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it was quite windy and impossible to use a tripod and a slow shutter speed.

 

Shot this with Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4

 

I think the color straight out of the camera with this lens is not great but still much better than most of typical Sony lenses. .

I think Zeiss lenses usually get better color without too much photoshop color manipulation and Nik kind of filters.

  

But I think I still don't like Sony color(even with a Zeiss prime) for flowers or nature in general(too green biased).

That said, I think SOOCC of Sony(especially with a Zeiss Loxia prime) is great for urban landscape or winter snowscape or like that kind of dark and gloomy stuff, to me it is more realistic than typical Canon or Fuji SOOCC.

  

(updated 2)About Sony E mount wide angle selection 4(why buying a Zeiss is safer than an expensive Sony GM or any expensive lens from an Asian lens maker) :

 

Now we have got more choices and it is getting more confusing than ever.

The Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4 is just out in the last week of the last month(Feb 2018), I have tested it a several times and ordered 2(one for me and one for my friend). I think it will be a perfect walk around and architecture lens for me.

The Zeiss is a good lens, no doubt about it. But a just few weeks after this lens announcement, Sigma and Sony also announced their version of a good(not sure if they are great yet) 24mm fast prime respectively and I am sure they are a bit more main-stream kind of a lens than the Zeiss and a lot of people prefer that(although I have almost no interest in these).

The Sony FE24mm f1.4GM lens will be a bit smaller than their 35mm f1.4, they could make it dramatically smaller than the similar quality Canon or Nikon or Sigma as they designed it specifically for the short flange back design of the E mount.

The 24mm is one of those FL's where Sony can take huge advantage of the short flange design of the E mount, so it is surprisingly small, a much smaller lens than the similar Sigma(but much more expensive, I heard it would be around 1.9k USD).

So I might get the Sony in addition to the Loxia 25mm f2.4 but only when it is really as small and sharp as it is said to be by Sony guys. Sony guys say it would be not just smaller than the Canon or the Nikon version but about 200g lighter than their rival 24mm f1.4 primes..

If tue, it will be amazing.

But,to me, 24/25mm is a street or walk around with my dog kind of lens, or sometimes a serious architecture lens that requires the across the frame sharpness of many Loxia or Voigtlander primes at f4 or a smaller f stop and so I do not need anything faster than f2.8 in this focal range(but it must be very extremely sharp across the frame at f4 and smaller f stops), so the Loxia 25mm is a good lens for me, but unfortunately not a great lens...........

So the Loxia 25 is a must-buy lens if you love manual focusing and a bit slow but super sharp at infinity kind of lens even at the big cost of a bit of annoying Lo-CA and distortion.

Even with the known CA and distortion issue, the Loxia 25mm f2.4 is a sharp lens even wideopen and at f4 it is really extremely sharp.

But still, it is not as good as the 85, it is a superb lens for a wide angle prime but not as good as many of optically really well corrected mid range primes such as the Loxia 85mm f2.4, the Voigtlander 65mm f2APO(the best E mount prime for now, now I am 100percent sure about it), the Sony FE50mm f1.4ZA, the Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8APO(the second very best prime in the current E mount system)...

That said, I still think it is the best corrected Zeiss wide angle prime for the E mount system, with much less serious field cuvature issue than that of the 21mm Loxia or the 18mm Batis. And its central resolution is way better than any of the other E mount Zeiss primes(the Batis 25/2, the Batis 18/2, the Loxia 21/2.8).

The Loxia 25 seems to be quite a bit sharper than a great copy of the 21 especially into the edges and corners. It also has a bit less pronounced distortion and it has a lot better coating and micro contrast than that of the Batis 25mm f2.

So is it a no-brainer? For me ? yes........it is a easy pick. But for most of people the Sigma may be a better value. Last night I was reading a several tests on that lens (Canon version) and I realized it is a really sharp lens even at f2.8 it is sharp across the frame.

The new coating of the Sigma seems to be very good too. It has a bit pronounced heavy vignetting at f1.4 and f2, but from f2.8 or so, it is just fine.

Comma may be a bit of issue for Astro stuffs but if you do not do it then it won't be any issue.

It is big and heavy but not obnoxiously so like their 85 or 105mm one.

I can tolerate that if I have to (I mean if there is no Loxia 25mm kind of a tiny MF prime for the E mount yet).

