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    I'm thinking of trying the Contax Zeiss adaptered onto my Canon. Which would you recommend, 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    I currently have the Canon 50/1.8 which I hardly use due to poor AF and tons and tons of CA. Most assuredly not my favorite 50mm. maybe unless I shoot B&W film on my Elan 7NE then I'll use it... a good dose of Ilford Delta cures most CA ills

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by sloth View Post
    I'm thinking of trying the Contax Zeiss adaptered onto my Canon. Which would you recommend, 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    I currently have the Canon 50/1.8 which I hardly use due to poor AF and tons and tons of CA. Most assuredly not my favorite 50mm. maybe unless I shoot B&W film on my Elan 7NE then I'll use it... a good dose of Ilford Delta cures most CA ills
    i dont get it, 1 reason you hardly use the 50 f1.8 is poor af, but you want to use a manual focus lens on eos30v? there is no split screen to aid focusing, unless you use adapter with af chip. even than, the af will still be worst than original af system in all canon's ef mount lens.

    note also, film cameras newer than eos50/elan ll series have problem meter with adapter mounted lens.
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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Both 50/1.7 and 50/1.4 are good lenses. 50/1.7 build quality not as good but lower in price. For close range with macro tubes 50/1.7 need to stop down more.

    Rollei 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 not bad also.

    But your Canon 50mm should be decent enough for most purposes.
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    Zeiss 50/1.4 is an excellent lens if you can get the focus right.
    I don't have 50/1.7 so cannot give my comment, but from what i heard, although both are similar in lab test, 50/1.4 is still better in field.
    U need a AF confirm adapter or a good focus screen to get the focus right. Even i use both adapter and focus screen, i hardly get focus at /1.4 in field (just slightly recompose -> oof). Normally i use 2, 2.8, the result is wonderful.

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    contax 50/1.7 better than 50/1.4
    Rollei 50/1.4 HFT 50/1.8 HFT both are good,

    but if you try 5D+ R 50/1.4, ,,,, hehe,,, careful about BBB virus...

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by thinkvision View Post

    but if you try 5D+ R 50/1.4, ,,,, hehe,,, careful about BBB virus...
    I felt otherwise. I am thinking about Carl Zeiss 55/1.2 + 5D .........
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    thinkvision, could u please elaborate on the BBB virus...u've got me very very curious now...pls

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by sloth View Post
    I'm thinking of trying the Contax Zeiss adaptered onto my Canon. Which would you recommend, 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    I currently have the Canon 50/1.8 which I hardly use due to poor AF and tons and tons of CA. Most assuredly not my favorite 50mm. maybe unless I shoot B&W film on my Elan 7NE then I'll use it... a good dose of Ilford Delta cures most CA ills
    Contax CZ 50/1.7 is a darn good lens provided you like manual focus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuwen View Post
    I felt otherwise. I am thinking about Carl Zeiss 55/1.2 + 5D .........

    CZ55/1.2 can not beat Leica R 50/1.4 on FF at all when aperture wide open(I tried them already).

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by thinkvision View Post
    CZ55/1.2 can not beat Leica R 50/1.4 on FF at all when aperture wide open(I tried them already).

    R 50/1.4 should be compared to CZ 50/1.4.

    But I trust this guy more:

    http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!ddtNjc...v=-1&next=1505
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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Why you don't pick Canon EF 50mm f1.4? Its a good lens and AF working for your Elan.

    I use CZ 1.4/50mm on my 20D, need more effort to focus and meter due to no AF confirmation chip on the adapter.
    Last edited by Jazz; 15th September 2008 at 02:56 PM. Reason: add info

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    I have Contax CZ 50/1.7 and like it so much than my Canon EF 50/1.8 lens

    Taken at 50mm f1.7, Canon 20D


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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Another one.

    CZ 50mm f1.7


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    Hi Guys, a friend wants to sell me an old lense, contax zeiss 85mm f1.4 at RM3,300. Do u think it's worth it? Do u think it's worth it? I really need your help in this.

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by clifflll View Post
    Hi Guys, a friend wants to sell me an old lense, contax zeiss 85mm f1.4 at RM3,300. Do u think it's worth it? Do u think it's worth it? I really need your help in this.
    Too expensive I think
    Please search B&S forum here. Someone selling Contax 85/1.4 below S$1000

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    50/1.4 is not good lens in C/Y lines, must try 35/1.4, which kill canon 35/1.4L in few shots.

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    Default Re: Contax C/Y Zeiss on Canon.. 50/1.7 or 50/1.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by clifflll View Post
    Hi Guys, a friend wants to sell me an old lense, contax zeiss 85mm f1.4 at RM3,300. Do u think it's worth it? Do u think it's worth it? I really need your help in this.
    for 85/1.4contax, if AEG or MMJ, below 1K canget it
    if MMG, below 1.8k, worthy, MMG is the sharpest versionin whole Y/C lines

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkvision View Post
    for 85/1.4contax, if AEG or MMJ, below 1K canget it
    if MMG, below 1.8k, worthy, MMG is the sharpest versionin whole Y/C lines
    MMG = Made in Germany? is the same version Made in West Germany?

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    MMG means MM(multi-mode) type made in Germany, AEG means AE type made in Germany

    they are all made in G, but price is different, also quality is different. MMG more expensive and better for planar 85/1.4.

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