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p.25 #1 · p.25 #1 · Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6


Is this still in your kit Fred?


Aug 28, 2020 at 10:50 PM
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Schlotkins wrote:
Is this still in your kit Fred?


Yes, I still love the Contax 100-300!



Aug 28, 2020 at 11:25 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Yes, I still love the Contax 100-300!


Hi Fred.

Would you recommend this on the Sony a7R IV? I donít find any lenses in this range to resolve most of the sensor. This seems like a good option for landscapes.

What other vintage lenses would you recommend on the a7R IV for outstanding or at least excellent results all around? It can be some that are great for landscapes stopped down or some that are very good to excellent in the center but got nice rendering. Anything goes when it comes to focal length.

Thank you.



Nov 22, 2020 at 04:52 AM
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p.25 #4 · p.25 #4 · Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6


I use the Canon 70-300mm f4-f5.6L on the A7RIV with the sigma adapter. Itís fantastic. I may have gotten a magic copy. Mine is exceptional from 70-200mm, excellent from 200-240mm and still very good from 240-300mm. Well centered at all focal lengths.



Nov 22, 2020 at 04:11 PM
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Hang onto it. Hard to find anything truly great at 200mm that is lightweight. I use a Canon 200/2.8 II itís good but Iíve not seen anything that can compare to my VC 110/2.5 or Canon TSE 90/2.8 II


httivals wrote:
I use the Canon 70-300mm f4-f5.6L on the A7RIV with the sigma adapter. Itís fantastic. I may have gotten a magic copy. Mine is exceptional from 70-200mm, excellent from 200-240mm and still very good from 240-300mm. Well centered at all focal lengths.




Nov 22, 2020 at 11:02 PM
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The Canon L lens is not lightweight. With the adapter it's about 2 1/2 lbs. A nice thing about the Sony is that it comes with a tripod mount ring, and it has built in IS for handheld images. . . .Bummer that they don't make the Sony 100-400 GM, in a 70-30mm GM variant. I much prefer having the 70mm option to 400mm.


Nov 22, 2020 at 11:54 PM
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httivals wrote:
The Canon L lens is not lightweight. With the adapter it's about 2 1/2 lbs. A nice thing about the Sony is that it comes with a tripod mount ring, and it has built in IS for handheld images. . . .Bummer that they don't make the Sony 100-400 GM, in a 70-30mm GM variant. I much prefer having the 70mm option to 400mm.



You could consider the new Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 DI III RXD. Itís only 545 g and is for the FE mount. Not sure if itís up for the task when it comes to image quality on the a7R IV, though.



Nov 23, 2020 at 05:04 AM
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I doubt the 70-300mm Tamron is up to the task on an A7RIV. I tried the 70-180mm f2.8 but it was worse than my Canon L 70-300mm at every common focal length and aperture even though the Canon was wide open and the Tamron was stopped down. The Tamron I tried 70-180mm wasn't defective, but it wasn't all that well-centered. The Tamron also doesn't offer in lens IS which is a drawback for my uses.


Nov 23, 2020 at 09:23 AM
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Well, guess you got a lemon since my copy of the Tamron 70-180 is quite sharp already from wide open, really nothing to complain about even when I use it with my A7RIII. Decentering could be an issue though as I'm just noticing a bit of it on one of the corners as well, so there is definitely some lens variance around.

I very like the lens as a rather lightweight and compact telezoom, especially considering the constant F2.8 aperture: sharp, contrasty and very quick AF (and I have the 100-400GM and had the Contax 100-300 for quite some time to compare with). Of course it lacks the 300 FL, but for the price is a best buy IMHO.



Nov 23, 2020 at 12:25 PM
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Nice job. Good to know before I consider a new long telephoto zoom.


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p.25 #11 · p.25 #11 · Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6


Finally picked up a Contax 100-300 VS that performs just as good if not better than the one tested here against the 100-400 GM.
It's very hard to find a used copy without haze, without zoom creep and that's is well centered at all FLs...It took me more than a year but I found it. NEVER selling it again.

Here are the optimal apertures across the image field for all the FLs. The zoom @135mm came very close to my Batis 135 in resolution and contrast and I think the Contax has better colors.

100mm: Optimal at f/4.5 (wide open)
135mm: Optimal at f/5.6
200mm: Optimal at f/5.6
300mm: Optimal at f/6.3




100mm: Optimal at f/4.5 (wide open)

  ILCE-7RM4    ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5-5.6/100-300 lens    1/640s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






135mm: Optimal at f/5.6

  ILCE-7RM4    ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5-5.6/100-300 lens    1/400s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






200mm: Optimal at f/5.6

  ILCE-7RM4    ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5-5.6/100-300 lens    1/320s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






300mm: Optimal at f/6.3

  ILCE-7RM4    ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5-5.6/100-300 lens    1/160s    100 ISO    +0.3 EV  






Contax 100-300 VS: Added Leitax and Novoflex tripod mount




May 13, 2021 at 06:21 PM
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Wow Fred, that's awesome. I need to retest mine now that I have the Leitax adapter, not sure I really tested it "seriously" when I first got it. So you can point yours down and it doesn't creep?

