being a statistician) but I for one would require much more than a 'film' test that was unspecified and presented no evidence whatsoever, other than hearsay!

The MTF chart for the 100-300 Vario-Sonnar at 100mm is about as good as that of any modern short tele lens Zeiss ZE/ZF made, and it is much stronger than the 80-200/4. It's instructive, for example, to compare the modern MP100/2 at f4 and infinity with the 100-300VS at f8...or the 85/1.4 at f5.6. MTF is not everything of course, but...it sure demonstrates the lens does not lack for 'sharpness'.

That thread you quote was notable for the incredible level of help offered by Son, who incidentally really knows his stuff.



Oct 22, 2010 at 12:41 AM
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p.6 #20 · p.6 #20 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Thanks phillip for the pointer. I am on the fence to get the lens or not. My requirement is edge to edge sharpness @ f8 and f11


Oct 22, 2010 at 04:07 PM
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