Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)
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auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
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Country: Italy

i had the old distagon and it suffers haze too...i try several times to correct by micro regolation on mark 2 but unsuccesfully...the 3d was so beautiful, so great but although i continued to use it...i retry to reach the focus everytime again! the old contax hit the mirror at infinity.i hate to focus with liveview, a photographer can't shoot in live mode in my opinion. My trouble with the new lens is this, reach focus with the help of love view...1500 lens in 2011 must be perfect not haze!!! i fear canon 35 1.4 can't reach zeiss in bokeh, but is sharp. what would you do if you were me? do you use live view? thanks so much.



carstenw
Registered: Dec 26, 2005
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Country: Germany

Don't buy a lens, they are all not perfect

I would buy the ZF.2. Haze wide open is lovely, and anyway, it is not always there.



jffielde
Registered: Apr 19, 2010
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Odd note about some optical irregularities / discrepancies with the Nikon-mount lens on Lloyd's blog today.



abhijeeth
Registered: Aug 09, 2009
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Country: United States

Ajay C wrote:
Some folks had requests for images in this thread. Posting a link to the other 35/1.4 thread.

Some more images by Distagon 1.4/35 ZE.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/839374/51#9483080


Thanks Ajay, great pics !



abhijeeth
Registered: Aug 09, 2009
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Country: United States

AhamB wrote:
abhijeeth wrote:
Some of the many factors involved with Zeiss lenses are color reproduction and contrast. So you do need to shoot colorful subjects and also some subjects in harsh lighting or at the edge of light to showcase what the lens can do.

In flat, low-contrast lighting, the colors/contrast gap between some Zeiss lenses and some CaNikon lenses can reduce. You don't get to see the full picture, so to speak.


I don't totally agree with that. Saturated colors in high contrast scenes can reduce the gap between Zeiss and others as well, and in scenes with relatively flat lighting the higher microcontrast/local contrast of Zeiss can be more apparent (in comparison to other manufacturer's lenses).


AhamB,
valid point on saturated colors.

However, In my limited experience (7 months with different CY/ZE glass), I have had difficulty seeing the differences in flat light though. They are there, but very hard for me to see them compared to situations in contrasty light.






auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
Total Posts: 30
Country: Italy

carstenw you were right about the canon, it can't compare with Zeiss. today i try the canon it can't compare with zeiss...bokeh is orrible...so flat not a real 3D...i'll wait for zeiss came out in italy



auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
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Country: Italy

some owner of zeiss 35 1.4 post some other sample at 1.4 and crops please



Mirek Elsner
Registered: Oct 03, 2005
Total Posts: 1025
Country: United States

auriga wrote:
some owner of zeiss 35 1.4 post some other sample at 1.4 and crops please


Center crops from 21mp, default capture sharpening in LR, no export sharpening.

http://elsners.org/misc/sharpness-center-2.jpg





philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 7644
Country: France

Congratulations on your new lens, Mirek!



Mirek Elsner
Registered: Oct 03, 2005
Total Posts: 1025
Country: United States

Thanks Philber. Unfortunately, I did not have time to make anything interesting with it yet.

First impressions:
* It is not as difficult to focus it as I expected based on LC's review
* Heavy and big
* It seems pretty sharp at f/1.4, but the blue channel has some glow that lowers the overall contrast and causes this purple coloring. I did not see any flaws at "landscape" f-stops so far.
* Overall better than EF35/1.4



auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
Total Posts: 30
Country: Italy

great, thanks so much. post something more...we need to see 3D



auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
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Country: Italy

it's difficult to focus at 1.4?do you reach focus at first shoot?



Mirek Elsner
Registered: Oct 03, 2005
Total Posts: 1025
Country: United States

I find the focus easier than 100MP, both in the viewfinder and in LV.



auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
Total Posts: 30
Country: Italy

what's 100MP? can you post sime new pics?



Ajay C
Registered: Apr 30, 2007
Total Posts: 674
Country: United States

auriga wrote:
what's 100MP? can you post sime new pics?


100 MP -> Makro Planar 2/100

here you go..


Rays of Hope by ajay.c, on Flickr


Fall by ajay.c, on Flickr


bottle brush by ajay.c, on Flickr



auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
Total Posts: 30
Country: Italy

well, now i know...Ajay C you're a very good shooter, rays of hope is a masterpiece
...i wish i could see some other of your pics shot with 35 1.4...
I ordered one yesterday and i cannot wait!



auriga
Registered: Apr 08, 2011
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Country: Italy

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbruni/5618069479/in/photostream



trusty
Registered: Jul 27, 2010
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Country: France

Mirek Elsner wrote:
Center crops from 21mp, default capture sharpening in LR, no export sharpening.
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That's pretty sharp @1,4, more than L.C samples I think.



PratyushPandya
Registered: Sep 28, 2007
Total Posts: 33
Country: United States

Here are a couple of quick test shots from this lens - just received it from B & H yesterday:

@ f/1.4:

http://pratyush360.com/img/s3/v23/p588331566-3.jpg


And this is @ f/1.6:

http://pratyush360.com/img/s1/v19/p875218642-3.jpg


It looks a bit soft wide open, but quickly sharpens up at f/1.6 and beyond.

Your thoughts?



philber
Registered: May 21, 2008
Total Posts: 7644
Country: France

Welcome to FM, and congratulations on your new lens, PP!
Regarding your shots, I am not sure whether your first shot is soft or slightly OOF...



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