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Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85

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Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85

Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3,3-4,0/28-85

Elements/Groups: 16/13
Focal Length: 28mm - 85mm
Angle of View: 29 - 75
Max Aperture: f/3.3 - f/4
Min Aperture: f/22
Filter Size: 82mm
Min Focus: 60cm
Weight: 735g
Height: 99.5mm
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New Member

Registered: April, 2019
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: December 5, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $270.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: BOKEH!, rendering, versatility
Cons: A bit cumbersome, wide end not that great
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 9    Camera Used: Sony A7III   

Anyone who buys this lens mainly because of zoom range / "versatility" is severely misled and will most likely be a bit disappointed.

The range from 28-35mm is, frankly, not that great, edge sharpness leaves something to be desired even stopped down, and CA are a problem.

From about 40mm, stopped down great sharpness. Only the ouuuuutermost corners are still a bit soft.

Finally, you get to 85mm, the strongest range, and turn the aperture to wide open. THERE the magic is! Based on THAT performance alone, the lens would get a definite 10 from me!The bokeh is simply STUNNING - so smooth and creamy! The bokeh is the No.1 special feature of this lens - a fact that is too little known (perhaps because people don't think of bokeh when they see a relatively slow lens - don't let that fool you). Couple that with the nice, medium-contrast rendering with natural and differentiated colors (Zeiss!), and you have an excellent lens for really atmospheric shots (filmmakers also like to use it). I like SO much to go out with it!

Yes, it's quite big and heavy, and it tends to have zoom creep. But on my Sony A7III, I can handle it just fine and don't hesitate to take it with me on hikes.
New Member

Registered: April, 2020
Posts: 6
Lens Review Date: November 21, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good sharpness, build quality
Cons: Heavy, cold colors
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 9   

Good lens for daily use, with a high sharpness either at 28mm or 85mm.
Maybe the colors are a bit cold and not very saturated.
For an old zoom lens, this is a must buy in my opinion.
New Member

Registered: April, 2012
Location: jakarta, Indonesia
Posts: 13
Lens Review Date: November 1, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $180.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: cheap, color saturation, sharp across, creamy bokeh
Cons: hard to use in low light or small aperture
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K1   

At last, the Pentax K mounting from Leitax is put on the CZ 28-85mm/3.3-4 as I wished for very long time to have an CZ lens on my Pentax. It was also the reason, I'd waited not to acquire DSLR. I waited for Contax to sell out their DSLR. As every CZ, I like very much the saturation of color. This lens also gives the sharpness across the image. Incredible, if you can grab it one and put the K mounting on it, just take it.

Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2007
Location: Warsaw
Posts: 338
Lens Review Date: December 3, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, minimum aberration
Cons: big filter size
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

One of the best zoom in this range (Photodo MTF score 4 better then Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM). Quite heavy with 16 elements and big front filter size- 82mm . Zoom is pump type but I found it to be quite usefull. Metal hood is shallow and you have to watch the light. For polarized and ND filter I use step-down ring (82-77).

Great landscape lens,

with good color rendition

and nice bokeh at close distance

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