ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)
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Ulff
Registered: Jun 13, 2003
Total Posts: 866
Country: Germany

Budapest by night (Zeiss ZE 100 2.0):






Frogfish
Registered: May 20, 2011
Total Posts: 2933
Country: China

Many beautiful, and in some cases world-class, work has been posted over the last few pages since I last looked at this thread. I gave 'Likes' to those that popped my eyes, but there are so many I had to leave some very good shots out. My work isn't anywhere near that level but I am looking, learning and continue to aspire to reach those peaks

A couple from NZ earlier this year. C&C always welcome so don't spare the lash !

D800 & Zeiss 21mm





zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
Total Posts: 2704
Country: United States

Ulff wrote:
Budapest by night (Zeiss ZE 100 2.0):





Super image!


Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1583
Country: Finland

Ulff, nice church-photo.



I have had APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 already some time, but I have been shooting almost exclusively nature with it. On my "summer holiday" few weeks ago I visited Malta, and shoot first time some "urban" scenes with 2/135. Bokeh is very nice, for a long time I enjoyed browsing photos on computer (I typically hate everything requiring to sit indoors in front of computer, smells like work...). Bokeh is not too smooth, but also it's never too rough either - on my books this is very close to perfect.

Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/15s, ISO 100, polarizer


Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/30s, ISO 100, polarizer


Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/320s, ISO 100, polarizer


Samuli



RiverGuy
Registered: Jan 04, 2009
Total Posts: 39
Country: United States

Beautiful harbor images with the 135/2, Samuli.

Clarity....Like I could paddle over and touch those boats.



darbo
Registered: Mar 10, 2012
Total Posts: 172
Country: United States

RiverGuy wrote:
Beautiful harbor images with the 135/2, Samuli.


+1 They're excellent.



Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1583
Country: Finland

Just checked stats from Malta 2/135 shots - total 137 photos of which: f/2 53pcs, f/2.8 1pcs, f/4 19pcs, f/4.5 1pcs, f/5.6 99pcs, f/6.3 1pcs, f/8 65pcs, f/9 1pcs, f/10 16pcs, f/11 42pcs, f/13 14pcs, f/14 1pcs, f/16 3pcs, f/20 1pcs. Can't resist shooting wide open, specially urban subjects. For nature more often larger DOF is required for subject matter, hopefully not too many need deconvolution sharpening to restore dullness caused by small aperture.

Not sure if I dare to put these "ooh nice bokeh" shots to my webpage, artistically they have about zero value. But for gear forum these suit well, specially since there haven't been very many samples of 2/135. Sorted by "warmness" from coldest to warmest

Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/800s, ISO 100, CZ T* polarizer


Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/320s, ISO 100, CZ T* polarizer


Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/320s, ISO 100, CZ T* polarizer


Carl Zeiss APO-Sonnar T* 2/135 @ f/2, 1/320s, ISO 100, CZ T* polarizer


Samuli



Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2355
Country: Sweden

Awesome shot's Samuli
Great to see some vacation photos
Please link your website

Ronny//



Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1583
Country: Finland

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Awesome shot's Samuli
Great to see some vacation photos
Please link your website

Ronny//

Thanks, http://www.vahonen.com - thou if you follow this thread and Zeiss thread, you have seen all my images, actually much more than what I post to website. Updating website is boring (like work), so I have been very lazy - Also I don't like writing but for a blog one has to write something. Don't all go there, I pay for the traffic if it goes over x GB/mth limit...

Samuli



Rajan Parrikar
Registered: Sep 09, 2006
Total Posts: 1372
Country: United States

More in my blog post.

5D Mark III + Zeiss ZE 15 f/2.8 Distagon -







RdEoSg
Registered: Apr 02, 2003
Total Posts: 425
Country: United States

Lots of amazing work here!

So I have a conundrum. I guess I should start with what I own. I have a Canon 5DmkIII with a 24 f1.4L fist version, a 50 f1.4, and a 100 f2. I've had the opportunity to shoot with the Zeiss 50 f1.4 ZE and really love it. I know it's not much sharper or showing less CA than the Canon really, but I just prefer the look over all.

So my question is this. I also own a Leica M6 with a pair of lenses. As much as I so love my Leica, it hasn't been used in probably 4-5 years and it's becoming such a hassle to process and scan, I'm thinking possibly of selling it to fund some lenses for the Canon that I actually use.

My first thought its the 50mm f2 Makro-Planar which looks to be the nicer of the two 50mm lenses.

