Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion
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carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 14894
Country: Germany

200 pages!

Wow, who would have thought it would come this far. Usually only the lens/camera-of-the-day threads (and the Leica and ZF/ZE/ZM threads) make it that far.



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 1330
Country: Sweden

I guess that the spread Zeiss has in focal lengths and mounts old and new and the consistency in quality plays a major part in this.

Then again I guess that we're a bunch of persistent old geezers here at the alt forum also plays a role



Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1456
Country: Finland

Musicman, Sonnar 85 & architecture seems to be good combination.

ken.vs.ryu wrote:
which contax tele would you recommend? 135/2.8, 180/2.8, 200/3.5, or the 300/4? all seem to be at the same price range - which is the one to get?

I have not had priviledge to use 2.8/180 or 4/300. I did like rendering of 2.8/135, but it has too much LoCa. I shoot a lot with 3.5/200, and liked it a lot. Eventually I ended up shooting with Vario-Sonnar T* 4/80-200, which I think is better than mentioned 135mm or 200mm. This zoom had extreme nice rendering (from rendering style point of view AND also technical aspects are in pretty good shape) from 80mm to 120mm - even tele-end wasn't the forte of 80-200 I think it was better than 200mm on many aspects.

Let me know if you need some samples and I can try to check if I have some online or develop few photos for you.




carstenw wrote:
200 pages!

Wow, who would have thought it would come this far. Usually only the lens/camera-of-the-day threads (and the Leica and ZF/ZE/ZM threads) make it that far.

Zeiss has so wide range of legacy lenses still in use that I'm not surprised. Medium format, C/Y, G-series, ZA-mount, Sony compact cameras and even cellular phones.

Thou I'm not sure cellular phones should have "Carl Zeiss" printed on them. Last Sunday I forgot CF-cards from both cameras to card readers at home So the outdoor time was spent mostly scouting the forest for good places for 2014. While doing that took about 20 photos with "Carl Zeiss" lens equipped smart phone. Photos look awful in phone screen and even worse in computer. Not even slight hint of Zeiss rendering. I can't understand why Zeiss gives their name to all kind of crap these days.





One of the few shots I ever took (won't do it in future...) wide open with ZA 24-70. Unlike photos I usually post this has been sharpened (because f/2.8 even at best range 35-40mm wide open isn't much to talk about...).

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 2.8/24-70 @ 40mm & f/2.8, 1/200, ISO 100


Samuli



wfrank
Registered: Feb 09, 2011
Total Posts: 2729
Country: Sweden

ken.vs.ryu wrote:
which contax tele would you recommend? 135/2.8, 180/2.8, 200/3.5, or the 300/4? all seem to be at the same price range - which is the one to get?


What do you want to shoot, birds?

Otherwise for a kind of general purpose I'd go for the 135 in your range, or better yet the 100/2 and use the legs.

For flexibility I (oddly) agree with Carsten, the 100-300. It will rest the legs :-)

There's also a Contax tele-converter that I dont know much about. Canon does a remarkable -1EV 1.4x and without knowing I would hope that the Zeiss is on par.



wfrank
Registered: Feb 09, 2011
Total Posts: 2729
Country: Sweden

Very nice Samuli, subtle yet clear separation in the träsksjö.

EDIT
(for me you should post slightly larger, 1280 or so)



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 14894
Country: Germany

wfrank wrote:
For flexibility I (oddly) agree with Carsten, the 100-300.


I deserve that.



wfrank
Registered: Feb 09, 2011
Total Posts: 2729
Country: Sweden

carstenw wrote:
wfrank wrote:
For flexibility I (oddly) agree with Carsten, the 100-300.


I deserve that.


I think so though I somewhat unwillingly always regarded you as a valuable asset here ;-)



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 14894
Country: Germany

See, there is your first mistake

Although I am a loud-mouth, I do try to contribute. I need to get out there and start shooting again. This year has been very stressful and full of big decisions. Hopefully next year will be more relaxed again.



rico
Registered: Jul 13, 2003
Total Posts: 3677
Country: United States

wfrank wrote:
There's also a Contax tele-converter that I dont know much about. Canon does a remarkable -1EV 1.4x and without knowing I would hope that the Zeiss is on par.

Actually, there are three tele-converters in the Contax line. CZ calls them Mutars: standard 2x, APO 2x, and APO 1.4x. I have both APOs and, in particular the 1.4x, have no reluctance using them image-wise. Due to mechanical clearances, the APOs operate with a subset of the CZ C/Y lens lineup. The standard 2x is compatible with all lenses, including the Distagons.



raboof
Registered: Mar 04, 2011
Total Posts: 1333
Country: N/A

ZF 2/35







dreamplayer
Registered: Jun 22, 2012
Total Posts: 67
Country: N/A

ZF.2 15 F2.8

GrafftiTown by vvnhy, on Flickr



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 14894
Country: Germany

Nice shot! Cool place, where is that?



AhamB
Registered: Jul 11, 2008
Total Posts: 4855
Country: Germany

rico wrote:
Actually, there are three tele-converters in the Contax line. CZ calls them Mutars: standard 2x, APO 2x, and APO 1.4x. I have both APOs and, in particular the 1.4x, have no reluctance using them image-wise. Due to mechanical clearances, the APOs operate with a subset of the CZ C/Y lens lineup. The standard 2x is compatible with all lenses, including the Distagons.


I never heard about that. I've seen the Mutar I, II and III, but none of them are labeled APO (nothing about that in the data sheets). Aren't you confusing them with the Leica APO Extenders?



Musicman
Registered: May 31, 2006
Total Posts: 163
Country: United Kingdom

30 secs Googling for Yen Sushi Noodle suggests it's Centre Place off Little Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia.



Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1456
Country: Finland

dreamplayer, nice street view - HDR I would assume?

wfrank wrote:
Very nice Samuli, subtle yet clear separation in the träsksjö.

EDIT
(for me you should post slightly larger, 1280 or so)

Thanks. I have considered starting to post 1280 wide BUT half of my photos are vertical and people here have so small monitors that my current size (972px by 972px) may cause people need to scroll (if they have 10 extra bars on browser). Unfortunately all people don't have 2560x1600 displays.

Test for 1280px wide (via Zeissimages, I don't want to store two sizes on my own website)
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 2.8/24-70 @ 50mm&f/2.8, ISO 200


EDIT: Seems Zeissimages is doing something REALLY weird; the photo I uploaded was 227kb and this one is over 450kb...

Samuli



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 14894
Country: Germany

Musicman wrote:
30 secs Googling for Yen Sushi Noodle suggests it's Centre Place off Little Collins Street in Melbourne, Australia.


Haha, touché.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 14894
Country: Germany

Samuli Vahonen wrote:
EDIT: Seems Zeissimages is doing something REALLY weird; the photo I uploaded was 227kb and this one is over 450kb...


Optimised for the web, obviously. Maybe Jorge has invested in backbone operators?



ervantrelo
Registered: Nov 14, 2013
Total Posts: 61
Country: United States

Here's a review by Tom Shea, covers many C/Y Zeiss lenses and tele-converters:

http://photo.net/equipment/contax/shea-lenses



nalahm
Registered: Jun 11, 2010
Total Posts: 238
Country: Thailand

proud to be one...

contax N 100/2.8 makro sonnar & 6D



Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 1827
Country: Sweden


Carl Zeiss 1.4/85 ZF by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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