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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dustin Abbott Reviews Tamron 28-300 FF
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:16:13 AM »
Jumboshrimp, are you Dustin's alternate user name here?

No. I'm not quite sure who Jumboshrimp is, but I think it is someone connected to the site.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post Thefts Halt Lens Rentals Canada Service
« on: August 02, 2014, 12:37:43 PM »
I'm really sorry to hear this.  I, too, am not a big fan of Canada Post, but I am sorry to hear both about the thefts and the loss of a valuable service.  It's always a shame to me when something good is spoiled by idiots.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:59:52 PM »
The only thing worse than getting hooked on L glass is getting hooked on Z glass...

Isn't that the truth!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 31, 2014, 06:59:38 PM »
Thanks for the review Dustin. I had the 135L/2 and I was very happy with it. But unfortunately I dropped it and it was beyond repair (well actually CPS estimated the repair cost to equal a new lens). My plan was to buy a new L, but I decided to try the Zeiss and was blown away by the IQ. Everything you state in your review confirms my own findings.

A new 135/2L is about $1.800 here in Norway and I found a 3 month old, flawless and practically unused Zeiss copy for $1.850, so I got that instead. No regrets.

I have 4 Zeiss lenses at the moment. 15/2.8, 21/2.8, 55/1.4 and 135/2. I also have lots of L-glass, but my experience is that I am using the Zeiss glass more and more.

Yes, they are manual focus, but with some practice I find that I can nail focus very well with them and my keeper rates are high. This may have to do with the fact that I live in Norway and our summers are very bright. When winter comes and the days are getting shorter, the situation may change.

Looking forward to your Sigma 50 Art review. I am curious to see how you find the AF performance (I know you´ll like the optical performance). I am about to sell my 35 and 50 Art due to AF inconsistency.

Thank you for both the compliment and the great owner/user feedback.  It looks like I may have the Otus 55 in hand for review from Zeiss next week, and the Otus 85 sometimes shortly thereafter.  I look forward to spending more time with Zeiss glass.  I agree that using manual focus lenses becomes easier with practice, and I personally feel that whether or not people enjoy them will depend a lot on their shooting style.  Those that are more deliberate will probably have an easier time.

That is a great collection of fine glass you have!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:56:31 AM »
Playing around with my iPad and Photoshop Express just for the heck of it. Looking for a soft, dreamy effect.

Fabulous result.  Very nice!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:55:29 AM »

6D + 24-70 F2.8 @ 24mm and 10-stop HAIDA Neutral Density Filter.

Very nicely done!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:43:46 AM »
:o. I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!

:o. I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!

+1 -- Double  :o

Two that must have the best. I guess the review was for you :)
Well, if they must have the best, they ought to pitch their autofocusing 70-200 F/2.8 IS II lenses as well:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/04/first-look-zeiss-cz-2-70-200mm-t2-9

Dustin, perhaps this is your next review?  ;D

- A

The director of Zeiss for the Americas specifically mentioned the Otus 85 next along with a "few other lenses available after Photokina" in an email to me.  This is likely one of them.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:42:13 AM »
." I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!"
 
So darn true

This review compelled me to order one overnight and I tried it briefly yesterday. I hate MF lenses with my bad eyesight but this will definitely be a keeper.

PS: I am not going to read any more reviews of Zeiss glasses.

Bad timing.  Zeiss just contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing the upcoming Otus 85mm f/1.4.  I'm sure it will be a piece of junk  ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:54:35 AM »
:o. I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!

:o. I think you have convinced me that I must own this lens!

+1 -- Double  :o

Two that must have the best. I guess the review was for you :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:04:39 PM »
Great review, thanks for posting.

Unfortunately, I see this as a stellar lens I'll never use.  Large aperture glass simply has to have AF in my hands or the value of that huge opening is lost on anything I shoot that is moving (even slowly).  I'd end up stopping it down just to avoid missing with manual focusing. 

As such, I'd only opt for an MF lens if it were on a tripod for landscape work.  And as much as 135mm certainly has a place in landscape work, it's not a focal length I reach for enough to justify $2k out of pocket.

So I flag stellar lenses like these in the 'win the lottery / when-I-retire bucket': magical, but not a priority for what I shoot.  Keep in mind that I am an enthusiast who has only grown up on having AF on everything I've shot -- pros or folks with significant rangefinder / MF lens experience may be able to net a high percentage of keepers with it.

- A

Well put.  Lenses like this are perfect for those who have the disposal income to get the best and then use it in the more leisurely fashion that it deserves.  It will highly reward those that take some time with it, but the real world precludes always having such time or opportunity.

...or money.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:03:05 PM »
After few shoots of this Zeiss both on Canon then on A7r I was in trouble: it put shame on the other my (still beloved) lenses

It is a bit haunting.  But then I look at the amazing images my 135L can still produce and realize that I can live on :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:30:36 PM »
The resolution of the Zeiss is truly amazing. All Zeiss lenses are not this spectacular but WOW that is amazing!
As usual GREAT Review, Dustin!   
The only Zeiss that I have in my kit is the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 and that is pretty impressive as well.

Dustin, are you still planning on reviewing the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art??...I think that you mentioned a while back that you were going to do a review and a comparison, right?
Maybe I missed it, I tried a search but could not find it.
Thanks!

Two of my equipment suppliers made promises and then didn't have stock at the review time.  I have just had the original Sigma 50mm f/1.4, which I will do a brief review of (didn't particularly like it), and will do the newer Sigma soon.  I've got the new Tamron "superzooms" right now. (28-300mm VC, and 16-300 VC for crop).  I will be getting the new Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS and the Tamron 18-200mm for the EOS M mount next week.  I've got lots of lenses on the go for review right now, but the Sigma will probably be next.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:04:50 PM »
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.

You could just buy an a99, or A7R and E4 adapter paired with the Sony 135 sonnar f.18 and have AF

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/463924-REG/Sony_SAL135F18Z_SAL_135F18Z_135mm_f_1_8_Carl.html

$1700

That 135mm F/1.8 w/ In-body IS makes me jealous everytime I see one. I wish canon would update the 135L to that lens so I can finally put to rest my desire/Un-desire to own a 70-200II.

I've read the 135mm f/1.8 isn't as good optically as the Sonnar.  I've not used the lens, though, so I don't know that firsthand.

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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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