New Thing On The Way…

I’ve just obtained, for a fair price, an 85m f/2.8 Sonnar. It’s sort of the missing link in my outfit, every other focal length that really interests me is covered with a Zeiss or an off brand lens, so in a sense this is the end of the beginning for my collection. I am really looking forward to playing with this lens as it has earned a stellar reputation. That said, I know that the 100/3.5 is also reckoned to be a sharp little lens but it never really impressed, of course it was never likely to as the 100mm focal length has never really suited me. On the other hand I have a long history of using 85mm lenses from my first – a Canon FD 85/1.8.

The fear with this little lens is that the 2.8 max aperture won’t be quite large enough for my taste. Of course, the reality of this lens is that it’s saving me moreover the faster Planar. If better off  the 85/1.4 Planar, which I know from using one on my Contax 159MM for last year’s wedding of my wife’s cousins, however at worst this wee lens can be a stepping stone towards it’s Big Brother, at best it may surprise me.

(Note – the image below was lifted off the e-tailer’s website and will be replaced when my lens actually arrives).

Zeiss 85mm f/2.8
Zeiss 85mm f/2.8

3 thoughts on “New Thing On The Way…”

    1. Sure, but as I don’t really know what the Sonnar look is yet I may even like it better than the Planar. My guess though is that the 85/1.4 larger aperture of the Planar (which would get used) will have more impact than the optical design. Really I need both to check it out… 🙂

      1. Now that I have both lenses, for the time being, I can answer this a bit more deeply. I think I like the Planar’s Bokeh better. It’s perhaps a little busier, more contrasty, and in that respect similar to the 50mm f/1.7 Planar’s which I don’t see as an entirely bad thing. of course the Sonnar’s smoother rendering and sharpness has it’s own charms.

        Further playing around will be required to confirm my thoughts. In the end one or other has to go as I plan to enforce a one lens per focal length rule, since it’s supposed to be about the photography, not about collecting!

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