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Which DSLR for my Zeiss lenses

gunteach

Well-Known Member
Hello to all. I am new to digital photography, but not photography in general. I realize that there is a wealth of experience here and would like to ask for advice. I'm thinking of buying a DSLR with which I would like to use my Zeiss C-Y manual focus lenses with an adapter. I would describe my user level as "serious amateur" who wants to learn digital photography. Can experienced members point me toward a DSLR? I assume from reading posts that it will be a Canon. I like informal portrait work and street photography best. I don't want to break the bank, but I don't want a toy either. I currently use three 167 MT bodies as well as a 137 and 139. I have four Zeiss manual focus lenses, three primes and one zoom as well as dozens of the Yashica lenses of different types to experiment with. Any input would be appreciated.

Tom
 

stan_parry

Well-Known Member
What about Olympus e-300? Has anyone tried it? Does it require an adapter or modifying Zeiss CY lenses. What kind of results. The E300 gets terrific reviews on its own, doesn't it?
 
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pham_minh_son

Tom,
I recommend a full frame DSLR camera since it will help you manually focus easier. Furthermore, the full frame will give you the similar focal length of your Contax Zeiss lens you are accustomed to when you were using them on film SLR camera. You can also interchange focusing screen to help you manually focus better. I come from manual focus camera background thus I do not find the manual focus on the DSLR as difficult.

Here are my suggestion according to preferences:

A. Full Frame DSLRs
1) Canon 1Ds Mark II (the best full frame DSLR in the market)
2) Canon 1Ds Mark I (this is cheaper but the highlight is cut off but still one of the best DSLRs you can have in the market).

B. 1.3 Crop Factor DSLR
1) Canon 1D Mark II

C. 1.6 Crop Factor DSLRs
1) Canon 20D
2) Canon DRebel XT
3) D60
4) 10D
5) DRebel
6) D30

-Son
 
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djg

Check out the Canon Rebel XT and the 20D. The 20D has a more professional build and features, the Rebel XT is newer. Beyond that are the 1D Mk II, 1Ds and 1Ds Mk II, with any of which I assume you would be breaking the bank
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djg

Hi Son! Nice to see you in these parts. It's quite a bit more relaxed around here
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albert4321

Well-Known Member
If you don't want to break the bank and not wanting a toy, Canon 20D is just for you IMO. You may get a cheap kit lens with it and get use to all the full features. If you like the AF and other metering mode, you have the option to get more Canon glass. You can always get a adaptor for your C/Y lense.

A full frame Canon dSLR will take most advantage the most for those exotic CZ lenses.

Some C/Y lenses are better than the other. Some are not better than the Canon lenses, so it may not worths the trouble. I am sure Son or someone else can tell you more.

Likewise, I am please to see Son join this side of the forum.
 
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djg

When it comes to CZ lens advise, Son's the man. But he will break your bank (well, his suggestions will, not him personally
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pham_minh_son

DJ, it is good to see an old friend from another forum here since I joined the Contax Forum. I guess this is where I should belong with folks that love Zeiss lens.

-Son
 
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zhanggf

i decided Olympus E-300 for my Zeiss lens. i own the 18/25/35/50/85/135/80-200/300 lens, for wide angle, i will use the ZD 14-45, i'm plan to get the comming ZD 8mm or ZD 7-14mm in the near future, it's a great lens too, for 100mm and above, i will use CZ 50/85/135/80-200/300, with the 2.0 Crop Factor, it's become 100/170/270/160-400/600

i'm use the adapter from Cameraquest. the adapter are much better than EOS-C/Y adapter because you only need to have one, you no need to remove the adapter when changing lens, for EOS-C/Y adapter, you will have to get as many adapter as the nos of Zeiss lens you have

E-300 + CZ 85mm/F1.4



E-300 + 50mm/F1.4

 
Son

Nice to see you here. Also DJ. If you remember we were together at Alain Briot's Navajolands workshop in September.

Stay in touch
Woody Spedden
 
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djg

Nah, same place this one was made - Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Az.



Hi Woody! Long time no see
. I had a great time at that workshop. I went to Langkawi, Malaysia in Feb - almost done getting those printed now, then I'll do the web versions for my site. Very laid back and enjoyable island.



Cheers!

DJ
 

jsmisc

Well-Known Member
Very nice. Is that inside a cave then? -Arizona? amazing lighting and colours. Is it natural?
Malasia looks nice too.
 
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djg

Yes- it's an underground canyon. Light is dim, just what comes down from some openings. The color is dull and dim to the eye, but the right white balance brings out the inherent chemical differences in the various sedimentary layers - like turning on a black light. It's pretty amazing that all those different contrasting colors come out from the light being reflected off the various surfaces. Shafts of light also tend to give additional drama. I hve several from this series in the gallery here.
 

jsmisc

Well-Known Member
Well, it's brilliant. It must have been a tremendous experience to be there. It is very surprising that it's dull and then brightens up like that in a photograph.
I should love to go sometime.
I'll have a look at the other photos in the gallery.
Thanks DJ
 

jsmisc

Well-Known Member
I've just had a look and your pictures are superb.
Thank you very much for sharing them,
John
 
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djg

Thanks for the generous comments, John. It does help to be in the right place at the right time. I'd like to say that they look much more fabulous on a 13x19 print, which is true often, but other times the web version acts as camouflage for sloppy technique
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jalb

New Member
I'm very tempted to try a E-330 with Zeiss lenses. I was concerned about not being able to manual-focus through a 350D viewfinder, so the liveview seems like a great idea. I could try the E-330 at the MIPS in Paris, with the Olympus 50mm f2 macro lens, and it was great.
 

jsmisc

Well-Known Member
It doesn't look at all sloppy to me. I like your modesty though
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Antelope Canyon is definitely added to our list of places to visit. I've had a look on the internet too. Is it claustrophobic in there?
 
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djg

John, I'm sloppy compared to some of the more dedicated photographers I have had the pleasure to know
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I guess the canyon could be claustrophobic for some people. It does get tight and if there are a lot of visitors you can definitely run into each other, quite literally
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