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Zeiss ZE 50/1,4








Oct 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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p.903 #2 · p.903 #2 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Ulff...your photography is remarkable. Thanks for sharing such wonderful works.


Oct 26, 2013 at 03:43 AM
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From the 100MP ZE


bubbles on the wire by craig_coonrad, on Flickr



Oct 26, 2013 at 03:46 AM
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p.903 #4 · p.903 #4 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Since I have no AF lenses, I decided to change my focusing screen.
I've installed the S-Type matte focusing screen, it's better than before, but I think that for very precise focusing could be good to have an EVF too. (Something like Fuji's solution where you can switch from OVF to EVF very easily).
Let's wait and see what Nikon will propose to us with the pure photography new camera.
It could be a marriage in heaven with our heavy metal and glass Zeiss primes!
What do you think?
Are you using more LCD for precise focusing? I'd like to zoom only the central part of the picture in order to be able to frame the shot, but it's no possible.
Some bokeh from the 35 using the new matte screen.


































Oct 26, 2013 at 05:02 PM
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nibutto wrote:
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What do you think?
Are you using more LCD for precise focusing?

Depends on shooting style and subject - for the stuff I shoot I very much prefer to shoot using live view. For tripod work I would never even consider anything else. And for handheld Zeiss ZE-shooting I'm using LCDVF to be able to support camera from 3 points (head&hand*2).

Earlier when I did shoot motorsports and weddings in addition to nature I had different preferences. Of course cameras have developed over the years - my 3 first DSLRs (D30, 20D, 5Dmk1) didn't even have Live View. However live view was "game changer" for me, and I downgraded from fullframe to crop just to get Live View (at the time 1Ds mkIII was only camera with fullframe and live view, and it was really expensive).

nibutto wrote:
I'd like to zoom only the central part of the picture in order to be able to frame the shot, but it's no possible.

I rarely use central subjects so I prefer to zoom to where-ever I need to. I would really hate crippled live view (like in Leica M240), where one can just zoom the central part.




Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 @ f/11, 0.8s, ISO 100


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Oct 26, 2013 at 05:49 PM
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Do you find that the LCDVF is useful for tripod-based shooting as well? I wonder if I could judge focus on the D800 without zooming in?

I have -1.5 on my right eye, but although the LCDVF apparently has no diopter, they claim usefulness from +5 to -2. How do you find that?



Oct 26, 2013 at 07:50 PM
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carstenw wrote:
Do you find that the LCDVF is useful for tripod-based shooting as well? I wonder if I could judge focus on the D800 without zooming in?

I use LCDVF for tripod shooting if lightning is all the time changing and I have to be 105% sure I get right exposure on first try. Or if there is so much light that I find it hard to see LCD (rarely issue in Finnish forest...).

I'm not sure what LCDVF or no-LCDVF affects on judging focus on the D800 without zooming? The resolution of current camera LCDs is not sufficient even for 20Mpix, and no way it would be sufficient for 30+Mpix.

carstenw wrote:
I have -1.5 on my right eye, but although the LCDVF apparently has no diopter, they claim usefulness from +5 to -2. How do you find that?

I haven't had issues with LCDVF, I can see the pixel grid of 5DmkII LCD with LCDVF (and without). I have 1.2 and 2.x on my glasses, don't know is it - or +, but I cannot see far without glasses e.g. drive car (well I could if I would not need to read the road signs, and my drivers license would not say that I need to drive with glasses...). I can shoot as well with either eye. Sometimes I feel that optical finder diopter settings don't go far enough and it's hard to see crisp details crisp enough - so maybe their marketing speech is truthful.

If diopter adjustment needed then other similar devices than LCDVF are more suitable. I haven't checked market situation for some years now,but back then when I was choosing devide the other options were with 3x and when I tested they were way too "wide" for my taste - very easy to focus, but very very difficult to compose considering whole image.




Just few minutes later (from previous photo I posted above) and photo needed 10 minute manual masking and tweaking in PhotoShop to get decent balance between sky and forest. Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/11, 1s, ISO 100


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Oct 26, 2013 at 08:17 PM
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Hmm. It has been a long time now that I have wanted to add some kind of focus-assist device to my D800. It is a really nice camera, but focusing is hard.

