CARL ZEISS Sonnar 85mm f2.8, C/Y mount, Made in West Germany! FREE SHIPPING NATIONWIDE!
The Sonnar T* 85mm f/2.8, like its larger and faster cousin, Planar T* 85mm f/1.4, is your typical all-manual lens, so there is really not that much to report on the lens, functionality-wise. Ergonomics of the lens are typical of any other Contax branded lens of that era - nice smooth movements of the focusing ring, also smooth , slightly damped, aperture ring that requires just a little bit of pressure when switching from one setting to another. Many users actually prefer the mechanics of the old Contax design to the newly released ZF/ZK series, which have an aperture ring that has an even higher resistance d very abrupt, Leica-like, feeling when rotating the aperture ring.
It is commonly believed that Sonnar lenses, including the 85mm version reviewed here, are more often then not inferior to the similar Planar designs. Planars certainly offer faster apertures and therefore also fetch higher premiums. Technically speaking, the biggest difference between the designs is the number of lens groups used, with Sonnars typically having three or four groups, while Planars typically having five or more. The fewer number of lens groups in the Sonnar design means fewer glass surfaces, which in turn typically results in better contrast and lower amount of flare, all while still maintaining a more compact form factor. Sonnars however are not available in shorter focal lengths - the shortest one for SLR cameras is the 85mm, this is due to the interference with the cameras mirror box (Sonnars are available in shorter focal lengths for rangefinder cameras simply because the rear element of the rangefinder lens can protrude much deeper into the camera since theres really no mirror to interfere with). The bottom line is that Sonnars often actually offer a very even performance across all aperture settings, including with wide open apertures, while other lens designs, including Planars and even more so Tessars, need to be stopped down a couple of apertures before they can deliver quality that your little Sonnar produces even with a wide open aperture.
Contax Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 85mm f/2.8 Summary Lens Composition 5 elements in 4 groups Angular Field 27.7 degrees Minimum Focus 100cm/3.3ft Focusing Action MF f-stop Scale f/2.8-f/22, manual Filter Size 55mm Lens Hood G-11 soft hood or No.3 metal hood Weight 260g/9.2oz Dimensions 61 x 47mm / 2.4 x 1.8" Lens Case N/A
[success]EXCELLENT condition lens - glass is clean with no blemishes to mention. Mechanically and optically is pure joy![/success]
Comes with both rear and front lens caps + MC Contax 1A filter.
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