DE.LIGHT PHOTO: Blog http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Johannes F. Trbola jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:02:00 GMT Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:02:00 GMT http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v91/u86472613-o1046270357-50.jpg DE.LIGHT PHOTO: Blog http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 The Magic of 35mm Lenses Reviewing the Canon f2.0 IS & L f1.4 II & the Zeiss Milvus f1.4 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/the-magic-of-35mm-lenses-reviewing-the-canon-f2-0-is-l-f1-4-ii-the-zeiss-milvus-f1-4 Motivation

35 mm lenses are considered as classical full frame lenses. Many people say that 35, 50 & 85mm are "the" lenses of a photographer. And in times where people have the choice between APS-C and Fullformat the 35 mm gets 52,5 or 56mm depending on the camera manufacturer. 

I do love the 35mm range. I have that range in different ways since a long time in my portfolio:

  • Canon EF 35mm f 2.0 IS USM 
  • Leica 15mm f 2.0 for µ43
  • Canon EF-M 22mm f 2.0

All these lenses I like very much. the last two are pretty little, they became my always on always with me lenses.

The reason why I shoot fast prime lenses - you might have seen it in my blog - is bokeh - otherwise we all could go with our iPhones....

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The Canon EF 35mm f 2.0 IS USM is a very nice lens I like it very much. But to be honest: the f1.4 mkII has blown me away. The amount of bokeh is just stunning. Especially on the EOS M5!. It is a real game changer in terms of image it delivers.

Therefore I was really happy to hear that Zeiss has developed a new high class design Milvus 35mm f 1.4 which I got for a 2 weeks for testing.

From the systematics: I first will talk about build quality, than about real world shooting experience (which has to do with the bodies as well) and than the comparison of image quality and bokeh rendering... 

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Luckily I was able to take the Milvus -as well as the other 2 35mm lenses on a boat trip to Denmark... So I think I do have some nice photos as well for this review... The lenses where around me in the boat - and they experienced some water as well

Build Quality and Usage

There is a big difference in build quality between the lenses. To say "you get what you pay for" is a bit to simple. The difference between these 3 lenses is much to high. But this is the case because of the Zeiss Milvus. First indicator is the weight. 507 vs 870 vs 1100 g.. And the size: the Milvus is really hefty! In size and weight. It is even longer than the 85mm f1.4 - which is a bit wider (filter ø 77mm vs 72mm). 

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It is maybe astonishing to say but in terms the quality you feel the 2 Canon lenses are pretty close. Both are out of "engineered plastic" with metal mounts. The plastic feels and sounds pretty much the same between these two. There is an advantage of the L-Lens because it claims dust & weather sealing. So a little edge to the L-glass in this matter. But the EF 35mm f2.0 USM has an USP as well: it is the IS which allows you to use the lens in low light with pretty long exposure times. But this is only one part of the story where the weight comes into the picture. The Milvus on the other sight is heavy. And this heaviness stabilizes the system and makes it easier to shoot longer exposure times as well....

But build quality is one of the topics which gives a advantage to the Milvus Series. Since I do own 3 Milvus lenses it is just exciting how well they are build. Like tanks. Pure metal and glass. Here you get value for money which you feel whenever you hold a Milvus Lens in your hand. And I do love this feeling of quality....

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Another topic is focusing. here is a big difference: the Canon lenses have autofocus, the Zeiss is manual focus only. A clear advantage for the Canons? At the first glance it looks so, in terms of speed and ease of use: definitely. But there are other points to consider. There are shootings where you have time, for instance for studio photography and landscape. There autofocus is not an advantage but also no disadvantage. It is the level of concentration manual focusing demands. This is a more focused way of shooting. I feel that I am more concentrated on point of view, what I want to have in focus and a proper framing. This is a clear advantage of manual focus. 

Technically the Milvus Lenses are engineered for manual focusing. While Canon offers typically 120º of focus throw - the Milvus f1.4 lenses are offering impressive 270º of focus throw, and this purely mechanical. What a feeling...

But let me say something: the new f1.4 lenses are huge - and heavy on a small camera like the EOS M5 it looks a bit front heavy - and it is. But  with the Milvus well, thats really hefty...

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Image Quality

At the end, image quality is the main topic. In this section I have to do pixel peeping, but more than that. After the comparison of the Milvus f1.4/50mm with the Nifty Fifty other aspects are coming into the picture as well. 

One Remark: The brand-new Milvus was a pre-series version before the official sales start. Therefore the EXIF´s did not show up with the right name, the lens name was just "35mm". And -a shame for Canon!!!- at the M5 it shows up as -mm. But the M5 ignores all non Canon lens names...

And I did not look for chromatic aberrations... simply because they are not that easy to get with these lenses....

Sharpness and Vignetting

Everybody is demanding sharpness. So let´s start with that... Sharpness is something which everybody wants to have. But in case of these lenses: they are sharp, all three. Basically. In the center: all three are great, in the extreme: from f2.8 - latest f 4 all are redicously sharp....

And with f 1.4... So the most challenging thing for lenses....

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What you easily see: Vignetting. This is more pronounced at the Canon L but it can be corrected in post processing.

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Left corner

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Here you see the right corner of the images. It is very hard to name remarkable differences in terms of sharpness. 

It is amazing to see how sharp are both lens - even in the extrem corners.

But how does this look @ f2.0.

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ok... the f2.0 IS is wide open - it shows some vignetting - the´s impressive...

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Center sharpness: it is just great...  with all lenses. Here is the comparison between the two Canons...

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Here its the center again, but in this case the Milvus vs the Canon L-Lens. What´s shows up again is the vividness of the Milvus...

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This is the right corner, again Milvus left and Canon L on the right.

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This time I compared the Milvus with the Canon f2.0 IS... yes, the cheaper lens is softer but it is much less pronounced as with the Canon 50mm lenses. 

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Now the left side of the image. Again the Milvus on the left and the L-Lens on the right. And obviously the left image is a bit softer...

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Here the comparison between the Milvus and the f2.0 IS from Canon, marginal softer but interestingly the color saturation of the Canon is stronger - maybe due to vignetting....

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The images above shows the situation @ f 2.8. On both f1.4 lenses the  vignetting disappeared. Since the sharpness is there from edge to edge it did not make sense to me to show you boring images.... Screenshot

What I found interesting to look at the EOS M5 - in this case at f5.6. The idea was: do you see any difference between the expensive lenses to the cheaper one. The M5 with its 24 megapixel sensor represents the pixel pitch of 48 megapixel in full frame. And there is no reason to believe that the "pro-grade" lenses will shine at 50 MP as well....

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Maybe the f2.0 IS will be not that good at this resolution but absolutely great....

 

Lens Flare

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Above you see from left to right the IS f2.0, than the L-glass and on the right the Milvus.

All three - again are performing well. The 6 elements are not that pleasant in comparison with the higher element numbers on both the L and the Milvus. ... And the Milvus shows higher contrast due to my taste....

Bokeh Quality

For testing the bokeh quality I have chosen 2 setups.

1. on our garden table. Here I put some candles into the picture to produce bright bokeh balls and some flowers in the background to evaluate the creaminess in the background areas...

2. Here I -originally- wanted to have a blue hour model shoot. But unfortunately all models I have asked were not available so I have chosen a piece of art. The idea was to have the lights of the city totally blurred bringing large bokeh balls - and a bright object in the foreground....

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The set up of the first bokeh test. The 5D Mk IV was taking the images, mounted on a sturdy tripod. the iPad was used to check focusing and to release the shot. this works perfect - with both cameras I used - the 5D Mk IV as well as the EOS M5.

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Here you see from left to right Milvus - L - IS... First of all: this is a bit tricky to evaluate The Idea was to show the closest area which is sharp. The right set up for this test has the difficulty that the reference is the sensor plane. In reality the lenses have a different length which means that the viewing angle will be different, too. As a comparison: normally the bokeh balls should be a factor of 1.4 smaller at the f 2.0 lens in comparison to f 1.4 - but this is nearly the case...

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In this case i used the candle als reference point for focusing. 

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In this image the left candle was the reference for focusing. I made a crop into the image to look ar the difference in the bokeh.

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Yes there is something... as seen with the Milvus 1.4/50mm the bokeh is softer again. The Canon bokeh is nice and soft as well - but a margin more busy - not that pleasant I have to say....

For the 2nd shot I wanted to do it with a model, using the light of the city as background..

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Here you see the basic setup of the photos below. he EOS M5 is mounted on a tripod, I used off camera flash with the RT Radio controller and the Canon EX 430 RT as well as the beauty dish from Roundflash.

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This images are shot with the M5, the lenses are wide open (f1.4 or f2.0)  . What has blown me away: the vividness of the Milvus. straight out of camera..... Left: IS, middle: Milvus, right: The-L-glass.

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Maybe the only downside of the Milvus: the onion style bokeh balls. These are mote pronounced 

 

Shooting Experience

A couple of things to say. Using 35 mm as more or less standard lens whenever I carry the "big guys" with me (5D Mk IV, 7D MkII) i found out that especially the EF-L holds the records in "keepers". The last wedding: All photos I published on Facebook were shot with the EOS M5 & EF-L 35mm f1.4 II combo. This was really astonishing for me - but the images were awesome, too...

Therefore testing the Milvus 1.4/35mm was nearly a must. The expectations were high. And they were not disappointed. The experience in terms of image quality were really impressive. The bokeh rendering is softer - but with some onion rings - which the Canon does not show. But this is visible only in a couple of situations....

Another topic is shooting in a studio style environment. All shootings where you need manual focusing like the bokeh comparison images are showing the clear advantage of the Milvus! You will that you are working with a high precision tool. It is damned accurate. And using a manual focusing on a mirrorless camera is another topic, because you can focus with the viewfinder. And believe me: the best camera for manual focusing in the EVF (electronic view finder) is the EOS M5.

Highlights of the Canon EF 35mm f 2.0 IS USM

This lens I reviewed when it was brand new. You will find the review here: Review of the f2.0 IS 

But I made a couple of other shots which I  want to present here... mainly from the last weeks trip...

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Many of my HDR-Panorama shots I took with the IS-Lens in portrait mode... guess the resolution...

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The last photo was taken on my trip with the Milvus..m The IS definitely helps....

Highlights of the Canon EF 35mm f1.4 L II USM

This lens I bought together with the EOS M5. It immediately became one of my favorite lenses - especially in combination with the M5.

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Shooting portraits is really fun, especially with the EOS M5...

 

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This image shows that the lens works wide open even with small groups....

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Please look at the bokeh!!!

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For me this photo is so crisp - even inside a church handheld.......

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This photo is special - because it shows limitations of manual focus lenses. If you ask why: there is a reason: look at the bubbles, they are a bit special... to let the bubbles pop you need a huge ring flash - in this case it is the original roundflash. But to focus manually is nearly impossible- it is too tight...

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And this is bad weather: 35 knots wind and rain. And yes the weather proof gear is weather proof. confirmed....

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But luckily that lasts only a couple of minutes....

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I do love this image. Shot with the flash again off camera....

Highlights from the Milvus f1.4/35mm

Unfortunately I had this wonderful lens for only 2 weeks for testing. But in these 2 weeks I dis a couple of remarkable images which I want to share with you here:

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These photos I shot on a way to a dinner with a customer...  with the 5DMkiV. These kind of image are around us every day... 

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Images from the boat trip, as well with the 5D MkIV

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These photos were taken on a trip though the village of Marstal in Denmark

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The Sushi photos I took at Hiro-Sushi in Stuttgart. These series were taken with the EOM M5.

Special Remarks

Owning 3 other Milvus lenses I feel pretty familiar with manual focusing. But I have to say the Milvus 1.4/35mm was a bit more difficult to handle than the other ones - or I used it differently, more experienced maybe. The difficulty I had was with extreme focusing points in the 5D Mk IV where I did not had consistent results and a couple of not well focused images. It is very interesting that using manual focusing lenses is much easier on mirrorless cameras than on classical DSLR´s. But here I faced difficulties in low light as well because the images became bit noisy and harder to judge.

Another interesting experience is using the modern Canon cameras in live view on the iPad. That´s awesome. It works just great. It is pretty was to connect to iOS and the control of the camera is great. And I used the same method to transfer images during these 2 weeks I had the Milvus for publishing images on social media. It is so fast and easy....

Verdict

Hopefully this review inspires you to look at the prime lenses a bit more interested, or buy one and have fun with them.

Definitely the value for money lens is the f2.0 IS. It is sharp, has controlled amount of color fringing and offers a proper bokeh rendering and contrast. The corners are softer wide open... But still absolutely useable. So it is highly recommended: value for money....

As said earlier: the L-f1.4-II is a lens I love. It is just great and delivers. and the Autofocus helps especially in situations where you have to be quick - or no other choice.

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The Milvus: If i would not have bought the L before it would be a very hard decision now: the rendering of the lens is just awesome. Images you even do not want to touch at all. The technical aspects are outstanding as well. Who ever likes manual focus and who ever needs the ruggedness: the Milvus should be yours. The feeling of working with a precision instrument: no other lens has it.

For me this last series of photos had convinced me about the Milvus: It delivers. Vividness and fun.

Let me make one remark: On Mirrorless like the M5 shooting manual is an awesome fun... Much more than on a DSLR. 

