Zeiss 100/3.5 - To buy or not to buy?

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Guest

I m interested in the 100 mm 3,5 because of it s
light weight. In the Contax MTF there it makes a good job. Has anybody checked it out ???
 
G

Guest

Hi Martin,

I own one for about 15 years used with an RTS II and an ARIA. It's a wonderfull portrait lens. The only comprise for the lightweight is small aperture of 3,5. But this compensated by the difference of 20 mm to a standard portrait tele about 80 mm. On the RTS II I used it as my standard lens.

Andreas
 
G

Guest

It is a gorgeous lens. If you can live with the small F/3.5 aperture, it is an amazingly sharp and contrasty lens. When I need to travel light, I will prefer it to my Planar 100/2.0. In broad daylight, it always produced crisp and saturated transparencies. In lower light, it still reproduced the subtle shades that make those Zeiss lenses so remarkable.

My ideal field equipment comprises a Distagon 25/2.8, a Planar 50/1.4 and either a Sonnar 85/2.8 or 100/3.5. They all have the same filter thread and roughly the same dimension (the 100/3.5 is slightly longer, but not by much).

If you can find a used one on eBay or elsewhere, I think it is a real bargain.
 
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Guest

I'd love to pick up one of these lenses. I just saw one (AE version), for £299. This seems steep to me, but then again they seem quite rare. For the same price you can find an 85/2.8MM, which have a more solid construction but are heavier. Does anyone have any idea what these lenses typically go for?
 
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Guest

Graham,
The easiest way to get some idea of what the lenses "typically" go for is to go to eBay, search by "completed items" and see what people actually paid for those lenses recently. Doing that, I found that a 100mm 3.5 was just sold for US $315 on 12/16.
Of course this may be very misleading in many ways (condition of the item, seller, bidding frenzy...), particularly if you only find one recent sale. But if you find several, you can get some idea of what people out there are willing to pay.
Good luck.
 
G

Guest

They've been going for about $300 for several years now. So not a bad price.
 
G

Guest

>I paid $400 (U.S.) for mine ... and it was worth every penny. Great lens. >

michael.
 

rpnagel

Well-Known Member
Hi all, how does the YC Sonnar 3.5/100mm T* compare to Sonnar 2.8/135mm T* (excellent but bad close focus 1.5m) in terms of max. picture quality, including flare? THX, Rainer
 

matthias

Active Member
I remember a test, which said the 3.5/100 to be more than superb, in my interpretation that does mean "better than the 2.8/135". But I do not remember, in which magazine this test was; must have been Color Photo or FotoMagazin from Germany.

So, I would buy it instead of the 135. Could you say something about the price ?

matthias
 

ktphotonics

New Member
> [I own both lenses. Although both lenses are very good performers for sharpness, I would say the 100mm has a definite edge, especially at wide open apertures and over the entire picture area. It is also considerably smaller and lighter. If I want to do some informal portraits, it is my lens of choice. It focuses down to 1 meter, compared to 1.6 on the 135mm. I have been in and out of Contax a few times and I have always sought and bought this lens, in AE and MM mounts. Note, you cannot use the 1.4 converter with the 100mm]
 
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mmermag

Both lenses are great. The 100mm you can shoot wide open at f3.5 and it's still extremely sharp. Very compact lens and one of the sharpest. That said, I love the 135mm too.. but it's much heavier and larger. Mike
 

rpnagel

Well-Known Member
again, any experience on FLARE? If yes, with which body? Every Portrait lens (85mm) tested in FotoMagazin flares a lot!

Besides, f=100mm works a little bit better with the poor 1/125s flash sync of many contax bodies.... Only 159MM and RTS III do a 1/250s X-Sync
 

olebojensen

Active Member
Hi
The 100/3.5 is great, light, sharp and very versatile. I have had 2 and now i'm missing it again.

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Regards Ole

ps. If you dont buy it, please post the sellers adress on the list soon. :)
 

gob

Member
Ole, I think I saw one on ebay a few days ago, which may still be around. Not sure if it was an AE or MM.

Flare is a characteristic of the lens. The body wouldn't influence flare. If you can find it for a decent price you should go for it.
 

gob

Member
Oh ya, from what I've read (I think it was from a photo mag test) the 100/3.5 is more susceptible to flare then the 135/2.8. By how much I don't know. But if it was significant I'm sure you'd see some criticism.
 

ktphotonics

New Member
> I wonder if the magazine tested the lens without an appropriate lenshood. Unlike the 135, the 100 f3.5 lens does not come with an integrated hood. I have shot high-key, brightly lit portraits with this lens with stunning clarity and contrast.
 
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