ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)
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Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 4873
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: 1892
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: 2084
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: 16156
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: 1092
Country: United States

Samuli Vahonen wrote:









Samuli


Samuli,

What's your subject to camera distance here?


Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1892
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: 4873
Country: Sweden

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






Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 4873
Country: Sweden

D700+Zeiss 100MP



JaKo
Registered: Aug 08, 2011
Total Posts: 1808
Country: Canada

Kodak Portra 160 emulation












rodizzle33
Registered: Apr 20, 2012
Total Posts: 621
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: 1556
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: 1556
Country: United States

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


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



Taylor Sherman
Registered: Mar 26, 2012
Total Posts: 1556
Country: United States

Frogfish wrote:
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


To me, the colors are unnatural (and not in a pleasant way), and they're over-sharpened. The first is too magenta, the second too yellow.




Samuli Vahonen
Registered: Jul 16, 2003
Total Posts: 1892
Country: Finland

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Almost over sharpened .. blaming it on flickr

Liked the 1st very much, thou I still favour one of your 85mm images. I don't see any over sharpening issues except strange white halo around the ears, but that might be natural.

JaKo, nice photo of the very ugly flat black Ford.




Few more Maltese boats and tenders with 50mm planar.

Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 @ f/2.8, 1/400s, ISO 100, polarizer


Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 @ f/2.8, 1/40s, ISO 100, polarizer


Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 @ f/2.8, 1/400s, ISO 100, polarizer



Shoot also "cover image" (left some empty space for text like "Malta 2013" on left) for Malta by focusing incorrectly and letting lens "paint" the scene, used f/1.4 for it's painting skills


Samuli



JaKo
Registered: Aug 08, 2011
Total Posts: 1808
Country: Canada

Samuli wrote: JaKo, nice photo of the very ugly flat black Ford
Well, if you Google for 'Ford' and 'Canada' you will find anything but flat, BUT definitely very ugly posts

Hey, what's with the focus; Finlandia vodka?



akul
Registered: May 30, 2010
Total Posts: 2565
Country: United States

Samuli - Totally enjyoing your foray into boats. Maltese boats are very photogenic !

Ronny - great shot !

from Sam's Point Preserve, NY with ZF21







Rodluvan
Registered: Sep 01, 2010
Total Posts: 713
Country: Sweden

went for a colour-splash with the 50P (exif says 85, because I forgot to change the non-cpu data)

@5.6

@1.4


and final one with 50MP@2



user222
Registered: Sep 13, 2007
Total Posts: 817
Country: United States

Wow...nice works in the past few pages.

Ulff...that tree photograph, outstanding.
nibutto great series, creative work.
samuli, you and the 2/135 and boats go together well.
Rodluvan, you seem to have a handle on the 50P, is that one of your favorite lenses?
akul, nice work, when I think of NY, I don't normally think of all that open space!



user222
Registered: Sep 13, 2007
Total Posts: 817
Country: United States

a nice evening on the ferry with the 2/25.


dusk on harbor by craig_coonrad, on Flickr


ferry bumpers by craig_coonrad, on Flickr


boat eye by craig_coonrad, on Flickr


city at night by craig_coonrad, on Flickr



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