 

Miscelleanous

First of all: Big thanks to Zeiss giving me the Milvus for a 2 weeks test. It was a lot of fun to use this lens and to compare it with the Canon ones. For me it is the most interesting lens - and maybe the lens which gives you differentiation to other Professionals.

The photos shown were taken with the Canon EOS M5 and the 5DM kIV. For the photos of the lenses I used the Zeiss Milvus f1.4/50mm.

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) 35mm canon dslr fast lens lens review milvus mirrorless zeiss http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/the-magic-of-35mm-lenses-reviewing-the-canon-f2-0-is-l-f1-4-ii-the-zeiss-milvus-f1-4 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 14:16:36 GMT
The Canon EF-M 28mm f3.5 IS STM a unique lens on the market - exclusively for EOS-M! http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/the-canon-ef-m-28mm-f3-5-is-stm-a-unique-lens-on-the-market---exclusively-for-eos-m What makes this lens unique?

The Canon EOS-M System was in a kind of try and error phase for a pretty long time. No competitive bodies and very little amount of glass. The situation had completely changed for the bodies with the wonderful EOS M5 which I reviewed a couple of month ago My EOS M5 review. But what´s about the glass? So far just 2 prime lenses from Canon. There is one very interesting lens out which I got with the camera (ok, 2 or 3 days later...) And this is the EF-M 28mm f 3.5 IS USM...

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Mainly there are 2 features:

  • The build in LED-Ilumination
  • The 1.2 magnification (so called Super Macro)

The lens is pretty new - released in May 2016. There is no other comparable lens with build in illumination on the market (not for general photography - it is a feature which is common in microscopy...). The only one which comes close it the EF-S 35mm f2.8 Macro IS STM - but this is a 35mm and has a maximum magnification of 1....

Even if the step up from 1 to 1.2 isn´t the biggest deal the EF-S size is much larger so it might be tricky to photograph little things....

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The focal length represents a 44.8mm full frame equivalent which means it is useable as an pretty much universal focal length. But with f 3.5 the lens is pretty slow - I prefer the EF-M 22 f2.0 lens as my general purpose lens on this camera... For this review I decided to walk around for shooting  some street photography. Pretty much unfair: I did have my 5DMkIV with me - and the EF 35mm f1.4 II USM- definitely another kind of animal. The review of this lens will come in the near future, too....

Build Quality / Operating the lens

Well - if there is a complain against this lens: It is the build. Especially the plastic bayonet is just ridiculous!  It is a 300 € lens and even the Nifty-Fifty comes with a metal bayonet... I do hope that canon will offer a replacement set in the future. 

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The rest is according the the standards of the EOS-M system: engineered plastic, the feel is ok - and it is light weight, just 130g.

To use the lens you have to use a button to extend the lens to make it working. Typically I run into the "Super Macro"-Mode which does not allow to focus until infinity.... Only the "normal" mode goes from infinity to a magnification of 1.

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Optional exists a little lens hoot which covers the illumination as well. It has it pro´s and con´s. The main thin is that it protects the front face of the lens itself nicely. But the downside is that you will have to unmount the lens hood to use the illumination...

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Image quality

Sharpness

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This is a 100% crop out of the image above. But it is in the Center. But also the corner sharpness is not bad as you can see in the following 2 samples...

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Below you find the lower left corner

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Out of this image you see below the upper right side...

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For a wide open shot this level of corner sharpness is pretty impressive...

Vignette

It is showing a strong vignette wide open which disapears around f 5.6...

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Super-Macro vs Macro

To use the Super-Macro range you have to move the lens into the "Super-Macro" Position.

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Ok.. this photos are not exciting - but the show the difference between this both ranges. And yes: the Super Macro range has some benefits....

Illumination

The lens has a build in illumination. this can be used in different setting, mainly in 2 power settings...

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The upper left image shows full power while the right images shows "half" power. The Av Mode corrected that therefore the contrast to the background becomes less pronounced....

The lowest image shows the illumination off. 

For many situations the build in LED is really helpful - and also impressive. But it is another parameter where you have to learn to work with...

Bokeh

This lens is not a Bokeh-Monster. Definitely not. But the bogeh produced is not busy but nice and pleasant. And please do never forget: the magnification produces bokeh - and a lot of it.... 

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Lens Flare

Screenshot In terms of lens flare the lens is not bad - but not a super performer. Especially compares with a lens which is superb like the EF 35mm f1.4...

The left images are showing the lenses wide open, the right images stopped down to f 11.... The images where all processed in Lightroom in the same way: Exposure: + 0.65; Lights-27, shadows+41, Clarity +65, Dynamic +20, saturation+20 and the lens correction... These parameters enhance the lens flare quite intensively. With out this treatment the lans flare is well controlled.

But the contrast in this situation is also remarkable.

Image Samples

Macro Shots

The core application for me are flowers. And here the lens delivers amazing images... 

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Street Photography

I do have the lens always with me. But I use it for macro stuff mainly. Therefore I had to make a little session taking the lens and use it just for that purpose....

And it delivers much more than expected... Here are some samples of this:

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All the images above were developed with my personal standard development settings which are: lens correction, Lights-10, shadows+10 clarity +40, dynamic +20 saturation +20, ISO 100, f3.5.

 

Professional Use

This sounds maybe a bit weird, but using a prosumer equipment professionally? In this case I must say: YES!!! And the reason is: the lens is unique. There are shots which only this lens will be able to produce. And I will show some examples here:

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This is an application sample of a special laser machining process. The size of the machined area is maybe 12mmx9mm. not more than that.  but the photo shows the difference in surface structure as well as machining depth pretty clearly.

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The purpose of this image was to show the difference in surface structure only. In this case the lens what set on the normal focusing range.

The next 2 image were developed to illustrate the fascination of a very special kind of lasers: Thin Disk Lasers. http://www.thindisk.com. These lasers are pretty powerful and some parameter ranges can be achieved only with thin disk technology. The core of the technology are thin disks and thin means really thin: 100µ@20mm diameter....

When I found out that there exists no nice photo to illustrate this "Thinness" I decided to produce these images. I do have 2 Versions:

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The 2nd version of this idea shows the thin disk on top of a diamond heat sink contacted thin disk....

Verdict

This little lens is worth every cent I payed for it. I do love it, especially for product photos and flowers. For those who want to have just one lens: this lens is an option. In terms of versatility hard to beat. Bit it comes with a slow aperture - which is a bit sad...

Another strong pint: it is the cheapest macro lens Canon is offering today. @ 300€ it is priced pretty reasonable - especially in comparison for the quality the lens delivers...

I do strongly recommend this lens! It is another strong argument for the EOS-M Camera line up!

 

Canon: please give this lens a metal bayonet!!!!

The ridiculous lens mount is not the way Canon should equip such a wonderful product!

 

Miscellaneous

All Photos of the camera and the lens where shot with the Canon EOS 5DMkIV and the EF 35mm f1.4 II USM.

All Photos you can find here: https://goo.gl/EVl2qj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Canon EF-M 28mm f3.5 IS USM EOS-M Macro Review http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/the-canon-ef-m-28mm-f3-5-is-stm-a-unique-lens-on-the-market---exclusively-for-eos-m Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:22:46 GMT
The iPhone 7plus Portrait mode: ingenious or rubbish? http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/the-iphone-7plus-portrait-mode-ingenious-or-rubbish Since a couple of month the iPhone 7plus is out, and one very special feature is this portrait mode. I got it very early. And had to wait until the release of the portrait mode. It has some ups and downs - and it is still in a beta phase....

My questions:

  • Does it work?
  • How does it perform?

Lets start with some technical considerations.

Technically it is a pretty remarkable approach:

  • The photo is shot with the "telephoto-lens of the iPhone
  • The iPhone camera scans which part of the image is where
  • the "portrait subject" remains sharp
  • the other lens is set at shortest distance to deliver a blurred image
  • and than the magic starts: the art of the photo which should be blurred will be mixed according to the information what is before and behind the subject.

Quite ingenious approach. The simulation of a larger sensor with a smaller one.

Screenshot

But what is the portrait mode like? Well - I took my lens with the nicest bokeh I own on a Full Frame camera. I tried to make the same shot with the iPhone and my Canon EOS 5DMk IV with the Zeiss Milvus 50 mm f1.4 (I know pretty unfair... to some extend...)

Above you see the result: Matching this I would say: Well the iPhone ends up with a f5.6-ish aperture... For full frame: pretty slow... But keep in mind... This is full frame... In reality this means - to name it with typical lenses used...:

  • Full frame: f5.6: sorry, but there are -literally no such slow 50mm lenses available for full frame...
  • APS-C: f4.x: You end up with 4.x-ish values: let´s assume a 24-70mm or 24-105mm f4.0 will deliver the same amount of bokeh...
  • µ43 (Olympus, Lumix): f 2.8: In this case you get the same amount of bokeh from the iPhone as if you would own a 12-40mm f2.8 (Oly) or 12-35 f2.8 (Pana)... And this sounds much nicer...

Strange Topics

Using the Portrait mode I had some strange findings - just where things went wrong. And it seems to be still unsolved:

Screenshot

The photo was taken of a bitter. Look close to the gutter you find some weird stuff. The algorithm did not find the steel and mixed the whole image up... Screenshot

This image shows some strange behavior around the leafs. It really does not look great....

And a bit even more weird is the missing glass. Which is clearly there. But not in the image above...

 

Nice Stuff

Sometimes it works pretty nice, and I wanted to show some examples below

This image shows where the portrait mode is working quite properly. Especially if you do not intend to pixel peep...

Also in this image it works pretty nicely

Another nice one....

This is also one of the nice images taken last autumn...

Summary

The portrait mode of the iPhone 7 plus is a nice feature to simulate some (!) out of focus blur. It is nice especially to share these images on social media. But in the present status of this technology please do not print them largely...

And be careful. please check the images before sharing. Otherwise you might share rubbish. Like the wine without glass....

And keep in mind: it does not replace the bokehliciousness of good glass on good cameras. This remains to be a totally different story!

Miscellanous

The photos were shot with the iPhone 7 plus. The comparable photos were shot with a 5DMkIV and the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f 1.4.

  • The review of the Canon 5DMkIV you find here: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/zeiss-milvus-50mm-f1-4-vs-canon-ef-50mm-f1-8-stm-10x-price-and-10x-better
  • The Review of the Milvus 50mm f 1.4 You find here: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/canon-eos-5d-mk-iv-first-hands-on-impressions
  • And the images of this review are there: https://goo.gl/ZdVpCJ

 

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/the-iphone-7plus-portrait-mode-ingenious-or-rubbish Fri, 05 May 2017 18:41:16 GMT
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4 vs Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM: 10x the price and 10x better?! http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/zeiss-milvus-50mm-f1-4-vs-canon-ef-50mm-f1-8-stm-10x-price-and-10x-better Motivation

50mm. The kind of classical Full Format lens. Nikon and Canon are exposing themselves having a drug dealer mentality with their offerings of great affordable glass with 50mm focal range. I cannot speak for the Nikon or Sony equivalent. But the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM is just great! I did a detailed review on the Nifty -Fifty in 2015... http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-43-for-photographic-beginners-or-the-lack-of-nifty-fifty--ness-part-2 It is in a complete series of 6 blog entry - mostly related to µ43 where this great and cheap offering does not exist.

And please do not forget: The 50mm lenses are turning to 80mm on a crop sensor camera. There they become a very nice field of view for portrait photography. And this is a focal length I like very much, too.

The Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4 is one of the lenses in the Milvus line up which is not a mechanical redesign with new coatings like many others, it has got a completely new optical formula. The old 50mm f1.4 was a so called Planar design while the Milvus is a Distagon. 

The EF 50mm f1.8 has it nick names... Nifty Fifty, which is fine but also plastic phantastic. Since the latest version has a metal lens mount the build quality id pretty much ok, It has obviously no weather sealing but therefore the price tag is much less....

Well, the title is a provocation.  10x more in price is hard to justify, but let´s see. 

 

Build Quality

How to compare a tank with a Riksha? The Zeiss Milvus line up has the best build quality I know for Cameras. All metal design with proper dust and weather sealing. It is heavy. And the manual only focusing works just perfekt. it is a huge difference to the electronic focusing f.i. @ Canon on the EF 100mm f2.8 L IS USM - which I used for the product shots. A great lens - but really not made for manual focus. 270º of focus throw. This makes focusing pretty easy - and it is a lot of fun to use this lens on the mirrorless EOS M5 with focus peaking and a very nicely implemented electronic zoom in the viewfinder....

The Canon: The actual STM version has a metal lens mount (big improvement). It is plastic but the plastic does no feel cheap. So I would say: you get what you pay for: The build quality is fair.

This is a side by side shot of both lenses with their lens caps. The Canon has not much of things to show, just the AF switch and a small focusing ring...

Ok... 67 mm vs 49mm filter diameter....

With the lens hod, the difference in size is a bitt less... but the weight is much more pronounced. still

Image Quality

Comparing image quality it a very difficult topic. You can do it like DXO or the digital picture or others based on measurements pretty scientifically. For me this approach is interesting and very helpful. I read most of these reviews before I buy a lens. For me reviewing lenses on my own means to add some more value to the community. So I think I do have to add some informations which are not present or not present in a way that is easy accessible.

