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p.1 #1 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


Saw some amazing shots with the NIkon 45mm PC-E. Currently have a Zeiss 50mm Makro Planar (a sweet lens but dont use it often as my 21, 35, 100MP get more use).

Would it make sense to sell the zeiss 50MP to try the 45mm PC-E ? Should i do it ?




Dec 01, 2011 at 02:46 AM
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p.1 #2 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


Rent one first.


Dec 01, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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p.1 #3 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


Why don't you use the 50mm? Do you not like the images from it? Do you not like that particular focal length?


Dec 01, 2011 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #4 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


Both are great lenses.

Unless you are going to actually use the tilt/shift features of the 45 PC-E I would stick with the Zeiss.



Dec 01, 2011 at 04:19 PM
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p.1 #5 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


The Zeiss 50 is just a 50, albeit a very good one, but the 45 PC-E is magic in the right hands. Doubtless you've seen the work Anton (Agentbird) has done with the lens. He really is a magician, capable of discerning within a scene exactly what should be in focus, then bathing it with the most delicious bokeh. I think the question is whether how and where you shoot would enable you to create such scenes. It isn't the 45mm focal range that matters here, but how the lens renders a scene.

Since this lens is focused manually, it is used by a number of participants in the Manual Focus Nikon Glass thread. Anton, Gregory, Ryan, Chin and LL all post images taken with this lens. Anton posts as well on the Best Nikon Shots. I'd encourage you to view their work and see if shooting that way holds appeal for you. Personally, I find it less inspiring when the subject matter doesn't allow the photographer to focus on something that is meaningful.

Here is a lovely set of images taken with this lens by Ryan in his home, Calgary Alberta.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/929565/473#10126814

Enjoy your adventure. As I always say, "kit building is forever..."



Dec 01, 2011 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #6 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


It's your choice, but aside from the money-losing angle, I have found over the years, no...decades, that it is never desirable to sell a bona fide good, useful piece of photo equipment to get another; The 50MP, if it's like mine, is a classic, perpetually useful lens. But if you REALLY don't use it, dump it. While I would like very much to have a great tool like the 24mmPCE or 45mm PCE for for it's ability to simulate great depth of field(only money stops me from getting one!), I'd soon tire of the slant-focus gimmick shots. As such shots become more and more common, everyone else will as well.


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p.1 #7 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


thanks everyone.

Curtis, yes I have seen those shots and agentbird's. Shots like those are what swayed me to the 45 pc-e.

The Zeiss 50 is a great lens. I like it a lot, which is why this isnt such an easy decision for me. I use my 35 more than my 50.

The 45 t/s looks very interesting and its ability to keep lines straight. I do architectural shots so might be beneficial there. Dont know I'm going to have to think about it.

appreciate the inputs.




Dec 02, 2011 at 06:43 PM
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p.1 #8 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


If you do architectural shots it's probalby worth your while. All three PC-E lenses are very versatile, but if I had to pick one it would be the 45 PC-E.

Don't think they're "gimicky" lenses, sure I use a sideways tilt for effect from time to time, but you can also use tilt effectively to keep everything in focus:


Nosehill-2 by ryankarr, on Flickr


Nemesis by ryankarr, on Flickr

Here's my whole set. I've owned various PC-E over the year, but just recently have been fortunate enough to own all 3 at once. They're going to see a lot of use this winter.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryankarr/sets/72157628237320445/with/5138245611/



Dec 02, 2011 at 07:13 PM
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p.1 #9 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


Buy used it will save you a few $$. Not much but you will void the warranty on a new one as soon as you switch it up to have the swing and rise and fall on the same axis. I've had the 45 longer than the 24 and I do find it very useful.

You might try an older 35 from KEH. 35 PC



Dec 03, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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p.1 #10 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


hey, if you end up deciding to sell the 50, shoot me a message fist


Dec 04, 2011 at 09:18 PM
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p.1 #11 · Sell Zeiss 50MP to get 45mm PC-E ?


Going to give it more thought. If I decide to part with it, I'll let you know first before I broadcast on FS board.


Dec 04, 2011 at 09:46 PM





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