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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:16 am 
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Not to outdo Bjorn with his CZ24-70 SMM (which is a MIGHTY fine purchase), but to keep with the flavor of the month here at the Sony Forums, I'm posting that I've gotten my own Carl Zeiss lens too.

Should there be a demand for it, I'll be posting unpacking shots (sorry, no video!) and shots of the lens itself, plus test shots using the lens.

I will also post my personal opinion of this lens should anyone ask. (Although many sites, Camera Labs included, already have in-depth reviews of this baby).

Stay Sony everyone!

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Oh! a new member!! WELCOME!!! and a test shot is cool feel free!!!

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Salamat kabayang Lomer for the welcome!

I've taken a few test shots with the lens already. I'm in the process of selecting some good samples. I'll post them up soon. :D

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and please don't leave Camera Labs like our other kabayan does :wink:

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Well congratulations! Enjoy your Zeiss lens and be sure to show us what you can do with this baby! I had it for well over a year and it delivered great results.

For anybody interested, here's an unboxing video of the Zeiss 16-80mm on my old YouTube channel. Don't bother to comment, I probably won't read it (it's my old channel, so...):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og01fbt0Bj4

It's muted because of Copyrighted music... :)

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I got tired of waiting for the weather to clear up here in Laos.

Here are some test shots that I took when my family and I were waiting for our flight at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

Aside from putting in a signature, there were no post processing done in these pics. Also of note is the fact that I took these photos from behind a glass window, hence some smudges on some of the pics.

Comments are welcome. Thanks!

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Congrats on the new lens! I wish I can win the lottery soon to afford then Zeiss lenses :)

The colors look magnificent...the sharpness is great even in the corners..

And Bangkok airport looks very scenic as well.


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i lost my strenght thinkin that, that lens is far more expensive than what i have now! but having a very short range but really sharp in terms of IQ...

I'l have a G lens before I'll think for that ZEIS!!!

nice pics! :D

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Thanks for the comments!

I could have taken better photos at the airport, but couldn't since my family was with me. The first photo is zoomed in to 80mm while the second photo is at the widest at 16mm. The other two are somewhere in between.

I'll try to take some nice pics of the Patouxay Monument and the That Luang Stupa here in Laos this weekend. A friend of mine (who got me into photography in the first place), is coming with his Nikon D300 and a fortune worth of Nikkor lens. :o We're going to have a blast capturing Vientiane Capital!

Wait for new pics next week! It'll be a SAL1680Z fiesta!

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Although this is probably due to downsampling, but the pictures look suspiciously soft in the center. Could you provide 100% crops for us?

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Okay, the original file size of all four pics are at over 12 MB (JPEG Fine). I can email them to anyone who asks for them (just pm me your email addresses).

Unless somebody can tell me of an image hosting site that offers 100% crop uploading, then this is the only way I can provide these for closer scrutiny.

Oh, and don't forget, these shots were taken from BEHIND a glass window. The window itself is not very clean, with some fingerprint smudging here and there. This is particularly apparent in Pic #2, on the bridge at the left side.

I would be VERY interested to know however, if there are any centering problems with my lens sample.

Thanks!

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You can upload it to Tinypic, and provide us with a direct link.

http://tinypic.com/

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Okay, here a direct link to the first shot. Hope it works:

http://i28.tinypic.com/7148rq.jpg

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This isn't the full resolution copy of the photo, think you could upload the original file to megaupload.com if you can't get Tinypic to work for you?

Even looking at this photo at this size, and I assumed you focused on the bird, the shallow DOF looks unnatural for a wide angle shot which leads me to believe there might be something wrong with the lens.

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Okay, I'll try uploading the pic to Megaupload.com. Wouldn't it be quicker if I just email it to you? At least just that one photo.

But just to give you some more info, I was indeed focusing at the bird. But that shot was taken at 80mm, the longest focal length of the lens. It was taken at Aperture Priority mode at F4.5, the widest aperture for that focal length.

This might account for the shallow DOF and the "fuzzy" look you were mentioning.

BUT I'm still not discounting the possibility that my lens might have some imperfections. It won't be the first time I've heard some problems with this particular lens. That's why I'd appreciate it if anyone can point out specifically what the problem is, if ever there is any, so that I could have it exchanged at the soonest possible time.

Thanks!

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