Headed down with wifey & junior to a new mall (one of a couple) on the weekend and went by a Sony Style store. I had my a700 with me equipped with my Sigma 18-50 f/2.8.
I thought what the heck and tried out the Carl Zeiss 24-70 f/2.8 since junior was with me....why not grab a few shots of him with some hardcore glass that i would never buy. The lady passes me the lens and WOW, HEAVY! Snapped a couple of shots....looked good. This was on 12 July '09.
Read up on the 24-70 and came across this forum. Long story short, I put up a WTB (Want To Buy) ad and 1 week after that, I bought a year old 24-70 off a dude who was changing systems.
Barely two weeks into Zeiss ownership, I was thinking that the 85mm Zeiss would be the next lens i'd go for. So as usual, i'm surfing the Buy & Sell section of my local photog forum and i see an ad for a 85mm Zeiss for sale! Bugger! BTW, i'm trying to save up for an Audi Q5 purchase sometime in 2010 and these temptations aren't helping.
Again, long story short, good lenses are an investment and they basically last forever and if looked after, won't lose their value too much especially if i buy used to start with. Sooo...met up with the seller and bought my second Zeiss! Its totally mint. Receipt was dated 20 July! Holy cow!
I love the 85mm more than the 24-70 right now. I think coz coming from the regular Sony lenses, the 24-70 Zeiss weighs like a tonne! Weight shock! haha
But i also, at least for now, tend to like shooting wide open and i'm really enjoying the 1.4 aperture of the 85.
So...seeing how there isn't really a CZ 85mm thread, i thought i'd start one and as the saying goes (at least in this part of the world), start poisoning some other people....much like i've been "poisoned"
Here's a sample pic...a childhood favourite of mine....Angsana seeds...