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May 21, 2017 15:24 |  #1126

^^^
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May 21, 2017 16:14 |  #1127

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^^^
Oh this is so nice!

Thank you! I had a really good 4-5 hours to shoot around there over the weekend. I had a great time and got aome oretty good images i think.


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Jun 28, 2017 12:32 |  #1130

I don't understand why folks are not using Zeiss lens.

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Jun 28, 2017 12:49 |  #1131

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I don't understand why folks are not using Zeiss lens.

Lack of autofocus and poor communication with the focus confirmation 'blinkie' make it hard to use when LiveView is not an option.


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Jun 30, 2017 09:11 |  #1132

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Lack of autofocus and poor communication with the focus confirmation 'blinkie' make it hard to use when LiveView is not an option.

That is partly true regarding the auto-focus. I've found that the focus confirmation works just fine if you use the MFA just like you would on an autofocus lens. You basically focus it with live view or another method, and adjust the MFA until you are getting the focus confirmation at that point.


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Jun 30, 2017 09:48 |  #1133

I'm happy to be using a lens that many others find is too much work involved. The results far out weigh the convenience of auto focus and I can remember back in the day when everything was manual and using a light meter was a must.


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Jun 30, 2017 09:57 |  #1134

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I'm happy to be using a lens that many others find is too much work involved. The results far out weigh the convenience of auto focus and I can remember back in the day when everything was manual and using a light meter was a must.

The one that really blows my mind is the lack of users of the 15mm. There aren't many options in that range that will allow you to use filters, and it can be ordered direct without the built-in hood now. It's a little more challenging to compose with, but where you need that wide perspective it is great. It's probably my 2nd most used lens, with the 35 being third.


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Jun 30, 2017 13:22 |  #1135

2cruise wrote in post #18390793 (external link)
I'm happy to be using a lens that many others find is too much work involved. The results far out weigh the convenience of auto focus and I can remember back in the day when everything was manual and using a light meter was a must.

Yeah, yeah. Back then we'd also have split focusing screens which were better for manual focus than the ones cameras come with now. I have an all-manual, all mechanical film camera with one such screen and I don't have focusing problems on that one. Yes, I know Canon has split focusing screens for DSLRs but they only work properly on 1Dx bodies. vmad

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That is partly true regarding the auto-focus. I've found that the focus confirmation works just fine if you use the MFA just like you would on an autofocus lens. You basically focus it with live view or another method, and adjust the MFA until you are getting the focus confirmation at that point.

I've tried that too. Heck, I got a Spyder LensCal tool to calibrate it, but surprisingly, the lens seems to require no calibration. I think the focus confirmation has a range or something, which doesn't work very well when you're using very large apertures. Even with careful LiveView shooting I've ended up with the focus in the wrong place. See for yourself:

http://diamantstudios.​ca …eiss_missed_foc​us-001.jpg (external link)

Using LiveView, I focused on the pharmacist's eyes, yet she came out a mite blurry whilst the focus ended up on the cup on the table, whose lettering is the sharpest point in the image, followed by the back of the computer monitor. :rolleyes:

Here's another example: the MFA 'confirmed' that the focus was on the priest's face, yet he's soft, the woman to the right (the second in importance in this shot) is horribly blurry and the lady in the back is pin sharp. :rolleyes:

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It's a hit or miss when using large apertures and the viewfinder. In other instances the lens performs very well, and I love the 3-D-like 'Zeiss look'.

I've considered selling the lens because of all that inconsistency with focusing. Yet, three things stop me: it was a birthday gift from my mum, it has superior optics, and you never get the real value of the thing when you sell it as used. Guess I'll keep it. Some use I'm likely to find for it.

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Jun 30, 2017 13:31 as a reply to  @ Alveric's post |  #1136

wow, that is pretty significant! Not sure what's going on there. I don't use my Zeiss lenses for those kind of subjects a lot but on the few occasions I have that is not something I've seen. What body are you using? That shouldn't make a difference just curious.


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Jun 30, 2017 13:35 |  #1137

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wow, that is pretty significant! Not sure what's going on there. I don't use my Zeiss lenses for those kind of subjects a lot but on the few occasions I have that is not something I've seen. What body are you using? That shouldn't make a difference just curious.

5D Mk II.

I've had soft subjects with other lenses as well. So I tried reviewing my technique, and tested the lenses with the LensCal, but they all came out fine. I'm starting to suspect the camera. :(


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Jun 30, 2017 13:35 |  #1138

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The one that really blows my mind is the lack of users of the 15mm. There aren't many options in that range that will allow you to use filters, and it can be ordered direct without the built-in hood now. It's a little more challenging to compose with, but where you need that wide perspective it is great. It's probably my 2nd most used lens, with the 35 being third.

With SS my only income the 15 will require a lot of saving but it's the next Zeiss on my list.


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Jul 02, 2017 03:13 |  #1139

Well, you guys made me choose this lens for Canada Day's fireworks.

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Jul 02, 2017 06:51 as a reply to  @ Alveric's post |  #1140

^^^
A good choice!


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