Fred Miranda wrote:
Finally picked up a Contax 100-300 VS that performs just as good if not better than the one tested here against the 100-400 GM.
It's very hard to find a used copy without haze, without zoom creep and that's is well centered at all FLs...It took me more than a year but I found it. NEVER selling it again.

Here are the optimal apertures across the image field for all the FLs. The zoom @135mm came very close to my Batis 135 in resolution and contrast and I think the Contax has better colors.

100mm: Optimal at f/4.5 (wide open)
135mm: Optimal
...Show more




May 13, 2021 at 07:18 PM
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tsdevine wrote:
Wow Fred, that's awesome. I need to retest mine now that I have the Leitax adapter, not sure I really tested it "seriously" when I first got it. So you can point yours down and it doesn't creep?



Yes, this copy has zero creep. If I hold the lens by the Leitax adapter facing down, it does not move. Serial number 7471988



May 13, 2021 at 08:44 PM
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Congrats, Fred.
I also bought one on Ebay Japan recently as well, waiting for delivery.
I hope it is as mint as the seller is promising.

This is my 3rd copy I'm re-buying after selling 2 good ones I already had...
Obviously this lens causes some special variant of GAS, where no vaccine can help ...

*Edit*:
Where do I find this Leitax-Adapter?



May 16, 2021 at 04:35 PM
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To celebrate.





CY 100-300




May 16, 2021 at 05:13 PM
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p.25 #16 · p.25 #16 · Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6


Fred Miranda wrote:
Finally picked up a Contax 100-300 VS that performs just as good if not better than the one tested here against the 100-400 GM.
It's very hard to find a used copy without haze, without zoom creep and that's is well centered at all FLs...It took me more than a year but I found it. NEVER selling it again.

Here are the optimal apertures across the image field for all the FLs. The zoom @135mm came very close to my Batis 135 in resolution and contrast and I think the Contax has better colors.

100mm: Optimal at f/4.5 (wide open)
135mm: Optimal
...Show more

I have also said I am never selling the CY 100-300, and yet I have owned 3 copies

Itís amazing how well this and the CY 35-70 hold up technically despite their age. And the colors and contrast are preferable to me as well.



May 16, 2021 at 05:59 PM
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Well, I guess I won't ask if you'll sell it back to me, Fred. I'm going to be backpacking the entire Colorado Trail in a few months and it would've come in handy!


May 16, 2021 at 06:03 PM
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PEKA62 wrote:
Congrats, Fred.
I also bought one on Ebay Japan recently as well, waiting for delivery.
I hope it is as mint as the seller is promising.

This is my 3rd copy I'm re-buying after selling 2 good ones I already had...
Obviously this lens causes some special variant of GAS, where no vaccine can help ...

*Edit*:
Where do I find this Leitax-Adapter?


Hi Peka,
Good luck getting a great copy!

BTW, I bought the Leitax directly from the source. It's easy to install and the combination very solid:
http://www.leitax.com/Contax-lenses-for-SonyE-cameras.html



May 16, 2021 at 06:47 PM
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p.25 #19 · p.25 #19 · Sony FE 100-400/4.5-5.6 GM vs Contax 100-300/4.5-5.6


BTW: I'm selling both Leitax + Novoflex tripod mount:

I've but decided to use this lens on the Leica as well (via adapter) so I'm selling the Leitax. ;-(
Now I will be able to adapt the Contax 100-300 Vario-Sonnar on both Leica and Sony bodies.

Here is the listing:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1706386




Jun 22, 2021 at 01:32 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Hi Peka,
Good luck getting a great copy!

BTW, I bought the Leitax directly from the source. It's easy to install and the combination very solid:
http://www.leitax.com/Contax-lenses-for-SonyE-cameras.html


I finally have a perfect copy of a like new lens. It was not easy though, and took some time:
I bought one in Japan 2 months ago that was advertised as 'near mint' and 'just cla'd'. When it arrived it was a pure disaster. Lot of dirt inside, lot of fungus on the central lens element, but it had a perfectly clear rear element, no haze, like new.
My local camera repair lab could not clean the lens, it was not possible to completely disassemble it and access the central lens element...
I found another copy, that was advertised as 'defective', 'just for spare parts'. The rear element was completely missing in this one, but the rest really was like new. So my lab combined the two defective ones and TATAAA:

Here it is:






It is perfectly sharp corner to corner from wide open at every focal length and perfectly centered.
Best @ F/5.6, after that diffraction begins.

This is a shot out of my window wide open @100mm, handheld. A7R4






BTW, the white dot on top of the power pole under the crane is a stork :-)








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