In this case the direct approach is to compare a very good cheep lens with an excellent expensive lens. What I want to show is where are real and visible advantages - but also: where not. 

The first set of images were shot wide open, so f1.4 for the Milvus and f 1.8 for the NiftyFifty.

This is the first shot I compare. It is Stuttgart and the view to the main station.

Shooting wide open you will see really the biggest difference: 

Center The Center was astonishing for me: The EF performs very well: in both categories, sharpness as well as the EF is even a bit better (!) than the Milvus: it as a bit sharper and delivers a bit more contrast... wow! Congrats Canon!!!

But if you go to the corners, what a difference. The Milvus delivers. definitely. Great contrast as well as great sharpness... Above you see the lower right corner, the next image shows the upper left.

What a huge difference. The tower is much much clearer visible... but allows the rest: very low contrast at the EF-Lens...

 

But what happens if you stop down to f4: As expected: the difference becomes less.

Again: the center performance of the EF is just great.

The lower left is much more usable now, but the Milvus improved too...

At the upper right corner the difference is much less pronounced. The Canon sense is much better now.

Bokeh

When you are shooting prime lenses what you want to get is Bokeh. And Bokeh quality. Please be not irritated: The EOS M5 is not delivering the EXIF Information that the Lens is a Milvus 50mm f1.4. All other EOS Camera´s are transferring this information, but the EOS M5 does not. And Canon says: this is not our problem but the lens manufacturers. This is stupid. 

The Milvus on the left show nice and clean bokeh balls, while the EF shows some business. And the balls of the 50mm are a bit larger - the camera stood own a tripod. The Milvus was shot @ f1.4, while the Canon was working @ f1.8... 

The next shot was taken next morning: 

What has blown me away are the 2 images above. look at the chimney of the house in the back. Both lenses are operating @ f1.8. The Milvus blurrs it more or less away!!! So beautiful!!!

Lens Flare

The Zeiss T* Coating is famous. Since my analog times I love what Zeiss is delivering. And the Milvus shows it as well. Both images below were shot with f11. Sharpness is not the issue, but contrast as well as some more pronounced flare artifacts on the EF.

The next image shows this effect even more:

This images are a bit more processed. The Lightroom setting here: Light -100%; Shadow +100%, Clarity +40.

Chromatic Aberrations

The CA comparison was astonishing for me. In the images above CA seams to be pretty well controlled on both lenses. I know that I have shots if the EF, where CA was pretty pronounced... I will have to this topic a bit more in the future - but with proper conditions as well.

Looking Practical

If you shoot just normal stuff using moderate apertures like f 2.8... what comes out?

I took this shot to look how mich I can extract in the dark - as a comparison between the 7D2 and the M5. But I used this image now for a different evaluation. The shot was taken @ f2.8. I guess we all can live with both of them, or?

For me between this 2 shots the difference was at the first look marginal. This shot is cropped in @ 100 %. But after looking it a bit longer: Yes, the Zeiss delivers more contrast, much more contrast....

Some Samples with the Milvus 50mm f1.4

On my last trip to San Francisco I did a couple of shots with the Milvus 50mm f1.4. It is heavy but worth shooting with...

this is a Panorama with high resolution...

This is the 2nd part of the Panorama. above....

This photo shows the skyline of San Francisco from Treasure Island to Golden Gate Bridge. Like the Panorama above the images were shot with a Panorama head. Therefore the size is ca 26000x6000 Pixel; roughly 156 Megapixel.....

 

I do love the systems for fire extinguishers build into the houses of San Franciso. I shoot a complete serious of them... 

This fellow was great. Later he started singing... And I took a video on that, too. It was amazing how easy that was on the EOS M5... 

Very nice Selfie... especially @ 5ºC...

I do like the geometrical structure of the houses in San Francisco...

Especially the smaller houses are a bit outstanding... 

All the geometrical stuff with high level of contrast is something which the Milvus renders in an outstanding way....

The 50mm range is considered to be the perfect portrait focal lens. I full agree on that. The problem on publishing of portraits is that it is always tricky to get the allowance of the subject. This shot is a bit special. My friend took that photo an Facebook. So it became public.... It is shot @ ISO800, f1.4 1/100s....

Verdict

First of all: I will not answer the question in the title. I think everybody sees clearly: yes the Milvus 50mm f1.4 is an excellent lens. It is the best 50mm I own and I know. And I love shooting with it. For me it is worth the investment without any doubt. It delivers results which will blow away even experts - so great!!!

But what is clear at the end of this comparison: the outstanding quality of the EF 50mm f1.8 STM: This is the Golf GTI among the lenses. The Mark I GTI. I drove that car 1977 when I got my driving license: It was unbelievable fast, great handling but also very fuel efficient. And price wise pretty reasonable, too. There is no mistake having and using this lens. And it is light. For me it is the perfect 50mm lens for traveling especially with the EOS M5. And for everybody else: It gets the "buy" recommendation even more: Today I know how good this lens is - especially after my comparison with the 10x more expensive Milvus lens. I believe -The EF 50mm f1.8 STM is optically the best 50mm lens Canon is offering - better than the 50mm f1.4 - which I own and it is worse in every regard (!) but also better than the 50mm f1.2 - beside the fact the f1.8 is less than f1.4 or f1.2 - according to DXO (ok. about DXO testings you may think what you like - but it indicates at least something).

What You should buy: I do not know. This is up to you.

  • If you say 1.200 € is by fare too much: I can understand this, too: The EF 50mm f1.8 will give you great images, too. No doubt.
  • If you love the high end contrast, low flare, low CA and sharpness even in the corners wide open and a just mind-blowing bokeh: Yes the Milvus is yours! Invest 1.200€!  And you will be happy!

But please keep in mind: The Milvus is the one and only 50mm f1.4 lens with weather sealing....

Enjoy shooting!

Miscellanous.

All photos were shot with the Canon EOS M5 or the EOS 5DMkiV. The product shots were taken with the 5D Mk IV and the EF 100mm f2.8 L IS USM.

You will find all photos of the lenses as well as the screenshots of the comparison here: https://goo.gl/rC4zPX

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Canon Comparison Lens Milvus Nifty-Fifty Review Zeiss http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/zeiss-milvus-50mm-f1-4-vs-canon-ef-50mm-f1-8-stm-10x-price-and-10x-better Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:07:41 GMT
Canon EOS M5: A great mirrorless camera from Canon?! A comparison with µ43 and APS-C DSLR (EOS 7D2) http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/canon-eos-m5-a-great-mirrorless-camera-from-canon Motivation

Using mirrorless is a hype today. I am shooting mirrorless since 2009 - 7 years. I started with the Panasonic Lumix GH1. I bought it because I was scared to take my EOS 5D MkII to India. (Which was nonsense-by the way: carrying camera gear to India is pretty save - but that I learned in the following years) The tiny little ones had accompanied me everywhere -whenever I did not want to carry the big guys. USA, Turkey, Italy, China, Japan etc - for whatever reason, mainly to have not too much luggage with me. Or for outdoor sports like Skiing, Mountainbiking and such kind of events. And I had them with me in addition to the big guys...

Meanwhile I do have quite a bit of µ43 gear. µ43 has small camera bodies and small but excellent glass, too. And I developed my concept of shooting with prime lenses. This is based on the experience of comparing full format with µ43 and an iPhone the conclusion was: shooting with prime lenses with the highest amount of bokeh and top image quality over the whole image circle wide open delivers a differentiator to the so called iphoneography.... http://bit.ly/2iJMHS5 And since glass is heavy, it is better to carry less glass and more bodies. The concept behind: http://bit.ly/1CtrDbl

Canon was out of the mirrorless business. Sony went into it, pretty successful with the Alpha Series, the APS-C Series 6x00 or the 7 in full format. I was looking into it. Yes I was considering to buy one. Mainly because of the 5 ax IBIS. But Sony was sacrifying the advantage of mirrorless bodies with the G-Master lenses: An Alpha 7 with the G-Master f2.8 24-70mm & the 70-200mm weights more or less exactly the same like a Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 with the similar lenses from Canon.... Where is the Killer for shooting mirrorless??? I do not see it...

But the EOS M5 showed up. I had it in my hands at Photokina 2016: The ergonomics are among the best in class: the reference is the Panasonic Lumix G7/G80. And the EOS M5 is pretty close. And in some regards even better....

Methodology

Maybe the scientific expression is a bit over the top for this more hands on real world review. The idea behind this this review is to find out where are the strength and the deficits of the new EOS M5:

  • What will I loose not having a very good µ43 camera with me anymore but the M5
  • Will it be possible to replace the 7D2 on my travel and traveling with 2 bodies only?

Actually I bought the camera with the EF adapter. Therefore I can use all my Canon glass. The native EF-M-lenses are on the way. They should arrive in the next days.... I will add reviews about this gear as soon as it arrives - and I find some time to write about it...

Many of the photos with the Camera I have taken with all 3. Since I did not have native glass for the EOS M I took the EF 40mm f2.8 STM pancake lens. The FullFormat equivalent focal range is 64mm. For the Lumix I have chosen the lens closest to 64mm: The Sigma 30mm f2.8 Art lens. Both lenses are known to perform excellent. Therefore the comparison seems to be fair.

Build Quality and Size

This camera feels solid: it has more weight than the Lumix G7 but all surfaces feel plasticy. The body has no weather sealing - unfortunately.

Opening the battery case feels a bit cheap, too: I hope it will keep in a good shape for a long time... What did not felt really great is the lens mount side of the adapter: this feels a bit tight - and not buttery like the normal Canon lens mount feels. But again: the mount even with the adapter is rock solid. I made some trials with the EF 100-400mm lens. It works, too...

In terms of size: this was very astonishing when I had the camera the first time in my hand: it is pretty tiny - but it is not too small. and it looks ab bit DSLR-ish. Sizewise: well: it is definitely not larger than my GX80...

 

The images above are showing quite a  nice comparison of the size of the EOSM5 in comparison to the 

Ergonomics & Handling

As mentioned in my Photokina-blog: this camera has state of the art ergonomics: the dials and buttons are pretty useful.

The look and feel is really Canon like. No much surprises from the pint of view. But there are some downsides. Coming from the single digit EOS-Cameras the amount of menus is reduced and therefore there are less options available. But from the handling point of view: the 4 dials on the top are working great: 

  • The mode dial is self explaining. It is blocked with a release button.
  • The front dial is context sensitiv: It is aperture on aperture priority and time if shutter speed priority is chosen. 
  • The "DIAL FUNC." button typically is set to ISO adjustment.
  • And the exposure value dial is self explaining as well.

From the rear since there are a couple more buttons there. 

The info button is important to change the viewfinder. The viewfinders are not synchronized: If you see the grid in the EVF this does not mean that you will see it on the screen and vice versa. To change this you have to push the Info Button. Interesting is the control dial in the back. The Q button in the center works as well. but the other ones are context sensitive. The other functionalities are mostly switched of, but the ISO button works always - and the wheel is used for changes...

Another interesting button is the AF Frame selector button: Using the EVF and manual focus lenses this button opens the front dial to zoom into the picture for sharpening. This area can be moved with the touch screen. If this is switched off that the control dial can be used to move this window. But again: pretty much known from other EOS cameras...

The tilt screen helps a lot shooting in landscape orientation... 

In Selfie mode....  This is a nice feature, too. but it does not work with a tripod... 

Focusing with the  M5 is really new and nice experience. Canon has done a very good job. Especially for those who like to manual focus. Which is sometimes needed - especially in macro photography or in product shootings. The way the camera integrates the touch AF is just great. to touch the sensor and moving the field where you are looking closer -up to 10x, as usual in Canon live view- is very easy. You can separate the area, where to use to certain areas on the touch screen. For me I have to adapt a bit to this camera: normally I look with the left eye through the viewfinder. With EOS M5 it makes much more sense to use the right eye - and move the area of interest on the touch screen....

The speed of the autofocus left some mixed feelings. I tetsted it against the Lumix GX 80. The M5 was half as fast. My comparison was based on a setup where I focused close by ca 50cm and infinity. It took 17 sec with the Lumix to take 20 exposures. With the M5 I had 10 shooters in the same time.... But: the lens on the Lumix was a Leica 25mm f1.4 - native for this camera. The Sigma I used for the rest of the shots was definitely much slower.... 

I will repeat the test as soon as I have native glass available....

The Comparison

Basically I compared my range of non full-frame cameras: The The 7D MkII as reference for APS-C, the EOS-M and the GX 80.

Left: 7DMkII with the Milvus 50mm f1.4, EOS M with the Nifty-Fifty and the Lumix with the 45mm f2.8

This is the EOS M with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and the GX80 with the Leica 15mm f1.7... In terms of "bokehliciousness" spoken: f/3.2 vs f3.4... I would say: flat out....

Very easy to see: the EOS M has a much larger screen than the Lumix....

Image Quality

This is the main topic. There is no doubt for me: size matters. Larger pixel are counting more photons offering better low light performance. And more pixel are offering less visible noise. There are still people out having doubts but for me this is quite clear...

For this comparison I dod not made any "normal" images. I clearly wanted to see extrema. So in most of the cases the images are "stressed". 

