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Re: What non-canon lenses do you use and why do you love them?
« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2011, 05:14:02 PM »
A bit off topic, but does anyone here shoot with Zeiss glass on their Canon bodies? Would you recommend Zeiss over Canon or Canon over Zeiss?

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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2011, 05:14:02 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2011, 06:47:52 PM »
A bit off topic, but does anyone here shoot with Zeiss glass on their Canon bodies? Would you recommend Zeiss over Canon or Canon over Zeiss?
I do, but Pentacon-six zeiss made in East Germany 30 years ago or so, not the newest ZE stuff.

I'd say your answer depends on what you shoot, sports and kids running around needs AF, sit-down portraits and landscapes need methodical care and IQ, that's more suited to the Zeiss stuff. Also depends what lens exactly, some canons beat the zeiss, some zeiss beat the canons at same mm/f, but zeiss are almost always the more expensive...
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2011, 06:52:43 PM »
This is kind of continuing on from another post where I asked about the canon 50mm 1.4 versus the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and the opinions really were divided.

Rather than compare canon with other lenses and thrashing out the differences, I'm interested to find out which non-canon lenses (Sigma, Zeiss, Tamron etc) people own, what they are using them for and why they love them.

I have the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. I got this because of the excellent reviews -- not just the technical reviews like these:

http://thedigitalpicture.com/Reviews/Sigma-85mm-f-1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx
http://www.lenstip.com/277.1-Lens_review-Sigma_85_mm_f_1.4_EX_DG_HSM.html
http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/602-sigma85f14eosff

but also reports from those who've used it in the field:

http://alanabramsphotography.com/2010/10/sigma-85mm1-4-ex-dg-hsm-lens-review-part-1/
http://hofferphotography.com/2010/11/16/my-sigma-85-f1-4-vs-canon-85l-review/

I also liked what I saw in the stream for the flickr group. It looks solid so far, but it's also quite new, so I haven't shot enough with it to say a whole lot.

I'm looking into the Samyang 14mm (manual focus) because at that price, it's a steal and for a wide angle lens, I'm prepared to go with manual focus (much easier to focus with a wide angle lens)



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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2011, 08:49:51 PM »
I only use one, a Tokina 17mm f/3.5, its a great lens.  I've had many other third party lenses and sold them all.

These Sigma or made by Sigma lenses would not AF on a Canon DSLR.
Quantaray 24mm f/1.8(made by Sigma),
Sigma 400mm f/5.6,
Sigma 105mm Macro (I paid $100 to Sigma to upgrade it, nice lens, but not when I have to pay Sigma to correct their design error)
Sigma 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6. 

I kept them around to remind me that Sigma lenses may or may not autofocus in the future, if Canon tweaks their cameras AF system again.

Others:

Sigma 17-35mm (Cheap lens came with a used  Canon XTi DSLR)
Tamron 28-80 (Cheap lens came with a used  Canon XTi DSLR)
Tamron 75-300 (Cheap lens came with a used  Canon XTi DSLR)
Tamron 200-500mm (OK lens, but difficult to use, even on a sturdy tripod, its so long it vibrates and must be used at high shutter speed.
Sigma 600mm mirror lens.  (OK but not really useful to me)
Tokina 400mm f/5.6 (Great lens, but my 100-400mm L is better at over 10X the price I paid.)
Sigma 17-70mm (non OS) - (Stiff focus ring, poor IQ near mfd, otherwise excellent)
Samyang 14mm (absolutely the worst lens I've ever owned, a piece of junk.  It went right bacl)
Various TC's by Sigma, Tamron, Quantaray, etc.
I'm sure there are more that I've forgotton.

I also have lots of old manual focus lenses by Hasselblad, Nikon, Mamiya, Pentax, Minolta, Olympus, and many more, along with adaptors so I can try them on my Canon DSLR.  I am always buying old film cameras for the lenses, whenever I find one for too low of a price.



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Re: What non-canon lenses do you use and why do you love them?
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2011, 08:15:59 AM »
A bit off topic, but does anyone here shoot with Zeiss glass on their Canon bodies? Would you recommend Zeiss over Canon or Canon over Zeiss?
I got one, and the short answer is "it depends". I got the 50mm f/2 makro because I wanted the short focal length, closer focus (but not 1:1: macro) capability and a fast-ish aperture at the same time. The typical 50mm non-macro doesn't quite focus close enough, and I don't want to be messing around with extension tubes or dioptres. It's a small niche admittedly. I had considered the Canon 50mm f/2.8 macro which, although a lot cheaper, isn't as fast.

