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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:03:27 PM »
The test shot at f2 on the Canon is clearly slightly back focused and therefore not a fair example. It makes the Canon look softer than it really is.

I used the same focus on both examples.  This second shot was taken from about 6 feet further back.  Both very focused using Live View 10x.  The results show the same disparity.  If you click on the link to Bryan's charts at TDP you'll get the same results from his chart testing.  It's hard to believe it's that much better (I was shocked, too), but I'm afraid the results speak for themselves.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:13:46 PM »
Very nice review. Thank you for the time you have spent on it.
I am really impressed of the detail the Zeis lens captures like in the crop of the dandelion. Still I will hold on to my 135L obviously AF is an important reason.

Excellent review Dustin.

I am also impressed by the details that the Zeiss lens captures.

Thanks for the review.

Thanks for the feedback from both of you!  The 135L is not a bad consolation prize at all!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:12:43 PM »
On a different note, have you done a review of your 14mm f2.8?  My kid is getting into night photography and he needs something wider.

I did review the 14mm f/2.8:  you can find the review here:  http://dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/

Thanks so much, exactly what I was looking for.

You're welcome

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:12:26 PM »
I've been attracted to the Zeiss lenses on a number of occasions, but, regrettably the truth is I've never been that good at manually focusing, even in the days before AF  :-[

I hear you.  I would be interested in trying replacing the focusing screen in one of my 6D bodies with one more suited to manual focus.  I do enjoy using vintage lenses a lot, and if I did invest in Zeiss glass I think I would change the screen in one body and use it primarily for manual focus.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:12:45 AM »
Nice review.  I was reading along and going "meh, they are pretty similar" until I got to the crop of the dandelion.  That one made me mad because I own the 135L.  Sigh.

On a different note, have you done a review of your 14mm f2.8?  My kid is getting into night photography and he needs something wider.

I thought the exact same thing until I actually compared the two side by side.  The micro-contrast in the Zeiss just kills the 135L.  I mean, kills it.

I did review the 14mm f/2.8:  you can find the review here:  http://dustinabbott.net/2013/10/rokinon-14mm-f2-8-wide-angle-review/

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:51:24 AM »
If only Zeiss made AF Canon lenses.  :P

I think I can safely say that all of us agree with you on that point.  This lens with AF and IS would be worth $3000+.  It is crazy good optically.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:03:43 PM »
The Zeiss APO Sonnar T 135mm f/2 is utterly bokehlicious:

Instrumental by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Friday is for Fences by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:53:19 PM »
Here's one with the Rokinon 14mm + the Samyang filter holder/ND Grad.  Single RAW exposure with a little tweaking.

Decadent Decay by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 25, 2014, 07:48:48 PM »
Sharp enough that you can crop in a fair bit and still have awesome resolution:

The Horseman of the Apocalypse by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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I've got one for review purposes right now, and I dislike it so much that I'm having a hard time doing the review.  So much green fringing, and I can't seem to get it to nail focus even after multiple AFMAs.

It may not help it that I am also reviewing the Zeiss APO Sonnar T 2/135mm ZE and it is pretty close to optical perfection (and should be for a manual only focus lens that costs nearly $2500!)

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seems to provide much smoother bokeh than my 70-200/2.8L v2!  But I knew it would.
Smoother than my Nikon 70-200/4 VR. too.

The bokeh is better.  The V2 still has it beat in AF speed (a bit) and works much better with extenders.  As a bare lens, however, the Tamron provides stunningly good value.

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From a visit to the aquarium, well duh...

Through 40cm thick glass at 1.4, not too shabby IQ.  :P



Not bad at all.  That's awesome!

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I LOVE my lens. I also am using a Tamron 1.4 TC SP and it works fantastic with little degradation in IQ. This lens at 280 f/4 is sweet. It has made me rethink my desire for an EF 300 f/4 IS.

That is a very nice shot.  I intend to test the lens with the extenders I have (both a Canon 1.4x II and a Kenko Pro300.  I've owned the Tamron 1.4x before, but sold it a few years back because I wasn't using it much.

Sorry to revive an old thread, but does the new Tamron 70-200 work with the Canon extender? I can't seem to find that answer anywhere.

Carl, it does work with the Canon extender.  I personally think that it does better with the Kenko Pro300, but it does work with the Canon extender (other than aperture doesn't properly report in the EXIF).

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DOF and sharpness is pretty amazing at 200mm f/2.8 - call this extreme subject isolation!

The Evestrough Cleaner by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 19, 2014, 12:28:18 PM »
In the process of reviewing the Zeiss APO Sonnar T 2/135mm ZE lens (a real treat!).  Here's one of my cat in the backyard:

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