Zeiss Lens Photos and Discussion
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Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2419
Country: Sweden

I think Zm 50/1.5 is att great lens on A7
Some shots

https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=59004610@N02&q=Zeiss%20sonnar

As you say.. The question comes down to do you want optical perfection (the FE 55) or do you want the character of the 50 1.5 ?




Sony A7 + Zeiss Sonnar 50 1.5 ZM von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 4 000 000 views ) auf Flickr



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15778
Country: Germany

A quiet neighbourhood in Berlin:

D800, ZF.2 35/1.4 @ f/8:







arduluth
Registered: Oct 25, 2013
Total Posts: 199
Country: United States

sebboh wrote:


arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:
arduluth wrote:
I'm on my phone and can't see the larger images at the moment... But how is the field curvature of the G 28mm on the A7? It's pretty noticeable on my 5R, I assumed it'd make the lens unusable on the A7.


most people think it makes it unusable, i think its still pretty useful for certain types of shots, particularly closer up. much of the character comes through despite the crazy field curvature.

stopped down landscape stuff works better if you focus to ~3-5m instead of infinity.

here's some full sized samples i posted a while back: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1260613/1#12366716



Sometimes it work in my favor, sometimes it drives me nuts. Wide open, the curve is such that you can do some fun things in the corner thirds. The edges and corners can get quite sharp wide open when you focus for them, at least on crop - breaks my heart a bit.

Your samples look pretty good - not as different from my 5R as I'd been led to believe. Are these corrected for color shift?


nope, no corrections applied. color shift isn't too bad on the a7 (but is on the a7r).


Have you ever compared the C/Y Distagon 28mm f/2.8 with the G 28mm? If so, thoughts? I've seen some discussion of it before, but mostly in general terms (what to expect from a Biogon on digital vs Distagon, etc).



freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
Total Posts: 5743
Country: United States

Someone might want to jump on this deal...

Zeiss ZF.2 Distagon 35/1.4 (EX+) with caps and hood for $1272 @KEH

I was tooling around their new site, figuring things out, and I came across it. Oddly enough, I couldn't find it listed on the classic site.



sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
Total Posts: 10639
Country: United States

arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:


arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:
arduluth wrote:
I'm on my phone and can't see the larger images at the moment... But how is the field curvature of the G 28mm on the A7? It's pretty noticeable on my 5R, I assumed it'd make the lens unusable on the A7.


most people think it makes it unusable, i think its still pretty useful for certain types of shots, particularly closer up. much of the character comes through despite the crazy field curvature.

stopped down landscape stuff works better if you focus to ~3-5m instead of infinity.

here's some full sized samples i posted a while back: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1260613/1#12366716



Sometimes it work in my favor, sometimes it drives me nuts. Wide open, the curve is such that you can do some fun things in the corner thirds. The edges and corners can get quite sharp wide open when you focus for them, at least on crop - breaks my heart a bit.

Your samples look pretty good - not as different from my 5R as I'd been led to believe. Are these corrected for color shift?


nope, no corrections applied. color shift isn't too bad on the a7 (but is on the a7r).


Have you ever compared the C/Y Distagon 28mm f/2.8 with the G 28mm? If so, thoughts? I've seen some discussion of it before, but mostly in general terms (what to expect from a Biogon on digital vs Distagon, etc).


nope, never compared. pictures i've seen on film make the g 28 look better, but on the a7 the c/y definitely has better corners.

shot with the g45 on the a7 at f/2.2:








Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2419
Country: Sweden


Sony A7 + Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 Vivitar Nikon AT-3/AI Extension Tube 36mm+20mm von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 4 000 000 views ) auf Flickr



arduluth
Registered: Oct 25, 2013
Total Posts: 199
Country: United States


sebboh wrote:
arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:


arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:
arduluth wrote:
I'm on my phone and can't see the larger images at the moment... But how is the field curvature of the G 28mm on the A7? It's pretty noticeable on my 5R, I assumed it'd make the lens unusable on the A7.


most people think it makes it unusable, i think its still pretty useful for certain types of shots, particularly closer up. much of the character comes through despite the crazy field curvature.

stopped down landscape stuff works better if you focus to ~3-5m instead of infinity.

here's some full sized samples i posted a while back: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1260613/1#12366716



Sometimes it work in my favor, sometimes it drives me nuts. Wide open, the curve is such that you can do some fun things in the corner thirds. The edges and corners can get quite sharp wide open when you focus for them, at least on crop - breaks my heart a bit.

Your samples look pretty good - not as different from my 5R as I'd been led to believe. Are these corrected for color shift?


nope, no corrections applied. color shift isn't too bad on the a7 (but is on the a7r).


Have you ever compared the C/Y Distagon 28mm f/2.8 with the G 28mm? If so, thoughts? I've seen some discussion of it before, but mostly in general terms (what to expect from a Biogon on digital vs Distagon, etc).


nope, never compared. pictures i've seen on film make the g 28 look better, but on the a7 the c/y definitely has better corners.

shot with the g45 on the a7 at f/2.2:








Ack, you had to go and bring up the G45... Any thoughts on the G45 vs the C/Y Planar 50mm f/1.7? Other than ergonomics, that is.


sebboh
Registered: Nov 02, 2009
Total Posts: 10639
Country: United States

arduluth wrote:

sebboh wrote:
arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:


arduluth wrote:
sebboh wrote:
arduluth wrote:
I'm on my phone and can't see the larger images at the moment... But how is the field curvature of the G 28mm on the A7? It's pretty noticeable on my 5R, I assumed it'd make the lens unusable on the A7.


most people think it makes it unusable, i think its still pretty useful for certain types of shots, particularly closer up. much of the character comes through despite the crazy field curvature.

stopped down landscape stuff works better if you focus to ~3-5m instead of infinity.

here's some full sized samples i posted a while back: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1260613/1#12366716



Sometimes it work in my favor, sometimes it drives me nuts. Wide open, the curve is such that you can do some fun things in the corner thirds. The edges and corners can get quite sharp wide open when you focus for them, at least on crop - breaks my heart a bit.