During my last trip to the USA I was a bit disappointed from my 7D2. When pushing the shadows of my 5D4 I got so much more detail that the 7D2 got a bit boring....

Now I wanted to see: what does the EOS M5 delivers....

First a comparison between the EOS 7D MkII and the GX80. 16MP vs 20MP. And a different aspect ratio. Tricky to compare. But I hope you agree: APS-C and µ43 are pretty close....

The comparison between the M5 and the 7D shows a different picture: the M5 delivers more between the darks and the highlights....

This becomes more clear looking at the 1.1 images... beside less noise at the M5. But this might be caused by the larger pixel count....

If we compare the M5 with the GX80 it gets even clearer: less overexposed highlights amor more details in the dark parts....

Even more visible at the night shots:  This looks much more muddy in the dark.... sorry GX80....

And at least the comparison between all 3: The image is pushed +5 EV,  the highlights are trimmed by -100% but the shadows pushed +100%.....

But the message get´s clear: The new canon sensors are delivering really nice results.... 

ISO Performance 

Now comes a bit of boring stuff... Pixel peeping. The photos shall not show "nice" but should inform... therefore I stressed the images a bit. And found this pretty interesting. The processing was a bit weird...: I had to crop the EOS images from 3:2 to 4:3, therefore the pixel count of the 7D MkII was reduced from 20 MP to < 18 MP... pretty close to the 16MP Pixel count of the GX80; the M5 was reduced to ca 21 MP...  Additionally I changed the white balance to Tungsten to balance the colors. Than I stored the RAW files as .DNG without any further processing.

The first 2 images show the amount of details in the shadows. Therefore the  I pushed the shadows to the max and the EV + 2....

ISO 100 Shadow + 5 EV+2 ISO 100 shadow +5 EX+2

For me the results are pretty interesting. You can clearly see the amount of detail you see in the M5 in comparison to the 7D. But what has astonished me: the GX80 shows even richer colors.....

ISO 3200 Tungsten Auto Ton

7D vs GX80 @ ISO 3200

ISO 3200 Tungsten Auto Ton

M5 vs GX80 @ ISO 3200 

At this ISO levels for me the GX80 and the 7D MkII are more or less flat out. The M5 has a bit of an advantage...

ISO 6400 ICO 6400

The 2 images above are showing ISO 6.400; the result is similar, Id give the M5 an edge above the other two. But the tiny GX80 shows quite a decent performance for its pixel pitch.

ISO 12800

ISO 12800.... ISO 12800 1:1

The ISO 12.800 shows a bit of the problematic in this comparison: the scale is different. On the pixel level: the Leica lens shows no color findings, while the Zeiss shows a bit... and the nose level is quite similar...

ISO 12800 M5 vs GX80 Tungsten AutoTonISO 12800 M5 vs GX80 Tungsten AutoTon

At the full size image the M5 on the left looks a bit clearer for me. but again: the GX80 is pretty good.... ISO 12800 M5 vs GX80ISO 12800 M5 vs GX80

These are the files @ 12800 with less processing....

ISO 25600 M5 vs GX80ISO 25600 M5 vs GX80 ISO Max GX80 vs 7D2ISO Max GX80 vs 7D2

The last 2 images show the performance @ Max ISO.  The 7D MkII is limited to ISO 1600 while the other 2 are offering ISO 12800. It shows the limits of all cameras. But here I would say that -astonishingly the GX80 is doing better than expected...

Video

I am not a video guy at all. The camera just shoots Full HD, no 4k. There are no video profiles like c-log. Is it useless therefore? Definitely not. I did a couple of videos, my daughter likes to shoot with it, too. A view remarks to video shooting: 

  • Dual Pixel AF works excellent. Ones again: not the fastest AF is the best but the most confident at reasonable speed.
  • The electronic IBIS also works excellent. 
  • Vlogging also is excellent - maybe that I am going to use it in future

Here is one excample which I shot handheld with the Milvus 50mm f 1.4 and manual aperture... I would say not that bad. For me killer was the electronic IBIS.

This little film is straight out of camera. I used the internal microphone. You can here quite a bit of background noise. The film is totally unedited.

 

Lens selection.

What is a bit annoying to me is the lack of native prime lenses - as well as the lack of fast standard zooms. Today I carry the following lenses with me:

  • EF-M 22mm f2.0 STM (which is an amazing peace of glass)
  • EF-M 28mm f3.5 macro (very nice with the build in LED´s)
  • Rokinon 12mm f 2.0 (fully manual, but a great lens... really)
  • The adapter.... for the nice Standard EF-glass
  • EF 50mm f1.8 STM - the Nifty-Fifty
  • EF 100mm f2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon Speedlite 430 EXIII RT
  • Canon RT-Transmitter..

With this selection I cover most of the practical cases needed. On my first trip to San Francisco I had my Milvus 50mm f1.4 with me. A great combination. But I was missing the longer end... and the 100mm has quite the same size like the Milvus....

Curiosita

One topic is quite amazing: You can use the camera with autofocus in combination with end Extander 2x and f.i. the  EF100-400mm f/4-5.6 L USM. No other Canon Camera does this... Pretty amazing. The lens has f11 on the long end as max aperture and autofocus works just fine!!! 1280mm effective focal length.... For wildlife a really interesting option....

But Some topics are pretty strange on this camera:

  1. The camera does not transfer exif data of 3rd party lenses (f.i. my Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4 does not show up with proper data)
  2. Arca-Swiss seems to be unknown @ Canon: with such an tripod adapter mounted an exchange of battery as well as an SD card is impossible
  3. Time Lapse does not work with internal recording
  4. HDR mode is there but it is impossible to store the raw-files.
  5. Using a Yongnuo flash transmitter (622TX) results in a pretty strange behavior of the M5: if you try to open the external flash menu the screen gets dark - and the camera makes some strange noise.

Well: this is a AK-Swiss Adapter from Novoflex.... No battery and no SD-Card Access...

But no Selfie mode either: Canon: please deliver full articulated screens!!!

But coming from the Lumix GM Cameras: there is a work around....

Maybe I will have to rework this again (or another copy) to make it working....

Update: It was pretty easy to make it working.... And now both works: the openings as well as movement of the tilting screen...

Connectivity

One great topic of the EOS M5 is the connectivity. It connects easily with the Camera Connect app. And what makes it so great is the ease of use. In comparison to Panasonics image app one big advantage is that you can shoot RAW - and download jpg´s to your iPhone or iPad. it just works.... And in addition: you can shoot thethered wireless. These feature also works. No need for a cable connect....

I have so much fun shooting with really good glass and than just post it on instragram... Look at #eosm5 under my integral account "delight photos": https://www.instagram.com/delightphotos/

Verdict

First of all: congratulation to Canon for a very useful camera.

It is a good camera with great image quality. I hope to get my new EOS-M native lenses soon. I will report on their image quality in a separate blog post.

In terms of value for money: that´s a different story: due to my taste: there is no big improvement against an Lumix G80/81/85... But in terms of specs: a lot is missing:

  • no IBIS
  • no 4k Video
  • no fully articulated screen
  • no weather sealing
  • no tethered shooting 
  • no connectivity to Mac or PC to the EOS Utility
  • relatively slow autofocus 
  • smaller viewfinder

For me a fair price point: 800 -850€. 

I hope Canon will be able to add more EOS M Cameras, especially for beginners. As soon as this shows up: i will consider to change my camera recommendation for beginners which is Panasonic Lumix so fare.

Update on my EOS-M native lenses

I ordered 3 native prime lenses for the system:

  • Samyang 12mm f2.0
  • EF-M 22mm f2.0 STM
  • EF-M 28mm f3.5 STM Macro

It is a pleasure to have all these lenses.

The Samyang 12mm f 2.0 is just great. it works perfect, great built quality and a really superb image quality. The only downside is that Samyang does not have a chip built in for transferring EXIF-Data and focus confirmation.

The 22mm f2.0: I love this lens. It is a great performer. I do not miss anything with this lens. It is just great. I think I will write a review on it soon. 2 thumbs up!

The 28mm f3.5 is giving me mixed feelings: optical a great performer, but pretty slow. The idea of build in light works just great. You can make images you can make with no other lens. But built quality: the mount is made of plastic. for 380€. Ridicolous. A new 35mm f2.8 is announced: I hope Canon has made a better choice of materials....

What´s next?

I will keep my eyes open for new native lenses. I do hope that other 3rd party manufacturers release their APS-C lenses for EOS-M-Mount. Like Sigma or Zeiss... I guess the one or the other lens would find its way into my camera bag...

Miscelleanous

All products shot were made with the EOS 5D MkIV. The shots with the evening light wer made with the Milvus 50mm f1.4. The shots indoor on wood were made with the EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM.

You can find the product shots under https://goo.gl/5AQcPh

And the screenshots under: https://goo.gl/mxTHcZ

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) APS-C Canon Comparison EOS-M Review µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/canon-eos-m5-a-great-mirrorless-camera-from-canon Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:29:49 GMT
Photokina 2016 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/photokina-2016 Photokina 2016 My Experience...

Photokina is the worlds largest trade show on imaging. As you may expect: I had to visit it. The main purpose of my visit was, to get more information about gear I have and I want to get. And of course to find new things which are interesting...

Some facts: The Photokina has more than 1.000 Exhibitors spread out over > 200.000 sqm. With More than 180.000 Visitors it is a pretty large event.

I visited Photokina 2016 on September 22nd for a simple reasons: 2 of the main Youtube reviewers organized a Photokina 2016 Meetup @6pm in front of the cathedral. Maybe an interesting event to participate.

What I was looking for

  • Cameras (But mainly on my personal strategic platforms
    • Canon
    • µ43 (Panasonic/Olympus)
    • Hasselblad
  • Lenses
    • The manufactureres of my strategic platforms
    • Zeiss
    • Sigma
    • Tamron
  • Others
    • Lighting (Bowens and fotodiox)
    • Printing (whitewall and Saal-Digital)

Cameras

Canon

Off Course: Canon is the #1 brand. When you entered Photokina you could not oversea this! I was not looking for the "normal" cameras even not the 5DMkIV - I had it with me.

EOS M5

They announced their new mirrorless camera, the EOS M5. The interest in this camera was huge, also during the day... I got it in my hands and i must say "Chapeau!" This is a mirrorless camera really competing with the best in class mirrorless APS-C as well as µ43 cameras. It is fast, reactive and pretty small. Therefore an interesting addition to a full frame adding the format which allows you to reduce the numbers of lenses if you are a prime lens shooter like I am....

There is a lack of lenses right now. But there is one very interesting one out: The EF-M 28mm f3.5 macro with build in ring light... This little lens with 45mm full frame equivalent focal length is a very very interesting choice. 

Canon EOS M5 in comparison to the Panasonic Lumix GX80

If yo see this little camera it is easy to see that it has all dials needed. Ergonomically it is pretty close to the best in class Lumix cameras!!!

I hope that also the 3rd party lens manufacturers are going to support the EOS-M-mount soon, especially Sigma with their 19/30/60mm Art lenses or Zeiss with their Touit lenses....

I hope I get one of these M5 bodies for testing soon...

Panasonic

This time I learned that Panasonic has High Speed Flash Sync, too. But unfortunately this is reserved to the GH4 as well as GX8... There is no obvious reason why f.i. A GX80 or a G80 is not allowed to have it.... And there is a pocket wizard transmitter for Panasonic available, too....

The GH5 was announced, but they only showed empty boxes... To the public.

Lumix G80/G81/G85 or however they will name it...

Panasonic has a bit weird strategy in naming their cameras. I do not believe that this makes any sense, but for panasonic it seems to be different. They say it has to do with grey imports and different warranty conditions in different parts of the world depending on the legal environment.

This Camera is the successor of the G7/G70. If you have read my review about this camera (http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/panasonic-lumix-g7-in-germany-called-g70-a-really-interesting-package) this camera has the best ergonomics of all cameras I know. Period. But it the built quality was a bit flimsy.

The new one is a totally different story. They have introduced a magnesium alloy body. And they introduced weather sealing!!! First time in the Lumix G-Series. So fare this feature was reserved for the GH-cameras as well as for the GX8. Another feature is the battery grip. Yes: this little beast is getting a battery grip. In combination with the newly introduced "power save" mode I would guess that battery change during a shoooting day is not necessary anymore...

Fuji

Fuji is going a very interesting way. They do have top notch APS-C Cameras. With all the experience I do have today: I guess I would start with Fuji. And on Photokina they added a Big Brother. But not in Full Format but in Medium Format with a sensor size of 43,9mmx 32.9mm. This is a bigger step - similar to the step between µ43 to Full Frame - and therefore a huge step. Even if the sensor has a similar size and the Pixel Count seems to be the same: Fuji flames that there sensor is their own development and different from the Hasselblad.

Hasselblad

Hasselblad is developing in a very interesting direction. With the X1D they introduced the first available mirrorless medium format camera. The bodies are really tiny, smaller than the high end DSLR's like the Canon 5DMkIV or the Nikon D810 but also as the Sony a7 or even Panasonics GX8.

On Photokina they showed the 3rd lens, a 30mm wide angle lens with a very good optical performance. Unfortunately I could view the shots only at the camera back. But as I could see there it seems to perform really excellent

Also here I hope to get a copy for testing soon....

