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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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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:26:00 AM »
Always a joy to pull out and use.

Daisy Fresh by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Very interesting.  It will be interesting to compare the size and IQ against Canon's new 55-200.  I would expect the Canon to be optically superior, but if they are close...

That is a pretty compelling focal length, and I would be more inclined towards an all-in-one solution on the M than I would on a DSLR provided things remain compact.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:23:42 PM »
Think Big :)

Very nice photo, and nicely framed.  Is this a King Charles Cavalier?  That's what we have, except ours is the tri-color

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