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Which Contax Sonnar: 85, 135, or 180

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by bwidjaja, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. bwidjaja

    bwidjaja Mu-43 Regular

    May 30, 2012
    If any of you has experience with any of the following lenses, would love to hear your opinion.
    Zeiss Contax 85mm f2.8 (1.4 is too expensive)
    Zeiss Contax 135mm f2.8
    Zeiss Contax 180mm f2.8

    Especially interested to know which has the best micro contrast (i.e. that 3D look), best bang for the buck.
  2. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    I had the 135mm f2.8 and it was decent, but quite heavy. The 85mm likewise had a rep as a decent lens, but nothing spectacular. The 180mm is considered nothing great, the Nikon 180mm f2.8 ED AIS is superb.

    In the focal range that you are considering, balancing affordable with performance, get the Contax Zeiss 100mm f3.5 Sonnar. Its a uncommon lens but an outstanding performer, razor sharp, even wide open, high contrast and quite small.

    Some samples of the Zeiss 100mm f3.5 from my APC days when I owned the lens:

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  3. bwidjaja

    bwidjaja Mu-43 Regular

    May 30, 2012
    Thanks for pointing 135mm f3.5. Wow, it's actually more expensive than the 135mm f2.8 on ebay.
  4. heedpantsnow

    heedpantsnow Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 24, 2011
    While not necessarily wrong, I think that many would disagree that the 135 2.8 is nothing special. The samples I've seen had excellent micro-contrast and clarity.
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