What is your most recent (alt) lens purchase?
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TMaG82
Registered: Aug 31, 2012
Total Posts: 443
Country: United States

Bubble is single handily keeping the camera business afloat with his purchases.

Latest for me is the a7 with the 28-70, the 35 and 55 primes. Also decided to splurge for the Zeiss filters this time as opposed to my standard B+W filters and at least the packaging is more impressive.



Bubble
Registered: Jul 21, 2006
Total Posts: 1991
Country: United States

TMaG82 wrote:
Bubble is single handily keeping the camera business afloat with his purchases.

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Lol...someone got to do it .

Olympus 12-40 and Pana 35-100 arrived today.



molson
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
Total Posts: 10407
Country: Canada

Bought and returned a Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 24-70mm f4 ZA OSS - a frighteningly bad lens.

I also picked up another Zeiss Distagon 21mm f2.8 ZE - if I can find a workable copy of the Metabones adapter, I want to do some side-by-side comparisons with my C/Y-mount Distagon.



jcolwell
Registered: Feb 10, 2005
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molson wrote:
...I want to do some side-by-side comparisons with my C/Y-mount Distagon.


That'll be interesting to see.



molson
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
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Trying to decide which one I like best... so far the results are much closer than I expected.



Sagar
Registered: Oct 12, 2004
Total Posts: 976
Country: United States

Latest for me M9 with Leica 50/f2.5 After dreaming about it for 10 years I finally got Leica



Gary Clennan
Registered: Mar 29, 2007
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Alpha_Geist
Registered: Apr 20, 2011
Total Posts: 314
Country: United States

Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8M Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount)
Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8

Ready in time for my trip back to Japan!



Bubble
Registered: Jul 21, 2006
Total Posts: 1991
Country: United States

Alpha_Geist wrote:
Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8M Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount)
Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8

Ready in time for my trip back to Japan!


how is the 50mm macro?



Bubble
Registered: Jul 21, 2006
Total Posts: 1991
Country: United States

my 2nd fleet of GoPro Hero 3 and 3+ Black Edition.



Alpha_Geist
Registered: Apr 20, 2011
Total Posts: 314
Country: United States

Bubble wrote:
Alpha_Geist wrote:
Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8M Lens (Fujifilm X-Mount)
Fujinon XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8

Ready in time for my trip back to Japan!


how is the 50mm macro?


I just picked up the macro yesterday on my lunch break. I haven't had time to run it through its paces, but here's what I've noticed from the short time I've played with it:

- The build of the lens feels quite solid. Not quite comparable to the ZF/ZE line of lenses where the lens felt like a little tank in your hand, but more of a small, but dense and and tightly working unit. I really like the feel of it.

- The rubber grip kind of threw me off a bit since this is my first Touit lens. The rubber has a nice smoothness to it while maintaining a "catchy" grip. It's a nice texture, and doesn't feel cheap.

- I have it paired with my X-T1 and battery grip. With the grip, the lens feels well balanced and easy to support when holding in landscape and portrait orientations. I've yet to remove the grip, but my feeling is that it will feel front (lens) heavy without it (the grip).

- The lens hood is plastic, but rather thick. It doesn't feel cheap. I just wish the lettering on the hood (and lens too) faced upward as opposed to on the bottom when mounted. It definitely makes the lens look much larger with it on.

- The lens cap is a major step forward from their ZE/ZF lens caps. I've owned many ZE lenses, and this is the first time that I will be using the zeiss lens cap. For my Canon Zeiss I would replace the lens cap with a Nikon one (haha) as I felt Nikon's lens caps were better than even Canon's caps.

- Rear lens cap is simple, but I might replace it with a Fuji brand x-mount rear cap. The Zeiss cap sort of feels "loose".

- There isn't a distance scale on the lens. This might bother some people, but for my macro use I'd never miss it since I rarely use the distance scales on AF lenses. For manual focusing, what you see in the EVF is what you get and since the MF mechanism is electronic (fly by wire), you can't be hasty when manual focusing.

The auto focus isn't going to win any awards and even has a slight pause when the EVF is zoomed in when half pressing the shutter to focus. It feels like a second pause before focus snaps. Doesn't bother me as this won't be used for BIF or tiny toddlers running circle around kitchen tables (lol).

I was VERY impressed with the MFD of this lens. I was so close to my subject, that I felt as if I sneezed or had a light cough, the lens would touch as I was around an inch or two away. This is a great way of intimidating your subject!