I have thought of a SmallHD DP4 EVF, but it only has 50% more pixels than the D800's LCD, the same as the Olympus VF-2 I have, and what I would really love is a high-enough resolution screen to judge focus without zooming in. I am not sure that the DP4 will give me that, although the Focus Assist+ mode seems promising. The DP6 and DP7 would probably give that, but they are much larger, more expensive and don't have the EVF attachment.

The LCDVF would be an in-between solution, getting me more from the LCD of the camera, while adding minimal bulk and cost.



Oct 26, 2013 at 11:58 PM
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Bob - You sold your 1.4/35 !! I agree that 2/35 is a great lens. I still have it, and can't part with it. Nice series of showcasing 2/35's boke quality, which I love. Oh, I agree with vignette. Love Zeiss vignett.
U.C. Gorgeous set.
Lars - Beautiful composition
Samuli that is an amazing capture of light !

Here is 1.4/35 at 1.4



Oct 27, 2013 at 04:23 AM
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Luka - I love this lens! I feel like I'm gaining much more than I'm losing and I like the size/weight difference. Here's a few more from yesterday. The first is a 3-shot pano..

















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Bob - Great shot. Wonderful fall color and light. I hear you about weight. Honestly, I did not use 1.4/35 for the whole summer. I pulled out for fall color.

Some more with 1.4/35







Oct 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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13 Shot Pano, Canon 5D MKII, Zeiss 21/2.8



GSteve 2013


Jackson Lake, WY




Oct 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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p.903 #13 · p.903 #13 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Great shots Lars, user222, nibutto, Samuli, Luka, Bob and GSteve.
Bob, is that middle shot from Red Wing?



Oct 27, 2013 at 06:38 PM
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p.903 #14 · p.903 #14 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


85 Planar WO :











Oct 27, 2013 at 07:06 PM
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rji2goleez wrote:
I love this lens! I feel like I'm gaining much more than I'm losing and I like the size/weight difference.

This pair of 35mm are hard to make mind, which one to prefer - when adding 2/28 into mix it gets really difficult. I like 2/35 very much for "urban"-stuff, but for forest I prefer 1.4/35 - of course I shoot also forest with 2/35, but it takes a lot of precaution to avoid the ugly dark corner bokeh. While f/1.4 version is problem free at any situation at f/2.8 (f/4-5 with f/2 version), and most of the time good even wide open.


Im currently figuring out should I take to Malta
a) minimalistic 2/28, 1.4/50, and 2/135 (city/tourist stuff 28&50 (+135 for some cityscapes), nature/landscapes 28&135)
b) "cover wide range" 2/25, 1.4/35(or 2/35), 1.4/50 and 2/135 (city/tourist stuff 25&50, nature/landscapes 35&135)

I'm afraid that option b) would just lead to never having correct lenses on camera bodies, and knowing my tendency not to like changing lenses, it will lead to situations where I miss shots since they would require to change a lens.

Option a) is great otherwise, but gap between 135mm and 28mm is quite big. Also would like to have 85mm with me...but most likely not happening, don't want too heavy bag, since most likely there will be quite a lot of walking. Also from rendering style point of view 50 and 85 Planars are quite close each another.





Both Planar T* 1.4/85 and APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 work well to "emulate" larger sensor. Last weekend shoot few scenes with 85mm 4-5 photo vertical panoramas:

f/13, 5s, Hoya HD polarizer


f/2.8, 1/4s, Hoya HD polarizer


f/2.8, 0.4s, Hoya HD polarizer


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Oct 27, 2013 at 07:38 PM
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Dalmas wrote:
Bob, is that middle shot from Red Wing?


It most certainly is! the image is taken from a park just on the outskirts of town. I guess you've been there?

Here's a 5 shot pano from the same location with the 35/2








Oct 27, 2013 at 08:18 PM
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Bob: Great pano. I stopped for an hour in Red Wing in September 2002, so it was some time ago

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Oct 27, 2013 at 08:37 PM
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Bob: Great pano. I stopped for an hour in Red Wing in September 2002, so it was some time ago


Oct 27, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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Dalmas wrote:
Bob: Great pano. I stopped for an hour in Red Wing in September 2002, so it was some time ago


I passed through Red Wing once in the 90s and haven't been back till recently. It's a nice drive from Minneapolis to Red Wing with plenty of photo ops along the way.



Oct 27, 2013 at 08:41 PM
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p.903 #20 · p.903 #20 · ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)


Beautiful photos Samuli! Do you still use the Nodel ninja for panorama shots?


Oct 27, 2013 at 08:54 PM
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