One more from NEX 5 + CY 28
One more from NEX 5 + CY 28
Very nice shots, Luka, and thanks for the description!
Oh my! Where to start ... Zeiss has been part of my gear box almost from the beginning.
I'm not clear on this thread ... is it for any Zeiss optic used on any camera including the lenses on the camera they were made for? Or is it Zeiss lenses used on alternative camera bodies? I'll assume the latter until told differently and post accordingly.
Here are a bunch of shots using all kinds of Zeiss optics on Canons, Nikons, and Sony (often using very high ISOs available with the Canon and Nikons) ... some older CY lenses adapted from my Contax film camera to digital bodies (Some of the CY array of lenses I adapted is shown in the Contax System photo):
Unfortunately, as my eyes aged, and demands for faster shooting increased, I had to abandon use of the Zeiss optics ... even the ZFs I later tried using on the Nikons ... other than a manual focus rangefinder which I still can use, I just couldn't manually focus a DSLR fast enough, or well enough for the type of images I was shooting.
Here are some of the spec sheets I prepared when selling all the CY lenses, some of which were fairly rare (at least at the time) ... including some of my personal favorites like the 70-210/3.5 and 35-135/3.3-4.5 ... and the legendary 85/1.2 which I really loved.
Fortunately, Sony came along with the Zeiss AF optics and I was back in business with Zeiss again!
I experienced the same issues with manual focus. At 74, the eyes are just not what they used to be.
So a few weeks ago I sold my mint RTS III and all my Contax lenses. (Including the 85 1.2). I will probably mourn their loss since I started shooting the Contax RTS system with model 1 in 1976. But the truth is that I haven't shot a single image with them in over three years so time to clean house.
I used the funds to get the S2 120mm Macro.
Marc, the thread is intended for all Zeiss glass, no matter on what camera. Do you have a high-end Nokia cellphone? Post the photos here. More seriously, it is intended for interchangeable Zeiss lenses on any camera.
The forum itself is meant for anything not Canon-on-Canon or Nikkor-on-Nikon, although for comparison purposes, or as an occasional item of interest, I am sure that a few of those will slip through as well.
Nice shots, especially the third one in the first batch. Do you still have some of your Zeiss lenses?
Woody, sorry to hear that you had to part ways with your Contax system, but I guess that Leica Macro lens makes up for it!
Thanks for the sympathetic thoughts.
I had adapters so that each lens could be used with the Canon bodies but the trouble is I don't like the renderings from Canon cameras!
So in the end it was either remain with film with the RTS body or give up on the old Contax glass and move on.
Over the years I had many Zeiss V lenses, and FE optics ... a complete Contax 35mm system (including an AX) ... a Contax N and ND system as well as a complete Contax 645 system including the 350/4APO ... a bunch of the ZFs ...
They served me well, but are all gone now because I just couldn't focus them well anymore ... and the AF Contax stuff was all discontinued when Kyrocera bailed on photography gear ... a true tragedy for all Zeiss lovers.
The last of the 35mm bunch was ZFs that I used on a Nikon F6 to shoot B&W street photography ... a task better suited to a Leica M IMHO.
Here are a few Zeiss based wedding shots on 503CW/203FE&Contax 645 w/Kodak 645C ... the two "album pages" from a recent Boston wedding are examples of Zeiss on the A900 that I now use. The two car pics: VW shot on film was like one I owned when an art student, and the Buick was identical to one my Uncle drove us to the movies in when I was a kid and was a 203FE with a CFV/16 using a 350/4FE. The rural Michigan "bike shot" was B&W film using a 203FE and 50/2.8FE Zeiss lens.
Most of my glass is Zeiss...several C/Y lenses that I shoot with Contax SLRs and also use with NEX. I flirted with adapting them to Canon but gave up as I couldn't focus them accurately. Adapting to Sony is still an unexplored possibility...although that means changing the mount, which means they would no longer work on my film cameras, a sacrifice I'm not willing to make. So the compromise was to use NEX for digital and film for full frame, both of which are easy to focus.
Gorgeous shots, Marc. I especially like the first two. It is not hard to see that you have a lot of memories wrapped up in Zeiss lenses.
I hope to find a reasonably priced copy of the FE350 one day, but I am not holding my breath. I did manage to get a 203FE finally, so with my 50/2.8, 110/2 and 250/4 I have a nice little Hasselblad kit. I need to send the lot in to get it tuned and set up properly. I think the 110/2 might not be quite right, but it all works. Now I just need to think of a project to use it for...
I don't have any problems in focusing manual C/Y lenses. I use a 25mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4 and an 85mm f1.4 via adapters on my Canon 5DMK11 and get a focus confirm LED on all, just as I do when switching to manual on the Canon glass. Having not converted them to Canon I can easily switch back to using them on my Contax RX for film work. Best of both worlds.
I also use a Conurus converted N24-85mm and again when switching to manual, focus confirm is there.
p.s. Marc, those shots are outstanding.
"IMO, your 203FE kit is the perfect set-up ... while I liked the 350/4FE, I used the 250/4FE far more often. My favorite 350 was the Contax 350/4 APO for the C645 (used to shoot the B&W wedding shot below).
I once shot almost an entire Indian wedding with a 203FE + CFV/16 and a couple of FE lenses ... 3 examples shown below. I went home that night and printed a dozen of them @ 17" square and brought them to the reception the next day ... people thought it looked like a NatGeo promotion ...
Of all the gear I cleared out, the 203FE was the hardest thing to let go of. If there had been a larger square sensor made with fat pixels like the CFV/16 had, I would never have let the kit go.
The 110/2 is a tricky beast, so I often used a BrightScreen flip magnifier when shooting with it. I also changed the screen to a split diagonal (also from BrightScreen if I recall correctly).