Lenses

Photokina is a great place to test lenses. Nearly all Manufactureres have suitable numbers of lenses there which you can mount on your camera and you can make test shots with your own equipment. This is nice and very interesting. I had my Canon EOS 5DMkIV as well as my LUMIX GX 80 with me. And I tested a lot. I saw many great lenses, I had some interesting experience but also one disappointment... 

Totally I had 25 lenses on my cameras... 18 with the Canon and the rest on my Lumix....

There had been lenses which are just awesome. Some had been with some mixed feelings and others... "ok..."

I will not show the photos of the lenses but images I have taken with it. For me this is more informative than making product shots on a trade show. You will find better ones on the manufacturers web page I guess...

The Mind-blowing ones...

Let´s start with some lenses which had been astonishing - because they are coming from relatively new brands. These are the Laowa´s from Venus lens, but also one Meike or the Samyang´s which I would not count among the "newcomers" but there glas is performing excellent as well.

Venuslens aka Laowa

The first sample image is shot with the Laowa 105mm f2.0 "transfocus" lens. It is unbelievable sharp with a very nice Bokehrendering...

This photo is taken with the 12mm f2.8 ZD: ZD stands for Zero distortion. The left image is taken @ 100% while the right side shows the complete view angel of very impressive 120º...

What is impressive as well: This lens is relatively small....

This photo is not really nice. But it is impressive: It is taken with the 7,5mm f2.0 µ43-Prototype lens. The prototype was not able to focus until infinity properly. But it shows an excellent optical performance. And I was allowed to take the not released lens on my camera to make test shots. Like the 12mm f28. For good reason: these lenses are showing their excellence even in the prototype phase....

The other remarkable lenses from Laowa are their Macro Lenses: a 15mm f4.0 with 1:1 magnification as well as the 60mm f2.8 with a 2:1 magnification... very impressive: Here comes the scene:

This is the eye of the frog on the left with maximum magnification

An this is the net of the frog with the net....

This is the net with the 15mm wide angle view...

 

And this the frog with the flower....

These macro lenses are definitely not for everybody. but for macro shooters they offers really new possibilities....

Samyang

2 years back my experience with Samyang was a bit mixed feelings. This time it was very impressed. Even if the newest stuff was not shown to public, but the 35mm f1.4 was really impressive:

This shot was taken in live view. The lens does not have a proper focus confirmation chip - focusing through the lens is hard to perform. But in live few it works. The lens stood at f1.4. The photos above are showing 100% crops. On the left is the Upper Right Corner while the right image shows the center of the image.... 

As long as you are able to manage manual focus lenses: Samyang has really great glass especially with the newly released lenses.

Meike

Also Meike had 2 interesting lenses. One was a fish eye...

Yes: this is Mathieu Casquet from Mirrorlessons....

These images were taken with the Meike 50mm f2.0. A lens which they sell @ 80€ on the show. 

This lens has a close to perfect performance to costs ratio, especially in the µ43 world... But again, it´s fully manual...

Carl Zeiss

Ok.. now we come to the established brands. But their glass is mind-blowing, too. I made some shots with different lenses...

Let us start with the newly announced Milvus 15mm f2.8...

This shot shows the shortest focal distance....

And this the crowd around (Yes this is Heather Broster and Mattieu Casquet of http://www.mirrorlessons.com ...)

These shot were made with f2.8 - and without any CA.... just perfect!!!!

Another near to perfect lens: The Otus 28mm f1.4:

In the crops you see @ 100% no CA but really sharp images. and the samples are not from the Center.... As mentioned: just wow!!!

Another lens gave me mixed feelings on my own investment into the Milvus 85mm f1.4 or a bit of disappointment:

These shots were made @ f1.4. The Otus delivers perfect CA and contrast while the Milvus renders less contrasty and with clear visible CA... (ok @ 100%...)

But the real world comparison side by side were showing: well, the Milvus is an excellent lens... too, but the Otus remains a class of its own...

Here the rendering @ f 2.0... both lenses are showing an excellent image quality....

The same @ f1.4.... As long as there aren´t to hard contests both lenses are delivering excellent results... but with the better end for the Otus.... #

Olympus

Olympus introduced the 300mm f4.0. This spec would not expect a hefty price tag like 2.600 €. But the photos I have taken I shot with 1/100s... This is 1/6 or 2.5 f stops less... And the results are mind-blowing....

This is another advantage of this lens: the closest distance of 1.4m allows you a magnification of 0,24x... which is not that bad. And again: free of CA with a great contrast....

Panasonic Leica

Yes: I do have most of the Panasonic Leica lenses. But one lens I had not the chance to test. unfortunately the light conditions at the panasonic stand had not been excellent. Therefore I was testing more the Dual IS capabilities.

100mm... No CA...

100mm; 1/50s

400mm; 1/20s.... Yes!!! 800mm free hand with 1/20s..... These are 5 f-stops!!!

100mm, 1/30s.... This lens is very interesting, too. 

I would like to get the opportunity to test both µ43 lenses side by side: the Olympus 300mm f4 as well as the Leica 100-400mm....

Canon

Yes. Canon. The biggest player in the business has remarkable lenses, too. First the lens which I never had on my camera before: The 200mm f2.0L lens. Very heavy. And very great... here are some samples...

 

These are 100% crops @ f.2.0 Yes!

Another very interesting while versatile lens is the 100-400mm Tele Zoom in the Mark II Version. I do own the Mark I. This lens is really perfect when you go for a safari or you want to shoot sports like ski racing. here it becomes even more interesting to use the lens on a camera like the 7dMkII...

Both shots show, that the lens has an excellent performance even wide open. And you should note that the photo on the right is taken with 1/125s... 2 stops longer: IS is working....

Another topic of course is my favorite focal length of 85mm. 

Yes, the EF 85mm f1.2 has CA. But it delivers sharp and crisp images. And it has an autofocus which works excellent - and in combination with the 5DMk IV at a remarkable speed... By the way: the young gentleman from Canon on the image above is the same one you see above with the 100-400mm @ 400mm focal length....

But Canon has another lens I am pretty interested in: the 35mm f1.4, Unfortunately I took the images 

The left image is on the low side of the image, the right one in the center: The lens is just excellent... And it shows no CA... In the combination with weather sealing and an excellent autofocus a very interesting lens...

There is another lens which has attracted me. And this is a general purpose lens. The swiss army knife in the Canon lens line up: the 24-105 f4 Mk II. Dies it delivers: Yes. 

Here you see 100% crops close by. Not as sharp maybe as the Zeiss lenses or the primes above but very very useable...

Miscelleanous.

I have taken all photos in public. I hope that nobody who might find his personality rights not suitably respected: please send me a male and i will take your images out of my blog as well as out of the related image gallery.

For the moment this blog post is a bit work in progress. But I wanted to start with the highlights. During the next couple of days I will add some more content, especially about the lenses which left a bit of mixed feelings with me... Like the Tamrons. Or about the experience @ Sigma: which was kind of disappointing again...

The images were taken with the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mk IV
  • Panasonic Lumix GX80
  • Apple iPhone 6s plus

The full size images are available here: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p332869534

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) 5DMkIV Canon Laowa Lumix Meike Olympus Panasonic Samyang Zeiss http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/photokina-2016 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:42:52 GMT
Canon EOS 5D Mk IV First hands on impressions http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/canon-eos-5d-mk-iv-first-hands-on-impressions Canon 5DMkIV: The most important new product in 2016?!?!!!!

Today, September 8th 2016 I got my copy of the 5D MkIV. It is a kind of tradition to have one of the first copies in town...

The first results you will see here. These are jpg's with 13 MegaPixel. I shot them with my Eyefi-Mobi in the SD-card slot. I uploaded them to my iPad and than to Zenfolio.

When I got the camera @ 7pm with the closing of my favorite camera store I thought I will take the weekend for a first review... But taken the camera out of the box and making the first shots: well, the experience is mind blowing....

Ok I had to prepare some food for the family before I could start some sooting....

It was evening, blue hour. I had to choose higher Iso levels, And I wanted to use the silent mode,... The first impression: this is really silent -  and that without rolling shutter....

First impression: no blown out highlights, no underexposed areas.... Nearly... That was really stunning....

Shooting in Live View... What's that: Panning is easy!!!! And the live view shooting is really compatible to high end mirror less cameras... This is stunning. Normally the live view is the advantage of mirror less cameras. But Canon was faster to bring this performance to DSLR's. And now you have the best of both worlds.... For shooting, for Autofocus and for tracking subjects.... Great.

The silent shutter: it is not only silent. It reduces camera shake as well. Therefore it is much easier to archive long exposure times, especially in combination with a lens like the EF 35mm f2.0 IS USM. With the 5D4 the OIS performs really well....

This is a first shot @ 32000 ISO. The lady is a professional model, Nadine Mitter from Munich which allowed me to publish this shot. thank you: I find it pretty impressive: f2.0 and 1/30s....

This was it for the first fast impressions. I hope you like it.

I am going to do more intense trials soon. but for the first moment: Yes the 5D4 is a big step ahead. And I am happy to get it now!!!

Credits:

1. Calumetphoto in Stuttgart: Thank for giving me one of the first copies in Stuttgart!

2. Nadine Mitter for the allowance to publish her photo...

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) 5DMkIV Canon Review http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/canon-eos-5d-mk-iv-first-hands-on-impressions Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:40:03 GMT
Lumix GX80 a pretty high tech camera... http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/lumix-gx80-a-pretty-high-tech-camera Motivation

I travel a lot. For Business. The trips bring me throughout the civilized world - mainly into high tech destinations. But I carry camera gear with me. And the compromise in size and image quality should be minim.

The Lumix GM series is my "always with me" gear - in combination with some excellent glass - typically a collection of the Leica branded lenses... which are awesome by the way. When the rumor came up that panasonic is going to kill the GM product line I decided to check wether the GX80 will fit into my normal bag in which I carry everything. 

The GX80 is  - name wise- a chameleon amon the cameras: In the US it is called GX 85 and in Asia GX7MkII. Why: I have no idea. I work in marketing and sales - but I do have no idea what´s the strategy behind that - sorry to say Panasonic. 

But let´s talk about the camera itself. Having the same sensor in 3 different cameras now (GM5, G7 or G70, and the GX85) it is interesting to see how is the handling of the camera and how is the camera working.

First of all: there is a mayor upgrade against both cameras: And this is named IBIS: In Body Image Stabilisation. And the GX85 offers the most sophisticated version of it: It is working together with the OIS, the optical image stabilization.

Body size

Well, the body size is much larger than the body of the GM1 (or the GM5). Here I show some crappy but informative iPhone shots what´s about: the sunglasses compartment of my backpack which I use daily for business...

Yes: its seems to be made for a tiny camera like the GM´s. 

 

But the GX80 is much more bulky. Especially if the Summilux 15mm f1.7 is mounted - my alway on lens... But it seems to work..

Yes it does. Had my bag with me when I went to my camera store for most of my Lumix stuff... http://www.photo-planet.de  There I saw it fits - and bought the body....

 

Handling

The GX80 lays fairly in your hand. for me the best feeling is still with the G7/70 which fits perfectly. Even it the G7 feels a bit cheap - but the ergonomics are benchmark. For all of my camera gear. Only the GH4 - which I do not own - seems to be a bit better.

Here on the top view you see most of the functionality of the camera. The mode dial is there and you have the access to the other dials as well: one below the mode dial on the back and the other one is located around the shutter button.

For experienced Panasonic shooters the rear site is pretty well known. 4 function buttons you can program which is great. But I typically leave it as it is. In combination with the logics of the menus and the soft buttons on the screen: well this just works great.

 

The mode dial. Below the mode dial you see the power switch. And below this you find the rear wheel for adjustments. 

The mode dial is easy to use. The switch below: yes it works. But i found while shooting: Whenever I took the camera out of my bag and have it switched on I was in another setting: typically in "S" than "A" or so. Here I miss that button which blocks the dial. The G7 is organized better...  

And the rear wheel: it seems to work similar to the other panasonic cameras...

The tilt screen: mmh. on one side: yes a great advantage against the GM - series. But it is only half the way - if you are used to the fully articulated of the G- or GH series: this is how it should be. Here you see the max tilt for the top view. 

And this is the maximum for the up view: This helps definitely for shots which you make holding the camera up. As well: great improvement over the GM´s... But still half the way against G-/GH- Panasonics...

Connectivity

First of all: the Image App from Panasonic is just great. Meanwhile it works. It replaces a lot of functionality from the camera to the app. For instance: with the Image App the functionality of a cable release: not needed: you can release the camera remote from the app (but honestly: you scarify battery life time...

One topic you see in this image: it is possible to recharge the camera with a µ-USP cable. From a docking station, a power bank whatever.. This is nice and great: Whenever you do not shoot: reload the battery. This helps a lot because the battery life time is fare away from being great. And the GX 80 has e specific battery. which is annoying. to some extend....

Viewfinder

The electronic Viewfinder is a big improvement against all others i know. I use it much more often - and it is fun to use. 

And - against the GM5- the wheel for the adjustment is back... it works...

Build in Flash

Flash is another improvement against the GM5. 

