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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:55 pm    Post subject: SOny A7 and Contax Carl Zeiss Lenses Reply with quote

Hi all,
I am interested to buy some Contax CZ lenses for my sony A7.
Which one do you recommand?
I am up for a small zoom (24-85) and a wide angle on any type of mount (N, C/Y ...)

What do you think about Yashica ML lenses also ??


Thanks for your advices



Cheers


PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any of them, Contax series is exceptional, quality is consistent top quality on all members. I did try only primes.


PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been using a 35-70 f 3.4 (constant on all focal range) for many years now.

Quite stellar, no distortion, uniform brightness, sharp, light, no flare in any situation.

If I compare the T treatment of such era lenses (I have the planar 1.7 and I have had the sonnar 135 and the wide 28.28 as well) with my sony rx-100's pseudo T treatment I cry.

Old contax lenses had no flare, period. These new T treatment lenses are poor and flare desperatly despite carrying a red T.

I also saw some pictures from the CZ zm 35 1.4 on flickr, there was no flare but the diaphragm would give some starry reflections.

Not much but annoying and nothing I would expect from a similar summicron or an old c/y zeiss lens.

I would buy gladly any glass from thats eries.

18mm wide angle can be had for a human figure, the 21 strangely is above the 1000 euros, though.

Planar 1.7 was described to me by a zeiss engineer who had come to my town to show a telescope as the most perfect lens, well, in 1986: no need to look for the more costly 1.4.


PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really depends what you need ...

They're very good on A7 in general

CONTAX Planar 2.8/60 on Sony A7II



PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry I'm late. I like CZ C/Y lenses. let a few examples from the CZ T* 50/1.7 MMJ C/Y lens (+a7):







PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: SOny A7 and Contax Carl Zeiss Lenses Reply with quote

strummer wrote:
Hi all,
I am interested to buy some Contax CZ lenses for my sony A7.
Which one do you recommand?
I am up for a small zoom (24-85) and a wide angle on any type of mount (N, C/Y ...)

What do you think about Yashica ML lenses also ??


Thanks for your advices



Cheers


I can recommend the C/Y Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 4/80-200mm to you!


PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using on my Sony A7 and Sony A6000 with adaptor, and row of my C/Y Zeiss and other glasses!


With These two Panorama Images, I have used the C/Y Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 28-85mm!


PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Contax Zeiss 100mm f2



Contax Zeiss 70-210mm f3.5 (fun lens)





Contax Zeiss 28mm f2



I have other Contax Zeiss lenses, they all are good on my Sony A7R.


PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the N series 50/1.4 and Vario-Sonnar 24-85. Both were great on the A7r, though the zoom could be a bit soft in the corners in the wider 24-30mm as might be expected. But the colours were good, and the micro-contrast seemed to be so too.

BUT, and it's a big one, the adapters for the N series are expensive, and if you want electronic control of the aperture, and auto focus, you will be paying serious money. I tried the Techart adapter v2, and it stripped the contacts which was both irritating and expensive. I got a Kipon (v3) and it was great. It's still on my vario-Sonnar 17-35, which is about to be sold to fund a separate purchase.

The other replies all speak highly of the C/Y range of lenses, and I will too. The 50/1.7 is a wonderful piece of glass, and unless you need that extra aperture of the 1.4 version, save yourself some money and stick with sharper 1.7. The next best is the 85/2.8, a fantastic lens - I had the MMJ, but stupidly sold it. I bought the MMG version and will take it to my grave.

In the wide department, I had and sold the 35/2.8 MMJ, but still use the 28/2.8 on both A7r and my Canon. Great lens.

Stick with the C/Y.

Oh, and you asked about the Yashicas. At one point I had the 50/1.9 and I think the 50/(1.4?) - I preferred the 1.9 version. It was sharp, had good colours and was dirt cheap. You could start there....