The last time I took my OM-D for a paid shoot, it was a backup with my NEX-7 doing most of the work.
This time, I just took my OM-D.
An interesting observation is that at least up to 2000×2000, I can’t tell much of a difference in quality between the Panasonic 14-45mm and the modern 4/3rd Olympus ZD 50mm F2 Macro for this distance. Of course the Olympus can go to 1:1 (in 35mm terms) which is much closer but 14-45mm… I mean I can’t complain about the resolution.
If Olympus comes out with a F1.4 or F1.2 16mm that is amazing, I’m not sure how I can justify keeping my NEX-7 ZA 24mm combo.
I forgot I went to highschool around here. This was around Oyster Bay, Northport, Centerport, Huntington Bay, etc.
Will post my Costa Rica / Bremont and my Colorado / Tudor pictures when I get around to it this week.
Hope you enjoy!
Ignore the A-850 24mm spec, for some reason the chip EXIF shows that even though it’s really the Zeiss 24mm F2.8 ZF.2 that is Leitax adapted.
Much more pics after the jump below.
Shot again with the supremely versatile Zeiss ZA 24-70mm F2.8. With just a B+W MRC Circular polarizer for some of the shots. No magnifier was used. More Pics after the jump.
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Some watch photography I did with an unorthodox kit. Sony A850 with a Sony ZA Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 SSM and a couple of flashes. I used just a Marumi Achromatic +5 Close up filter to enhance magnification on the already macro friendly ZA 24-70mm. My simple leather jacket was used as a backdrop and a small metal sheet I fit into my small bag. The important thing is to just modify your light and use RF triggers so you can have off camera flashes.
While a lot of patrons of the bar did not appreciate flashes popping left and right, I’m relatively happy with the results.
More Pics In the Link
I picked up a Marumi +5 Achromatic double element close up filter in 77mm to use on my Zeiss ZA 24-70mm F2.8 because I wanted a single lens solution that can handle it all. About 70% of my use of macro lenses is in very small spaces along with a lot of people I also need to photograh. Its really hard to take people pics with my normal SIGMA 105mm F2.8 DG EX Macro because the spaces aren’t too big sometimes. So I picked up the filter to try to make the first lens do double duty. A lot easier and safer to take off a filter in a dark bar then switch lenses. No post editing or even cropping was done here, just white balance set to flash in LR3 on all the photos.
The filter does a great job, it doesn’t add any chromatic aberration as far as I can tell at F8 but it is massive and heavy and makes the whole combo of full frame camera + giant flash + giant lens + giant filter extremely heavy. And while the Zeiss 24-70mm has unusually good .25x magnification anyway, even with the filter it doesn’t come close to the 1:1 mag of the Sigma macro.
This is how big the difference is at their closest possible focus:
Zeiss 24-70 with +5 Filter:
Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG EX Macro:
The following are Sigma macro first then Zeiss 24-70 at 70mm. All were shot at F8 since that is what I always shoot my macros at if I’m not using a tripod. The framing isn’t exact because of the difference in focal lengths a tripod couldn’t be used.
The following two were at F2.8
And now F8 again:
My final thoughts are that there isn’t much lost except magnification by using the Zeiss zoom with close up filter than the Sigma macro for my uses. What you give up is weight, the 24-70 with the big filter is much, much heavier than the Sigma 105mm. The working distance is also much closer which can be an issue if you’re using on camera flash even if you’re bouncing.
In terms of rendition, the Zeiss still has more contrast and deeper colors. This surprised me as I thought the Marumi filter would add a bit of haze to the images but it didn’t too much. Blacks are blacker on the Zeiss and the Sigma has a slight yellowish tinge to it even at the same white balance settings. In terms of fine detail, I really can’t tell the difference between the two, they’re very very close.
The bokeh is about equal, they’re both very smooth, very boring because the working distances are so close.
Overall, I prefer the Zeiss fast SSM focus with easy over ride, cooler color, deeper saturation, and stronger contrast but I prefer the Sigma magnification, size, and weight.
I’m still undecided but I’m leaning towards the Zeiss. I might still have to pack the Sigma occasionally for special occasions of once in a life time pieces I might come across but I would have to be expecting it.
This is a continuation of a series from here: Iceland Photos
If you found this page via a online forum, I recommend visiting the link above. It has some personal shots you might not have seen in my original post.
The second leg of my journey took me to Zurich. I knew going into Switzerland that it would be very picturesque. What I didn’t know was how delicate the political situation is in Switzerland as well as the somewhat interesting melting pot yet immigrant fearing culture. I was surprised to find out that there is a Canton (sort of like a US State) in Switzerland that didn’t grant women the right to vote in elections until 1988. Astoundingly some political groups founded by women even opposed it!
My 24-70mm just came in and I’ll pitting it against my Leitax adapted Contax Zeiss 35-70mm this weekend on my trusty A850.
Plan is to test landscape and mid distance subjects in their overlapping focal lengths at F5.6 and F8. I’ll also be doing a macro test. Any bets on the winner?
Essentially I’ll be doing this testing to see how much performance I lose on the 24-70mm zoom which is a lot more flexible. The 35-70mm zoom is significantly lighter and can focus closer though so it might not be a terrible idea to have both.
I almost ended up selling the ZF.2 Leitax’d 35mm F2 distagon but I think the beauty of this… (more…)