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Carl Zeiss Sonnar 85mm F2.8

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Carl Zeiss Sonnar  85mm F2.8

focal lenght: 85mm
maximum aperture: 2.8
bayonet: Contax
filter thread: 55mm
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Registered: June, 2010
Posts: 737
Lens Review Date: March 15, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: optical performance, compact body, build, coating
Cons: stop down metering, bokeh, f2.8
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: K10D, K20D   

A beautiful small short telephoto lens which I adapted via leitax mount to my Pentax slrs. Later on it was replaced with FA77/1.8, which was eventually replaced by DA70 and K85/1.8. Comparing Contax lens to those Pentax lenses I think it was most similar to DA70 optically. Very very sharp lens with high contrast. Nice colour rendering. Low chromatic aberations, negligible distortion. Very well build body, very discreet and small lens, great for street photography. Pitty I got K85/1.8 later, it would be interesting to compare those two lenses side by side. Recommended lens if you don't mind manual focusing.
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