The best of all , it is very cheap at 889 US or so. Here it is about 91800yen(about 845 US). The AF of this new Sigma is just fine, optimized for the E mount bodies.

I think the Loxia 25mm is a good lens for sure, but it is not a great value (not the best bang for your buck kind, it is quite expensive).

And if I have to be 100 percent honest with myself, then I would have to admit I was a bit too excited about this lens when it was first out and tried two copies but one was defective(clearly decentered and replaced by Zeiss without any question asked).

It is a good lens and may well be the best E mount wide angle prime, but still not as good as the Batis 135mm or the Voigtlander 65, or the Sony FE50mm f1.4, or even not as sharp as the Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 at f4.

And while it is a great lens for a wide angle prime, its best resolution is no where near the record breaking result recorded by the Voigtlander 65mm f2 APO.

So there is still no even one great wide angle prime for any FF system just yet........

I understand those super sharp wide lenses are much more difficult to design than a mid angle prime, but I hope someday we will get a few wide and super wide primes that perform like the best corrected mid angle primes such as the Voigtlander 65mm f2 APO, the Sony FE50mm f1.4 ZA Planar, the Zeiss 135mm f2.8 APO Batis, etc.

Now I am waiting for my Voigtlander 40mm f1.2. I had this lens a couple of times in the last winter but stupidly sold it and it has been back ordered since the last Chinese New Year's day.. I think it will arrive tomorrow or a day after tomorrow, so I will be very busy testing it over the next few weeks.

One thing I really felt amazing about Zeiss this time was their outstanding service:

My first copy of the Loxia 25mm f2.4 was clearly decentered and I sent a few images from it to Zeiss, Zeiss did not even ask me any crazy questions or insulting comments on my testing skill or anything in any nasty sarcastic way, but just sent me a replacement.

And they told me after testing it against my first copy, then send my first one back and they also paid for the shipping back fee.

Amazing service! If it was Sony , then they just'd tell me my testing method is wrong or it is just not in the focus plane and so test it again at a smaller F stop, etc.

And probably they'd never honor the warranty.

This is why it is safer to buy a Zeiss or Voigtlander prime than any expensive Sony prime.

I also find Sigma support and service excellent.

 

UPDATE: I really confirmed my final copy of the Loxia 25 has no decentering problem and I registered it online.

To my surprise they gave me 3 year extended warranty for free.

Amazing service, and I think all Asian lens makers(including Sony, Fuji, Samayng, Laowa, Canon, Nikon, etc) should learn how they should treat their highend lens customers from Zeiss.

 

Nikon, Canon, Sony , Fuji , Samyang really suck in this area and they must improve it to Zeiss level if they really want to be perceived as a premium lens brand. They are even worse than Sigma in this regard and they are definitely much worse than Tamron. Even cheap lens makers like Tamron Sigma can give you proper 2 year warranty for any lens they make then why can Sony , Canon and Nikon do the same for their respective premium line of lenses?

 

UPDATE: Now we've got the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8RXD lens , and it was out a couple of weeks ago in Japan.

I have tested it a several times already and the copies I test were all sharp, without any centering issue.

I am not sure if I keep it or return it, but I think it is at least as good as the FE24-70mm f2.8GM in the overlapping range, with the GM winning in the wide end and the Tamron winning in the long end.

At 70mm f2.8 , the Tamron is noticeably sharper, with a bit less pronounced CA.

The weak spot of Tamron and GM is terrible flare resistance and a bit pronounced pincushion distortion at the long end.

To me what really surprising about this lens was its AF performance , it is better than my FE24-105mm f4G and almost as fast AF-ing as the FE24-70mm f2.8GM.

 

So I may keep it as I have the excellent FE16-35mm f2.8GM and FE11-24mm f4G also.

Maybe the current best camera bag space saving lens kit without compromising significant resolution or sharpness consists of these below:

1 FE16-35mm f2.8GM

2 Zeiss Loxia 25mm f2.4

3 Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XRD, which is much cheaper lighter and smaller than the FE24-105mm f4G OSS(a mediocre lens).

4 Voigtlander 40mm f1.2 SL

5 Batis or FE85mm f1.8(I prefer the GM but it is too huge for a small bag)

6 Batis 135mm f2.8 APO(expensive but it is small for a quality 135mm prime).

 

If we need anything longer , then add the Tamron 70-210 f4 USD or new Canon EF70-200mmf4LIS MK2 , which is said to be the best sharpest 70-200mm of all makers.

