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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:04:55 PM »
I'll be curious as to the excuses well reasoned arguments that people come up with for why they 'need' this particular lens.

Why do people need a reason or "need" as you put it?
I have one word to answer that question - WIFE ;D

The solution there is simple, get one for your wife.  I mean, that sounds like a pretty good trade.



That's what I just did, back living in Australia, prices are 15% over Singapore prices, but Pre Ordered the Otus 85 in my wife's name (Singapore Passport), so after GST refund $4600 Aussie Dollars, unfortunately as Australia is just next to Mars as far as the rest of the World is concerned, Delivery first week of November, not in time for my Japan trip, but there's next year.

I've used the Storm Covers from Vortex for some time, light weight, simple design, I have 3 of these for Camera Body & Lens arrangements, 5DMK III + 24-70 & or 70-200, same for the 1Dx then a longer Cover to Handle the 200-400 or 600f/4 on either the 5DMK III or 1Dx.


Born in Australia, lived in Indonesia & Singapore for +30 Years, but just 2 months ago finally moved back to Australia, Gold Coast Queensland, only downside I've found ? no one actually speaks English anymore, they mostly seem to speak something called "Strine".

Photography Technique / Re: Manual Focusing
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:54:01 PM »
Eldar, you're not helping my Zeiss 135 f/2 lust today!  Great photo and what a beautiful horse and farm.  Also, I was just looking through the 1D X manual and see that the Ec-S screen is not fully supported (beyond fitting in the camera).  I have one on the way now, and I'm not worried about it based on your & Edward's comments, but take a look at what it says:

That's interesting mackguyver, Thanks appreciated (at some point in my life I'll start to actually read the Manuals that come with this gear, or keep reading CR, which is easier).

I've not found any need as yet to apply compensation when using the Ec-S screen in the 1Dx, but having said that I set Manual Exposure 100% of the time when using the Zeiss Lenses, and about 50% of the time I use a Sekonic 758DR or more recently the Sekonic 478DR. When I have the time & compare Exposure between the Sekonics & the 1Dx on Auto, there's invariably some difference, but not to the point that exposure adjustments in Auto really make the expense of the Sekonics a must, I just like using the Sekonics I guess.

To the point I recently purchased the Sekonic C500R, not sure it's helped but it's techy enough to keep me interested.

Also, Nice Horse Image Eldar, they have big teeth & often bad attitude as well, worth shooting.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:32:05 PM »
Folks, you are comparing this lens to all the wrong stuff!

A Koetsu Coralstone Platinum Phono Cartridge is $14.950, but an Ortofon Quintet MC cartridge goes for $299 and plays the same LPs

Ch. Mouton Rothschild 1945 is $23.000 (last Christie´s auction), but a Mouton Cadet 2011 shares part of the name and goes for $6.99

A black premium 14mm Mikimoto pearl is $2.000, but a synthetic black pearl you´d take for the real thing (if the girl is pretty enough) is $3.50.

A Leica APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5 CS Lens is $8.495, but of course it has AF ...

The list can be made a lot longer and when you have made enough of these comparisons, you´ll end up thinking $4500 is a bargain ;)

Love it, have another to add that works for me.

Bower & Wilkins Nautilus speakers cost $90,000 a pair, a pair of Shure earphones cost $500, each have their place in the Market, I own the Nautilis speakers & enjoy them immensely, my son owns the Shure earphones & enjoys them immensely, he will never convince me we are listening to the same quality of music, how far apart are we, pretty sure it's not $85,500 apart but that's not the point, it's what you are prepared to outlay for that little bit (in this case, a lot) of upside. Although he does have a good point when he suggests the Nautilis speakers would look a bit ridiculous strapped to the sides of my Head.

Those that can afford the Otus 85, and feel it has a part to play in their Photography, will outlay the money & based on my own experience of the Otus 55, are likely to be Happy with the decision, those that can't afford the Otus will either quietly decide it's not for them & enjoy their Canon 85f/1.2 (or wait for Sigma to produce the 85 Art), while others will drop verbal bricks from a great height on the Otus for no other reason than, it's "expensive".

But for those People fortunately there is Sigma, and of course Sigma doesn't go overboard with the Marketing Blurb, do they ??

But what about the future? Unless Canon has utterly lost the plot they will have a D810 res sensor out soon. With this test we know how the Canon lenses would compare vs. Nikon with all sensors.

And this is where I believe this sort of testing is beneficial, at some point one of the manufactures other than Sony (a7r) will develop a +/- 50 MP Body with an interchangeable Lens arrangement, giving Photographers the opportunity to use the Lens line up that best suits their work at any given Lens Length, you may well find you have a collection of Canon, Nikon, Zeiss etc lenses that just do the job better than say all Canon, or all Nikon.

On wether or not Canon have lost the plot ?? seems to me they may have, perhaps they missed the need for a an a7r/D800/Pentax 645z type sensor in the Market, also seems to me enough people out there are buying into this MF DSLR arrangement, perhaps just not enough to convince Canon to get on the Hay Cart, in the meantime I'm sure Sony, Nikon, Pentax etc are quite happy with the status quo, unfortunately, I'm not, but then I'm not unhappy enough to seriously consider a switch, for now.

