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#1 Klaus

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 10:06 PM

The bokeh could have been better ...

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:42 AM

After all the horror stories circulating in them internets, I was fearing worse...



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 09:51 AM

After all the horror stories circulating in them internets, I was fearing worse...

 

The lens is quite Ok I think. It just suffers from the same problems as most other high speed wide-angle primes.


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#4 MatjazO

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:01 AM

Great to see reviews coming. 🙂
Mixed feelings, I would say. Central sharpness is great, not that easy to swallow soft corners for a big and expensive lens as this one. Seems to be what technology allows at the time, though.

Boils down to bokeh, really. It looks just fine to me, looking at samples. Taking aside some lenses that really suck, the quest for perfect round unsharp spotlight seems a bit artificial to me: spotlight looks ugly both ways, being onion shaped or or not. 😏 Puting the subject in front of suitable background seems cheaper way to get to the pleasing bokeh, as the flowers sample proves it.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:59 AM

In the close up flower shots, the bokeh looks pretty pleasing. In the white "blob" image, things look uneasy.. Not because of a lack of bokeh smoothness, but a "collours being pulled apart" kind of uneasiness. I have seen it with other lenses, not sure what it is the result of... Maybe just heavy LoCA with wider angles?



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:47 AM

If we are talking about the shot with the white and purple flowers - I don't like that one. The bokeh feels to glare-ish to me.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:50 PM

"check out the new Samsung AF 35mm f/1.4 FE although keep in mind that Samyang" Which one?  :huh: 

 

"If you use the lens at large apertures, the corners are really of relevance and they are rarely on the same focus plane as your main subject anyway." Are the corners wide open of relevance or maybe not?  ^_^ 

 

Rover, what did you do while proof reading?  :D 



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 01:02 PM

"check out the new Samsung AF 35mm f/1.4 FE although keep in mind that Samyang" Which one?  :huh: 

 

"If you use the lens at large apertures, the corners are really of relevance and they are rarely on the same focus plane as your main subject anyway." Are the corners wide open of relevance or maybe not?  ^_^ 

 

Rover, what did you do while proof reading?  :D 

Asleep at the wheel, guilty as charged. :D Maybe I need to get into that business full time, especially since working as a journalist does not go smooth in my case...



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 01:59 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah ...  :D


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 02:28 PM

So of the fast 35mm lenses, which is your favourite? 

 

I hired the cannon variant a few years and loved it, however I now shoot with an Fuji X100t and often have an itch for a little more speed. I've toyed swapping to the fuji 1.4, however its only a stop better.



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 04:29 PM

So of the fast 35mm lenses, which is your favourite? 

 

I hired the cannon variant a few years and loved it

 

Was it a 35mm Bushmaster cannon?



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 04:38 PM

Unfortunately not, a weekend with one of those looks like a lot of fun!


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 07:06 PM

If we are talking about the shot with the white and purple flowers - I don't like that one. The bokeh feels to glare-ish to me.

I had in mind both. Single flower one is smoother for sure, yet white and purple is ok to me as well. No problem to have different views, of course.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:13 PM

So of the fast 35mm lenses, which is your favourite? 

 

I hired the cannon variant a few years and loved it, however I now shoot with an Fuji X100t and often have an itch for a little more speed. I've toyed swapping to the fuji 1.4, however its only a stop better.

 

Well, for DSLRs I would go for the Sigma ART - although I'm sure that a test on the 5Ds R will look very differently than our test on the 5D II.

 

And yes, the Fuji primes are rather neat.


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