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Venice is a beautiful city, I'd like to visit that place one day.
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That is a tough choice. I have all 3 and they are exceptional lenses. I've thought long and hard about selling one, but can't seem to do it, as they all have their own niche.
The 24 1.4 II gives you AF, a fast aperture, in a relatively compact lens, and it's weather sealed.
The TS-E has next to no distortion, minimal CA, and the awesome tilt & shift movements.
The Zeiss gives you the widest FOV, with knock out contrast, color and detail.
The IQ from all 3 is outstanding. For travel, the Zeiss is the lightest, with the 24 1.4, being just a tad heavier, and the TS-E the biggest. The Zeiss and TS-E take 82mm filters, usually more expensive than the 77mm on the 24 1.4. (if you want to make the decision harder, throw in the Zeiss 25/2, another amazing lens!
Here's one from all 3:
TS-E 24 II (w/shift, two shots handheld)
Zeiss 21mm ZE
24 1.4 II (@ f/1.4)
The TS-E 24 II is an awesome lens. Simply amazing.
I use it exclusively on a tripod, and, therefore, I use live view 10x for focussing (or tethered and 2x live view). Works great, especially since you can quickly and easily check focus across the entire frame. That's especially helpful if you're tilting for focus...which, frankly, isn't something I wind up doing all that much.
The 24 isn't the first lens I'd grab for portraiture, though, at least not traditional types of portraiture. It's awfully wide for that sort of thing. I have, however, used it for at least one portrait...see attached.
I've never found the AF confirmation light to be accurate enough to suit me for manual focus. Most autofocus lenses are designed for fast autofocus and have a very short amount of rotation. This makes it very difficult to achieve optimum focus. I've also tried split prisms and had the same poor results.
Lenses designed for manual focus usually have a much better mechanism and are easier to use, but you need better than average vision.
Focus peaking as found in Magic Lantern might work best, but I haven't tried it.
Very interesting. Thank you!
Nice. Thanks for the link.
I am interested in X100s and have been reading about pros/cons of the previous model.
No real interest in reading about it.
Loved your images.
Nice. I am planning to get a x100s although the rumors of an X-Pro2 have kept me in hold. We'll see what the 70D brings.