I haven't uploaded any of my brief captures yet, so I don't have any comments on color, sharpness, OOF areas and the like. I've read that CA and distortion are VERY well controlled though.




crazeazn
Registered: Jul 16, 2005
Total Posts: 1710
Country: United States

found a fellow FMer! (I posted a WTB for a sonnar and he showed up with zeiss ikon)

Untitled by crazeazn, on Flickr



atwl77
Registered: Nov 06, 2013
Total Posts: 162
Country: Malaysia

Got the Zeiss FE 35/2.8 lens......... and an A7R body to go with it



astrodave
Registered: May 26, 2012
Total Posts: 325
Country: United States

I just picked up a Canon fd 300 2.8 from KEH in BGN condition. Pretty worn on the exterior, but the glass looks good and focus is smooth.

At 2.8, one of the aperture blades doesn't completely retract, but all the blades close up correctly at each stop...I don't think this is going to be an issue.

There is some rotational play in the rear section (from the rotating tripod mount)...maybe a bit more than I'd like, but I can probably live with it...for others that have this lens, is this an issue on your copy?

Here's a couple of shots (posted in other threads here):

boat-DSC02232 by crosseyed-cricket, on Flickr

DSC02255 by crosseyed-cricket, on Flickr

One of the things I'm excited about with this lens is that there is enough flange-sensor backfocus distance that I can connect my monochrome astronomical CCD camera for astrophotography (QHY9-M)...as soon as I can figure out an fd to t-thread adapter. There's not enough distance for the filter wheel, but since the drop-in filter is a 48mm thread, it I can use the filters in the lens instead! :-)



freaklikeme
Registered: Apr 08, 2005
Total Posts: 5556
Country: United States

astrodave wrote:
I just picked up a Canon fd 300 2.8 from KEH in BGN condition. Pretty worn on the exterior, but the glass looks good and focus is smooth.

At 2.8, one of the aperture blades doesn't completely retract, but all the blades close up correctly at each stop...I don't think this is going to be an issue.

There is some rotational play in the rear section (from the rotating tripod mount)...maybe a bit more than I'd like, but I can probably live with it...for others that have this lens, is this an issue on your copy?


I don't have any rotational play in mine at all Dave. It's very solid.

Can't wait to see the astro shots, though. What kind of tripod head do you use for long lenses and astro?



crazeazn
Registered: Jul 16, 2005
Total Posts: 1710
Country: United States

any of yall have the voigtlander close focus adapter? how do you like it?



Alpha_Geist
Registered: Apr 20, 2011
Total Posts: 314
Country: United States

crazeazn wrote:
any of yall have the voigtlander close focus adapter? how do you like it?


I have the VME Close Up Adapter. It's construction is solid without any play on my a7. The close focusing helicoid is smooth, but a bit stiff. What really seals the deal is the ability to lock the helicoid at infinity and when fully extended. If you're on the fence about it, I would definitely make the purchase.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/982966/168#12273293



joanlvh
Registered: Oct 19, 2008
Total Posts: 1280
Country: United States

Molson, you could throw the Voigt 28mm 2.8 into the mix, like to know how you think it compares!
We have been in Alberta for the last 8 days, first time, your province is beautiful



astrodave
Registered: May 26, 2012
Total Posts: 325
Country: United States

freaklikeme wrote:
astrodave wrote:
I just picked up a Canon fd 300 2.8 from KEH in BGN condition. Pretty worn on the exterior, but the glass looks good and focus is smooth.

At 2.8, one of the aperture blades doesn't completely retract, but all the blades close up correctly at each stop...I don't think this is going to be an issue.

There is some rotational play in the rear section (from the rotating tripod mount)...maybe a bit more than I'd like, but I can probably live with it...for others that have this lens, is this an issue on your copy?


I don't have any rotational play in mine at all Dave. It's very solid.

Can't wait to see the astro shots, though. What kind of tripod head do you use for long lenses and astro?


I removed the rear assembly last night and put a very thin coat of silicone grease on the barrel...that has removed the slop...there's still a small amount of play as I think the notches for the barrel lock have worn a bit...but problem solved I think!

For my astrophotography, I use an Orion Atlas German Equatorial Mount (GEM) with a guide scope. Here it is with one of my other alt-lens purchases..a very nice Pentax 6x7 150 f/2.8 connected to my QHY9 camera.

DSC01427 by crosseyed-cricket, on Flickr

DSC01429 by crosseyed-cricket, on Flickr



astrodave
Registered: May 26, 2012
Total Posts: 325
Country: United States

Alpha_Geist wrote:
crazeazn wrote:
any of yall have the voigtlander close focus adapter? how do you like it?


I have the VME Close Up Adapter. It's construction is solid without any play on my a7. The close focusing helicoid is smooth, but a bit stiff. What really seals the deal is the ability to lock the helicoid at infinity and when fully extended. If you're on the fence about it, I would definitely make the purchase.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/982966/168#12273293


+1 on the VME. Its expensive, but it allows me to get some unique close shots with my RF glass that would not have been possible otherwise. Very well made and easy to use.



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