Contax Carl Zeiss T* Planar 80mm f2 IF (645) Medium Format

Carl Zeiss T* Planar 80mm f2 IF (645)

User Reviews (6)

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William Yu   Expert [May 23, 2003]
Strength:

See above

Weakness:

Not a single one.

This is one of the sharpest lense I have ever used, comparable to the 120 mm Zeiss lense which I also have. After I switch from 35 mm zooms to 645 primes, this lense is on my Contax 645 most of the time, for portrait and landscape. Very very sharp, fast aperture, with excellent color and contrast.

Customer Service

No need.

Similar Products Used: Other Zeiss MF primes
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5
VALUE
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5
Albert4321   Expert [Dec 06, 2002]
Strength:

Excellent build quality. Sharpest lens arround. Nice contrast and color rendition. Fast lens (f2) Quick AF speed. Most lenses share the same 72mm filters. Very nice pro bellow lens hood (GB-B1) works with all 72mm filter lenses.

Weakness:

No half aperture stop.

One of the best lens money can buy.

Customer Service

not needed yet.

Similar Products Used: Hasselbald 500s. RB67, Mamiya 645
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5
VALUE
RATING
5
N Rogers   Expert [Apr 02, 2000]
Model Reviewed: Carl Zeiss T* Planar 80mm f2 IF (645)
Strength:

VERY Sharp
Great Contrast
Fast (F2)
Quality
Smooth

Weakness:

None

What a great lens. Sharp and the contrast is 2nd to none. The extra stop (F2) is great and makes for a very bright viewfinder. Smooth to manually focus.

Similar Products Used: Mamiya 80/2.8 macro
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5
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5
john beckman   Expert [Sep 12, 2000]
Strength:

Exceptional contrast and sharpness
Exellent build quality
fast

Weakness:

cost

This lens renders exceptional images. Sometimes I look at photos taken with this lens and am amazed that it has, contrary to all precepts of photography, taken a very ordinary image and amde it look better

Customer Service

They're okay; not great, not bad

Similar Products Used: Other medium format and 35mm lenses
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5
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4
Wilson Chow   Casual [Apr 05, 2001]
Strength:

Excellent sharpness and colour reproduction

Weakness:

give extra $$ for lens hood

Very good in optics. Except 35mmF3.5 lens, all other Contax AF lens have 72mm filter size, very convenient.

Customer Service

No experience

Similar Products Used: Pentax 645 FA75/2.8, Pentax 67 105/2.4, Mamiya 80/2, Rollei 80/2.8
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5
VALUE
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5
Chris Lee   Expert [Aug 05, 1999]
Model Reviewed: Carl Zeiss T* Planar 80mm f2 IF (645)
Strength:

fast lens; extremely high saturation and contrast; extremely high resolution; free of distortion; very high image quality wide open;
excellent bayonet hood;

Weakness:

DOF scale is imprecise like most AF lenses

The image quality of this lens is as good as I have seen in medium format!! Saturation is noticeably higher than Pentax SMC FA75/2.8 or A120/4. Contrast is also higher. Asahi Camera Magazine of Japan has drawn the same conclusion. AF is about as fast as Pentax' but quieter.

Compared to Hasselblad's equivalent offerings this lens has modestly better corner sharpness and illumination (esp. at wide open), perhaps due to the smaller image circle.

To my knowledge this is the fastest std lens in medium format.

Similar Products Used: None
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5
VALUE
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5
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