The Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar
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mike reid
Registered: Nov 26, 2006
Total Posts: 2681
Country: United States

Thanks sometimes they look fine in CS6, if not, I go to ICE or Hugin



dwijip
Registered: Jun 16, 2015
Total Posts: 1
Country: New Zealand

Hi, I'm new to this forum but have been reading and feeding off it for a long time.
I do a lot of sports work and although I'm fairly happy with my 80-200, its not that great at 200mm and its got some dust particles that show in the image.

I really want to invest in the 100-300 but it seems like the 100-300 zoom has disappeared off the face of the earth. Can't find any copies over a month on ebay, keh, b&h or adorama.
Am I looking in the wrong place? Does anyone have a usable copy they want to sell? Any help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.



UnSean
Registered: May 25, 2014
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Country: United Kingdom

Very highly sought after, it's a waiting game, but worth it.



Anden
Registered: Jun 22, 2004
Total Posts: 6605
Country: Sweden

dwijip wrote:
Hi, I'm new to this forum but have been reading and feeding off it for a long time.
I do a lot of sports work and although I'm fairly happy with my 80-200, its not that great at 200mm and its got some dust particles that show in the image.

I really want to invest in the 100-300 but it seems like the 100-300 zoom has disappeared off the face of the earth. Can't find any copies over a month on ebay, keh, b&h or adorama.
Am I looking in the wrong place? Does anyone have a usable copy they want to sell? Any help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.


I might be willing to let my copy go. Drop me a PM. Boxed with UV + Contax hood.



Kayaker-J
Registered: Jan 17, 2015
Total Posts: 6
Country: United States

Many thanks to all the contributors here for the guidance and inspiration (Mike, that last Seattle cityscape almost induced acrophobia!): I am now awaiting arrival of my own 'new' Vario-Sonnar 100-300mm from Japan, and I am plenty excited. While I hesitate to appear to endorse them -- for good reason -- I can't help liking the sum by which eBay subsidized my purchase with '4x bonus' eBucks -- a fortuitous arrival of the promotion at a very opportune time! Barring unpleasant surprises on arrival (unlikely in this case), a very good deal then on a very clean, little worn example, I think. Sometimes the stars do seem to align, fantastical happenstance as such a musing may represent.

This Zeiss joins a Distagon 25mm/2.8 ZS, a V-S 35-70mm/3.4, an 85mm/2.8 Sonnar AEJ, along with Contax G 21mm, 28mm, 45mm, and 90mm, among the other lenses I am fortunate, or old enough, to have gathered. I am still assuming that the Techart "AF" adapter is my best option for using the 45 & 90 on my recently acquired Sonys. Any contrary opinion on that? I am not very concerned with the AF limitations. ...BTW, does the 28mm G have a shot at being useful on my A5000? I note that DxO found the A5000 to produce nearly 1/3 stop less vignetting than did the A6000/A5100 with ALL the same set of e-mount lenses. Interesting, no?

I will be using the new lens on Pentax K3 and Sony A7/A5000... and likely, on a complementing Pentax K-S1 20-ounce, 100% view full pentaprism, image stabilizing "second body" ...soon, as well. Some people see, on occasion, Pentax fails, and no more... others see opportunities in the making to fill a niche at a silly price.

*My question*: Can anyone here advise on whether far eastern knockoffs for the Leitax approach to lens bayonet swapping might be worth considering, at least initially? Besides looking for compatibility with all of my camera bodies, I would also like to be able to employ my Kenko SHQ DG 1.4x teleconverter for Pentax K-AF with the Vario-Sonnar instead of also needing to purchase and carry a Mutar TC. Any sound advice will be much appreciated! Thanks.



PEKA62
Registered: May 30, 2014
Total Posts: 152
Country: Germany

BUMP !

Wide open @ 100mm with Sony A7RII. Focus on the bridge center, handheld.



PEKA62
Registered: May 30, 2014
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Country: Germany

Another one, same settings, same building. Focus on the center stones below the bridge, handheld.



PEKA62
Registered: May 30, 2014
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Country: Germany

This one is @ 300 mm wide open (f5.6), handheld.
Just to show how it vignettes.

