Review: Contax Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5-5.6/100-300

Contax Vario-Sonnar 4.5-5.6/100-300 mounted on my Sony A7III via Novoflex NEX/CONT* adapter and with Novoflex ASTAT-NEX* tripod collar.

The Contax Zeiss 4.5-5.6/100-300 T* MM is a telephoto lens that hit the market in the mid 1990’s. It was also one of the last lenses that were designed for the Contax/Yashica mount. It is rare because it was very expensive in a time when autofocus telephoto lenses were already available. Lets have a closer look at this exotic legend.

Sample Images

Sony A7III | Contax 4.5-5.6/100-300 | full size
Sony A7III | Contax 4.5-5.6/100-300 | full size
Sony A7III | Contax 4.5-5.6/100-300 | full size
Sony A7III | Contax 4.5-5.6/100-300 | full size

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Guide to the best Portrait Lenses – Sony a7 series

We summarize our experience with all the native E-mount and a few legacy lenses in the 85-135mm bracket for the Sony a7 series to give you a compact and independent resource for choosing the best portrait lens for your needs.

We also have a guide to 21-35mm wide angle lenses and 10-20mm ultra wide angle lenses.

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Review: Voigtlander 12mm 5.6 Aspherical Ultra Wide Heliar

Introduction

The Voigtländer 12mm 5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar E aspherical is one of the widest lenses you can buy and thanks to its moderate speed it is also a rather small lens.

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Sony A7iii | Voigtländer Ultra-Wide Heliar 5.6/12 III Sony E | f/11
Sony A7iii | Voigtländer Ultra-Wide Heliar 5.6/12 III Sony E | f/11
Sony A7iii | Voigtländer Ultra-Wide Heliar 5.6/12 III Sony E | f/11

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Review: Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8

Introduction

42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 via Sigma MC-11 on Sony A7rII

The Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 hit the market in 1991. It is now one of the cheapest Tilt/Shift lenses you can find, but is there still a place for this lens in today’s world of high resolution sensors? Let uns find out in this review!

Sample Images

42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | Full Tilt+Shift Left and full Tilt+Shift Right combined
42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | Tilt Left
42mp high res resolution canon tilt shift ts-e pc-e perspective control TS T/S sony adapter 45mm 2.8 f/2.8 45 review
Sony A7rII | Canon TS-E 45mm 2.8 | f/2.8 | Tilt Diagonally

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Review: Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF

Zeiss Batis 2/40 on Sony A7III

The Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF is a lens of a very popular focal length / aperture class that was missing in the FE lineup from the beginning. I am still surprised to see that it took so long to get a lens in its class with autofocus. Personally, this lens fills an important gap in my lens lineup. I have high expectations in consideration of its price point and its classy name, let’s check if it can live up to that.

Sample Images

Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/5.6 | full size
Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/2 (real aperture between f2.8 and f4) | full size
Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/8 | full size
Sony A7III | Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF | f/5.6 | full size

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