The Flash is little. The position is not optimum: the lens hoods are shadowing the image, even with the Leica 15mm f1.7. But it helps to improve the light conditions.....

Image Stabilisation

One big topic of the GX80 is the Dual IS. The GX80 has the newest version of image stabilization. It stabilizes the sensor in 5 axis - typically called IBIS: In Body Image Stabilisation. But it is able to take benefit of optical image stabilization as well, called OIS: The combination is named Dual IS. Does it work? Yes. I made a simple (?)  test:

 

  • I have chosen 50mm focal length for the comparison: My old Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 lens, fully manual
  • And the Elmarit 45mm f2.8 where I updated the firmware to the newest level to be able to work with dual IS
  • I took the G7 as body without IBIS
  • And compared if the both lenses on the GX80
  • As reference I started with 1/100s: following the classical rool: the effective full format focal length in mm is the shutter speed you should be able to hand hold. And than i stopped down: 1/50th, 1/25th up to 1/3.2....
  • I made 3 series: close by, medium range as well as infinity.
  • For each setting I took "only" 10 images.... totally 720 photos... Maybe not enough for a scientific evaluation but it gives you an impression....

And here is the result:

 

Summary

camera

G6

G6

GX80

GX80

time

50 mm

45 mm

50mm

45mm

100

83,33 %

96,67 %

96,67 %

100,00 %

50

73,33 %

83,33 %

83,33 %

96,67 %

25

33,33 %

56,67 %

86,67 %

96,67 %

12

10,00 %

43,33 %

53,33 %

73,33 %

6

3,33 %

23,33 %

43,33 %

53,33 %

3

0,00 %

10,00 %

30,00 %

43,33 %

Summary

33,89 %

52,22 %

65,56 %

77,22 %

 

Or graphically:

I am not a shooter with the most reliable fix holding of a camera. But it shows some points very clear:

  • OIS works
  • IBIS works even better
  • Dual IS tops it all!!!!

Believe me: The dual IS is a feature which is really convincing: It´s a game changer. It allows you to take photos in low light at lower ISO-levels which brings you closer to larger sensor formats.

Shot with the ELMARIT 45mm f2.8@ 1/5s...

Again the Elmarit 45mm f2.8 but with 1/8th of a second.....

Sample Shots taken with the GX80

The GX 80 delivers. Here are a couple of shots i made with it recently: You will find these shots in the sample shots for the 12mm lens shoot out as well as in the (upcoming) review of the Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2....

I think these photos are speaking for themselves.... 

Video

I am not a video guy. really not. But sometime I do it. On Family events or in special occasions. Like the one I did recently:

 https://youtu.be/0mw4pJOcUeg

In this case: the video was shot with the Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2: pretty challenging under these lighting conditions... (EV2...)

For me the slight focus hunting at the is not perfect, but I can live with it... I hope the musicians can live with it too ;-)

The shooting experience is great: it is really fun and easy to use: a real appetizer to do more video stuff.. especially with high end and fast lenses.

 

Complains

If you have light you will have to face shadows, too. there are a couple which you cannot work around:

  • battery lifetime
  • missing HDR possibilities
  • mode dial is not fixable.

Especially the missing HDR feature sucks: it is just 2 or 3 lines of software. easily upgradeable with firmware: please do it panasonic.

Verdict

The GX80 (or GX85 or GX7 MkII - where ever you are) is a great camera. The Dual IS is a killer feature! A must have! Period! It opens new possibilities for street photography in the blue hour....

The rest: it is another great µ43 camera. It is definitely worth the money. The ergonomics: well here is some space for improvement, but considering the price point: This is a really fair package.  

Additional Remarks

Most of the photos of the camera were taken with the Lumix G6 and the Elmarit 45mm f2.8. The photos of the camera in the bag were taken with the iPhone 6splus. 

Here is the link to the product shots:

http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p750171302

And her for the sample shots:

With the Nocticron 42,5mm f1.2: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p393688581

With the Summilux 12mm f1.4: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p830433512

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Dual-IS Lumix Lumix G7MkII Lumix GX80 Lumix GX85 review µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/lumix-gx80-a-pretty-high-tech-camera Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:45:50 GMT
µ43 lens shoot out: Leica Summilux f1:1,4 12mm vs Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f1:2.0 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/-43-lens-shoot-out-leica-summilux-f1-1-4-12mm-vs-olympus-m-zuiko-12mm-f1-2-0 When I was comparing the iPhone with µ43 and FullFormat I found out: one of the key differentiators is the lens speed. While µ43 suffers in terms of bokeh by its crop factor fast primes are key for shooting high quality images with the µ43 system. As faster as better.http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/why-to-carry-gear-real-world-comparison-between-smartphone-43-and-fullformat

While the Oly 12mm is on the market since couple of years (June 2011) the PanaLeica lens hit the market a couple of days ago (August 2016). If you compare the lenses there are a couple of things which give you a major differentiator:

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Price

So: is the new kid in the block with the money? Does it make sense to get the Leica instead or in addition to the Oly?

Let´s find out.

 

The direct comparison between the 2 lenses: the Leica on the left and the Olympus on the right.

Lens Design and Build Quality

Let us start with the feeling when you have the lens the first time in your hand: both lenses are excellent built. they look full metal and event the lens hoods have am metal design as well. 

  1. The main difference is the size and weight. The size you can see, but the weight is 335g vs 130g... 
  2. But in terms of usability there is a 2nd differentiator: The Leica lens offers a manual aperture ring and the Oly offers a manual focal distance ring - which is made in a superb way.
  3. Dust and weather sealing: the Leica is the Oly is not.

 

The top view shows you the different styles of lens hoods: both are working and the only one is making the lens relatively a bit larger than the Leica lens  hood does.

On  the rear side you can see the little rubber ring which indicates the dust and weather sealing of the lens. A feature which i would expect at the Oly as well because its price tag is pretty high as well - in absolute figures.

The Leica lens looks quite funny on the little GM bodies like the GM1 above. just a bit oversized. The Oly lens is really nice and tiny...

The other way around everything looks much more reasonable I would say.....

Here another point of view, the Oly in front on the GM1.

And now the same but with the lens hoods mounted on the lenses...

With the Leica lens in the front the Oly looks even smaller. This is a topic which we should keep in mind....

Specifications

To compare the specs I will only use those paraders which I found mostly interesting....

Topic Leica  Olympus
Weight 335 130
Min/Max Aperture 1.4/16 2.0/22
Closest focusing distance  20 cm 20 cm
Design Lenses/Groups 15/12 11/8
Aperture blades 9 7
Price € 1399 699

It is easy to see that the Leica lens is more complex and heavier. But does this justify the hefty price tag?

 

Comparison of image Quality

When I start to compare the image quality I do want to start with one topic which have blown me away: the closest focusing distance:

The spec says: it´s 20 cm. for both lenses. Above you see the reality: the Leica focuses much shorter. The images above are shot with f 2.0 both: look at the amount of bokeh produced by the Leica lens.What does mean in reality: here you see 2 photos to real world shots:

This photo is taken with the Leica @ f1.4 at closest focusing distance.

And this shows what means 20 cm focusing distance for the Leica Lens....

And this is the same flower shot with the Oly at closest distance...

And this is 20 cm focusing distance for the Oly-Lens....

Here are the same shot in direct comparison.

For me this feature of the much higher magnification of the Leica lens has blown me away. It is a game changer.... The Leica lens is offering creative possibilities the Oly cannot do...

But let´s continue

Here you see a sample for CA: In both cases practically spoken CA or color fringing are not really a topic for both lenses.... It is very well controlled: Both shots are made with f 2.0 but even @ f1.4 the Leica performs well...

 

One topic of the Leica 12mm f1.4 might be the Vignetting @ f1.4. The shot above shows the comparison with f 14 on the right and f2.0 on the left.. 

I would say you can manage....

This is the same perspective but shot at f2.0 with both lenses: the Leica is as good as the Oly....

Here you see the upper left corner @ 100%crop: there is an advantage for the Leica. But this also shows that the Zuiko is still a pretty good lens: please remind: this is the max. wide open!!!

This is the center sharpness of the same shot @ 100% crop. Do you see a great difference? hardly.... The Leica offers a bit more contrast and a better color saturation.

These night shots are showing some differences: unfortunately I lost a bit of time why the Oly shot was with 50s instead of 30s. At this level the sensor is producing more noise. I hope I will find some procedure for elimination.... The Leica is a bit clearer and the stars produced by the lights are a bit more pronounced with the Oly-lens....

 

Some Inspirations.

Making my first shots with this new lens I thought I should add some shots here....

Most of them are shot at closest focal distance. But they clearly show the amount of bokeh produced by this lens. It´s simply bokehlicious. 

It is amazing to see how clean images are possible with µ43 are possible today. 

Verdict

  1. Both lenses are great.
  2. The main advantages of the Zuiko 12mm f2.0 are the size/weight and the price tag
  3. The Leica is a game changer. The amount of bokeh was totally unexpected. Produced by a feature you cannot see in the specs.

The Oly will remain in my kit bag. But the Leica will accompany me everywhere... It will be interesting what new perspectives it will open to me in the future.. let´s wait and see.

I cannot make any comment on the price tag: It´s hefty. For my taste a bit too much. It should be below 1.000€ but let´s wait what the market and time will tell us.

For me this lens is without alternative. As long as you see bokeh as main differentiator for image quality from the technical point.

 

Addional Remarks

All photos were taken with the Lumix GX80 which is market as well as Lumix GX85 or GX7MkII. The exception are the photos both the camera showing the closest focusing distance: these shots i made with my iPhone6s plus. For the product shots I used the Leica 42.5 mm f1.2

 

If you want to have a closer look to the photos: You find them here: 

http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p830433512

Please feel free to send me any comment, remarks or questions.

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) 12mmf2.0 42 5mmf1.4 Leica Lens Olympus Panasonic Review Summilux Zuiko http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/-43-lens-shoot-out-leica-summilux-f1-1-4-12mm-vs-olympus-m-zuiko-12mm-f1-2-0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 21:19:38 GMT
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f1.4: Impressions of shooting with a really great lens. http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/zeiss-milvus-85mm-f1-4-impressions-of-shooting-with-a-really-great-lens 85mm f1.4: one of my absolute favorite lenses.... ever.

Since mostly ever I do love shooting with 85mm f 1.4 lenses. In my analog times I used a Zeiss Planar 85mm f1.4 which I love very much. I adapted it for Canon EF - but there hat been issues with focus confirmation so shooting wide open was close to impossible but it delivers some pretty nice shots there, too.

Later I bought the Sigma 85mm f1.4 - and I was never really satisfied with this lens: wide open it struggles from a slight softness wide open as well as quite an amount of color fringing. It was not really fun to use this lens.

2014 I went to photokina. I made some shots with the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 - and I loved this lens - but not its price tag. Zeiss announced the Milvus product line late 2015 - with a very positive response and a much better price tag. Recently I bought the Milvus 85mm f1.4. Now I want to share some experience and a comparison between the Milvus and the Sigma 85mm f1.4

Build Quality

The build quality of the Milvus is just mind-blowing: It is a full metal design - and weather sealed. As fare as I know: the Milvus is the only weather sealed 85mm lens for the Canon EF mount. But there is a downside with its build quality:  size and weight. It is a really hefty lens. 1280g is quite a bit... 120mm long - and a 77mm filter ø...

The Sigma is a much more handsome: 725g, 87.6mm long - easy to handle, the build quality is more than ok - engineered plastic but that´s standard with Canon, Nikon and others as well....

Sidewise the difference does not look that much... but the Zeiss weights 77% (!) more....

With the lens hood on there is nearly no difference in size...

Mounted on a big body like the 5DMkIII or the 7DMkII it is really bulky equipment. But I would not recommend to use it on smaller bodies: there is the space between lens and grip to small, especially if you have bigger fingers like me.

 

Handling

The main difference in Handling of the lenses comes from the focusing: the Milvus is a manual focusing lens - the Sigma comes with autofocus.. But the Zeiss is made for manual focus....

This becomes clear if you consider the focus thread:

  • Sigma: electric focusing, ca 90º focus thread
  • Zeiss: mechanical focusing, ca 270º focus thread

With this long travel focusing becomes accurate and handy - but slow as well: it is nearly impossible to focus from minimum distance to infinity without changing the position on the focus threat....

It is maybe only a little thing in the handling, but sometimes the small things are making the difference. Beside the weather sealing - nicely made with blue rubber or silicone - there is a little nob on the outside - this makes lens changing so easy when it is dark.

The Sigma instead has a little (very little) white point on the outside - and no weather sealing...

Comparison of Image Quality

Here you can expect differences - and some of them are really astonishing.

One thin is astonishing: aperture identifies the Milvus as Canon EF 35mm f1.4 - but shows the focal length correctly as 85mm.... 

First some excamples shot with f 1.4 which show the diefferences in chromatic aberrations/Color fringing..

I had one focusing point active - and both were set on the same point of the image, slight variations in the focal position between the lenses are natural. 

The 2nd example with the keys shows the advantage of the Milvus even more dramatic than the first one. The Milvus seems to be not as good as the Otus - but really sharp with well controlled color fringing.

Again: easy to see that the Sigma is a bit softer wide open... 

