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Re: Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6


Actually the Contax is a tough enemy in the ring. It's the best manual telezoom lens ever made (my opinion) and much better than other legacy zoom lenses. It was the first Zeiss lens that has ever used ED glass, and they used it wisely (obviously).

Your Contax looks almost exactely like mine..

I am also debating if I should go the GM route or keep my Contax 100-300.. It took me almost two years to find one.. One aspect that is interesting is the bokeh. In my opinion, not only sharpness but the excellent bokeh sets the Contax 100-300 apart from other xxx-300 lenses, it really shines in that regard.

I see it that way:

Contax:

+ Sharpness and Microcontrast until 200
(+ Bokeh) --> to be proved
+ Size
+ Weight

GM:

+ 400mm
(+) Sharpness at 300mm
+ Visible LaCA at 300mm
+ OSS
+ EXIF
+ AF
+ Better TCs

A pretty long list for the GM and I see a bigger potential to get the horsepower on the road. The Contax is lovely for tripod work but the quirky setup of IBIS and the rotating front element limit it's practical usefulness a little although it's something I could live with regarding it's optical excellence.

Nevertheless, the increase of size and weight is worriying me even more, I'm really undecided yet which route to go and I definitely can't justify to own both because of financial aspects and because shorter focal lengths are more important for most of my photography.



Jul 31, 2017 at 07:56 AM





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