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p.359 #1 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


First of all, to each and every one of you who have posted photos on this thread, I want to say “Thank You” for rescuing me from a life of mediocre photography. Not only have all of your photos rekindled my love for photography, but you have shown me a whole new world.

That being said, I also hold each of you responsible for my substantial investments in 4 Zeiss lenses and my new 5D MarkII, and the sale of my old camera and all but one of my zooms. Funny thing is, usually it would kill me to spend that much money, but I do not regret it at all in this case. I have been so incredibly happy with the result, all I can say is “Thank You” for showing me how incredible photography can really be.

Today was the first nice day that I have had a chance to go out and really shoot. Here are a few items shot with my 21mm. These are by no means as good as the shots I see most of you posting, but I have to start somewhere. Comments are always welcome.













Apr 18, 2011 at 02:30 AM
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Cropped fairly heavily from my ZE 21. Had a great sunset. Haven't processed any pictures besides this one 'cause of the wedding I shot that afternoon.....too much driving this weekend!!!



Apr 18, 2011 at 03:10 AM
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p.359 #3 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Carsten, thanks for your excellent demonstration on the DOF difference. Quite enlightening!
OTOH I am surprised by your comment that you had to lower exposure on the f:1.4, because my ZE f:1.4 is a just bit darker than my other ZEs. You could ask Luka how he feels about this, because he shoots a 50MP and borrowed my f:1.4 for a few shots in the Lofoten. And, unfortunately, Samuli seems to have dropped off the radar screen.



Apr 18, 2011 at 06:19 AM
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p.359 #4 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


I hope Samuli will be back when he caught up with his processing backlog a bit, but I would guess that he is just out shooting, since it must be just starting to get nice in Finland about now.

I am shooting a Nikon D3, so perhaps that is the reason? Note that when I shot at f/1.4, it was bang on, the same as my 50 MP. Only at f/2 did I get the overexposure. I can try other apertures as well.



Apr 18, 2011 at 07:18 AM
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p.359 #5 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Hello Diana, and welcome here.

Your two shots are nice, but I would say that in the first one, the background is weak, and in the second one, the foreground is weak (and the lighthouse could stand to be closer). Clearly you have the idea that in a wide angle photo, there needs to be both foreground and background interest, so I think all that is really missing is to combine the two. A little more patience and perseverance, and scouting for location. You already seem to be experimenting with location for a dramatic perspective. Shooting a 21mm lens is technically tricky, since it includes so much. Perhaps it would be easier to shoot with a 35mm to start? Which lenses did you buy, btw? My guess from the chat around here: 21, 35, 50 MP 100 MP, or if you prefer gentler rendering: 21, 28, 50P, 85P.

There are of course rules which can be broken, but I would say learn how to do it the traditional way first, and once you are strong, start breaking rules until you find your personal style.

I would also recommend that you spend a little time learning more about processing, possibly just sharpening and colour tweaking to start with. Finally, adding a subtle black or white frame gives a photo a lot more presence.

Good luck with the learning.

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Apr 18, 2011 at 07:23 AM
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p.359 #6 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Edgars Kalnins wrote:
nice comparison, carstenw! the 50M shot does seem to be more saturated and with greater DOF. However, if I look at the bark, the planar seems a bit sharper. Will chack again later.


That's my misfocus. I focused the Planar slightly in front of the MP. At f/2, the Makro-Planar is always sharper, in my experience so far. I expect they would start to pull even around f/4-f/5.6, but I haven't tested that.



Apr 18, 2011 at 07:24 AM
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p.359 #7 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Diana, congrats on new gar!! I second Carsten's advice, except to say that your early Zeiss shots are much better than mince were when I got started; so I wish you well!


Apr 18, 2011 at 07:40 AM
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p.359 #8 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Lars, stunning shot! Though I agree with Carsten that just a very slight crop of the bottom to avoid the cut-out letters might be a good idea. Whereas the string does not bother me at all. If anything, I think it prevents the picture from a too polished, too perfect look which might make it less interesting and appealing. Overall, definitely one of my favorites from all those you posted.


Apr 18, 2011 at 07:44 AM
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p.359 #9 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Thanks for comments gents !

Lars - beautiful lotus shots. Superb color and composition. Color texture contrast of the last statue shot is just amazing. Interesting to hear that you find 35 distagon's vignetting to be excessive. In my experience, of the four zeiss lenses I uses regularly ( ZF21, CY28, ZF35, ZF100 ) 35 is no that worse, although it may be a little. Or in other words, they all have strong vignetting wide open, and I love that about Zeiss lens. Nikon lenses are really well corrected and sometimes a bit boring. Using zeiss, I am constantly looking for the opportunity to enhance the drama. One such scene I posted a while back.






nickson - Great B/W shots. Beautiful grain too.

johnahill - Geat color from 25. My favorites are #2 #3 #4 from the second set.

Carsten - Thanks for a great comparison. I am amazed to see how different these two perform. I like the tonality / higher contrast of 50MP, but I see it is impossible to get more bokeh from this lens in mid distance shot. I really like to 50P shot for its lovely oof rendition in this set. ( subjective ) I am reminded that MP is a macro lens. It seems the bad name 50 P got from the earlier days was always from short distance bokeh wide open, ( including Bjorn's review ) may be that was also not fair as that was where 50 MP was supposed to take care of. Also interesting was to see the slight distortion difference between the two.

cyra - beautiful shot with 50 MP. Like I said in response to carsten's experiment, one needs to get really close to the subject to get that creamy bokeh from this lens.

