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trying to decide on a 35mm, zeiss vs. canon L

 
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May 05, 2010 11:37 |  #1

kind of toying with the idea of getting a 35mm for indoor & outdoor portrait work. i shoot mostly the documentry style but there will also be studio settings involved. i'm kind of torn between the 35L which has great reputation and the 35ZE. i've never used a zeiss lens before, i'm okay with MF and i use a 5D classic with the S focus screen. too bad sigma doesn't make a full frame 35mm or else i'd go stright for that...

so... what do you guys think? i'm i gonna pop the L lens cherry or the zeiss cherry? i'm only intersted in the 35mm focal length.

btw, is the contax zeiss 35mm f2.8 any good?


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May 05, 2010 12:23 |  #2

For portrait work 35mm is not so ideal because of the inherent distortion present in 35mm designs. 35ZE has ~1.8% which makes flat lines look bent.

There's a lot of discussion as to which is better - the only way to know is to check them out yourself. Time for lensrentals.com...


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May 05, 2010 12:26 |  #3

i already have a 50mm, 24mm and 100mm. sometimes indoors the 35mm is just perfect. 50mm can be too long and 24mm distorts too much.

yes... i thought about probably rental is the way to go to figure it out. i just didn't want to pay $100 to get my answer =p


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May 05, 2010 14:40 |  #4

Here's a topic on fredmiranda.com about the two lenses: http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/89346​4/0 (external link)

Be aware that it's on the alt board so the posts may be biased against the Canon lens.


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May 05, 2010 14:44 |  #5

ugly_a wrote in post #10126486 (external link)
For portrait work 35mm is not so ideal because of the inherent distortion present in 35mm designs. 35ZE has ~1.8% which makes flat lines look bent.

There's a lot of discussion as to which is better - the only way to know is to check them out yourself. Time for lensrentals.com...

That may be true with normal 35mm lenses, but the 35L has very little distortion, so that it can easily be used for portraits.

If see in the 35L samples thread (https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=277475), you'll see many examples of where it's been used for portrait purposes.


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May 05, 2010 15:07 |  #6

RaZe42 wrote in post #10127374 (external link)
Here's a topic on fredmiranda.com about the two lenses: http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/topic/89346​4/0 (external link)

Be aware that it's on the alt board so the posts may be biased against the Canon lens.

thanks for that link, wow, it was pretty lop sided over there


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May 05, 2010 18:25 |  #7

Ya, a bit of wishful delusion based on my limited experience.


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May 05, 2010 18:50 |  #8

I prefer Canon rendering for people pictures. I do like Zeiss for landscapes though. For your intended purpose I would get the 35L.


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May 06, 2010 10:59 |  #9

i can't find many portrait shots with the zeiss. can anyone help?


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May 06, 2010 11:26 |  #10

banpreso wrote in post #10132441 (external link)
i can't find many portrait shots with the zeiss. can anyone help?

These are not mine, but try this, http://www.pbase.com/f​rank_1112/m_heart (external link)
It is mostly shot with Nikon camera I believe. If you than go to the parent category you will find many more, just pay attention to the EXIF data to identify if it's 50/2 or 100/2 or some other lens.


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May 06, 2010 11:32 |  #11

I wouldn't really take anyones word for it since we all have different wants and needs from the most obvious to little nuanced things. I agree with the recommendation of renting either lens, Zeiss lenses can be rented Online.


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May 06, 2010 12:10 as a reply to  @ BlueTsunami's post |  #12

I have the ZE 35, and have used the 35L before. The Zeiss renders quite differently from the Canon: better contrast, color, and sharpness IMO, and with a little PP you can push the colors much further on shots from the ZE. I think it really comes down to whether or not you can deal with MF and the slower speed of the Zeiss.

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May 06, 2010 12:14 |  #13

That first photograph is seriously something else, resoundproductions. His face really pops off the screen.


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May 06, 2010 14:44 |  #14

Agreed. That first one is so nice. Sigma needs to team up with Zeiss and provide their bootlegged AF. I'd love a zeiss with even crappy AF!




  
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May 06, 2010 14:58 |  #15

i really want to like the zeiss :D i guess i'll have to rent it and see if i can live with it.

i don't have a problem with mf normally, i mf my 24mm a lot since it doesn't have usm/hsm. it's not too bad on my 5D using the S focus screen


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