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I think maybe I am guilty of emphasizing my doubts more than my likes. I do really enjoy the lens. It is very sharp, has great boke close up, and has surprisingly few aberrations, like the minimal purple even in high-contrast areas, although I need to examine its field curvature wide open. I just find myself a bit surprised by the boke at medium distances, and its ability to isolate. I mentioned this earlier, but the harsh light and very distracting backgrounds may have been at fault. I will try to do something less extreme next weekend, provided I find...Show more →
I am beginning to see what the problem was last weekend. First of all, the diopter was close, but not right, and so I had a consistent back-focus problem. This makes the background look sharper than it should, and the subject softer than it should, throwing off my ability to sharpen correctly without getting weird happenings in the background.
Secondly, I for some reason had an inordinately large number of shots with a dark foreground and a light background, which also tends to de-emphasize the foreground, everything else being equal.
Thirdly, there was a lot of messy stuff in the foreground, somewhat compromising my ability to find a good place to capture from, especially considering that I was standing on the edge of a swamp much of the time.
Finally, The 50MP does seem to have a somewhat large depth of field for a 50/2, meaning that I don't lose as much of the detail in the background as I am used to.
Having corrected point 1, and being aware of points 2, 3 and 4, I will go out again with this lens again this coming weekend, and give it another shot. I will try to get some more distance between foreground and background, keeping the foreground brighter and the background darker, and rigorously checking focus, maybe even using Live View.
Has anyone here got any experience with the Zacuto or LCDVF display loupes for landscape work and live view? Are they worth the money? Do you really use them? Are they very bulky so that they stay home most of the time? Can they be unmounted and remounted in the field easily? Is it easier to focus with one than just with the optical viewfinder?
Here is one more shot, perhaps the last from this trip. It is also back-focused, but at this size, it isn't so easy to see.