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    Zeiss Loxia Distagon 2.4/25mm

    If you read through the raving reviews online … they are true. I have yet to make decent photos, just took some handheld captures out of the window. But even from these crappy shots it’s clear that the lens is very, very strong. It is damn sharp wide open and the edges/corners are more than just...
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    Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS

    Absolutely! It's really nice to see Sony - that once bought Minolta and (AFAIK) kept a large part of Minolta's lens designers - extending this part of its history. The old 2.8/135 STF back than was reason enough for quite a few people to buy into the Minolta system. Just as the Zeiss 4/120 APO...
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    Sony 24-70 F2.8 GM Tests

    Re: Sony 24-70 F2.8 GM Tests / sample variation When I went to my dealer to exchange my copy we discussed about exchange vs. adjustment in service. I finally decided to let him send the lens to service since another new copy could be decentered as well ... while it is very unlikely that the lens...
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    Sony 24-70 F2.8 GM Tests

    Re: Sony 24-70 F2.8 GM Tests / sample variation Another bad copy of the FE 24-70 GM here. My copy is considerably decentered (tilt/swing effect) and will be returned next week. I know it's the lens (not the sensor) as a number of other lenses do not show this tilt/swing effect (not even older...
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    Zeiss ZM 85mm F4/ GM 85mm 1.4 Tests

    The Batis is MUCH larger than the Tessar. The Tessar 4/85 is a special lens. It's slow... so it's pretty uninteressting for most people... certainly not for everyone. However, it's really small, it's fully manual, it handles just as smooth and precise as any other ZM lens and it's practically...
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    Polite question to Leica S and Pentax 645 users, what software do you use?

    this is not correct re C1. The color profile does not apply hue twists. WB, levels, curves, exposure, shadows, highlights are applied to the (linearized) RAW data and nothing gets converted into a color profile ... the color profile gets assigned (and then converted to an output color space in...
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    MF direction

    you didn't expose to the right :-)
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    MF direction

    My MFD sensors are from 2005... and at Base-ISO easily smoke my Sony A7R2 in almost every aspect. Care to see a proof (a chart and/or graph that is)? :-)
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    MF direction

    I was tempted to comment on this as well. In the last 15 years or so here in Germany I've seen 3 or 4 professional photographers working with Lightroom... the vast majority uses Capture One. And of course some are using MFD. But then I remembered this quote... and refrained from commenting ...:
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    MF direction

    there are two sides to everything. The openness in forums like this allows knowledge exchange as well as nonsense exchange by every idiot.
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    MF direction

    That someone who handled a certain system for the first time feels entitled to draw bold conclusions about this system and to think about its position and future in the market is an embarrassment that can hardly be outdone and shows an all through amateurish attitude. What a pain to read through...
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    MFD 'the look' conundrum

    Apart from the fact that I am finding this stereotype inappropriate IMHO it really depends what pieces of gear exactly you are comparing... and IMHO the lenses have the strongest impact on what we call "look". So if you use a "classical" MF system the character of the respective lenses...
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    Is there a compelling reason to move to MF?

    No. I don't need comparisons to appreciate what stunning IQ a P45 can deliver... yes no no
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    Is there a compelling reason to move to MF?

    I do not complain about your tests. I just think many of them are not really meaningful (often you work against your equipment - often you stop down to f16 and, again, you use a software that is effectively limiting with regard to the real potential of your P45+). But the "Weldon-Challenge" was...
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    Is there a compelling reason to move to MF?

    which brings us back to the situation of film days... somehow. When the sensors today utilze more or less the same pixel pitch (or the same resolution with a larger pixel pitch on the larger sensor) ... so when digital cameras use more or less the same "film"... then the larger formats will...
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    Is there a compelling reason to move to MF?

    now, this is really a great thought and also a nice challenge :thumbs: Personally I use quite a similar kit. P45 non plus! (and P21+) in conjunction with Contax 645 and Cambo WRS and a Sony A7R2 (and A7R). I use the Sony when I need its speed (both AF speed compared to the Contax and the much...
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    Contax 645 to E-Mount adapter

    I had them all up to 140mm focal length (still have most of them ... only sold the 45mm since edge performance was pretty poor on my P45 and mostly I can replace it with my 35mm). Now, if edge- (+ corner-) performance is important I would say only use the somewhat longer lenses on the A7R2. The...
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    Contax 645 to E-Mount adapter

    CZ 3.5/35 @ f8 (processed in Iridient Developer 3.0.7):
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    Contax 645 to E-Mount adapter

    My first impressions on lens performance noted above were based on close distance shots (where many lenses show limitations, especially wide angle lenses). I've tested the Distagon 3.5/35 again at a wider Distance in daylight. Now... it's very well usable from wide open on the A7R2, stopping...
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