I think the guy just made a "typo" in the header, probably jumped the gun to get some forward advertising out there before anyone else regards an ebook ready to go.

The 7D has been a pretty good seller for Canon, and remains so, not a chance of a snow flake in hell Canon would jeopardise this Market by switching their flagship crop sensor to FF.

The nonsense on the amalgamation of the FF 1Ds line & the 1.3 crop 1DMK IV to the FF 1Dx was a somewhat different story, seems to have worked well for Canon, pity in my view, I like the 1.3 Crop on the 1DMK IV, but it was done to get back to basics, FF + 1.6 Crop.

If the Sigma 50 Art had a decent AF, I agree that it would be competitor. But it is so inconsistent that I found it useless. So, after having tried 2 copies, I returned it and will not buy another Sigma until it is documented that they have AF that works and a quality control to rely on.

I tend to agree, although I do have the Sigma 35 Art & I'm relatively happy with this Lens, I passed on the 50 Art due to the large amount of complaints there seemed to be regards the AF inconsistency, and like yourself Eldar I've set up one of my 1Dx bodies permanently with the Ec-S screen and have just adapted to the Zeiss manual focus to the degree that I pretty well only use the Zeiss Lenses now, except for situations where the subject is likely to move quickly, gives you an appreciation of how just how good the "old" school Photographers were getting the Images they did with only MF lenses.

I agree also your comments re the Canon 85f/1.2 L is a wonderful Lens, and on the 1Dx reasonable AF, but it is slow and I feel the Zeiss Otus 85f/1.4 will be a step forward, we'll see once it hits the Shops.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 07, 2014, 05:31:55 PM »
I think he saw me taking is photo!

400mm @ f2.8, 1/1000. ISO 640.

Nice one Menace, these Guys look slow, but they don't miss much, Africa's most dangerous animal.

The Cousin with the pointy end, 1Dx & 300f/2.8 II @ f/8

This lens has to be beyond amazing to be worth the price. i have the 55mm and as a photography lens if one is looking for sheer image quality I can see there are better alternatives to this lens.

As a hybrid lens, nothing beats it though with its quality build, long focus throw and beautiful rendition.

Are you saying there are better alternatives to the Otus 55 f/1.4 when considering just Image Quality ?? If there's something out there that produces better Image Quality than the Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 I'de be very interested to know what, I'm not being critical here, just interested to know, what ??.

If your looking in the +/- 50mm range, f/1.2 through f/2.8, Canon mount, there are a multitude of alternatives to the Zeiss Otus 55, better ?? Not in my view, close ?? maybe.

If your looking for something though with AF then the Zeiss Lenses aren't what your looking for.

Currently I have & use the Zeiss 15f/2.8, 21f/2.8, Otus 55 f/1.4 & 135 f/2 all are amazing Lenses (I also own & use the Canon 8-15f/4, 24f/1.4, 50f/1.2, 85f/1.2 & 135 f/2), at least in the Canon Range nothing comes close to the Image Quality of the Zeiss Lenses, nothing, maybe the Canon 135f/2 gets as close as any, but close isn't the same as "as good" or "better", I honestly wish Canon would produce an AF Lens as good as any of these, but they don't & aren't likely to anytime soon, there's always hope though.

And where Canon is concerned they've pretty well screwed ease of use of the better Body they produce, the 5DMK III for using any Manual Lenses, by making the Focus Screen almost impossible to change out (as against the 5DMK II, 1DMK IV, 1Dx etc), one of the more obvious decisions of Canon Management & Engineering that they seem to have lost some of the plot.

And use of "Live View" isn't a replacement for a split screen focussing screen, maybe in video work, not my area, but in walk around photography, trying to Manually Focus with "Live View" is at least for me almost a waste of time, "Live View" on a Tripod different story & no problem, makes sense.

Zeiss Otus 85f/1.4 ?? Love it already.

Having said that, it's likely to be the last Zeiss Lens I feel I need to own, unless they produce a Zeiss Otus 35f/1.4   :D

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:02:50 AM »
I have visited Japan a few time, and it is a great place.  I talked to my wife just yesterday about going back to visit again.
I would like to ask you for permission to use your Autumn Kyoto photo as a subject for my wife to paint in watercolor.

Your most welcome glad you like it, PM me with an email address, happy to send you a larger version.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:41:08 PM »
Autumn in Japan 2012 Kyoto

This picture looks like a Monet. Beautiful colors. Well done Edward.

Thanks Click, wish it was worth as much as a Monet  :)

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:12:49 PM »
Very breath taking abstract of Kyoto!

Appreciated, not hard to end up with reasonable images in Japan, the whole Country & it's People are Photogenic.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:11:16 PM »
Bridge in a Forest

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:43:22 PM »
Autumn in Japan 2012 Kyoto

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