Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion
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mpmendenhall
Registered: Aug 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2034
Country: United States

I recently bought a CY Sonnar 135/2.8 (AEJ, "ninja star" aperture @ f4) on the B&S board. This lens tends to be one of the less well reputed items in the CY line, especially being overshadowed by the 100/2 (and 100/3.5, 85/2.8 sonnars). But it was cheap, so I picked it up for a try, and got my first break in the rain to take it out this afternoon. For the price, I think it's actually a rather nice lens.

Build quality is great; it's a moderately heavy, dense, and slightly front-heavy. The lens has a "Leica-style" pull-out hood, and Zeiss was kind enough to keep 55mm filter threads by using a steeply angled front name plate (handy for consistency with most shorter CY lenses). Sharpness is uniform and decent at all apertures (not a super-resolving heavyweight, but little more could be gained on my 5D); slight lateral CA is only sometimes visible (generally well controlled). There will be magenta/green fringing in front / behind the focal plane; the plane of focus is not as "clean" and sharply delineated as with, e.g., the Planar 100/2. Vignetting is unobjectionable, and mostly gone by f4. I'll let some photos do the rest of the talking:
























































rji2goleez
Registered: Jun 24, 2003
Total Posts: 4626
Country: United States

Nice shots with the Sonnar!

Here's a couple of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis with the CY85



Dergiman
Registered: Mar 12, 2005
Total Posts: 813
Country: Austria

Going through some old family slides, i guess these were taken by my granny with a Contaflex III with a 50/2.8 Tessar lens:







Mescalamba
Registered: Jul 06, 2011
Total Posts: 3068
Country: Czech Republic

Wow..



R.Young
Registered: Jul 01, 2011
Total Posts: 942
Country: United Kingdom

An 82 image stitch with the 100 F2 C/Y (cropped quite a bit so maybe 50 or so images)


Victoria Park by Rob.Young, on Flickr


R.Young
Registered: Jul 01, 2011
Total Posts: 942
Country: United Kingdom

Cool Contaflex shots!



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 1464
Country: Sweden

Dergiman, great to see those photos. From a vacation in Sweden perhaps, the first one is from Stockholm at least.



Toothwalker
Registered: Jan 24, 2009
Total Posts: 1298
Country: Norway

First captures of 2013. More snow and ice.




































rji2goleez
Registered: Jun 24, 2003
Total Posts: 4626
Country: United States

Toothwalker - Love that last one with just a hint of color. Nicely done.



Mescalamba
Registered: Jul 06, 2011
Total Posts: 3068
Country: Czech Republic

R.Young wrote:
An 82 image stitch with the 100 F2 C/Y (cropped quite a bit so maybe 50 or so images)


Victoria Park by Rob.Young, on Flickr



Nice raven.


R.Young
Registered: Jul 01, 2011
Total Posts: 942
Country: United Kingdom

Toothwalker, simply stunning. Love them all



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15347
Country: Germany

Great ice and snow photos, Robert and Toothwalker!



R.Young
Registered: Jul 01, 2011
Total Posts: 942
Country: United Kingdom

Thank you Carsten, but I think Toothwalker has blown me out of the water there



mortyb
Registered: Feb 15, 2009
Total Posts: 1361
Country: Norway

Nice, Tannvandrer. Where is it?



rji2goleez
Registered: Jun 24, 2003
Total Posts: 4626
Country: United States

I'm really enjoying the CY85/1.4 that I purchased from Grenache. All wide open.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15347
Country: Germany

R.Young wrote:
Thank you Carsten, but I think Toothwalker has blown me out of the water there


Not at all, your shot is as great, I think.

Paul, did you partially desaturate those images, or was that just what it looked like?



Toothwalker
Registered: Jan 24, 2009
Total Posts: 1298
Country: Norway

rji2goleez wrote:
Toothwalker - Love that last one with just a hint of color. Nicely done.


R.Young wrote:
Toothwalker, simply stunning. Love them all


mortyb wrote:
Nice, Tannvandrer. Where is it?


carstenw wrote:
Paul, did you partially desaturate those images, or was that just what it looked like?


Thanks guys. The location is Horten. It was after midnight with city lights dominating the scene. The slightly snowy sky was a bit greenish in my memory. Anyhow, I could not get a consistent color balance across images and decided to go for B&W. As an experiment I also tried to desaturate all colors except orange/red, and these are the images I posted. They show what the scene might have looked like with an ideal white light source.



R.Young
Registered: Jul 01, 2011
Total Posts: 942
Country: United Kingdom

they look amazing Toothwalker, something I must try in the future



JSPHOTOS
Registered: Feb 06, 2009
Total Posts: 750
Country: United States

Terrific photos everyone.

@mpmendenhall - Wonderful! I'm not sure what flower that is in photo #3 but I captured one just before I sold the D800. It's in my flickr stream. Beautiful flower.

@Derigiman - Love the film / slides. I'm playing around with film presets in LR and definitely hooked. Need to break out the Minolta.

@Bob - Fantastic photos as always. My wife would definitely not be smiling in that cold weather.

@Toothwalker - Stunning! I really like the last one too.

@RYoung - Great! I really need to learn how to stitch photos. I've never tried it.

I'm extremely happy with my new Zeiss 100mm ZF.2. I really tried to purchase the Zeiss 15mm but the stars wouldn't align (wallet was empty too).

My wife and I went to Tupelo Honey Cafe this afternoon. I didn't order this but absolutely will next time.

100mm


Beef ... It's What's for Dinner by jimservies | photography, on Flickr


akul
Registered: May 30, 2010
Total Posts: 1611
Country: United States

mpmendenhall - Thank you for sharing your finding on the135 Sonnar. I really like the #4 the building shot. Great sky and white building naturally draws my attention.

Bpb- Gorgeous waterfall ( frozen ) shots ! Also love the framing of 'keep off ice not safe' sign with people on ice behind.

Dergiman - Those are quite lovely. #1 is very nice.

R. Young - Impressive stitch work !! Beautiful shallow focus scenery. Love the snow covered twigs sticking out from frozen water. They are beautiful.

Toothwalker - Beautuiful series. Stunning shots. #4 is super.

JSPHOTOS- Very juicy !

tree portrait





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