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    5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Hi Folks;

    My first post in this excellent forum. I shoot trains in motion after dark with flash units and Pocket Wizard remotes providing the lighting. I bought the ZF 35/2 to try out after enjoying Canons' 35L/1.4 for many years. Here is the first shot with the new combo, taken in Westport, NY. I thought the ZF's focusing had a very different feel to it, not a negative by any means. My initial reaction was; I don't think my Canon 35L can do this! Flash units on the pavement and walkway in rear erased in photoshop. Enjoy!

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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Nicely done. The 35/2 is indeed one hell of a lens.

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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Great ! How many flash units did you have in play here ?
    Looking forward to see more

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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Great shot! What adapter did you use out of curiosity? I'm looking at the Nikon lenses as well for my 1DsIII. Thanks.

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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Welcome Gary and nice shot indeed. The Zeiss 35 F2 has a nice reputation from what I have been told from the Nikon shooters.
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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Thanks Folks and Guy;

    Bondo; I used eleven remote flashes here. 1/200th at f2.8.

    RMR; I used Stephen Gandy's excellent adapter from his Cameraquest site.

    The ZF 35/2 outperforms my 35L in this setting! And I thought I was in heaven using the 35L at night! This lens focuses very differently than Olympus and Leica wides I have used on the 5D in the past. Diglloyd's exhaustive ZF Lens Review was most helpful in enjoying this lens. I can trade the benefits of auto-focus for higher I.Q. in this case.

    Gary

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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Very nice image Gary! Love the color and tonality
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    Re: 5D & ZF 35/2 After Dark

    Any light modifiers used on the flashes? Eleven flash heads - that's a hell of a lot of PWs..!

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    Thanks very much Jack! You and Guy have something special going here with this site!

    robmac; No light modifiers used, I have enough to keep me occupied with positioning flash units! LOL! You're correct, that's a hell of a lot of PW's. Lately I have been using the light sensor window on the six Nikon flash units in the group to fire them in synch with the shutter without using a PW on each one.

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    Interesting - excellent job once again.

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