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    Anyone tried Zeiss lenses for Nikon ?

    Hello everybody,
    i'm a happy owner of Contax gears. I'm thinking to move to Nikon due to the "death" of Contax brand (spare parts are not available) .
    Most of the times i use the Planar 85 f/1.4.
    Zeiss has released a similar lens ( see http://www.zeiss.com/c12567a8003b58b...25711b005a77c4).
    Has anyone used it ? What is your opinion ? Has anyone made comparison wih the Contx Zeiss ?
    Thank you

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    I picked up a 85mm F1.4 ZF from a seller in Hongkong. It sits really nicely on a F3 and operates beautifully. The glass appears to have a 3D quailty, working very well for portrait shots. I can't comment on the contax version in comparison but this is easily the best made and performing lens I have bar a 50mm summicron.

    Hope this rather subjective opinion helps

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    T* coating ?

    Are these lenses T* coated like the lenses for Contax ?

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    All recent Zeiss lenses are T*.

    I haven't personally tried the Zeiss ZF mount lenses yet. But, I have tried the Voigtlander Ultron 40f2. Nice little lens.

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    I only use the ZF lenses on Nikon, the 25, 35, 50 MP, 85 and 100 MP. They are all great lenses, and having tested them against Nikkors of the same kind I have no doubt they are superior in sharpness, colour rendering, flare suppression, 3d effect and bokeh, but they are not autofocus, so your mileage may vary. The main differences between the Contax line and the ZF line according to Zeiss are the coatings and the diaphragms (ZF has more elements for a rounder shape). The one lens that stands out in this line in my opinion is the MP 100/2 ZF which comes from the Cine Master Prime line, and is just stunning in every aspect. You can see some of my ZF shots here:http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=5917...&q=++ZF&m=text

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    I've used the Zeiss lens a bit.... I think they are better than the Nikon primes but also heavier... again they are manual focus only. In you want Zeiss lenses in AF you have to go with the Sony Alpha cameras... in the Sony mount they make the 135mm F1.8 and 85 F1.4 and a couple zooms including a 24-70 F2.8.
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    In you want Zeiss lenses in AF you have to go with the Sony Alpha cameras...

    Are these Full Frame, or APS-C ?

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    I looked at the new Zeiss 85/1.4 in EOS mount, and it's a really nice lens. Just from a look through the viewfinder it seemed to have nice contrast and sharpness and very smooth out-of-focus rendering.

    I have the Zeiss 35/2 in ZS mount (M42), and I've been very happy with it for its fine rendering of color, excellent sharpness, and smooth out of focus rendering. The build quality is very solid, and they are designed for precise, positive manual focusing.

    These new Zeiss SLR lenses are all the same optically, but in various mounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanishing Point Ent. View Post
    In you want Zeiss lenses in AF you have to go with the Sony Alpha cameras...

    Are these Full Frame, or APS-C ?
    All Sony digi cameras are APS-C apart from there new flagship machine the Alpha 900 which is a 24Mb full frame.
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    The zeiss lenses are mostly full frame however I believe.

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