Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lenses I Wish I Had Kept -- Contax Carl Zeiss 35-70mm f3.4

I have gone through more lenses than I care to count, and most of them I don't even remember owning any more.  But, there are times when I look back at some of the pictures taken with certain lenses, and I wished I didn't get rid of them.  Case in point: Contax mount Carl Zeiss 35-70mm f3.4.  I didn't own this lens for long, and that was the problem -- didn't get to know the lens more before letting it go.  This particular lens has a "macro" feature that is very handy to have

Disc Brake -- Canon 20D & Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 35-70mm f3.4

I bought this lens along with the Zeiss S-Planar 60mm f2.8 Makro.  I have kept the S-Planar, but not the Vario-Sonnar 35-70mm.  It's clear that was a mistake.  It was one of the few zoom lenses that were very sharp, but I think it was just too difficult to focus on the 20D.  I have learned my lesson and now take my time to use the lens before deciding to sell it or not, especially the better lenses.

1 comment:

  1. At over 80, I must lighten my load. I am looking for this lens to replace at least 2 kg. of other optics when exploring mountains, canyons and deserts for photo opportunities. Even after 75 years behind the camera, I can't resist taking too many of my favorite cameras and or lenses into the wilderness and regretting I had done so. Mother Nature takes care of excesses in the end! Mr. Chan's perceptive eye has convinced me you can learn to love one lens if it is a Zeiss.