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    18mm Zeiss

    Just received a fantastic Zeiss 18mm lens from CharlesPhoto. So far the results are extremely good on the M8.



    Thanks Charles, I am really chuffed with this lens.

    [Now I need to find a 24/25mm finder]
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    I guess I am the only one who is excited by this. Sorry it isn't a new 35mm for you all to drool over. Not that I am bitter or anything.
    Last edited by Braeside; 18th June 2010 at 01:23.
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Hi David

    Well, that geyzer on the right clearly isn't impressed
    He looks like some sort of russian oligarch!
    it's a good shot though - and I'm very happy for you . . . as far as bitter - maybe you'd like to try the grilling I'm getting over at the LUF forum

    all the very best

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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Hi David, Nice shot,

    re: [Now I need to find a 24/25mm finder]

    I just happen to have a VC 25mm viewfinder if interested, please PM.

    thanks
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Hey Jono & Dave S, thanks, nice to get some feedback, I was beginning to think I had become invisible or perhaps used the wrong soap.

    @Jono, I have not been following LUF much, but will have a look and see what is going on now.

    @Dave S, Thanks for the heads up on your 25mm VF, I will try and get one in the UK if I can, as the import duty and VAT on North American imports is a killer as I found out on this 18mm lens.

    Had a day out in the East Neuk of Fife today in glorious weather and used the 18mm all the time, fabulous lens IMO. I may post some shots in the main photo thread later.
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    david, are you using an IF filter on it? i'm thinking about the 18/4 or, if i'm feeling less well off, the VC 15mm II, and wonder about vignetting and cyan drift.

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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Quote Originally Posted by MCTuomey View Post
    david, are you using an IF filter on it? i'm thinking about the 18/4 or, if i'm feeling less well off, the VC 15mm II, and wonder about vignetting and cyan drift.
    Yes, a B+W 486 and the lens is coded as an 18mm Tri-Elmar.

    I'll post some more examples later today.
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Another sample from the ZM 18 lens
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi David

    Well, that geyzer on the right clearly isn't impressed
    He looks like some sort of russian oligarch!
    it's a good shot though - and I'm very happy for you . . . as far as bitter - maybe you'd like to try the grilling I'm getting over at the LUF forum

    all the very best
    Hey Jono, maybe you are not chasing the things that ' ice age ' neanderthals
    see to chase over at the other place!!

    Nowadays, books do cost a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    Hey Jono, maybe you are not chasing the things that ' ice age ' neanderthals
    see to chase over at the other place!!

    Nowadays, books do cost a lot.
    Hi There
    Not sure what I'm chasing really - just making sure I don't lose my cool! (successfully negotiated I think!).

    There is cost a lot . . . .and worth it - not my place to decide on that one!

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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    Another sample from the ZM 18 lens
    That's lovely David - is it Anstruther?

    Last edited by jonoslack; 20th June 2010 at 11:15. Reason: for being so cheeky

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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Yes, well spotted Jono!

    We had a grand day out in St Monans, then lunch in Pittenweem, ending up with a Fish Supper (between 2) in Anstruther [or Ainster as the locals call it].
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    Jono - Unfortunately, I missed your cheeky post before you edited it!
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    Pittenweem, still a few fishing boats.

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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    in Anstruther [or Ainster as the locals call it].
    We have an office in Wymondham . . . . or Wyndam as the locals call it

    Love the Pittenweem shot . . . presumable the locals call it Pee?

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    David,

    Just saw this. I think they look great. Love the boats. I have the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 and it's a stellar lens, too. Cheers, Matt

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    Thanks Matt,

    This is the first Zeiss ZM lens I have tried and I am most impressed.
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Try something longer, and you will be even more impressed. Out of all lenses that I reviewed for Zeiss (which included the whole lineup except the 15mm), this was probably the least interesting. It does not come from me lightly, as I own one. All right, it is sharp from edge to edge, very insignificant light fall-off, good color. Everything is fine about it, but nothing magical. Try 2/35, or 1.5/50 and you'll see what I mean. Try 2/85, and you'll be blown away until you see what 90 APO Summicron can do wide open

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    Quote Originally Posted by irakly View Post
    Try something longer, and you will be even more impressed. Out of all lenses that I reviewed for Zeiss (which included the whole lineup except the 15mm), this was probably the least interesting. It does not come from me lightly, as I own one. All right, it is sharp from edge to edge, very insignificant light fall-off, good color. Everything is fine about it, but nothing magical. Try 2/35, or 1.5/50 and you'll see what I mean. Try 2/85, and you'll be blown away until you see what 90 APO Summicron can do wide open
    I'd love to have more Zeiss glass for the M8 Irakly. However I have spent my rather limited budget on a range of used Leica and CV glass from 28 to 75mm already and just needed something used at a reasonable price for the wider 18mm range, and was rather pleased with the performance of the Zeiss. It shouldn't have surprised me as I already have Zeiss primes and zooms on the Sony A900.
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    Please, do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that it is bad. To the contrary, it is excellent, just too... precise (is it the word?), no magic.

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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    I understand Irakly. In my case I was not especially looking for anything magic, just functional for my needs at wide angle on the M8. What would you suggest as a magical 18mm lens for M?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irakly View Post
    Try something longer, and you will be even more impressed. Out of all lenses that I reviewed for Zeiss (which included the whole lineup except the 15mm), this was probably the least interesting. It does not come from me lightly, as I own one. All right, it is sharp from edge to edge, very insignificant light fall-off, good color. Everything is fine about it, but nothing magical. Try 2/35, or 1.5/50 and you'll see what I mean. Try 2/85, and you'll be blown away until you see what 90 APO Summicron can do wide open
    How is the 2/85 compares to the 90 APO Summicron according to you?
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    Re: 18mm Zeiss

    that's how (see below)
    you see, i do not like to do formal bench tests or pointlessly compare bokeh. i am just spending some time with a lens in an attempt to figure out in what conditions it would excel. then i try to shoot a picture in this very conditions. when you are dealing with devices of this quality level, it is not valid to say something like "this lens is better than that one". it is like comparing BMW and Jaguar. It is not better or worse. It is just different and maybe more suitable for some things than the other.

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