Ironic that you and I must think along the same lines. I preorderd a D800E, and purchased at the same time a Nikon 14-24, and a Zeiss 18 mm. My pashion is seascapes, where i tend to use wide lenses. When I shot Canon (1DS, 1DSII, and 1DSIII) I used a 17-40. I now use Sony A 900, and use the Zeiss 16-35 most often. Lately, I have been working with an interior designer, doing interior photography for multi million dollar homes. For this purpose i bought a Sigma 12-24 mm, which works very well. As I transition, the 18 mm will be my seascape lens (filter thread---VERY important to me), and the 14-24 my go to lens for interiors. Great site where ladies and gentleman hang out.
Dave in NJ
First, Thank you Guy, Dave and Roger for your answers
Digilloyds site is definitely subscription. He has a blog which gives (very) skimpy information but the real stuff is in DAP, which is his subscription site. On that site he has thoroughly reviewed the D800, and especially the lenses likely to perform best with it in addition to the Nikon lenses. Very worthwhile.
I have been shooting the Zeiss ZF series for a number of years. (All of mine are the ZF1 whose optical formulae are identical to the ZF 2 but without the automation). I have the 18 which i really like (although I hear the 15 is much better); the 28 which is a really good lens; the 50 Makro which is a superb lens (and yes the focus throw is long so it is not so fast to focus as the 50 1.4) and finally the 100 2.0 which is a lens in a class by itself. This may be the best medium telephoto out there, including the Leica 100 APO Makro which I have also owned back in the DMR days. I owned the C/Y 21 2.8 lens back in my Contax days but have not evaluated the new version in ZF form. Mustache distortion was prevalent in the early lens but the other lens attributes made it one of the most popular of the C/Y lenses in spite of it's price. The new ZF2 21 has the same mustache distortion and I suspect or at least hope it has the counterbalancing attributes of its older cousin.
Diglloyd has a page or two on the Zeiss glass on a D800 thats not subscription . I didn t renew the Zeiss part of his site so I know the part I read was free ..just a summary sentence or two on the lenses .
The new 21 ZF is the pick of the litter ..it may have distortion but it has not bothered me in images around the pier ....its just too big . I like the 18 on a tripod stopped down to f8 very nice. Both lenses have the large front elements (82mm? ) .
Back to the Zeiss 35 1,4... after some web research I won't go with this lens 'cause of the purple fringing (out of focus plane) - very important - most of "tests" have shown. It is THE thing I hate to see in a file... disappointing!.
So now i'll probably go with the 28 f/2.
I've red many good things - optically - about Samyang 35 1,4... any feedback. As Guy would say... just curious!! Lol
I´m still waiting the zeiss 21 2.8 lens to be available in any serious store. Meanwhile, I would like to try how well the lens distortion is corrected in pcs5 or L4. Could anyone upload a raw file with an architecture picture which has been taken with this lens?
Im wonder about CS6 being able to do the distortion I read somewhere but did not read all about a new wide angle distortion correction in it. Love for someone that has it to comment on it than I may upgrade to it.
Am really interested to hear from you and others about how well the Zeiss 18mm does on the D800/D800E. There are some advantages of using the 18mm over the Zeiss 21mm. Agreed, the filter solution with the Zeiss 18 and 21 is certainly a consideration for outdoor photography vs. the Nikon 14-24mm.
Interesting you should mentioned the Sigma 12-24mm. When the original version was released (they've since modified it), it wasn't a half bad performer. Sample to sample variation was all over the place in those days and some of the best samples still had soft edges/corners..usually one side was worse than the other. Still a lot could be done with the resulting images in post processing and when one considers what was then it's relatively low price point, the lens was actually something of a near bargain, Of course optics in wide angle zooms have greatly superseded the performance of this lens.
Thanks again Dave and let us know how it goes with the 18mm!
Guy, I've used the adaptive WA filter and while it'll do the job, it requires a lot of hand holding, setting alignment guides for things that should be straight. They are basic adjustment tools and don't offer more than 3 points of adjustment for any given straight element so moustache correction would require a few adjustment lines, with tweaking for each. A lens correction preset would be far more efficient. It looks like a mesh can be generated and saved if one high quality correction were built. Dropping an image into PTgui, I was able to build a moustache correction preset in a few minutes and output what some (i.e., me) may feel is a better quality image using sinc 256 interpolation as opposed to PS's bicubic.
Dave, I'm a die hard 14-24 believer and have found for the times it's critical, the new Fotodiox filter adapter is a good solution. It's filter size, at least for now, means using their filters, which are not the best but are useable.
Daniel thanks for adding that data i was afraid it was more than drawing one line and being done. That helps me in a buy decision . I keep coming back to my tech cam in the extreme wide stuff. Just a lot of stuff I can do with it but thats okay reason I'm not letting go of it.
But this is my favourite street lens...
and its great for taking pics of ants too ....
and on the topic of moustache distortion ...lol.
ɹǝpun uʍop puɐl ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ
4 Member(s) liked this post
Love that 1st shot! Something so sureal about that gentleman and the look that was captured. I noticed similary dressed individuals in the backgrapund with the same hat...something interesting going on at that location?
1 Member(s) liked this post