   

Nikon 1 J1 + FT1 + TC-20EIII

+ 70-200G VR II

Nikon D300 * AF S 70 200G F2,8 IF ED VRII * TC 14E II

 

Pelagic Trip Viareggio 18.05.2012

 

Dal pontile di Lido di Camaiore

AF S 70 200G ED VRII + TC 20E III

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200 F2.8G + TC-20 III

exploring the winterly garden

 

Nikon D3 & AF-S Nikkor 2,8/70-200G VR-I

Nikon D300 - AF S 70 200G ED VRII - TC 20E III @ 400

Nikon D300 + AF S 70 200G + TC 20E III @400

in the garden

 

Nikon D3 & AF-S Nikkor 2,8/70-200G VR-I

AF S 70 200G ED VRII + TC 20E III

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with the Nikon D700

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with a Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200G F2.8

One of my favorite subjects (my daughter) especially when I'm testing new gear. NOTE: This is the cropped version of the previous upload.

 

Yesterday, I spent the day calibrating my new D800e to several lenses using the awesome DotTune method.

 

NOTE: the link for DotTune above takes you to the Nikon method.

 

Google DotTune and follow the Youtube video, fredmiranda.com or DPReview steps. Again, BE SURE to choose the correct method for your brand of camera body, i.e. Canon or Nikon.

 

As an example, the Nikon version requires you to keep AF set on through the entire procedure. Follow the directions and video and you'll understand. My only other advice is make sure you're methodical and have PLENTY of light for your target. I can't stress the latter strongly enough. Previously, I've used Lens Align and FoCal with good results, however, this method has given me the fastest and best results by far.

 

Other than b&w conversion I added some global contrast and sharpening. The eyes were left untouched. Focus was on the left eye. This was taken just after calibration. I had the opportunity to shoot in a dimly lit (ISO 8000-12800) church sancturary this morning and the D800e and Nikon 70-200mm racked out to 200mm NAILED focus better than ever! To say I'm very pleased is an understatement.

 

I'm uploading a 80% cropped version as well. Be sure to check it out too.

  

View this large (just click the image).

 

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Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VRII

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Kuwait Sea front, while talking a walk with photographer Ahmaed Alsalman who is always on the phone with photographer Salem Alobaidly !!! (strange). I toke this shot as an evidence that he spends all day calling Alobaidly !!! (strange again) :p

 

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Season's Greetings to everyone !

 

You can customize/order your personalized greeting cards on my photowebsite, and have them delivered to your door.

Order yours today !

 

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Nikon D80 with SB-600 on extended TTL cord front camera right and SB-26 firing up at camera left near background. Both flashes at 1/4 power. Lens is the great Nikon 70-300 G plastic zoom lens -- one of Nikon's cheapest.

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Larry Carlton Trio.

Blues Expres 2011, Luxembourg.

 

16-time Grammy nominee and 3-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is perhaps the most versatile and accomplished guitarist walking the planet today. With over 3,000 sessions, 200 hit records and 100 gold albums to his credit, Carlton has his fingerprints indelibly imprinted on virtually every genre of music.

 

Larry performed in Luxembourg on 9-July 2011, together with Travis Carlton and Gene Coye.

An extensive coverage of the event as well as the high resolution files can be found on my website.

 

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All images are protected by copyright © Janos KOVACS. All rights reserved.

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Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Blues Express 2011, Luxembourg.

 

An extensive coverage of the event as well as the high resolution files can be found my website.

 

My website | My Blog

All images are protected by copyright © Janos KOVACS. All rights reserved.

If you want to use these pics, please contact me at:

office@jkovacsphotography.com

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VRII

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VRII

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G VR II

Shot with the Nikon D700

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

Appareil compact 35mm peu courant fabriqué au Japon en 2000 de n° 5310613. Viseur collimaté à cadre optique, objectif zoom 5,6/28mm - 70mm et obturateur automatique. Mise au point AF avec mémorisation et 5 longueurs focales. Cellule au CDS à mesure globale. Flash escamotable à l'ouverture synchro X, NG de 18 et divers modes. Moteur d'entrainement, 1 pile CR2 de 3v et film 135 DX en 24x36. Retardateur de 10s, écrou de pied et volet de fermeture. 11.7 x 6.3 x 4.2 cm et 200g.

Shot with Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-200G F2.8 VR II

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