ZE/ZF/ZM Images (Official Thread!)
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helimat
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 3991
Country: Canada

Hi Craig.

I bought the ZE 25 expecting to play with it for a bit and then let it go since I already had the ZE 21 & 35... It is still here after two years and is among my most used lenses. The ZE 28 was not as highly touted, but I have not tried it either.

Cheers



Jim Servies
Registered: Feb 06, 2009
Total Posts: 1223
Country: United States

Owned the 21mm three different times. One of the all-time favorites from Zeiss. Love that lens!



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 2155
Country: Sweden

Macro with a non-macro lens, 135 APO with extension tubes and a Nikon D810



craigjohn
Registered: Dec 30, 2013
Total Posts: 361
Country: United States

helimat wrote:
Hi Craig.

I bought the ZE 25 expecting to play with it for a bit and then let it go since I already had the ZE 21 & 35... It is still here after two years and is among my most used lenses. The ZE 28 was not as highly touted, but I have not tried it either.

Cheers



I just read this review about the 28mm f/2 ZF.2, and this might cement it for me. It's $400 less expensive than the 25 right now.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/07/19/zf28distagon/

Ming's review of the 100/2 pretty much inspired me to go for the 100/2 MP.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/07/27/revisited-and-reviewed-the-zeiss-zf-2-2100-makro-planar-t/

[edit0 Then again, I just read this review of the 25/2...

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2011/11/21/review-carl-zeiss-25mm-f2-for-canon-ef/

...and now I feel stuck again.



Toothwalker
Registered: Jan 24, 2009
Total Posts: 1494
Country: Norway

A few from this year's trip to the car cemetery:





































helimat
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 3991
Country: Canada

craigjohn wrote:
helimat wrote:
Hi Craig.

I bought the ZE 25 expecting to play with it for a bit and then let it go since I already had the ZE 21 & 35... It is still here after two years and is among my most used lenses. The ZE 28 was not as highly touted, but I have not tried it either.

Cheers



I just read this review about the 28mm f/2 ZF.2, and this might cement it for me. It's $400 less expensive than the 25 right now.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/07/19/zf28distagon/

Ming's review of the 100/2 pretty much inspired me to go for the 100/2 MP.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/07/27/revisited-and-reviewed-the-zeiss-zf-2-2100-makro-planar-t/

[edit0 Then again, I just read this review of the 25/2...

http://www.thephoblographer.com/2011/11/21/review-carl-zeiss-25mm-f2-for-canon-ef/

...and now I feel stuck again.


Good luck.



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 2155
Country: Sweden

Thanks for the likes!

Something a little different, onion harvest with the 21/2.8 Distagon.



zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
Total Posts: 4159
Country: United States

A few from Zeiss 135mm at f2






















helimat
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 3991
Country: Canada


Canon 6D + ZE 25/2 by Mat Melsness, on Flickr

Aquarium of the Bay - San Francisco



nopriors
Registered: Jun 23, 2014
Total Posts: 41
Country: United States

joakim wrote:
Macro with a non-macro lens, 135 APO with extension tubes and a Nikon D810


Great shots. I have the 135 and it is never off my camera . What extension tubes are you using?
Peace
Greg



joakim
Registered: Apr 06, 2008
Total Posts: 2155
Country: Sweden

nopriors wrote:
joakim wrote:
Macro with a non-macro lens, 135 APO with extension tubes and a Nikon D810


Great shots. I have the 135 and it is never off my camera . What extension tubes are you using?
Peace
Greg


I have a set from Kenko, 12-20-36 mm. Feels a bit plastic but they work well.



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5063
Country: Sweden

Great shot Joakim and Michael
Nice set Tooth Car cemetery In Sweden ?




Sony A7 + Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



Toothwalker
Registered: Jan 24, 2009
Total Posts: 1494
Country: Norway

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Nice set Tooth Car cemetery In Sweden ?


Yup. It have been there four times now. Each year the ongoing decay is apparent. Not only due to natural causes; there are still imbeciles who steal or demolish parts.

Very nice light in your lighthouse shot. I wouldn't mind a reduction in sharpening halos though



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5063
Country: Sweden

Toothwalker wrote:
Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Nice set Tooth Car cemetery In Sweden ?


Yup. It have been there four times now. Each year the ongoing decay is apparent. Not only due to natural causes; there are still imbeciles who steal or demolish parts.

