Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 N (Contax N to Canon EF) Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here´re some sample images taken with an EOS 1D II and RAW-converted via Apple Aperture (kindly provided by Markus Stamm)

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/400s
Size 2332x3504
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/80s
Size 2332x3504
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/100s
Size 3504x2332
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 2332x3504
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 26.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.5 @ 1/2000s
Size 2332x3504
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 74.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/100s
Size 2332x3504

Verdict

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 is not an Über-lens but it is comparable to the Canon L offers in this range. It is generally very sharp, shows only a moderate degree of distortions and CAs and vignetting isn't really field-relevant even at wide-open aperture. The build quality is pretty good although it is a bit of a dust sucker. The AF is acceptable by Canon standards whereas manual focusing could be a little more precise. Used samples in mint condition are relatively affordable (~500€/US$) and including the mount conversion (~400US$) the price remains close to Canon L levels so if you've a soft spot for Zeiss glass the adventure (and it no less than that) may be worth a thought (check the Conurus website for further details first).

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Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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