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Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« on: August 06, 2012, 02:23:14 PM »
So, saw a CL posting for this lens for $525, supposedly glass in perfect condition with front & rear caps, filter (?), and case. Says it's already converted for Canon. From what bit I've seen out on the web (can't take hours to read them all), it looks like a nice lens, and quite interesting and as a MF lens would force me to shoot a bit differently, and likely be a pretty nice portrait lens. So, anyone ever use this lens? Worth buying for that price assuming it's perfect glass as state?
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Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
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Re: Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 03:17:51 PM »
Yes!  I have it and it is wonderful if you like the micro-contrasty Zeiss look.  it is great for landscapes and outdoors and the 'macro' mode gets you down to about 1:2.5 or so.  $525 seems to be slightly on the good side of normal prices for a copy in good condition.  If you decide you do not like it you can laways sell it on Fred Miranda for what you paid. 

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Re: Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 11:15:24 PM »
I can't offer any information on the Zeiss T but I have ZE's 35, 50, 85 and 100 and love these lenses for their color and crispness when focused properly.  As you know manual focusing is a different mindset.  Would love to see some images from this zoom.
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Re: Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2012, 02:45:39 AM »
What was the original mount? Contax/Yashica Vario-Sonnar 35-70mm f/3.4?

I don't know much about this lens in particular, but in general I'd be only dropping that much cash on totally mint items. You can get C/Y -> EF adapters pretty cheap off ebay with focus confirm and all, but if it's had the C/Y mount taken off and an EF-mount hacked onto it then you never know who did it or how good it is (unless you can inspect first).
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Re: Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 12:55:09 PM »
What was the original mount? Contax/Yashica Vario-Sonnar 35-70mm f/3.4?

I don't know much about this lens in particular, but in general I'd be only dropping that much cash on totally mint items. You can get C/Y -> EF adapters pretty cheap off ebay with focus confirm and all, but if it's had the C/Y mount taken off and an EF-mount hacked onto it then you never know who did it or how good it is (unless you can inspect first).

Not sure, guy says it has an adapter. I think it's a mount adapter, not one that the original has been removed from and the EF put on.

Not going to end up finding out though, after looking at what I'm going to be spending this Month on prepping for Burning Man, I just can't afford this. Probably could squeeze (and I mean squeeze) it in, but I just can't. Ah well, I'll keep my eyes out for another copy in a few months.
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Re: Worth buying Zeiss 35-70mm T*
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 12:55:09 PM »