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.

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