Very nice light in your lighthouse shot. I wouldn't mind a reduction in sharpening halos though



Thanks input .. Think that's is very easy to get the halo, and they are more visible after sharpning..
Thankful for hints regarding the editing of this particular phenomenon
Looks it better now? Have made an effort to correct



Abuttolph
Registered: May 20, 2014
Total Posts: 469
Country: United States

craigjohn wrote:
GAH! I'm driving myself mad.

What to do? What to do?

I have the 100/2 MP, and now I want something wider. The 21/2.8 is off the list (for now - too expensive), as I'd love this next lens mostly for documentary (weddings)/street photography, and some environmental/landscape secondarily.

Do I get the 25/2 ZF.2 or the 28/2 ZF.2? I want a fast aperture, especially when I photograph people up close.

Both seem to be highly regarded. The IQ from what I've seen is stellar in both. The question comes down to focal length, and where it fits within my three lens kit I want to build.

I love the 28mm focal length as well. When I had the Nikon 28mm f/1.4D, it was welded to my camera, but had to sell it off when money got tight. ...I currently have the 28mm f/2 AIS, and while I love the FOV, it's rendering wide open leaves a little to be desired - just want something with more *pop*, and the Nikon doesn't have 'it'.

And that brings me to the 25. It fits perfectly at the wide end of my planned three lens travel kit - 25/50/100. It's nice and even. But I'm not sure if it's too wide for documentary. Then again, I'm not sure if the 28 is wide enough for environment/landscape when I need it...er, want it.

With the 25, I'd be really getting into people's faces, which may not be a bad thing. I used love my 24/1.4G until it went all squirrelly on me, and replaced it with the small an nimble 20mm f/2.8D.

In smaller rooms, though, will those extra three millimeters make a big difference when it comes to the 25 vs. the 28?

The next lens I get after this will the be 50/2 MP, without a doubt. But that's on the back burner, as I have 60mm f/2.8G Macro for the time being.

As I said, GAH! ...and that was a quite a ramble/hashing out the my thoughts on paper. ...er, the internet.

Anyone with some good 'people photos with the 25mm f/2 and 28mm f/2? Street photography would be outstanding. I've searched high and low, but there's not a lot out there.

Cheers,

c


Craig - you can browse images by particular lens on the www.zeissimages.com web site. Click on Photos and then Lens Browser in the drop-down menu. From there, you can select a particular lens and view images that people have posted with that lens. Images are posted by all kinds of photographers, so there will be a range of image types. The guy who runs the site does a lot of street photography, although I don't know offhand if he uses the two lenses that you are considering.

In looking back through a lot of my images, my 25mm f/2.8 ZF has been used enough that I just bought the ZF.2 version while on sale. Although I don't do a lot of street photography, I can tell you that the 25mm renders beautifully and captures fine detail very well.


Edit: I reread your comment and see that you are considering the 25mm f/2, not the f/2.8 that I have. Supposedly, the f/2 is a little better than the f/2.8. It will be interesting to hear what you decide.



zhangyue
Registered: Jan 28, 2011
Total Posts: 4159
Country: United States

Great images, guys!
More 135, these are all from the first day my lens come from BH.
















Toothwalker
Registered: Jan 24, 2009
Total Posts: 1494
Country: Norway

Ronny _Olsson wrote:
Thanks input .. Think that's is very easy to get the halo, and they are more visible after sharpning..
Thankful for hints regarding the editing of this particular phenomenon
Looks it better now? Have made an effort to correct


Yes it looks better - if I remember the old version correctly.

Sharpening algorithms increase edge contrast, making the bright side of an edge brighter and the dark side darker. I made my own sharpening algorithm, which shifts the balance to the dark side. More darkening at the dark side and less brightening at the bright side. This reduces the halos and works well in > 90% of my cases. The bad news is that I programmed it in Matlab, which is not available to most people.




Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5063
Country: Sweden


Sony A7 + Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



craigjohn
Registered: Dec 30, 2013
Total Posts: 361
Country: United States

Brilliant, Adele. Thanks for the link. A few days ago I was really leaning towards the 28/2, now, after watching Prisoner of Azkaban, which was shot with lenses ranging from 14mm to 24, I'm kinda leaning to the 25 for a wider cinematic field of view. Even up close it would create a wonderful look, especially wide open.

But I keep wondering - will those 3mm make a wide-angle difference either way? Ugh!



Ronny Olsson
Registered: Jun 24, 2012
Total Posts: 5063
Country: Sweden


Sony A7 + Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZF 2 by Ronny Olsson, on Flickr



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