Your samples look pretty good - not as different from my 5R as I'd been led to believe. Are these corrected for color shift?


nope, no corrections applied. color shift isn't too bad on the a7 (but is on the a7r).


Have you ever compared the C/Y Distagon 28mm f/2.8 with the G 28mm? If so, thoughts? I've seen some discussion of it before, but mostly in general terms (what to expect from a Biogon on digital vs Distagon, etc).


nope, never compared. pictures i've seen on film make the g 28 look better, but on the a7 the c/y definitely has better corners.

shot with the g45 on the a7 at f/2.2:








Ack, you had to go and bring up the G45... Any thoughts on the G45 vs the C/Y Planar 50mm f/1.7? Other than ergonomics, that is.

the g45 is way better in sharpness and contrast (ok there is a limit to how much better a lens can be than the 50/1.7) with a little better bokeh (still sucks beyond 1.5 meters). basically from f/2 to f/8 the the g45 is a little more than a stop better than the c/y eg. the g45 is slightly better at f/4 than the c/y at f/5.6. also, the ergonomics of my g45 are better than those of any c/y lens (due to some custom modifications) .

another shot with it at f/2.2:








arduluth
Registered: Oct 25, 2013
Total Posts: 199
Country: United States

Hmm. I might watch for a good price on one of those, then.

I love my C/Y 50/1.7 from f/2.8 on, but it isn't great below that. I think the Nikkor 50/1.8 AI I inherited beats it in contrast and sharpness wide open, though I want to do a more careful test to confirm. I also like the C/Y's bokeh at f/2.8 and above, though it isn't great wide open.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15778
Country: Germany

D800, ZF.2 85/1.4 @ f/2.8:







carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15778
Country: Germany

D800, ZF.2 21/2.8 @ f/8, Silver Efex for grain and darkened edges:







thminhduc
Registered: Feb 20, 2010
Total Posts: 62
Country: Australia

Zeiss Contax 120mm f/4 APO



Zeiss Contax 120mm f/4 APO or Zeiss Contax 80mm f/2



Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2419
Country: Sweden

Great shots carstenw !


Sony A7 + Zeiss Sonnar 50 1.5 ZM von Ronny Olsson ( Thank's for over 4 000 000 views ) auf Flickr



arduluth
Registered: Oct 25, 2013
Total Posts: 199
Country: United States

Here are three from a recent concert by my favorite band, Low. I'm new to taking concert photography, but I'm pretty happy with these photos and how the Contax Planar 50mm f/1.7 performed in this environment.

The rest of the images from this show can be found in my Flickr album, The Current Does Duluth.



Contax Planar 50mm f/1.7 at f/2.0 on NEX-5R


Flickr: Alan Sparhawk of LOW by diogenic



Flickr: Mimi Parker of LOW by diogenic



Flickr: Steve Garrington of LOW by diogenic




freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
Total Posts: 5743
Country: United States

A couple of shots with the a7r and Hassy S-Planar 135 on Mamiya Auto-Bellows N. First is a single shot wide open at 1:1, shifted to correct framing, no tilt. Second is a 13-shot pano, f/16 at 1:1, no shift but some tilt.

a7r_SPlanar135_Pollen by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr




a7r_SPlanar135_In_Progress by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15778
Country: Germany

Pretty damn cool! Do you have a photo of your setup?



rico
Registered: Jul 13, 2003
Total Posts: 3867
Country: United States

Cool work with the SP135! I always wanted to try it: great MTF, specs, and a handy leaf shutter.



freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
Total Posts: 5743
Country: United States

carstenw wrote:
Pretty damn cool! Do you have a photo of your setup?


Sure. I had an old one posted previously, but that was before I had all the adapters to be able to do the circular panos. From left to right, itís cheap Chinese B50 hood, S-Planar, Hassy to M645 adapter, Mamiya Auto-Bellows N, Kipon M645 to EF shift adapter, Ommlite EF to E adapter, and a7r.

a7_Lux35_The_Rig by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



Hereís a few showing a bit more range on the lens (which can get to infinity on this rig). This first one was a full rotational pano cropped.

a7r_SPlanar135_Closed by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



Three shot pano (camera in portrait orientation)Ö

a7_SPlanar135_Smile by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



Three shot pano with the lens fully shifted up (rotational panos are not optimal if itís focused beyond about a meter and shifted)Ö

a7_SPlanar135_Open_wallet_here by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr


Finally, hereís a couple with Planar 80/2.8, both full rotational panos and cropped. This one does not get to infinity. The second shot is as far away as I can get from the subject at f/16 and get it in focus.

a7_Planar80_Strawberries by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



a7r_Planar80_Danger by thisgunforhire70, on Flickr



freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
Total Posts: 5743
Country: United States

rico wrote:
Cool work with the SP135! I always wanted to try it: great MTF, specs, and a handy leaf shutter.


Thanks, Rico. I'm not making good us of the leaf shutter, but the lens is spectacular.



AhamB
Registered: Jul 11, 2008
Total Posts: 5023
Country: Germany

freaklikeme wrote:
rico wrote:
Cool work with the SP135! I always wanted to try it: great MTF, specs, and a handy leaf shutter.


Thanks, Rico. I'm not making good us of the leaf shutter, but the lens is spectacular.


How do you use the leaf shutter together with the A7?



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