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Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 300 mm f/ 4 C/Y Lens

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Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T*  300 mm f/ 4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T*  300 mm f/ 4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T*  300 mm f/ 4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T*  300 mm f/ 4 C/Y lens

Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T*  300 mm f/ 4 C/Y lens

Optical design

Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T*  300 mm f/ 4 C/Y optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: C/Y (contax/yashica)

Optical design: 5 elements in 5 groups

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Specifications:

Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
300mmf/4.0f/3283.5821200/42,3205/8,1

Additional information:

The Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 300 mm f/ 4 C/Y is a telephoto prime lens with the multi-coating for the 35 mm Contax / Yashica (C/Y) SLR cameras.


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Posted by: Yuri Degtyarev   Date of publication: 20.03.2012


Mechanical quality5.001
Optical quality4.001
Usability3.001
Pricing / Value3.001
Bokeh4.001
Overall lens rating
3.80

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Owner reviews: Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar T* 300 mm f/ 4 C/Y

Graham 25.03.2015 08:19:26
Period of use: 30 year

Strengths:
  • Build quality
  • Optical quality (improved in the later design)
  • Tripod collar
  • In-built lens hood

Weaknesses:

  • Optical quality (in early AE version)
  • Weight

Comments:

This lens comes in 3 forms.  The original AE type which is heavier than the redesigned body with a more streamilned appearance; an AE type with the new, streamlined body (both made by Zeiss in West Germany); the MM type with the same streamlined body but revised mount, later MM coating (warmer).  There are also 2 versions of the MM type - most are made in Japan but a small number were also produed by Zeiss in Germany and these command quite a price premium.

Although I state that optical quality is a weakness in the early AE version, this is a relative statement as it is still one of the best 300 f4 lenses available - it is just that contrast wide-open is not very strong, creating an impression of slight softness in the image.  This was corrected in the redesign, even though the optical formula is unchanged.  It has a pleasing, soft bokeh and although a f4, edge definition is slightly soft, central definition remains strong.  Best overall performance is between f5.6 and f11.