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    35mm F0.95

    I have JUST got the NEX 35mm F0.95. As I went from the post office straight to work, so I cannot say much but I will be posting some samples and some more elaborate comments later on. I will take a 10 day vacation through Brazilīs northwest beaches and I plan to take this lens along the 16mm pancake (which is the only AF lens I have and the one I use underwater).
    My first impression is that this is one heavy lens...

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Rafa,

    What is the brand of the lens?
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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Itīs an e-mount Mitakon. These are supposed to be the guys who manufacture some of the high end SLR Magic lenses.
    First Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 image samples (not soooo bad!) | sonyalpharumors

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    please tell rawfa I know there is 0.95 len from VC for MFT, but not for 1.5x crop


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    Ahh thx looking it up now

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Donīt worry. There will be plenty of photos to go around

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    wonder what the sharpness will be like at 0.95, and will it be a bit dreamy creamy like the SLR magic 50mm 0.95.

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    Some very very very quick tests. All shot at iso 100, f0.95, 1/50 (some 1/20). Next friday I have a birthday at a bar which should allow me to test a lot of low light shots.









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    thx for posting, excellent tempter type shots. the truth in the telling is when you use it in extreme light situations, and shiny chrome subjects.

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    Wow. I really like these. Are the close up shots on the eyes and teeth crops or do they show the actual minimum focus distance of the lens?

    Again, nicely done. I have been interested in this lens and waiting to see some real life examples from it. Thanks for posting these. Cant wait to see more.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Thanks, these are close ups...not crops. I havenīt had any time to test the closest focusing distance but it seems to be really close.
    Iīll have more time to do some testing this weekend.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawfa View Post
    Thanks, these are close ups...not crops. I havenīt had any time to test the closest focusing distance but it seems to be really close.
    Iīll have more time to do some testing this weekend.
    That is very good to hear. This lens just went up in my estimation. I love lenses that close focus as it suits my style of photography. Time to save my pennies and look at getting one of these.

    Cant wait for further exampels.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Thanks for the comments, fellas. Like I said these are very very quick tests. I just put the camera on a tripod and plugged it into my high def TV so I could quickly frame my self, then I shot with a remote. Itīs hard to comment on quality so far but my first impression is very good. A was very afraid this lens would have a lot of glow/ghosting at f0.95, but even though you can see a little bit of it itīs hardly noticeable...FOR me itīs totally usable at f0.95. Another thing I have to comment is that this lens is very heavy and big. Itīs not your portable everyday combo.
    Also, these photos were staged. Iīm yet to test this lens on real live situations. I think this birthday I have this weekend and these 10 days travel Iīm going to take will be the perfect opportunity to test this babe.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Rafa, the lens (build) looks good and your examples look good but shows to little to tell.
    Very curious. I suppose it is about the same size as the VC 35/1.2.
    Did you buy the silver or black version?

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    This lens seems fine for the price. I am holding out for another optics that would hopefully appear soon and change the fast lens scenario dramatically.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Vivek, you're going to make us suffer and wait?

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    With apologies to Rafa for the OT posts, Mikal, can't say more at the moment. I have been waiting for > year now it is not going to be that a long a wait. (Check your bank lending policies and such. These are tough times and it takes longer to go from a prototype to production.)

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    niced shots rawfa, wil be interesting to see gthe bdays shots, esp looking out for the absense of glow effect at 0.95

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    I hope to have some cool stuff to post tomorrow morning...

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    great stuf rawfa, will be interesting to see how this lens performs, ie purple fringing, glow etc.

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    Some more shots I took a birthday. Except for the flash ones they are all from iso 800 to iso 1600 at f0.95. I can tell you itīs haaard to shoot moving objects this wide open (I have no trouble with my Pentax 50mm f1.4). All jpegs.

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    Nice shots Rawfa. I especially like the second set with the lady in the cafe. The OOF areas from this lens are very pleasing to me.

    If you get the chance can you do a brief test of the closest focusing distance? I would really appreciate it. That first turtle shot looks pretty close.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    That's pretty cool - a lens finally taking us close to what a 50/1.4 can do with a FF camera!
    I like your samples Rafa, the lens obviously works very well in those situations. The samples at sonyalpharumors.com aren't as pleasing though. The "crescent style" rendering of OOF background highlights remind me about what we get from the CV 25/0.95 for micro 4/3, the shape of the mentioned highlights closer to the edges is weird. The LoCA is low and not jumping out of the screen. I don't think the lens on camera is too big judging from the image at the rumor site.
    Interesting lens, thanks for posting!

