Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 70-300mm f/4-5.6 (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)

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 285.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/125s
Size 3504x2332
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 285.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/200s
Size 3504x2332
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 285.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/125s
Size 3504x2332
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D Mark II
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 152.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/200s
Size 3504x2332

Verdict

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 70-300mm f/4-5.6 disappoints a bit relative to its (still very high) price point. At most settings the lens is very good performer but at 300mm f/5.6, and that's a rather critical setting, it is a bit on the soft side. Other than that it is capable to deliver sharp results and neither distortions, CAs nor vignetting are field-relevant when used on an APS-C DSLR. The build quality is very good although it is a bit of a dust sucker. The AF is comparatively slow despite of its ultrasonic AF motor and manual focusing could be a little more precise. Regarding the required efforts (the mount conversion) there're a few question marks whether this is really worth it unless you're addicted to Zeiss glass (check the Conurus website for further details first)..

Optical Quality:    
Mechanical Quality:
Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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