Lens flare is a topic of the Sigma 85mm. But the Milvus does not even show stars - even @ f16...

In the full view of the picture you see even more of the pretty strong lens flare of the Sigma.

With this shot i am a bit uncertain: the color rendering is a bit different - but the lighting might be slightly different . even if the full view does not show a bit difference. For me the Milvus photo ad the bottom shows clearly more contrast...

These images were very much astonishing to me: shot@ f8: and the Sigma shows color fringing on the extrem lower end of the image....

 

Some Remarkable shots with the Milvus 85mm f1.4

Right from the beginning the Milvus delivered shots were I must say: yes it´s worth to carry it....

I use the lens as part of my concept to have 4 lenses and 2 bodies to cover a wide focal range in best possible image quality. With one extender I cover 14mm -640mm focal range.... The 85mm mutates to an 136mm f2.2 lens on the 7DMkII..  

This was one of my very first shots with the Milvus... amazing colors, amazing bokeh...

Shot the next morning.....

This shot @ f2.0 shows bokeh as well as sharpness of the lens...

This shot was at the Kairakuen Park in Mito, Japan.

In the same park I saw this bamboo with its young leaves dried out...

This shot is a bit special - but cute.. the focusing point was the baby.

This photo shows definitely why Zeiss lenses are so great: Tho monkey is backlit but the color rendering just perfect.... When I saw the shot at the back of the camera: yes!

To use the lens for landscape photography isn´t the worst idea to have....

Really sharp and contrasty image....

This is where you need speed: she monks in the temple...

I do like this shot in the dark... the root looks like Kermit, climbing up. 

More a classic shot, showing bokeh...

Here we go: in mor real life environment the practical elimination of color fringing is impressive.

Yes, we all love these monkeys...

This time i used f5.6.. mindblowing sharp... 

The fish is shot with f 3.5, but still pretty vivid...

I like the color rendering in the forest...

Fuji-san. Shot in Hamaya with the 7dMkII

Kamakura: the young bamboo gives me the challenge to check the accuracy of focusing as well as the bokeh...

Another situation, also with very young bamboo leaves

I have never seen a plant like this... But here the 85mm shows it capabilities to focus the viewers eye.... 

Bird in flight - manual shot - but quite a strong crop... 

Part of a wedding ceremony, shot in Kamakura....

Another Temple in Nara...Again the color saturation is really amazing.

I live this shot from Nara. the deer being integrated in the group.... 

Another shot showing the sharpness wide open, @ f1.4...

 

I do love the images when you get a clear and really sharp image... 

Sushi at its best... and shot accordingly...

My first product shot with the Milvus: Yes!!! It is an untouched image. But is performs extremely well. It clearly outperfoms the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L IS USM - which is a very very good lens as well. In recent shots where I compared the 100mm from Canon against the Sigma: the result was clear: I continued with the Canon... And now: It´s clear again: I continue with the Milvus...

Verdict

The Milvus 85mm f1.4 is clearly a Stradivari among the 85mm lenses on the market (ok: It might be a Stainer to leave the Stradivari for the Otus (I do not want to enter the discussion about the possibilities of new violins vs ancient masterpieces)) These lenses need more knowledge and skills to make great shots, definitely.

The Sigma by the way got a better reputation after the trials: it is better than expected in the direct comparison to the Milvus - especially in uncritical light condition it is a really good lens as well.

I will test the Canon 85mm f1.2L in the future.... The accurate autofocus is really an asset - and it will be interesting to see how soft it is wide open...

Additional remarks

As usual: All photos shown here in the blog can be seen there:

The product shots of the lenses were made with the 5D MkII and the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 L IS USM.

Most of the photos you see are not retouched - but I applied my standard settings for Raw development. The shots of the lenses I increased the shadows as well a bit more than usual.

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) 85mmf14 Canon FullFrame Milvus Sigma Zeiss review http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/zeiss-milvus-85mm-f1-4-impressions-of-shooting-with-a-really-great-lens Sun, 05 Jun 2016 15:12:20 GMT
Bejing Duck in Shanghai http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/bejing-duck-in-shanghai A stunning food experience....

This time my blog entry is a travel entry - and a food one. Eating in China is a big thing: Eating is important: for relationship as well as for fun. This time the Experience was related to Beijing Duck. Before this lunch Bejing Duck was nice, I liked it. But today I added a complete new experience...

 

Of course, everything starts with tea... and the typical stuff for chinese food....

 

Selecting the dishes is quite easy: you can see the photos of the each dish - but I would not try to do to - because of the different levels of spiciness. but my friend Feng knows how to do....

And than they start to destruct the hole animal: starting with the skin...

The knife must be pretty sharp.... Otherwise it would not be possible to get the skin in nice pieces. Interestingly: the skin is eaten with sugar... yummieh!!!

 

 

 

When the duck is served you will eat it the breast similar to the mexican fajitas, but with a special sauce, some cucumber and some leek

This is an interesting thing: It is basically a kind of noodle, eaten cold in a sesame based sauce 

A bit of green sprouds aside.....

 

This was a quite interesting side dish: It was all cold. In the front some tofu-ish thing, in the upper right corner the cold liver of the duck. At the top it was a filet of the duck while on the left there was the skin of the feet with some mustard: very delicious.... 

While we cot the breast the rest of the duck was prepared for the next courses: this one here contains out of asparagus and duck meet - all cut into the size and form of noodles: pretty mild but absolut yummieh!!! 

The next course is very stunning: what you see here are the bones of the duck. Fried. It was done pretty spicy but absolute delicious.

 

After the lunch we were lucking around first we saw these little terra-cotta sculptures showing the traditional feeding and preparation of the ducks in China...

  

Feeding

Bloddletting

Soupbowel

Addsoup

 

Ad the end we saw the special oven where the ducks got roasted: a special oven similar to the oven shown with the terra-cotta sculptures....

Due to the design of the oven I assume that the roasting process is kind of slow cooking....

Some Photographic Remarks

All photos were made with the Lumix G7. The photos of the food were made with the Leica Summilux 15mm f1.7, the photos of the Terra Cotta Sculptures are made with the Leica Elmarit 45mm f2.8

If you want to see the photos in high resolution: They are published under http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p173583152

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) China Food G7 Leica Lumix µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/bejing-duck-in-shanghai Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:07:34 GMT
Why to carry gear: Real world comparison between smartphone; µ43 and FullFormat http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/why-to-carry-gear-real-world-comparison-between-smartphone-43-and-fullformat The idea for this blog entry 

Since  a long time I know that a smartphone can be a pretty good camera. My experience with that is based on iPhones and typically i use the newest version all the time. I once had a long bicycle trip from the Cote d´Azur to Stuttgart and i only had the iPhone with me: with pretty nice photos: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p567728685

When I got my iPhone 6 new I made a pretty shocking experience: This camera is damned good: http://www.zenfolio.com/delightphoto/e/pages/blog.aspx#831619993 But in this first shooting experience there was more: We were invited to a friends 50th anniversary. And during this anniversary I did not carry my gear with me - only my brand-new iPhone 6+. Our friends were a bit disappointed - they have organized pretty good ballet dancers to dance there.... And they had their camera with them: a Canon 650D as well as a Panasonic Lumix FZ150. I was not able to shoot with both cameras in a way that I wanted to shoot. I shot with the iPhone and I was much happier!!!

Many friends -and friends of friends- ask me which camera to choose. And more and more I come to the conclusion: they should use their smartphone and use the saved money for traveling or whatever...

But this was not satisfying for my. Therefore I decided to make some real world shots to have photos where everybody can see what quality they get from each camera. And than to decide what they want...

Methodology

Maybe this word is a bit too much and a bit too scientific. I did not want to do pixel-peeping I wanted make it easy. First of all: the gear used:

  • iphone 6s+ (Fullframe (FF) equivalent focal length 35mm)
  • Panasonic Lumix GM5 with the Panasonic Leica 15mm f1.7 (30mm FF equivalent focal length)
  • Canon 5DMkII with the Canon EF 35mm f2.0 IS USM

The "real" cameras are equipped with high performance lenses which are by fare better than the standard kit lenses...

How did I shoot:

  • iPhone: I used the camera as it is, no further gimmicks. I put my finger where I wanted to have the image sharp... and that´s it
  • GM5: The camera was set to intelligent Auto. In most of the cases I used the touch release. In this mode the camera sets the focal point to the finger tip.. very nice and convenient, I shoot RAW with my standard development settings in Aperture
  • 5DMkIII: Here I used the Program mode because in the "Creative Auto" Mode The camera decides where the focal point should be... And I wanted to choose it for better comparability... I shoot RAW with my standard development settings in Aperture

The idea behind this method is that the results are depending on that what a user will get without applying to much photographic know-how...

The Images Part 1

All photos have the same order:

iPhone6s+ - Lumix GM5 - Canon EOS 5D MkIII

An early morning shoot. Very easy to see: the cameras have different white balance as well as different exposures. 

In this shot you can see the differences even better: It´s all about bokeh: the difference between the in focus and out of focus areas in the photos....

In this example: I do not see too much differences....

very similar... or?

Shooting against the sun: This is a topic where the larger sensor might have advantages. Unfortunately there was no clear sky. I wanted to produce nice stars: A topic where the iPhone will loose due to the lack of any aperture....

This photo was pretty interesting: I enhanced the shadow areas. Here have the real cameras shooting RAW real advantages: in the iphone the shadow areas are was he out while the "real cameras" are rendering much better.

One little point: The iPhone has a closer focus point than the other two lenses. Again: the difference is in the bokeh.. But all images are useable...

Againg: the color settings are different...

One charming topic for the iPhone: no other camera can get such a low view angle...

In this session I made more corrections: I adjusted the exposure to more similar brightness. And I corrected the white balance a similar point s in the image. Below you see a crop from the photo above

Here is the nearly 50% crop from the photos above. It shows clearly that the real cameras deal better shooting against the sun. But again: I have very good glass on these cameras...

 

Here another example shooting against the sun.

Another close to 100% crop. Mmmh. 

The Images Part 2: Limitations of the systems

After some discussions especially in one µ 43 forum (www.mu-43.com) I felt the opportunity to add some photos which show more the limitation on one side of the iPhone, on the other side of µ43 as well.

These photos do not follow exactly the methodology of the part 1 photos: They were shot in different days at similar times at similar locations. In terms of FullFrame i was shooting with the cheapest lens of all: the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM, a lens which I call the Canon drug dealer lens: It offers at lowest costs shooting high end photos on any Canon body...

I also were shooting differently: The Canon was set to manual but the GM5 to intelligent Automatic. 

The series above is a little bit misleading: the iPhone image was taken one hour earlier than the GM5 and 2 hours earlier than the 5D3. Therefore there was a bit more light: enough to deliver good images. But more interesting are the photos below:.

In these light conditions you can clearly see the limitations of the iPhone. The light condition were showing 2 EV´s (Exposure values or f-stops) less light: and the iphone image gets lost - the GM5 also starts to show some limitations while the Fullformat delivers clear images.

Shooting against the sun. This was a topic of its own. It took a long time for me to have a really clear day and having everything with me... but here we go: the FF shows the lowest impact of the sun and nice stars, really nice. But we have to keep in mind: this is also - and dominant- a question of glass. But what you clearly see: the iPhone is not delivering any stars.....

Another interesting example comes from my specialties: HDR Panorama:

This is a panorama shot with the iPhone 6 plus. And the next image was shot with the Canon 5DMkIII

Just a little bit of difference...

If it comes to Panoramas: the iPhone panoramas are great: They deliver great images with incredible resolution. But there are limitations as well: In very rare cases I could see some stitching artifacts on the iPhone. 

The artifacts ar visible in the steel rope from the mast...

This photo was taken to get the feeling wether the place I wanted to take the photo was suitable or not: It was the idea to takle the photo around sunset and int the blue hour.

The "real" photo was taken with a panorama head and with the 5DMkIII.

Another topic is long time exposure, like in astrophotography: here comes the time for the FullFrame camera:

I was in Yosemite this summer and I was shooting the milky way in front of half dome:

This shot was taken with the Samyang 14mm f 2.8 @ ISO 1600 and 15s exposure time (and 5 images stitched together) Not to bad I guess

This photo was taken with the G7 and the Panasonic 7-14mm @ ISO 3200 and 15sec.... It was really hard to stitch...

Conclusion of the sample shots

I hope I could show some samples of "normal" photography. This shows what you can expect from the iPhone - and what you will get from "better" cameras in similar -or even identical situation. There are some clear differences but in all these cases the iPhone delivers good results. As long as you do not need or want "more": stay with the iPhone. But invest in the newest one... Apple has 400 developers - I guess more than any camera manufacturer - and the develop one camera per year...

Shooting experience

Some words about: how to shoot with these cameras.

