C/y 35-70 thread
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philip_pj
Registered: Apr 03, 2009
Total Posts: 4170
Country: Australia

Daniel,
I guess I am lucky to be in a position to not care too much about lens ergonomics, doing mostly tripod work. It's just a matter of composing/ setting FL, do focus, use M mode and check exposure, wind down to f8, click to set correct s/speed and fire away. Check histo, re-shoot 2/3 of a stop up/down. I can usually take my time.

I can see the one ring combo not being great for fast handholding setup, though.

I found an MTF paper today for this one...it's *very obvious* why the 35-70 delivers! It weighs 475 grams - also found the macro goes to 1:2.5, so very useful in this 'tripod' kind of lens.

And, the guys posting the images in this thread here: shot a range of subject matter, in a variety of light conditions, different FLs/macro, perhaps using a range of bodies, and no doubt very different RCs and PP routines. See my point? They all deliver the *same look*, and I find it very appealing, as I am sure will the proverbial 'impartial observers' a.k.a clients!

For this exercise, I am not looking at the images for artistic qualities or 'excellence' in composition, execution, etc. Just the look, and what it can do with my subject matter. That is my major basis for any lens purchase decision, plus weight/size. I'll add that the last say, 5% of image quality (as generally understood here) is secondary to the total image appearance for good compositions and how much work is needed in post, to me. The great lenses largely do the heavy lifting by themselves, I find. All just an opinion, of course.



Ulff
Registered: Jun 13, 2003
Total Posts: 1129
Country: Germany

What hasn't been mentioned yet, I think: another area where the Zeiss 35-70 is excellent is its resistence to flare. Since I encountered serious flare problems with Canons 24-105L in long time exposures with bright light sources, I use almost always my Zeiss for this kind of shoots:



Andreas Resch
Registered: Mar 26, 2007
Total Posts: 24
Country: Austria

Hello!

The 35-70mm is my favorite lens on my 5DMII. With the Live View now it's a great thing to work with.
Here are some of my shots take with that lens ...







Cheers,
Andreas



rsrsrs
Registered: May 14, 2008
Total Posts: 885
Country: Germany

wow!
great!

what orange twirls are there in the second picture?



Andreas Resch
Registered: Mar 26, 2007
Total Posts: 24
Country: Austria

rsrsrs wrote:
wow!
great!

what orange twirls are there in the second picture?


Hi!

These are autumn leaves caught in that area of the creek. In the long exposure their movement becomes more visible.

Cheers,
Andreas



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

Andreas, welcome to FM, and congratulations on great shots. The first and third ones are definite wall-hangers IMHO.



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

brainiac wrote:
philber wrote:
My abject apologies for misusing your noble language, Richard!


;-) Just kidding. It does sound funny though, since you might have meant the superlatives grimmest, dullest, poorest, crappiest, and worst. When the specific meaning of a word like superlative gets corrupted simply because it has more syllables than other words with the desired meaning, like super, superb, supreme and finest, then people end up in contortions trying to say what superlative used to mean. Marxism may be winning but I'm not going down without a fight. If you don't understand why I associate the coarsening of language with Marxism then read this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak . The worker will need few words once the bourgeois have been purged.


Actually, I thought that one could use "superlative" to mean "of great quality", as in the following example from the Collins dictionary:
superlative (superlatives plural )
1 adj If you describe something as superlative, you mean that it is extremely good.
Some superlative wines are made in this region..., The Regent hotel has a superlative view of Hong Kong island.



Daniel Heineck
Registered: Oct 20, 2007
Total Posts: 1574
Country: United States

Philip--don't mean to slight the lens at all--were I to do a lot more tripod work, the lens would once again appeal to my style. Mine is much more run and gun. If it works for you, there's no doubt that the optic is quite wonderful and capable. I could probably add a few superlatives here but I'll resist.

I have some photos at home which show off it's ability that I need to print. They do exhibit that certain "zeissness" that is well enjoyed on this forum.

The last part of my comment about the photographers was merely to compliment the group posting photos. I'm pretty sure they could make a coke bottle shoot great.



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

Nah, not really, a Coke bottle has focus shift, don't you know that?



Z250SA
Registered: Jul 10, 2009
Total Posts: 655
Country: Finland

philber wrote:
...a Coke bottle has focus shift...


So with those we stop down and focus in live view! Now, is cockiness or pepsiness better?



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

Andreas Resch wrote:
Hello!

The 35-70mm is my favorite lens on my 5DMII. With the Live View now it's a great thing to work with.
Here are some of my shots take with that lens ...







Cheers,
Andreas


With images like this, you should be posting more than 3 times in 3 years!



Andreas Resch
Registered: Mar 26, 2007
Total Posts: 24
Country: Austria

With images like this, you should be posting more than 3 times in 3 years!


I'm glad you like the images. Posting is all a matter of time and I don't have too much of it. Once I post, I want to follow and participate and that's not always possible. I'm reading threads here quite often though and this is one of the best forums around.

In this case I just felt that I had to show what a lovely lense the 35-70mm is.

Here's another one taken with the 35-70mm which shows the resolution and depth (5DMII, f/16, ISO100).







Take care,
Andreas


prashant
Registered: Apr 10, 2006
Total Posts: 649
Country: United Kingdom

hi Andreas,
Welcome here. Hope to see more. Any new trip planned in austria?



Andreas Resch
Registered: Mar 26, 2007
Total Posts: 24
Country: Austria

prashant wrote:
hi Andreas,
Welcome here. Hope to see more. Any new trip planned in austria?


We had some new snow here in the last few days so a snowshoe trip is quite possible within the next few days. It all depends on weather and avalanche situation.

Cheers,
Andreas



dhogan
Registered: Dec 13, 2004
Total Posts: 36
Country: United States

Kyoto






philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

Lovely shot, dhogan! Quite unusual composition, but it works for me.



AlexTokyo
Registered: Jun 10, 2008
Total Posts: 231
Country: Japan

Taken today, in Kauai (Hawaii) at Kailio beach. Six warning signs on the beach, if the trees are not a hint about how tough it gets here. VS 35-70 at 5.6 or 8.







ziyadj
Registered: Mar 01, 2008
Total Posts: 464
Country: Saudi Arabia

Nice work Andreas!

Great shot of the cherry blossoms dhogan. I'll be in Kyoto April 7th, hope I wont be too late to see the cherry blossoms.

I love this lens, very versatile, great color and sharp.



















philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 9313
Country: France

Ziyadj, your third shot is a definite wall-hanger IMHO. Brilliant!



madamasu
Registered: Nov 10, 2009
Total Posts: 152
Country: Germany

Yes, it definitely is. But the grasshopper is also out of this world, an astonishing picture.

THomas



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