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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #90 on: December 23, 2013, 12:10:09 PM »
Thanks for the samples, Eldar! Looks like a wicked sharp lens...blows my mind. Even at 100% zoom, I can't say I've ever seen anything quite that sharp before.

The one thing that did stand out was the boke. It looks like it is slightly spherical, but there are clearly visible concentric rings in each boke blur circle. If you downscale everything, that becomes invisible, but if you wanted to print large, might be a problem.
To show you a bit more, here is the same shot at f2.8. You can see the bokeh change. The lights in the background is a Christmas tree, so the lights are pure lights or combined light and reflection from a Christmas ball, like the two with a red shadow. There are also reflections from the glitter strings. I believe a shot with pure light sources in the background would have a more even bokeh. When I have more time I will do a bit more thorough testing.

It isn't the amount of boke I was referring to. I hope you don't mind me using your photo, but here is a 100% crop that demonstrates the strange concentric rings inside of each boke blur circle (are you saying that funky effect is because the light sources are christmas lights?):

Julepynten ga noen indikasjoner om at du var norsk :)

--> "Christmas flower gave some indications about you being Norwegian :)"

LOL...eh?
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #90 on: December 23, 2013, 12:10:09 PM »

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #91 on: December 23, 2013, 12:10:47 PM »
Weather permitted a walk outside for a couple of hours today. Here is with the 1DX outside my cabin. f11, 1/500s, ISO100

WOW! Beautiful view you have there, my friend! I would LOVE to be there right now...despite the snow! :)
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #92 on: December 23, 2013, 12:20:04 PM »
Julepynten ga noen indikasjoner om at du var norsk :)

--> "Christmas flower gave some indications about you being Norwegian :)"

LOL...eh?
He, he, You´re close, but "Julepynten" translates to Christmas decorations. And yes, it is beautiful here and we are here Because of the snow, not despite it ;)
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #93 on: December 23, 2013, 12:22:46 PM »
Thanks for the outdoor shots. I liked seeing those (the red in the previous images was soooo saturated it made my eyes bleed) It didn't do a thing for helping me see the worth of that lens.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #94 on: December 23, 2013, 12:23:18 PM »
Julepynten ga noen indikasjoner om at du var norsk :)

--> "Christmas flower gave some indications about you being Norwegian :)"

LOL...eh?
He, he, You´re close, but "Julepynten" translates to Christmas decorations. And yes, it is beautiful here and we are here Because of the snow, not despite it ;)

We need smarter internet translators. ;P

I am guessing that comment was meant for you, not me, given the proper translation. ;D

Do you guys get aurora often up there? I'd LOVE to see how that lens does with a nice aruora. If there is anything I would love to see and photograph, in person, before I die is an aurora. I have intentions to retire in Alaska for that very reason, but God only knows if I'll (or even the world...) will live long enough to reach retirement.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #95 on: December 23, 2013, 01:57:58 PM »
Thanks for the outdoor shots. I liked seeing those (the red in the previous images was soooo saturated it made my eyes bleed) It didn't do a thing for helping me see the worth of that lens.
You´re welcome! The red is how it came out of the camera ...
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #96 on: December 23, 2013, 02:19:12 PM »
Thanks for the outdoor shots. I liked seeing those (the red in the previous images was soooo saturated it made my eyes bleed) It didn't do a thing for helping me see the worth of that lens.
You´re welcome! The red is how it came out of the camera ...

Is your color space Adobe RGB or sRGB?
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #97 on: December 23, 2013, 02:41:55 PM »
Thanks for the outdoor shots. I liked seeing those (the red in the previous images was soooo saturated it made my eyes bleed) It didn't do a thing for helping me see the worth of that lens.
You´re welcome! The red is how it came out of the camera ...

Is your color space Adobe RGB or sRGB?
Adobe RGB. If anything I could have chosen a slightly colder WB. It´s set at 3150, which is pretty correct to what it looks like, but for someone just looking at the images, about 3000 could have been less Christmas red.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #98 on: December 23, 2013, 05:47:44 PM »
Julepynten ga noen indikasjoner om at du var norsk :)

--> "Christmas flower gave some indications about you being Norwegian :)"

LOL...eh?
He, he, You´re close, but "Julepynten" translates to Christmas decorations. And yes, it is beautiful here and we are here Because of the snow, not despite it ;)

We need smarter internet translators. ;P

I am guessing that comment was meant for you, not me, given the proper translation. ;D

Do you guys get aurora often up there?

It was not meant to be exclusive either, just when norwegians recognize other norwegians :)

We do not get the Aurora down here. Both he and I live in the Oslo region, and you have to travel further up in the country to see it. I once witnessed it up in the mountains near Trondheim (halfway up). I has been a few times when they announced that we in Oslo would see them, but as sure as the bank, it has been cloudy each time :)
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #99 on: December 24, 2013, 05:56:48 AM »
Here is one of Junior (with no red in it). This one is with 5DIII, ISO2000 and f1.4.

All the images I have posted on this and the 1DX thread are only converted to JPEG and downsized to fit posting requirements. Some of them would clearly look better with some post processing, but now you can judge for yourselves.

In general, after a couple of days with the manual focusing, the hitrate is going up and the lens is pure joy to work with. And as I, along with quite a few other posters here, have stated a few times on other threads, I find that there is something about primes that a zoom don´t have, which makes photography both more challenging and more fun.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #100 on: December 24, 2013, 05:06:27 PM »
Julepynten ga noen indikasjoner om at du var norsk :)

--> "Christmas flower gave some indications about you being Norwegian :)"

LOL...eh?
He, he, You´re close, but "Julepynten" translates to Christmas decorations. And yes, it is beautiful here and we are here Because of the snow, not despite it ;)

We need smarter internet translators. ;P

I am guessing that comment was meant for you, not me, given the proper translation. ;D

Do you guys get aurora often up there?

It was not meant to be exclusive either, just when norwegians recognize other norwegians :)

We do not get the Aurora down here. Both he and I live in the Oslo region, and you have to travel further up in the country to see it. I once witnessed it up in the mountains near Trondheim (halfway up). I has been a few times when they announced that we in Oslo would see them, but as sure as the bank, it has been cloudy each time :)

+1, always with something cool to see in the sky Oslo brings the fog and it clouds and rain.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #101 on: December 25, 2013, 09:59:30 AM »
Thoughtful daughter on Christmas eve. (with some red though ...)
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #102 on: December 25, 2013, 12:16:36 PM »
Thoughtful daughter on Christmas eve. (with some red though ...)
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Ahh, sorry about the red thing and that candle red looks great on my monitor...btw gorgeous profile of your daughter
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #103 on: December 25, 2013, 12:23:36 PM »
Ahh, sorry about the red thing and that candle red looks great on my monitor...btw gorgeous profile of your daughter
Don´t worry ;) At Christmas time we have red candles, red table cloth, red santas, red flowers ... red everything, with some green, so every indoor image tends to be warmed up by all the red reflections. Your comment made me reconsider a few things.

But if you are considering this lens, I can only say that I am totally sold. It is phenomenal and worth every cent!
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #104 on: December 26, 2013, 02:50:00 PM »
Ahhh Eldar, I sure do envy you. Your whole lens lineup is like any Canon fans wet dream. Glad you're liking the Otus, might have to rent it one of these days : )
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #104 on: December 26, 2013, 02:50:00 PM »