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Manual focus will kill us all....

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by lattiboy, May 26, 2012.

  1. lattiboy

    lattiboy Mu-43 Regular

    158
    Dec 16, 2009
    Took some shots of the nephew this week. Ended up using my NEX-7 for most of these as the EP-1 is acting up on me at the moment. I actually prefer the EP-1 for most my legacy glass because of IBIS, but I'm learning that the Sony is really pretty amazing.

    I haven't really shot much and have gotten my mitts on some substantial glass, so this was a great way to test it out.

    I had a trio of 50-ish lenses. I would say these are three of the best I've ever used (and I've used a lot!).

    The Sony 50mm f/1.8 got some initial flack for not being super sharp. Besides being wrong (sharp in the center from wide-open), it has a rendition and tone I've not seen in any modern lens I've used. Just gorgeous in about every imaginable way. It is a bit of a beast (bigger than even the 57mm mentioned below), but it's got great stabilization and fast, silent focusing. For the price it's a steal.

    Not much to say about the Zeiss except it is sharp, sharp, sharp (sharp!). Clinical, unforgiving. Contrast is impossibly high, bokeh is acceptable. Tremendous (if a bit cold) color right out of the camera.

    Finally, the Konica 57mm f/1.2. Yes, this lens lives up to the lofty status bestowed on it. Get one if you can. It's a dream in every way. An absolute BEAST weight-wise, and built more like an industrial doorstop than any kind of photographic device, but man. The bokeh. It is beyond excellent. Dreamy, but tack sharp at focus at f/1.2. You've got about an inch of sharpness at portrait range. You're going to have a lot of OOF shots, just so you know. I took about 120 to get 12, but those 12 were stunning. I did very little PP on any of the 57mm shots, except to correct for exposure and add contrast. Also, the color it gives is tremendous. I actually had to REDUCE the color saturation in the first picture, if you can believe that.

    1) Konica 57mm f/1.2 (note: I did use about +20 clarity with the exposure brush in LR for his eyes on this one. They were in focus, but just barely. The pic was too adorable to not use technology!)
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YJKNwoQceZpUoGSvSqkPA9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC07837.jpg "533" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>

    2) Konica 57mm f/1.2
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/YE19Vwj95zNMemmb4XbiY9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC07805.jpg "484" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>

    3) Konica 57mm f/1.2
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Gf1YoPCH3XVS8XQ8MsD_IdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC07936.jpg "590" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>

    Sony 50mm f/1.8 OIS
    4) <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rrBgKxGp67kH1o5dhCs3z9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC07681.jpg "640" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>

    5) C/Y Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.7 AEJ
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Lb0IB09RHJmGDj1ryElXxdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC00371.jpg "598" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>

    6) 18-55mm Sony kitlens
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/f7BSajUpG44qmJDw0qDstdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC00613-2.jpg "640" width="378" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>

    7) 50mm f/1.7 Zeiss
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IeNZrVDTO7xnkju2bUwDZtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"> DSC00452.jpg "640" width="514" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109647934515421077884/May252012?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">May 25, 2012</a></td></tr></table>
     
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  2. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Don
    Nice work... and super cute young lad!
     
  3. littleMT

    littleMT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 8, 2012
    Lucille Sanchez
    a little angel....
     
  4. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

    411
    Jul 20, 2010
    Great series you have here. I own 9 legacy lenses an 3 native lenses. 2 are normal film lenses. The fast 50's are a bargin for great portrait lens.
     
  5. Printfolio

    Printfolio Mu-43 Regular

    65
    May 6, 2012
    Kortrijk, Belgium
    Steven
    Interesting overview of the different lens footprints. I own a bunch of legacy Zeiss lenses. I took some test shots yesterday when I received my adapters. Very promising results indeed with the OM-D.
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    these shots are filled with joy.....it's what photography is all about!
     
  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Great shots - I really like the rendering on the Zeiss. It was interesting to see the differences between the various lenses. Thanks!
     
  8. Redridge

    Redridge Mu-43 Regular

    151
    Apr 17, 2012
    You are brave.... Manual focus with kids are gluten for punishment, a few keepers are worth the effort though.