Winning one of the longest name awards, the Zeiss 85mm Cine lens for Canon EF mount is a gorgeous and heavy hunk of glass designed for cinematographers. I got some time to try it out on the Canon 7D today and a video sample will be coming soon. However, my experience with the lens was much different than it has been with DSLR lenses.
Cinematographers—want some of amazing looking bokeh for your Canon DSLR? Well, I was able to get a quick test with the Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 for Canon mount at Photo Plus Expo 2010. Overall, I really was very impressed with the lens and actually was feeling very envious. Even though I’ve got a Canon 35mm F/1.4 L, the new Zeiss lens just felt leaps and bounds better.
I hated living off borrowed time with such a high performance, well built lens. As the review time with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 was coming to an end, the clock seemed to ticked faster, and I tried to get concluding shots off with sick laughter. Shooting with a 24mm f/1.4 prime lens was intoxicating. So ladies and gentlemen I welcome you to the complete review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED N Aspherical Lens. When time our officially came to a close, I shed a tear.
I shot a concert this weekend with the Canon EOS 7Dand my brand new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USMand my Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USMlens. These are some sample images shot recently. If you’d like to know more about the 7D, you can check out my comparison of it against the Nikon D300sand how the specs stack up against the Canon EOS 60Dand the Canon EOS Rebel T2iin order to figure out which one is for you. A specially prepared comparison of the 7D vs the D300s for shooting concerts will be published in the next couple of weeks, so look out for it. And now the images.
Also, please respect my copyright. If you want to use them, just ask: chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com
What is the big deal about the lens? What makes it Special? The answer: f/1.4 Working with this lens is fascinating. At f/1.4 it’s Tack sharp and gives an incredibly narrow depth of field. The lenses wide angle of view is 84° diagonal on FX and 61° on small-format DX , allows for great composure and flexibility. But I have to say this again, this lens is an f/1.4, it just allows the light to pour in. I believe I am in love with f/1.4.
A lazy Saturday and I had the urge to get into nature a little. I am no Art Wolfe or Ansel Adams but I do enjoy and taking landscape photos. One of my goals in Photography is to create a collection of landscapes in New Jersey. Landscape photography can be very Wabi Sabi (imperfect temporary beauty). The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lensis a great lens for capturing this.
On August 19 2010 our Editor Chris Gampat hosted the first monthly networking event which he named Snapshots. The staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people got together to share a few drinks and some great conversation. I had the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lenson hand to take some pictures of the event.
The Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lenswent through some testing with up close shooting and performed admirably. The great thing about primes is that it forces a person to take their time and focus on the composure of their shot. A photographer can take some delight in the fact that the lens gives more visible space to play with because it is also such a wide lens. This is my opinion mind you. I have found close up photography to be fun with this lens.
I did not want to go to my day job on the second day of testing this lens, but I had to. What I wanted to do was stay out all day. I wanted to stay out and play with the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM lensall day and all night. But alas, I could not. What I was able to do was visit Sinatra Park in Hoboken, New Jersey and evaluate its wide angle, low light, and motion capabilities. I also found myself looking at the sharpness in low light and paying attention to how the autofocus worked.
And so the battle of the pancake lenses commences! In one corner, we’ve got the 16mm F2.8 on the Sony NEX 5camera. In the other, the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 on the GF-1Micro Four Thirds camera. Each camera was shot in aperture priority at ISO 200 and tested on a Home Depot flier. Further, each camera was also focused on the Husky Logo in the center. Let’s see how they did.
Canon showed off at its expo two new zoom lenses that are as different as night and day. On one side, the 70-300mm F4-5.6 L IS zoom lens offers a range of high-powered telephoto reach with a seemingly excellent image stabilization system. On the other side, the 8-15mm F4 L fisheye zoom lens offers a wide to really-super-ultra-wide angle, accomplishing some impressive optical gymnastics in the process. I spent some time with both lenses, and I was impressed (and at one point, amazed) by what I saw.
Today at Canon Expo 2010, I got hands-on time with the new 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM II and 300mm F/2.8 L IS USM II. Though we weren’t allowed to put cards into the cameras, the image quality and features of the lenses will make them the envy of every photographer out there that would require these focal lengths.
Well, I am currently working with the new Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S RF SWM Prime Wide Angle Nikkor Lensand oh man what a sweet piece of glass it is! When it comes to Camera lenses, I am a lover of all things prime. If you have read previous post on this site like “Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens” you could understand my interest in this lens.
Since the release of the Noktor 50mm F0.95 prime lens for Micro Four Thirds, users have been wanting more lenses like this one. The lens is essentially a CCTV lens remounted for the Micro Four Thirds system. In general, users of Micro Four Thirds cameras really appreciate small or pancake primes. That said, here is a list of great CCTV lenses that you may want to get your hands on.