Zeiss earned its keep and justified their hefty prices because I used the lenses for commercial applications straight through the film era to the digital era without skipping a beat. Shot everything from car parts, to jewelry promos to bank posters and corporate stuff. A lot of it was reproduced very large.
Very long and fruitful relationship with Zeiss ... much appreciated dedication to optical excellence, only rivaled by Leica IMO.
I love the picture of the wedding party under the Chuppah! Where was that taken?
The Groom is an internet pal with a similar love of Leica M stuff like me. Shot 90% of the wedding on film at his request. Mostly a 503CW with a D40 for fill and Leica M.
Pretty free wheeling with kids just wandering around and such, despite being a somewhat orthodox celebration, including Rabbinical Kosher police for all the food and drink.
It was hot as hell, and I wore my usual all stage-black ... which everyone laughed their asses off at. An hour into the shoot, I had salt stains all over my shirt.
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Here's the big Zeiss Mama ... the 350/4 APO for the Contax 645.
Nice lens! And self-portrait Did you see a difference in performance between the Contax and the FE 350?
Thanks Marc. I do own both Contax 645 and Hasselblad 203FE, so I could buy either. I really like the square format, and so each decision I can make which sways things in that direction makes me a little happier. The Contax 645 is a great camera, and I just can't get myself to sell it (to simplify), but I like square better than 645 (and 645 better than 3:2). And then there are those Hasselblad haptics and that great big bright viewfinder!
Here are two shots I made in a hotel on Mauritius.
Both with the CF Planar 100mm, D3x and a Mirex adapter.
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Very nice! Nice vacation?
Here's my only Zeiss, at the moment:
Made in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1952 with the machinery and technicians brought back by train from Dresden. This Jupiter-3 1.5/50 utilizes German glass for it's lens elements, which was exhausted in 1955. I've owned a later 1957 version, made with Soviet glass, but I used that with film, 10 yrs. ago, so can't really compare them... though I really doubt that there is much, if any, difference between the two types.
Wow, interesting lens. That's quite the swirly boke in the first shot, and strong Nisen-Boke in the second shot (double-line boke). Neat.
Yes, not everyone's cup of tea, I know, but it blows my own hair back (what little I have left.) I'm certain that the Zeiss Sonnar C 1.5/50 ZM is much nicer, at least in flare resistence. I have a hood but don't use it, because in testing it only seemed to help when shooting wide open with strong light from the side... and I hate using hoods, too. I also owned a 1938 Zeiss Sonnar 1.5/50 in Contax RF, at one time.
Here's one more shot from this 1.5/50 and GF2 combination. Shot at iso640, which is actually iso950, and it's the highest iso setting that I use with the GF2, just over 8-stops DR. ISO800 drops to 7.83-stops (all according to DXOMark.):
This lens seems to have a nice, gentle classical rendering, which I guess is not surprising. How did you find out about it?
I was using interchangeable lens rangefinder camera's when I discovered the Soviet lenses on the internet in 1999. I bought a black 1984 Jupiter 9 in Contax RF mount, in '99, from a seller in China. I sent him $75 of US currency, in cash, and a few weeks later received the lens. It turned out to be one of my favourite lenses ever. I also purchased my first slr in 1999, an Olympus Pen F (half frame.) At the time I didn't know anything about lens registrations, but holding the lens, set to infinity focus, in front of that Pen F body, I saw that it was possible to make an adapter to couple the two together and I did so. The infinity focus, at f2 aperture opening, was calibrated to exactly .75 mile, because that's how far away the radio tower was that I used to calibrate with. Unfortunately the effective resolution of the lens, which wasn't so stellar even on 35mm/24mmx36mm/full frame, was greatly diminished with the half frame format. I soon lost interest in the Pen F and picked up a Nikon FTn and soon after sold all of my gear to concentrate on learning everything that I could with the Nikon slr gear. Sometime in 2001 I realized that photography had really lost it's thrill and after evaluating I purchased some more rangefinder cameras, this time in Leica screw mount. This is when I purchased my first Jupiter 3 lens.
A different direction. 100 MP:
Another 100 MP:
Four 50 MP shots. I visited Spreepark in Berlin with a forum-friend. It was meant to be open to the public, according to an article from the 28th of May, but they had changed the rules again, and it was closed, except for guided tours. After some convincing, we managed to gets permission to go in for an hour, for 20 Euro. Possibly the fact that we are both 40-something years old and clearly carried serious photo equipment had something to do with them letting us in.
The first four shots are all water-based, horizontal aspect, weirdo shots
Two decrepit buildings, both 50 MP:
Another Spreepark photo:
Two more from the 50 MP:
Here is a shot from the government quarter in Berlin from a few weeks ago. 100 MP @ f/4:
Tiergarten, ZF 85/1.4 @ f/2.8:
Here is another from Tiergarten, ZF 85/1.4 @ f/8. Too bad it is so small, at 1500x1000 it looks much better. Maybe one day we can have a survey about preferred image sizes.
Another couple from Spreepark and the 50 MP:
This somehow belongs with the previous one 50 MP:
This isn't my best shot from Spreepark, but I like it because of the excessive plant growth. 50 MP:
From a burned-down stand in Spreepark. 50 MP:
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Here is my last from Spreepark for this time, 50 MP.
Do many of my shots look dark to those of you with profiled monitors? I crashed out to my login screen, and after logging back in, my shots all look dark...
My monitor seems to have corrected itself. Weird.
Anyway, here are four shots from the ZF 85/1.4, all wide open:
These aren't the most beautiful shots, but for the sake of comparison, ZF85 @ f/1.4 and f/5.6 respectively.
Here is a recent shot from Hans-Baluschek-Park, 85/1.4: