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05-30-2009, 08:23 AM   #106
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Thank you to all the contributors here.

I do have the Zeiss 100/2. I visited yesterday a photo fair (Professional Imaging in Zürich), and stopped at Leica (Leica is the distributor of Zeiss here in Switzerland). I had a look at the Zeiss lenses. They had all lenses, but unfortunately in ZF mount. I handled a few of the lenses, and the one that attracted me most was the 25/2.8, and after reading through this thread, there is one on the way to me...

05-31-2009, 01:38 AM   #107
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I have the ZK 50 1.4 Planar and here are two pics.

I love these Lens, my next will be the 85 1.4.





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A few shots with Zeiss Distagon T* 25/2.8 ZK:





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Anybody got more pictures of the 50mm/1.4 Planar? Please post them. I'm thinking of getting it or the 35/2.0 Distagon. Eventually, I'll get 'em both, but I don't know yet which to get first. Which one is more versatile?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mann Quote
Anybody got more pictures of the 50mm/1.4 Planar? Please post them. I'm thinking of getting it or the 35/2.0 Distagon. Eventually, I'll get 'em both, but I don't know yet which to get first. Which one is more versatile?
I do not have any shots at hand and have only used them on 35mm, but IMHO the 35/2 is the better one of the two. The50/1.4 is the one lens in the zeis lineup that never really impressed me.

But they are very different lenses in terms of focal lengths.
I would base my choice on what FL you need the most.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Duplo Quote
I do not have any shots at hand and have only used them on 35mm, but IMHO the 35/2 is the better one of the two. The50/1.4 is the one lens in the zeis lineup that never really impressed me.

But they are very different lenses in terms of focal lengths.
I would base my choice on what FL you need the most.
But why didn't it impress you compared to the 35?
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Personally, I thought that the Voigtlander SLII 58mm, also made by Cosina to be the better of the two (vs ZK 50 1.4) A bit sharper, a little less CA, slightly more interesting Bokeh, even a little cheaper as well.

The Zeiss 50 Macro, on the other hand though, is truly outstanding, but a lot more expensive.

The 35 is also a little more interesting in use, and because of focal length, perhaps will be a lens that gets used a little more in a wider variety of occasions.
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But why didn't it impress you compared to the 35?
The OOF renderings were not quite as good as other 50mm primes available and not up to the other zeiss lenses IMHO.

Now the 50mm f2 macro-planner is a totally different story and most impressive.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Duplo Quote
The OOF renderings were not quite as good as other 50mm primes available and not up to the other zeiss lenses IMHO.
Agreed. The bokeh on the 50/1.4 is sickening. But, besides that, I find the IQ (sharpness, contrast, etc) excellent.

Considering the 35 mm versus 50 mm dilemma, I would start by considering which focal length is the most useful for me. A 35 mm on an APS-C sensor is equivalent to 52 mm. Some consider this a versatile focal length, but many find it boring (too close to the field of view in human vision). On the other hand, a 50 mm is equivalent to a 75 mm. Great for portraits! But the bokeh might be a problem if you're into large apertures... Allow me to (once again) shamelessly advertise my blog (link below), where you can find many images taken with the 50/1.4.
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I would sure like to see a comparison between ZK100/2 and VL 125/2.5.
I am kind of obsessing in macro lenses right now and if the right deal came along right now..........
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I have most of the series from zeiss zk line up and my favorite is my 35mm f2 zk







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I would sure like to see a comparison between ZK100/2 and VL 125/2.5.
I am kind of obsessing in macro lenses right now and if the right deal came along right now..........
I have a few comparison shots taken with these lenses under Voigtlander 125 vs Zeiss 100 - a set on Flickr
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Thanks a bunch for the link tcom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by FDM Quote
Agreed. The bokeh on the 50/1.4 is sickening. But, besides that, I find the IQ (sharpness, contrast, etc) excellent.

Considering the 35 mm versus 50 mm dilemma, I would start by considering which focal length is the most useful for me. A 35 mm on an APS-C sensor is equivalent to 52 mm. Some consider this a versatile focal length, but many find it boring (too close to the field of view in human vision). On the other hand, a 50 mm is equivalent to a 75 mm. Great for portraits! But the bokeh might be a problem if you're into large apertures... Allow me to (once again) shamelessly advertise my blog (link below), where you can find many images taken with the 50/1.4.
It's nice to read what you write in your blog. Bokeh disease!

Okay, so the OOF areas aren't so good. I guess I'll wait a while and see what I'll do.
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do remember that the ziess is 1:2 macro and voigtlander is 1:1 macro
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