My second thought is I have no idea! I love the look of the 21 and know it's considered one of the best, if not the best ultrawide of all. My hesitation is that I really don't shoot ultra wide very often. I had a 16-35 that I sold because I found that among other reasons, I didn't need the range and usually shot around 24mm, hence my 24mm f1.4 which I love.

The 35mm range is my favorite, so the 35 1.4 or 2 seem like good choices.

I also love portraits so the 85mm 1.4 was near the top of my list, but I find that I shoot usually wide open or with in a stop, and usually very near the minimum focus distance, so I'm not sure if that's a good choice or not from the comments and reviews I've read about the focus issues.

What doe you guys think?



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
Total Posts: 15315
Country: Germany

I would start with the lens you have tried and love. The 50MP is very different, sharper, but with much less attractive boke and more neutral rendering. I have both and prefer the Planar. The price is also very attractive.

Once you have that, you might look at the 35s. I prefer the f/1.4, but it is huge and expensive, and quite hard to focus. The 35/2 is also very nice, but with less subtle rendering, but more obvious 3D.

The 85/1.4 is great, but has focus shift and is hard to focus as well. For people at close range this lens requires quite fine control.

The 100/2 also has beautiful rendering, and has 1:2 near-macro range ability. This might make a nice second or third lens, or perhaps the 135/2 if you can use the range and don't do macro.

The 21/2.8 is legendary, but if you don't shoot that wide, then perhaps it is pointless. The 25/2 is meant to be great, but I don't own it and cannot verify that. In any case, it sits in the same spot as your existing lens.

The 28/2 has a mixed reputation. It has field curvature, which can cause boke problems in the corners, but it has this very gentle, beautiful boke for certain subject/background ranges, and I love mine. It has been called an artist's lens, not implying that anyone who doesn't like it isn't an artist, of course, but giving some sense that it isn't great for purely technical matter, perhaps.



bushwacker
Registered: Jun 12, 2005
Total Posts: 861
Country: United States

Samuli Vahonen wrote:









Samuli


Samuli,

What's your subject to camera distance here?


Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1583
Country: Finland

bushwacker wrote:
Samuli Vahonen wrote:









Samuli


Samuli,

What's your subject to camera distance here?

I don't remember the shooting situation accurate enough, but the tree diameter is 35cm/14inch +-few centimeters


carstenw wrote:
The 21/2.8 is legendary, but if you don't shoot that wide, then perhaps it is pointless. The 25/2 is meant to be great, but I don't own it and cannot verify that. In any case, it sits in the same spot as your existing lens.

25/2 is great with few flaws; field curvature on extreme corners and change of getting very rough bokeh. Lens is very well corrected, has best colors of ZE/ZF lenses I have shoot with (I don't own 15, 18 or Otus).

carstenw wrote:
The 28/2 has a mixed reputation. It has field curvature, which can cause boke problems in the corners, but it has this very gentle, beautiful boke for certain subject/background ranges, and I love mine. It has been called an artist's lens, not implying that anyone who doesn't like it isn't an artist, of course, but giving some sense that it isn't great for purely technical matter, perhaps.

+1 - I'm happy with the lens, and I have learned to work with corner bokeh issues (lens barrel too small and DOF is larger on corners, can be very problematic on someone like me who shoots 90% of time inside the forest - if you browse my posts from few past years you will find samples about this issue). Mostly I use this lens for wide angle shooting, partyly due to 50mm is my favorite focal length and mixing 35 and 50 is hard because they are so close that I would have hard time opening bag and changing to different camera body for such small FOV difference.

Samuli


Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2355
Country: Sweden

D700 + 100MP
Almost over sharpened .. blaming it on flickr






Ronny _Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 2355
Country: Sweden

D700+Zeiss 100MP



JaKo
Registered: Aug 08, 2011
Total Posts: 980
Country: Canada

Kodak Portra 160 emulation












rodizzle33
Registered: Apr 20, 2012
Total Posts: 360
Country: United States

My attempt to do a HDR panoramic with the Zeiss 100MP with a D800 at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.


Griffith Park Pano HDR by rodknee_ty2003, on Flickr


Single shot with the Zeiss 100MP


Sunset at Griffith Observatory by rodknee_ty2003, on Flickr


This is a Wide Angle HDR with a Zeiss 21mm ZF.1


Sunset at Griffith Observatory HDR by rodknee_ty2003, on Flickr



Taylor Sherman
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
Total Posts: 1077
Country: United States

I think the 21mm shot is the winner there, and the single-shot 100mm I like too.



Taylor Sherman
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
Total Posts: 1077
Country: United States

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
D700 + 100MP
Almost over sharpened .. blaming it on flickr


My favorite "jumping dog" shot of yours so far!



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