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    Some unfair comparisons. us$800 Mitakon 35mm f0.95 vs a us$30 CCTV 35mm f1.7. The framing/composition was not exactly the same but the shutter speed and iso wass always the same and both lenses were wide open at all times. To be honest I was expecting a huge difference in light but it really didnīt seem the case.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Sorry, taken with a cell phone.


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    lovely shots rawfa. Love comparison type pics. I have to say the mitakon does have an edge for bokeh, which is the reason for getting it I suspect.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Thanks, Mazor. Actually the reason for getting was to get ONE lens to rule them all, but no matter how much I try my weapon of choice a 35mm equivalent. So I would have preferred if someone had came out with a 23mm or 24mm f0.95.

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    well, guess the Sony Zeiss 24mm 1.8 may have to be the compromise that fits into your focal length. Also with the Zeiss, you get AF, which may be handy some times. Guess with wider angle though, bokeh at 1.8 will be no where as creamy as the mitakon.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    I have a 23mm f1.7 that SLR Magic made specially for the NEX system which rarely leaves my camera

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    nice Rawfa, See Steve Huff has done small reviews on that lens! Is that lens still readily available? Especially since it is in the same focal range and aperture as the Sony Zeiss 24.

    At the moment my leave on camera lens is the olympus 40mm penF 1.4 lens. It has clinical sharpness, and descent bokeh, but most important, it seems to resist flaring well, which is suprising for a vintage lens.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    When Iīve bought the 23mm the guys from SLR Magic only released like 100 beta units and decided not to go ahead with it. Iīve read that they changed their minds and will release an improved version of this lens.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    wow a bit of a limited edition. Is there much optically to improve with this lens? Also I bet an improved lens wil come at a increased cost to the consumer

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    The last time Iīve spoken to the SLR Magic guys theyīve told me they had corrected barrel distortion and made some other minor modifications. I have no idea about the price though.

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    Some stuff playing around the house








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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    rawfa, are these all taken with the 35mm 0.95?

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    Yes, all at f0.95.

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    lovely borders by the way rawfa, adds a little instagram feel to the image. Just wondering do you see much vignetting from this lens?

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    also Rawfa, was wondering have you taken much outdoor bright daylight street photography with this lens?

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    I'm impressed with the potential of one of these lenses fitted to a NEX 6 body. That would be a $1700 bargain for the light gathering power.

    I suspect, tho, that I'll be content with what I've already got.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    I've started my trip 2 days ago and to be fair I haven't been using the 35mm at all. I'm in Maceio right now and this place really looks like paradise (I've been told it doesn't hold the candle compared to the next 2 places that constitute the rest of my trip). I've been using the 16mm pancake at all times, as all I see it's gorgeous beaches and landscapes...plus the 35mm won't fit in my underwater casing. Anyway, I'll only be able to post more pictures starting on December 2nd when I get back.

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    thanks rawfa, guess when it comes to underwater cases, we really have limited when it comes to legacy glass, since it is not AF. May I ask which underwater case you are using. I am considering possible getting one for my 5n.

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    The are some pro underwater cases that cost A LOT and allow you full control and visibility, but since I don't shoot underwater all the time I've got an inexpensive Dicapack (I think that's how it's called) which allowed me very cool results so far but will only allow auto settings.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    I ended up not using the 35mm at all during my trip (as you might have guessed from my other thread). Itīs a very nice lens but itīs just not a fov that I use a lot. I actually just posted a couple of ads to sell the lens here in Brazil. I would post here in the forum but if I add the import taxes Iīve paid the priced would end up around us$1000.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Some more samples

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Looks like a great lens to to photograph people. Nice images =)

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    You should really try it out...specially mine, which is for sale hahaha

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    rawfa, why are you selling? was the IQ not up to scratch? too heavy? purple fringing wide open?

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    Mazor, the lens is excellent in my humble opinion, but itīs just a fov that I donīt use. When it comes to classic FOVs 35mm (real 35mm, not 35mm x 1.5) is my weapon of choice. Plus Iīve been thinking about getting some NEX glass for some specific situations...I want to get the Tamron 18-200mm for a trip Iīm to the Amazon jungle in February and I want to get the 24mm f1.8 for unrehearsed gigs. I really like the SLR Magic 23mm f1.7 but itīs hell to do manual focus on an event full of moving people.

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    Re: 35mm F0.95

    yes, guess 35mm, is effectively closer to 50mm effective on the nex.

    The 24mm f1.8 is a nice lens, expensive though, and no OSS, but you get all the zeiss goodness

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