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11-12-2014, 05:51 AM - 1 Like   #16
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thanks, do post when that happens.

11-12-2014, 11:11 AM   #17
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just received the zoom... it is a massive piece of glass!!!!! was ready to make some comparisons, when I discovered someone took my memory reader at the office :-(((((( Will have to wait till tonight.
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Well... I can say that the stabilizer is quite good.

Stabilizer ON, 1/8 3200ISO 45mm
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Stabilizer OFF, same settings

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11-17-2014, 06:27 AM   #20
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Hi Victor, now that you've had a few days to check it out, what are your thoughts?
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hand held O hope
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrclark321 Quote
hand held O hope
Of course, hand held :-) no point to have stabilization ON on a tripod.

---------- Post added 11-18-14 at 08:02 AM ----------

I had no chance to make a side by side test, I was shooting a week with one and a week with the other one, will do a side by side today. My first impressions is that I was not really able to see or distinguish a big difference on the results between the zoom and the prime other than I noticed some heavy CA on the borders on some of the 25mm photos, but that could easily be the polarizer that was on the lens at that moment, which I do not know how affects the image.

The images resulting from the zoom are pretty clean and sharp border to border even wide open, as I close down and get closer to f7 it gets a bit sharper, past that it start to get less sharp again, but I noticed the same on the prime. So at this point, considering the benefits of the change of focal length, the stabilizer, and being able to use my wide collection of filters with the zoom, the zoom is a clear winner, those 3 mm of difference on the FL are. It that big, neither something that can not be fixed by making a small panorama. So I'm pretty much sure I will keep the zoom and return the prime.

I will make some side by side photos today and post the results.
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so I went out with my tripod and took some photos of the same with the zoom and the prime, at different apertures all the way from f4 to f32, the Zoom is better at any aperture you test it, sharper, less CA, pretty much none, and less color fringe, the only thing to my point of view were the 25mm wins is no vignetting, the 28-45 have some vignetting. I will post the results to by blog soon, probably today if I have enough time. I'm sending the 25 back.

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I can say that the 28-45 is wide open as sharp as the 25mm mm is at f14 on the center, and actually much better on the corners. The 25mm has a lot of CA on the borders, at every single aperture, and it does not handle well the highlights, like in metallic parts, with a big highlight, the 25 always show either purple or green fringe, specially wide open, and the 28-45 pretty much free of that issue.

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here is a little post on my blog about the comparison, will add more photos and comparison soon.

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Hi Victor,

Was looking through some of your pictures. How do you setup your jewelry lighting?
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QuoteOriginally posted by boinger Quote
Hi Victor,

Was looking through some of your pictures. How do you setup your jewelry lighting?
well, there is no easy answer for that because each piece requires a different setup depending on its properties and angles I want to capture, but you can see my album with behind the camera images, that might give you a better idea of what I do and how I do it.

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and here there is a list of my clients where you can see their galleries

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Amazing setups Victor,

What are those clamps you have clamped to the table ?

I could use some of those. That clear plexi frame... something you made yourself?
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the articulated clamps are Manfrotto Magic Arms, best invention after the camera in my opinion, you need to buy also what you are going to use on the tips of the arms, like super-clamps for example. The clear plexy frame, I suppose you are talking about what I used to hold pieces in place with fishing line? if so, yes, I made them myself sicne they need to be sort of the size of the object and not too much bigger or the object will wiggle since the fishing line is a bit elastic.
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Which clamps do you have on the arms?

Yes I could see the cutting in the frame. I shoot jewerly for my own business. Nothing high end. Mainly to get a good representation of the product and getting a white background. Any easy way's to get a white background or do you just have to cut in PS?
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I usually shoot in a kind of neutral gray and then replace since I do both white and gradient BG, it works better for me, but if you only need white, you can place the piece over a piece of glass and the BG be far from the piece so it does not illuminate it even if is lite to be full white, but this can produce fringe if the lens is not a great one.
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