Please add your images, if you have this lens, I know it is rare.

(Edit: Artifacts in the blue are from jpeg compression, cRAW has none of them. File size without artifacts would be > 1 MB, so I don't post this)



PEKA62
Registered: May 30, 2014
Total Posts: 152
Country: Germany

Some more from last october. The duck is a 50% crop, the leaves is ISO 6400, see the noise.
No sharpening, only downsized for web.
All wide open, A7RII











rattymouse
Registered: Feb 04, 2006
Total Posts: 7430
Country: United States

This is such an amazing lens. Spectacular shots.



jotdeh
Registered: Apr 07, 2009
Total Posts: 902
Country: Belgium

I shot my favourite picture from our recent trip to India with this lens.
F8, about 200 mm.
Shimla Hillside Townscape at Sunrise, India by Johann D, on Flickr



singularity001
Registered: Jan 23, 2016
Total Posts: 14
Country: United States

I'm currently looking for a telephoto zoom for my Sony A7RII and have read amazing things online so far about the Contax 100-300mm. I currently have the Contax 35-70mm lens which is pretty amazing. But anyhow, I'm curious how this lens compares against modern lens like the Sony FE 70-200mm F/4 G or the Canon 70-200mm F/4? Is the lens fairly heavy?

Right now I'm debating between getting a native lens (Sony 70-200mm) or go for this Contax lens. I'd mainly use it for landscapes so AF isn't that big of a deal for me.



DannyBurkPhoto
Registered: Sep 26, 2015
Total Posts: 211
Country: United States

Likewise, I have the same question as above...also, if anyone knows how it compares to Leica's 80-200/4 Vario Elmar. I have a friend who loves the latter. I've never been all that impressed with my Canon 70-200/2.8 IS (version #1) and I'd consider switching to the Contax or Leica. I have no need for autofocus.



PEKA62
Registered: May 30, 2014
Total Posts: 152
Country: Germany

I have owned Canon 70-200/2,8L IS, Canon 70-200/4L non IS, Canon 70-200/4 IS, Nikon 70-200/4 AF-S and Contax VS 80-200 f/4 and none of them was as good as the Contax 100-300, except maybe the Canon f/4 IS which came close. Esp. between 100-200 the Contax is really great. Only drawback is, it's only f/4,5-5,6 and if you use it on A7(R)II you have to adjust focal length for IBIS manually when zooming all the time.
If you find a good copy I'd buy it immediately, if you don't like it, which I doubt, you can sell it again easily without a loss, I'm sure.



jotdeh
Registered: Apr 07, 2009
Total Posts: 902
Country: Belgium

I had the VS 80-200 that I can compare. Good for portraits, light weight and high magnification for close ups, however for landscape the VS 100-300 is the better choice.



philip_pj
Registered: Apr 03, 2009
Total Posts: 4170
Country: Australia

It's a clear case of the MTF telling the story, I seriously doubt any zoom outside rare Leica exotica comes close. There is so much more pictorial density to the images. Never to be seen again, of course - no AF and now Zeiss has seriously jumped the shark. Get this - several Milvuses are actually heavier than this gem.



dbehrens
Registered: Jan 13, 2002
Total Posts: 2880
Country: United States

I have the Zeiss 80-200, Leica 70-210 and Voigtlander 180mm APO Lanthar and they all are nice lens - however my C-Y Z 100-300 VS has better sharpness, micro contrast and character. Its an awesome lens and shoots great wide open. Its heavy (925g) and I use the Novflex adapter with tripod collar. I also use a rubber hood to shade the lens. Here are some examples taken with this lens.
Dave



Mike Ganz
Registered: Sep 06, 2006
Total Posts: 2133
Country: United States

I need to avoid threads such as this...my bank account can't take the constant hits.



jotdeh
Registered: Apr 07, 2009
Total Posts: 902
Country: Belgium

The original contax rubber hood I had fell apart after some limited use - let's say < 500 extend / contract cycles while I owned it, and looked new at the beginning. Wouldn't invest in one unless it's for show / purists.



PEKA62
Registered: May 30, 2014
Total Posts: 152
Country: Germany

This is a repost from another thread. Wide open, 300mm, handheld, A7RII



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