Review: Contax Zeiss Distagon 2.0/28 T* AEG (C/Y)

DSC01741The “Hollywood-Distagon” 2/28 is one of the few lenses with a nickname. It is an adapted cinematic lens design for the Contax SLR cameras, but does it’s performance live up to the cool nickname?

Sample Images

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Sony a7II | Distagon 2/28 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony a7II | Distagon 2/28 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony a7II | Distagon 2/28 | f/8 | full resolution

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Review: Pentax K SMC 28mm 1:3.5

Pentax SMC 3.5/28 K front

The Pentax is a rather small and affordable 28mm lens and  Pentax had a reputation for their very effective coatings. Read on if you want to know why I like it so much on my 24MP fullframe Sony a7.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 63mm
  • Length: 47mm
  • Weight: 261g
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 5
  • Close Focusing Distance: 0.3m
  • Mount: Pentax K

The Pentax K SMC 1:3.5/28 usually sells for around $45-90 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 40-85€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/11 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/3.5 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Pentax SMC K 1:3.5/28 | f/3.5 | full resolution

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Review: Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5

Introduction

Sony A7s with Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)
Sony A7s with Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 is actually a copy of the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm 1.5 and was produced in the UDSSR after WWII. The Jupiter lenses belong to the very few “lowcost” rangefinder lenses, but what do they have in store in terms of optical quality? Read on to find out.

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Jupiter-3 50mm 1.5 | f/2.0 | full resolution

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Review: Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5

Introduction

Sony A7s with Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)
Sony A7s with Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Nokton 50mm 1.5 Asph by Voigtlander is a small and fast 50mm rangefinder lens and has become my favourite “allround” standard lens on the Sony A7s. Read on to find out, what there is to like about this lens!

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 | f/11 | Copyright Tour Eiffel – illuminations Pierre Bideau | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 | f/1.5 | full resolution
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Sony A7 | Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.5 | f/8.0 | full resolution

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Review: Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0

Introduction

Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0
Sony A7s with Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0

The Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 Biogon is one of Zeiss’ manual focus lenses specifially designed for E-mount cameras. The modern design, the aperture “de-click” feature and the transfer of Exif-data sets it apart from adapted lenses. Read on to learn how it fares optically.
Update: conlusion updated (06/05/2016)

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 | f/11 | panorama from 5 shots | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Zeiss Loxia 35mm 2.0 | f/2 | full resolution

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