Diana - Congrats on the zeiss acquisition. I like the #2 more. The walkway (?) on the left looks very interesting.

plasticmotif - nice sunset!





Apr 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM
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p.359 #10 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


philber wrote:
Brilliant prison shot, nickson!!! I also like the "bridge-and snow" shot

+1 .
I like the B&W conversion ... which software/ method did you use?

Lars, wonderful shot!



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p.359 #11 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Here is another comparison between 50P and 50MP, this time with less difference, and IMO the 50MP shot looks better. The main difference between this and the previous shot is that there is no middle layer (statues, last time) this time, just foreground and background. Additionally, the foreground is somewhat further away. The larger DoF of the 50MP allows it to render most of the tree sharp. Its better micro-contrast separates the leaves better, although the more ethereal glowy leaves of the 50P (stretching the differences here) is also attractive.

I have also included an f/1.4 shot this time. Surprisingly, there is almost no difference in depth of field, just a touch extra sharpness and less vignetting, the latter of which is the most visible. This immediately suggests that at least for scenes like this, treating the 50P as an f/2 lens might not be a bad strategy.

I am not sure why the background isn't more blurred with the 50P, especially with f/1.4. Perhaps the focus cannot be too far away before this is lost a bit?

This is the shot. I apologize for the low art content. I tried, but not really successfully. I should really also use a tripod next time. No matter how still I try to stand, there always seems to be some movement, making slight cropping necessary, and making it harder to see the barrel distortion of the 50P (I presume that is what it is).

As before, the 50MP shot is almost unprocessed, the 50P f/2 shot was brought down in exposure a bit, and both 50P shots were given a click of contrast and a click of Vibrance (Saturation with fixed end-points, I believe). Aperture 3. I could of course also do identical processing, but then we would be comparing rendering in general, and not just DoF and sharpness.







And here are the 1800x1200 links:

50P f/1.4

50P f/2.0

50MP f/2.0



Apr 18, 2011 at 02:04 PM
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p.359 #12 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Carsten is it just me, or is there some vignetting on the 50P f:2.0 shot, which gives the sides a slightly darker look that those of the 50MP?


Apr 18, 2011 at 02:12 PM
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p.359 #13 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Thanks for the comparison Carsten.
I also think the 50 planar does the '3D effect' more easily. I've been saying this before, but many people seemed to disagree.

Lars Johnsson wrote:
Actually I was a bit disappointed when shooting with my ZE 35/2 today. I bought it a couple of weeks ago and it was my first real shooting with it. The vignetting wide open is just too much. All my other Zeiss also has a lot of vignetting but this one beats them all. Normally I don't mind it, especially on portraits it can be very nice. But this was just too much.


I agree Lars. The vignetting of the 35/2 is insane wide open. It annoys me too.


50MP at f2:







Apr 18, 2011 at 02:30 PM
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p.359 #14 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Here is a test image to show the ZE 35/2 vignetting wide open. Look at the really dark corners








Apr 18, 2011 at 02:51 PM
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p.359 #15 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


philber wrote:
Carsten is it just me, or is there some vignetting on the 50P f:2.0 shot, which gives the sides a slightly darker look that those of the 50MP?


Are you asking me if *you* are vignetting, or the lens? The 50 MP vignettes a fair amount wide open. I am less familiar with the 50P so I couldn't say off-hand if it vignettes more. This shot is not a good comparison, since I had to crop the two shots from opposite corners (bottom-left vs. top-right) to make them overlap better. I wouldn't look at the vignetting in these shots, since I am cropping. Just look at sharpness and mostly, depth of field.



Apr 18, 2011 at 02:57 PM
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p.359 #16 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


No doubt, Carsten, there is a substantial difference in DOF, and in bokeh as well. Much more than I would have thought. Are you trying to interest me in buying a 50MP, you naughty, naughty Carsten?.


Apr 18, 2011 at 03:01 PM
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p.359 #17 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


I am a bit surprised at this comment! I thought that you preferred the boke and narrower depth of field, as well as the more glowy rendering of the 50 Planar? In any case, these two 50s are different enough that I can imagine Zeiss aficionados owning both. I think I will end up with both.


Apr 18, 2011 at 03:07 PM
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p.359 #18 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


That is exactly where I did not want to end up, but you (and others) make a powerful case, and 50mm is after all my favorite FL. Also, I plan on unloading my 100MP, so tht would provide me with a useful close-up lens.


Apr 18, 2011 at 03:13 PM
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p.359 #19 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Sell the 100 MP (the sound of dialing the knee-cap busters...)?

I can imagine concurrently having two separate ZF kits: 28, 50, 85 and 21, 35, 50, 100.

The lenses are so different. Right now I just have 21, 50 MP, 100 MP, and the 35/2 will probably be next, closely followed by 50 P. Then I would take a long break from buying. In fact, there will probably be a break from buying right now, other than possibly a Contax 80-200/4.



Apr 18, 2011 at 03:25 PM
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p.359 #20 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Fct is, for the almost a year that I've owned the 100MP, there is only one shot where I feel that (a) it is truly delightful, and (b) I could have shot this otherwise. That is not a lot. Not enough for me to carry it around all the time, when the 35 f:1.4 is going to add another kg to my bag. The 28mm is going for the same reason. That would leave me with the 21 and the f:1.4 triplets. Not exactly lean or light, but adequate.


Apr 18, 2011 at 03:32 PM
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