The biggest plus of the Zeiss lens I think is for manual focus. In that area it is a joy to handle that the regular Canon lenses can't come close to. However for normal shooting I'd prefer having AF, plus the Canon lenses are generally a lot cheaper too.
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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2011, 11:57:36 AM »
I have the same Zeiss 2/50 Makro-planar -- it's great at landscapes and product photography and architecture, pretty good at portraits, and I've gotten decent enough at manually focusing that I'm not afraid to use it at events, although I still wouldn't rely on my MF skills entirely

Over the summer I rented both the Zeiss 2.8/21 (for a hot air balloon launch) and the 3.5/18 (for a vacation), and now purchased the 3.5/18 (it arrives tomorrow). They are both very similar, greatly performing lenses (according to my photos, not the lens review sites) and choosing between the two was difficult. I ended up picking the 3.5/18 because of its wider angle and smaller size. (Portability is important to me.)

So, of the 5 lenses I own now, 2 are 3rd party.

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« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2011, 12:33:10 PM »
My "Bell+Howell" (ala Samyang) 14mm f/2.8 lens for my 5D2...

At only $298, the performance is unreal. It is up there with all my other L's I use... It may be manual everything, but it is so sharp all the way to the edges. And at 14mm on FF, that is not easy!

I love it...

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« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2011, 12:33:10 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2011, 01:04:04 PM »
I didn't like the corners on my EF16-35mm f/2.8L Canon Lens so I got a Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE.
I use it for Landscapes and Astrophotography.
It has very good edges/corners and inifinity focusing is indeed ... infinity! The latter feature helps alot in Astrophotography.

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« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2011, 01:09:57 PM »
I rented the Zeiss 21/2.8 recently and was blown away.  I'm looking for a wide landscape lens and the choices are the Zeiss 21/2.8 or the Canon 24/3.5 TS-E II.  Both are manual focus with corner sharpness going to the Canon slightly.  The price difference is almost $600 more expensive for the Canon.  Given the color, contrast and sharpness of the Zeiss, I'm leaning toward the Zeiss.
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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2011, 01:44:27 PM »
I rented the Zeiss 21/2.8 recently and was blown away.  I'm looking for a wide landscape lens and the choices are the Zeiss 21/2.8 or the Canon 24/3.5 TS-E II.  Both are manual focus with corner sharpness going to the Canon slightly.  The price difference is almost $600 more expensive for the Canon.  Given the color, contrast and sharpness of the Zeiss, I'm leaning toward the Zeiss.

Well I happen to have both. First I got the Zeiss and then the CANON. Had I bought the TS-E first I do not know if I would have got the Zeiss too. Having said that the Zeiss is wider and in many cases it can be used instead of a 16-35 zoom. The TS-E 24mm on the other hand needs company (a TS-E 17mm? :) )

Anyway you cannot go wrong with either so don't worry :)
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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2011, 01:47:04 PM »
I rented the Zeiss 21/2.8 recently and was blown away.  I'm looking for a wide landscape lens and the choices are the Zeiss 21/2.8 or the Canon 24/3.5 TS-E II.  Both are manual focus with corner sharpness going to the Canon slightly.  The price difference is almost $600 more expensive for the Canon.  Given the color, contrast and sharpness of the Zeiss, I'm leaning toward the Zeiss.

I haven't used the Zeiss...but the TS-E has tilt to it's advantage for landscapes - the ability to have a deep DoF without a aperture so narrow that you lose sharpness due to diffraction.  If you shoot architecture in addition to landscapes, I'd say the TS-E is a better choice.
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« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2011, 02:09:58 PM »
I have a Zeiss ZF 50mm f.14 and the same in 85mm f1.4.

I love the Zeiss color rendition and the manual focus is amazing. I do video, so I prefer good manual focus. Zeiss has a very distinct look in the way it treats colors. It's very interesting looking, at least to me.


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« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2011, 02:22:55 PM »
I have the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 DX which has exellent price for the buck. Cheap super-wide.
Then I have the Samyang 8mm fisheye which is the cheapest fisheye that I know, all manual though. Nice when you don't want to spend too much on a lens that is not used everyday.

I just want to point out that there are good and cheap lenses for beginners  8)

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« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2011, 02:43:52 PM »
I had a Sigma 50mm 1.4 which I sold but now I am very interested in the Zeiss manual focusing lens (especially the wide ones like the 24 or 20mm) for video...
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Re: What non-canon lenses do you use and why do you love them?
« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2011, 02:47:22 PM »
A bit off topic, but does anyone here shoot with Zeiss glass on their Canon bodies? Would you recommend Zeiss over Canon or Canon over Zeiss?
I have 3 Zeiss lenses (M42 mount) and absolutely love them!
My order of preference.
1. 50mm 1.4
2. 35mm 2.4
3. 200mm 2.8
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