Lens flare of the CONTAX Zeiss 28mm f2.8

CONTAX Zeiss 28mm f2.8 @f11 exhibiting lens flare

This is the type of flare you can expect from the CONTAX Zeiss 28mm f2.8 if you point it directly at the sun. This photo is somewhat underexposed to show more detail around the sun and the character of the sun-stars this lens produces. It will flare more than a modern Nikon or Zeiss lens.

CONTAX Zeiss 28mm f2.8 @f11 exhibiting lens flare

A hood will help from light coming in from an angle, but not these direct shots of the sun.

Vintage Lens Flare of CONTAX Lenses

CONTAX Zeiss 28-85mm f3.4-4 @ 28mm f8.

As I was walking to one of my favorite spots for photographing wildlife I noticed rays of light poking through the clouds. The sunlight also gave me a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful flare of the CONTAX Zeiss 28-85mm lens. In today’s age of flare reduction, it’s hard to find lenses with appealing flare characteristics. New lenses either don’t flare at all, or flare to such a low level that they never really add anything meaningful to a photograph. If you enjoy the character flare can add, CONTAX lenses can certainly deliver. The image above shows how the 28-85mm performs with its six aperture blades stopped down as light hits each element. I love the effect.