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p.8 #1 · p.8 #1 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Best way to keep lens threads alive is with smoking images, plenty of which we see above! I would love to contribute but David at Leitax is a very busy man these days...


May 15, 2011 at 05:46 AM
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p.8 #2 · p.8 #2 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Anyone here who owns this lens also has a moral responsibility to provide some more images and keep this thread alive.


Jun 11, 2011 at 08:00 PM
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p.8 #3 · p.8 #3 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I think this is my next lens. If I can decide if it's a better pick than the Minolta APO F2.8 200mm G HS.

The Minolta gives me fast AF and steady shot in my A850 as well as almost 2 stops... The Contax/Zeiss gives me more contrast and sharpness and 100mm more...

Out of curiousity, if I chip the lens, what FL should I be chipping it for if i want steady shot?

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Jun 11, 2011 at 08:46 PM
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p.8 #4 · p.8 #4 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Any comparisons with the Sony 70-400G? How about some examples fron an A900/850 with a Leitax conversion.


Jun 11, 2011 at 08:50 PM
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p.8 #5 · p.8 #5 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Some photos of my recently acquired Vario-Sonnar 100-300.

This lens delivers really nice looking high resolution pictures.
Even with my Canon 550D.
It is a very well corrected lens, there are nearly no chromatic aberrations.

























This one was taken with a Mutar I converter.










Jun 22, 2011 at 09:42 PM
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p.8 #6 · p.8 #6 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


FlyPenFly,

Are you saying that the Vario-Sonnar is sharper than the Minolta 200/2.8 APO?



Jun 22, 2011 at 10:40 PM
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p.8 #7 · p.8 #7 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


FlyPenFly wrote:
Out of curiousity, if I chip the lens, what FL should I be chipping it for if i want steady shot?


I think 100mm. At least I've read before that when SS overcompensates due to a too long FL, you'll get unsharp results. Of course you could program the chip at 200mm and just disable SS when you use the lens near 100mm.



Jun 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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p.8 #8 · p.8 #8 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Last week I received my converted (no reversible mount possible) one of these for Alpha mount, from Leitax. Did a series of careful comparisons with a Minolta 200mm f2.8 APO HS and Sony's 70-300mm mid-level zoom - it revealed a few things.

(using cord-anchored CF tripod, MLU, dwell of 8 seconds, no SSS, no filter, cable release, no wind, neutral settings in RAW, no RC sharpening, focus bracketing)

Photozone test of the esteemed 200/2.8 APO:
http://www.photozone.de/sonyalphaff/660-minolta200f28?start=1

The VS is so close to the APO Minolta that the only resolution difference is smaller than focus error, at the best aperture for each of f5.6...the Minolta may just shade the VS at short range.

The other characteristics of real importance to me all run in favour of the VS: beautiful defined bokeh, as good 3D as I could wish for, colour tonality which lends itself to 3D, clarity, and midtone separation in another league from the Minolta's rather flat output and too smooth bokeh. I shoot landscapes and travel I should add. I see no trace of lateral CA in fine twigs against a bright (250/255) sky near long edges. Same 'accurate yet beautiful' greens seen in photoe's images above.

The Sony zoom was outclassed, despite nice colour and contrast.

And this at 200mm which is the downslope on the VS MTF chart (optimum is 100-150mm, a wise choice by Zeiss IMO). At 100mm it is simply excellent, showing a noticeable lift in performance over longer FLs.

What's not to like? Focus is expectedly fussy, given the ability to focus past infinity and no LV...and it makes a real difference in my focus bracket shots to get it exactly right.

I rate it as 'better' than the Contax 35-70/3.4, really more of the same but at longer FLs. It impresses me as much as the 21mm Distagon. I have yet to see poor image from it, so consistency is another feature. It also sits nicely on a full frame body despite lacking a full focal range collar option. I'll do a few jpgs when I get to it.

I could get to like the comparo business, it's very informative in a way you can never see otherwise.



Jul 21, 2011 at 07:58 AM
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p.8 #9 · p.8 #9 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Philip, thanks for the comparison. Is the Sony zoom you compared it to the 70-300mm G? How much of a fall off in performance is there with the VS from 200-300mm? Lastly, if you don't mind my asking, what did David charge for the mount conversion. Thanks.



Jul 21, 2011 at 06:26 PM
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p.8 #10 · p.8 #10 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Some photos.

















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p.8 #11 · p.8 #11 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Nice portraits! I find the 100-300 an amazing portrait lens. However, I bought mine for landscapes. Haven't really taken any time off for shooting this year but here are a couple taken last summer. A single shot and then a pano of 5 pics - probably at 100mm. Dave












Sep 01, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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p.8 #12 · p.8 #12 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


I bought mine for landscapes but at 100 mm it is fantastic for portraits.


Sep 01, 2014 at 01:08 PM
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p.8 #13 · p.8 #13 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Mine's on the way over from Thailand....we shall see


Dec 24, 2014 at 05:49 AM
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p.8 #14 · p.8 #14 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


First keeper




Dec 31, 2014 at 01:50 AM
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p.8 #15 · p.8 #15 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


A couple of exotic locations in Tibet's lakeland paradise in the Changtang, these are 4500m to 5000m. The colors are accurate. On the far side of the first image is a large herd of yak.












Jan 04, 2015 at 02:47 AM
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p.8 #16 · p.8 #16 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Quick pano from everyones favorite park in Seattle. Several zeiss 100-300mm shots together.




Jan 09, 2015 at 03:56 AM
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p.8 #17 · p.8 #17 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


This is my lens rig to stabilize a long lens that came with no tripod collar. Fotga dp500




Jan 09, 2015 at 04:36 AM
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p.8 #18 · p.8 #18 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Seattle 12th man skyline




Jan 12, 2015 at 03:14 AM
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p.8 #19 · p.8 #19 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Seattle from Rizal park



Belltown neighborhood from Sky View Observatory




Jan 14, 2015 at 04:38 AM
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p.8 #20 · p.8 #20 · The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar


Hey Mike, your Seattle panos are awesome! Are you stitching in photoshop or one of the stitching programs?


Jan 15, 2015 at 03:49 PM
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