ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)
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bpark42
Registered: Jan 20, 2008
Total Posts: 1572
Country: United States

Nice work with the 35, akul. I like the second with the focus on what I assume is a discarded christmas tree.



Picture This!
Registered: Aug 03, 2010
Total Posts: 2155
Country: United States

Chennai, India.
ZF 21



nicolab
Registered: Oct 20, 2012
Total Posts: 322
Country: Italy

Thank's Luka,
During Venice holiday I had the D800 with the 3 lenses I own: 21, 35/2 and 100.
No AF lenses for me. DK17M and DK19 helps a lot. No focusing screens available for D800.

Looking at your beautiful images it's raising in me the idea to change the 35/2 with the 1,4 version, it seems like the character of the 35/2 is more similar to the 21 and I'm led to use the widest more. 35/1,4 would be very interesting. Bokeh is so pleasing and the zone in focus are so sharp also at 1,4. How do you feel with the manual focus with an 1,4 lens? size and the weight would be no problems for me.
Thanks and sorry for my terrible english.... Nicola

First attempts to B&W conversions in lightroom (ZF21)

























Grenache
Registered: Dec 18, 2008
Total Posts: 2171
Country: United States

Some complain about difficulty in focusing the 35/1.4. I find it to be my easiest to focus because it is so bright. I use the precision matte screen in my 5d2, but even with the regular screen did fine. You just have to make sure your diopter wheel did not get bumped going in or out of camera bags...same with any MF lens...diopter has to match your vision.

Jim



Grenache
Registered: Dec 18, 2008
Total Posts: 2171
Country: United States

Thanks, Akul

Jim



rji2goleez
Registered: Jun 24, 2003
Total Posts: 6420
Country: United States

Luka - I like what you're doing with the 35 WO
Picturethis - Nice job with the 21
Nibutto - this set has a good vibe!

More from my recent visit to my company's old building. The last image here is my 'akul tribute' . . . 35/1.4 wide open with some construction stuff in the foreground. Hope I did you proud!



JaKo
Registered: Aug 08, 2011
Total Posts: 1807
Country: Canada

Outstanding images on the last few pages!
R.Young - fantastic greenery, picture perfect.
Akul - your latest pictures really show 35/1.4 at its best.
Nibutto - unique take on Venice. I enjoyed your earlier pictures from a bike trip. Where was it?


ZF.2 2/35 WO


















Ripolini
Registered: Nov 06, 2005
Total Posts: 455
Country: Italy

Beautiful set Jako.
Love #2.



akul
Registered: May 30, 2010
Total Posts: 2562
Country: United States

bpark42, Nicola - thank you !!

Picture this - Very nice scene. Beautiful rows of flower neckless (?). They look similar to Hawaiian lei.

Nicola - Beautiful BW works. I am drawn to the last shot. Very nice texture giving history of the wall.
Regarding 35 2 vs 35 1.4.
They are both really good lenses. I still have both at the moment. I might, however, replace 35 2 with 25 2.8 at some point as 35/2 does not get used enough these days. Big difference is the DOF. Even at same aperture, say f2 or f4, 1.4 has shallower DOF compare to 35/2. The uniquely deep DOF of 35/2 might have also given the impression of similarity to 21/2.8. Also notable with 35/2 is its rendition of three dimensional objects, which tends to do very well in close to mid distance. In long distance, I always had a bit of trouble with 35/2 in long distance shot but It could be my focusing. Now, 35 1.4, is a great lens, with beautiful color and bokeh, but I find focusing to be much more challenging than 35/2 throughout. I figured out that there was a consistent relationship to focus indicator on my D700 and actual focused area, which tends to be closer than focus indicator 'thinks' it is in the range of 'focused' zone. Clearly, the focusing tolerance of Nikon AF lenses vs Distagon 35 1.4 are not on the same page. . When I don't have time, I tend to use the technique I described above, and shoot a few shots in the hope one of them would give me a proper focused image. When I have a little more time, I use Live View then shoot hand-hold like a point and shoot camera. This trick is OK with 12MP D700, however, I suspect it won't yield too much success with 36MP D800 as such shooting is more prone to shaking blur. One other thing about 35 1.4 is the haze at 1.4. It is rather strong, and makes Live View focusing challenging especially in high contrast scene. In lower contrast scene, haze seems to be reduced. One last thing on 1.4 is Longitudinal Chromatic Abberation. Lloyd Chambers talks about it on his site. High contrast oof area ( tree branch against white sky, for instance), you would notice purple fringing in the oof edge. This may bother some people. I personally do not get bothered by it that much for the kind of photos I tend to take. Once you increase DOF, this would mostly disappear.
Like I said both are superb lens, but 1.4 has the magical 1.4 look, 2 has the great three dimensional rendition in close distance. For what you are looking for, 1.4 might fits your style really well.



akul
Registered: May 30, 2010
Total Posts: 2562
Country: United States

Thanks guys !
R. Young - Great shot. Your sky is always beautiful.
Bob - Great series. Wow, loving that last shot
Jako - Beautiful shots. Last one is my fav.



Picture This!
Registered: Aug 03, 2010
Total Posts: 2155
Country: United States

Akul, great work with the 35/1.4. You're making me want this lens more and more.
Bob, love the old building shots. That wrench shot with the 100 is ace ! great work.
Jako, nice detail and character in those shots with the 35/2. I sold this lens and you guys are making me want to buy it back. Deciding between the 1.4 and 2



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 4869
Country: Sweden

Great Shot Luka and Jim


Zeiss Makro-Planar T * 50mm f / 2 ZF.2 by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZF 2 by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



JaKo
Registered: Aug 08, 2011
Total Posts: 1807
Country: Canada

Akul: Thank you for info on 1.4/35 and 2/35.
Picture This! wrote: I sold this lens and you guys are making me want to buy it back. Deciding between the 1.4 and 2


See, the "problem" with visiting this forum is that you simply cannot just settle on one lens. In this case you gotta have Zeiss 1.4/35 for bokeh, 2/35 for 3D pop and Leica-R 35 Cron or Lux for all their virtues.
And that's just 35mm length! It's a mad hobby



rji2goleez
Registered: Jun 24, 2003
Total Posts: 6420
Country: United States

Jacko - that metal rod is popping right out of my screen!
Ronny - Love the landscapes

More from my recent building shoot including a view from the outside. Unfortunately, this mural will be removed from the brick. Apparently, water is getting stuck under the paint layers and eroding the brick . . . too bad.



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

thanks Luka

hand held and wide open - it ain't easy Phillippe - my hat goes off to you

ben


zeiss 85 f1.4 wide open by benmorgan28, on Flickr



Grenache
Registered: Dec 18, 2008
Total Posts: 2171
Country: United States

Bruni, lovely shot and storytelling.
Jim



NatDeroxL7
Registered: Sep 01, 2010
Total Posts: 118
Country: United States

A Winter Survivor



Zeiss 50 Makro Planar ZE, Canon 5D Mark II.

ISO 100, f22, 15 Seconds



Reagan
Registered: Jan 10, 2010
Total Posts: 4498
Country: United States

Well Done Ben, I love the lighting on the family to the right
I always told Phillipe it was the light in France that make his photos special


Reagan



weissj
Registered: Aug 25, 2005
Total Posts: 794
Country: United States

Went exploring and came across these pups. 21ZE.



dogs barking (2013) perhaps the best picture i have ever taken. by josh.weiss, on Flickr



Picture This!
Registered: Aug 03, 2010
Total Posts: 2155
Country: United States

Colosseum, Rome, Italy.
ZF.2 100



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