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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

alaAverage 4.8

17 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the color and contrast. The value for money and portability also get good reviews. There are some mixed comments about the focus.

lens, portability, value for money, contrast, color

On average, users rate this product 96/100.

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

The best short teles I have ever used were this Planar and the 90/2.8 Leitz. As this is now such a bargan, it is the best overall. Sharp, crisp with color and detail that are just amazing.

Sharp, Crisp ; Inexpensive for a Zeiss ; Great Bokeh ; Small and light

Sometimes the G1 has difficulty locking focus wiht thei lins, but with the G2 it is fine

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

It's my favorite portrait lens, bar none. It's sharp where you want it to be, but has lovely bokeh where you don't want it sharp, and has little enough depth of field that you can play with sharpness/bokeh in portraits.

sharp, great bokeh, inexpensive, professional results, nice color rendition, great contrast

none so far

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

Very solid and well made.superlative sharp and resolution.very pleasant the out-focus performance. With G1 it is perfect at 2.8 too!

high resolution lens. incredibly cheaper than Leitz lens

No deep of field

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

As with all of the Zeiss G lenses, this one is simply excellent. Sharpness is incredible, contrast and color unmatched by anything else I have used including highly rated Nikkors. Skin tones are natural and it is possible to pick out the pores of the...

Incredible value for money--the Leica focal length equivalent is inferior according to some tests and it is four times the cost. Very light--I love taking my G2 and 5 lenses on vacation--everything fits in a small Lowepro that weighs so little you can...

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

An exceptional lens which is completely up to Zeiss standards of quality and manufacture. One must be mindful that when used whide open and a close distances that the lens has a very shallow depth of field and those who are not aware of this may find...

Incredibly sharp and well built. You can handhold this lens much more easily than and SLR

The shallow DOF takes some experience to account for

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

I must say this lens *was* really hard to handle. It''s sharp, it''s small and light weight as a 90 F2.8, the outcoming color is good, and the out-focus area looks sweet while the in-focus area looks popping out, it is a very nice lens, but that''s...

Sharp, good color rendering, can handle poirtrait but will take your time

don''t expect to shoot macro flowers, I have tried too many times already

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

this is the sharpest telephoto lens I have ever used! At every f-stop, the sharpness and contrast are exceptional, and the colors are some of the best I have ever seen! In portraits, you can make out the fine texture of skin, to every little fine hair...

Very sharp Very contrasty Wonderful colors Excellent wide open almost no distortion great bokeh cheap for the quality of results

difficult to accurately focus (but not impossible) noisy (all the G series lenses are) lens hood is enormous (too big to leave on the camera at all times)

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

A great lens that is very sharp, contrasty and solid built. A must have if you own the G-camera system. The problems focusing this lens with the G2 camera are true as mentioned by other reviewers however if you own the G-camera I would still recommend...

Very Sharp ; Contrasty ; Great Value ; Solid contruction

A times one can have focusing problems with this lens and the G-2 camera especially when focusing at intermediate diatances. Of course this is a problem more with the camera body than the lens

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

I've always loved the Zuiko 85mm f/2 for people, as it is a very flattering lens. The Zeiss 90 f/2.8 is definitely sharper, though, and does not exhibit the edge distortion of the Zuiko. The detail this lens renders has to be seen to be beleived, and...

Sharp as a tack, flat field (no distortion), small, light and well made

Paper thin depth of field, especially at close distances. Challenging to focus if you aren't careful

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Contax 90mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T * for G1/2

 

One reads everywhere online the repeated phrases about how the G series lenses give medium format results from 35mm. I shoot with Fuji 6x7 and 6x9 rangefinders (color neg and E6), and clearly the roll film is tighter, with better contrast, color and...

Beautifully made ; fun to use, very sharp, nice contrast, top quality

I have not had the focusing problems others have reported, so far

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