  1. The iPhone works great. it is pretty amazing. It has some specialties in holding the camera: There is not tripod mount and you cannot shoot very lon exposures without using special camera apps. The iPhone has one bid advantage against all other smartphone: the camera is located in the corner which allows to get closer to the corner of the body.
  2. Panasonic delivers really nice ergonomics. The menus are simple and intuitiv. Normally. The touch release is an amazing feature: it makes photography so much easier. And in case you want to have a real grip - DSLR style: the Panasonic G7 has the best ergonomics of all cameras I ever used. If you want to know more: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/panasonic-lumix-g7-in-germany-called-g70-a-really-interesting-package It is not only the grip, but also the tilt-flippy touchscreen which makes it so ease to take pictures in locations where you have to lay down or stand on a ladder...
  3. Shooting the FullFormat 5DMkIII is kind of playing a Stradivari. It has all possibilities but it has also some downsides: Shooting with an 85mm f1.4 lens a portrait @ f1.4: the depth of field is just one cm... Accurate focusing  becomes necessary - and not that easy. Or getting the focus at a point where I want to have it: it tens time and the focus points are not spread over the whole screen.... Focusing in live view is slow in the automatic mode and it does not releases flashes. In the manual mode it works pretty well... These are just a view indications.. But at the end: the reck solid feeling and the clarity if the images: mind blowing... still. 

When do You need more than the iPhone delivers?

Obviously a question which I cannot answer. But I want to give you some indications:

  • Different view angles:
    • If you need a telephoto lens: you shoot use a camera which offers this
    • If you need ultra wide angles: try the panorama function: if this does not delivers suitable results invest in a camera which offers ultra wide angles
  • Sports & wildlife: Here I see the system cameras as clear winners. especially if you cannot go close enough
  • Night & Astro-Photography: In this case size matters: larger sensors with lower pixel amounts are clear winners
  • Studio shootings with flash lights: Again: this is territory of system cameras
  • Another Topic is shooting in bright sunlight using HighSpeedSync: A feature not all cameras offer. This is a feature where the established manufacturers have an advantage.
  • Creative playing with camera settings - especially with bokeh: again: here you can start investing money in fast glass (≤ f2.0) and this in all worlds: µ43, APS-C and FullFormat. 

Remarks

If you want to have a closer look at the images: 

http://goo.gl/OttKw9

 

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Canon Comparison Lumix iPhone iPhone6s+ review µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/why-to-carry-gear-real-world-comparison-between-smartphone-43-and-fullformat Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:02:00 GMT
2015 Retrospective http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/2015-retrospective In 2015 I was traveling a lot - and I had many opportunities for photography. Therefore I decided to make a little slideshow about the photographic highlights in 2015: https://youtu.be/ZSzmGClaXKI

 

I wish you much fun wit the slideshow!

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Best_of_2015 Canon Lumix Slideshow iPhone http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/2015-retrospective Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:27:04 GMT
µ43 for Photographic Beginners Part 6: The comparison of the Sigma´s http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/-43-for-photographic-beginners-part-6-the-comparison-of-the-sigma-s Starting with the idea to find a lens in th µ43 lens line up which gives µ43-users an alternative to the nifty-fifties @ Canon and Nikon I bought the complete µ43 line up from Sigma:

  • SIGMA 19mm f2.8 DN Art
  • SIGMA 30mm f2.8 DN Art
  • SIGMA 60 mm f2.8 DN Art

Each lens was reviewed before in separate blog entries... Here I want to compare them and come to a conclusion.

Here are all three lenses together, mounted on my Panasonic G-Series Line up: G7, G6 and G5

Build Quality

The Lenses are build pretty similar:

  • Solid feeling of the lens
  • They all come with lens hood and a posh - but only the 60mm has a belt loop - which would be nice to have at each posh.
  • They have no O.I.S. (no criticism, just to remark) 
  • When the camera is switched off - or the lens is not connected to the camera - the focusing system is floating internally and causes some noise when you move the lens. - there is no break build in to sort this movement.
  • Manual focusing is easy - but sometimes maybe too easy that you might have an out of focus image just because of a slight touch...

Interestingly: the 30mm is the shortest.... the 19mm is a bit longer....

The 60mm mounted on the G7/G70 

​The 19mm mounted on the G7/G70

​The 30mm mounted on the G7/G70

Image Quality

The Lenses are build pretty similar - and the image quality is similar, too:

  • Complete lack of Chromatic aberration
  • very sharp lenses - especially the 60mm
  • Low distortion
  • Nice color rendering

 

I shot a couple of images to compare the lenses . I shot these images in a pretty similar light setup, shot in RAW without retouching: I copped the photos to 3:2 instead of 4:3 just to have a lower hight here in my review. They had been shot manually with indirect natural light therefore I do have some deviations in the color rendering as well as color temperature.

The first comparison I shot to illustrate the different view angle. The photos are shot from the same view point just changing the lens.

These photos were maid to compare the view angles the other way around: I tried to get the same reproduction scale. A bit tricky with a normal tripod. A cartesian one would be easier.... All photos are taken wide open @ f2.8. Left: 19mm right the 60mm... Both images show the main differences of these 3 lenses.

 

Recomandations

Which lens for whom? This is a tricky question. But I will give you a try

  • 19mm: this is a great walk around lens. Classical street photography lens. Very useful for people who do like to get close
  • 30mm: classical standard lens. Very nice, also easy to use. And it delivers a bit more bokeh.. 
  • 60mm: my favorite among these lenses. I felt in love with it: crazy sharp and great bokeh: this lens is bokehlicious... And in terms of bokehliciouseness the real counterpart to the NiftyFifty. A great portrait lens - and it allows to get pretty close, too.

Verdict

Who ever is looking for a prime lens on µ43-cameras: all 3 are good lenses - and they give you value for money. Thank You Sigma!!!

Thes do suffer a bit due to there limitation in bokehliciousness due to f2.8 as fastest aperture value. But this is relative. They all have bokeh and the bokeh is nice!!! But especially for the beginners it is maybe easier to have a lens which allows you to separate from the background But the knife to do is is not that sharp that it hurts sometimes. (Especially if there are autofocusing like with my Sigma f1.4 85mm on a full frame body.)

That´s interesting: If you are a prime lens shooter or going to become one: The 19mm and 60mm are a great combo, following the philosophy :all you need is a 35mm and a 135mm lens... A kind of classical set up....

 

Some Remarks

All photos were shot with the Lumix GM5 this time. 

If you want to have a closer look at the images: 

http://goo.gl/rR8boI
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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Comparison Lumix Nifty-Fifty Sigma µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/-43-for-photographic-beginners-part-6-the-comparison-of-the-sigma-s Sun, 13 Dec 2015 16:46:18 GMT
µ43 for Photographic Beginners Part 5: Sigma 60mm f2.8 A http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/-43-for-photographic-beginners-part-5-sigma-60mm-f2-8-a How announced in my earlier posts the next lens to review was the 60mm f2.8. This lens is by fare the best of the Sigma Art series on the µ43 mount.

It was the most expensive Sigma lens, but the costs are relative: I paid 179€ which is very reasonable..

First to the build quality and scope of supply: As the other 2 Art lenses the 60mm comes with a lens hood, feels pretty solid but it is noisy when the lens is not mounted on a camera and the camera is switched of. But this is nothing to worry about - as I have learned from the 2 Sigma Art lenses I tested before.

I was astonished about the image quality:

  • Really very sharp images
  • nice color rendering
  • no chromatic aberrations
  • and a remarkable nice and soft bokeh - the physics helps.

Today I took this little lens on a little walk just around the house to make some shots. These shots are all handheld. I applied my standard development setting in aperture - and thats it.

 

For me always the first test: CA: Do you see any? I did not...

 

Sharpness as well as bokeh are really nice, or?  And this photo was shot on December 5th 2015...

 

Here it is the color rendering which is amazing... even if it looks pretty black and white...

This photo show a bit of the limitation of f2.8 in the µ43 world. f 1.4 in full frame is a different story...

The amount of detail shown in this shot, really sharp....

Verdict

First of all: The Sigma 60mm is a damned good lens!  It is fun to use it. And it found its way into my heart. It is a lens which is easy to carry around: In comparisons to the other two Sigma lenses this one will be with me pretty often. But it is hard:

  • I do have the Elmarit 45mm f2.8 makro: in comparison it produces even more bokeh but the Sigma has not OIS...
  • In comparison to the Zuiko 75mm f1.8 it is shorter, the Zuiko has even more bokeh - but the Zuiko is quite heavy...

Therefore: this lens will join my bag pretty often in the future. We will see.

 

What´s Next

Well, I have now bought and tested 4 Lenses:

  • The Nifty-Fifty Original from Canon
  • The Sigma 19mm f2.8A
  • The Sigma 30mm f2.8A
  • The Sigma 60mm f2.8A: 

The next step will be a comparison of the 3 Sigma Lenses but there will be more:

  • But I will do a comparison between the Canon 50mm lenses as well. Just to save some Canonista some money.
  • And there is one more lens to come: Thanks to black friday 2015 I ordered a Panasonic 25mm f 1.7. At 99 US$: The price of the NiftyFifty.. I do not know when I will get it. But this will be very interesting. ... Also in the comparison with the Panaleica 25mm....
  • And I will do the "crossover" comparison: between µ43, APS-C and FF...

Some Remarks

All photos were shot with the Lumix G7 this time. 

If you want to have a closer look to the images: 

http://goo.gl/I3zrbR

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) GM5 Lens-comparison Lumix Market Nifty-Fifty Sigma Stuttgart µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/12/-43-for-photographic-beginners-part-5-sigma-60mm-f2-8-a Sun, 06 Dec 2015 19:57:05 GMT
µ43 for Photographic Beginners Part 4: Sigma 19mm f2.8 A http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-43-for-photographic-beginners-part-4-sigma-19mm-f2-8-a ​As promised earlier: I invested more. I added the Sigma 19mm f2.8 as well. The first astonishing point for me: the 19mm is remarkably larger than the 30mm - I would have expected this would be the other way around. But the build quality is the same - and the image quality amazingly good... The price was fair, too: 159€ @ Photoplanet Stuttgart - one of the good camera dealers in town.

But I was a bit of unfair to the comparison - or not? I did exactly the same like the day before with the NiftyFifty on the FullFrame Body: I took the lens together with the GM5 on my way home, over the Christmas Market - which was opened now full. I shoot both days with 3200 ISO - which is the Limit on µ43 but the FF body gives you 2 F-Stops more in terms of ISO - 12.800 is here my personal Limit. And this Sigma lens has at least 1.2 F-Stops less.... 

To shoot blue hour images handheld is amazing. The color rendering is nice and the lens flare really good...

 

Window shopping.. Maybe a bit overexposed... but nicely rendered...

At the Lord Mayors house there is a light curtain falling down on the christmas market.... Lots of lights and pretty little lens flare...

The remarkable thing on the Stuttgart Christmas market are the nicely decorated roof tops. And they are always a challenge to get them nicely... They do have quite a dynamic range...

 

This is the maximum of bokeh to get.... It is more and better than expected. Not bad but ...ok...

here you see the limits of the lens if you shoot against bright light... But still very useable.

This is a scene in our justice district - where you find the low courts... It is still very useable.. and very sharp.

A similar shot than that one the day before... And not bad at all...

The look back to the stairs I just climbed up.... Quite an exercise....

Verdict

First of all: The Sigma 19mm is a good lens - here I have no doubt. It has a remarkable good price performance ratio. It is a recommendation for beginners who want to have a good lens which is faster than than the kit lenses. It is fun to use it.

But there are limitations as well.  With f f2.8 an 19mm we are talking in terms get bokeh comparable to 38mm f5.6 under Full Frame conditions. This means that the hyperlocal condition starts somewhat around 8,5m - and for subjects in 1m distance the Depth of field is nearly 24cm... Not really perfect conditions for creamy bokeh...

For me having the phantastic Panaleica 15mm f1.7: This will remain my lens of choice. It is smaller, it has more than 1 f-stop more speed and it is comparably sharp with amazing color rendering....

What´s Next

Well, I have now bought and tested 4 Lenses:

  • The Nifty-Fifty Original from Canon
  • The Sigma 19mm f2.8A
  • The Sigma 30mm f2.8A
  • The Sigma 60mm f2.8A: the test will be the next blog entry, coming soon

The first step was to get a feeling for these lenses: what I can do with each lens and how much fun it is to use them. But I gained a lot of photos, a lot of things to compare...:

  • It will be necessary to compare the Sigma´s.
  • But I will do a comparison between the Canon 50mm lenses as well. Just to save some Canonista some money.
  • And there is one more lens to come: Thanks to black friday 2015 I ordered a Panasonic 25mm f 1.7. At 99 US$: The price of the NiftyFifty.. I do not know when I will get it. But this will be very interesting. ... Also in the comparison with the Panaleica 25mm....
  • And I will do the "crossover" comparison: between µ43, APS-C and FF...

Some Remarks

All photos were shot with the Lumix GM5. 

If you want to have a closer look to the images: 

http://goo.gl/dLLuyv

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Christmas GM5 Low-light Lumix Market Sigma Stuttgart µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/-43-for-photographic-beginners-part-4-sigma-19mm-f2-8-a Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:47:53 GMT
The Nifty-Fifty on a FullFrame Body; Part 3 of "µ43 for Photographic Beginners" http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/shooting-with-the-nifty-fifty-on-a-fullframe-body The Nifty Fifty is an amazing lens. Really cheap but really great. My first test was in the "normal" environment of an APS-C body. Unfair enough: the best Canon offers. But its 80mm focal length in FullFormat (in the future just FF) gives some limitation on the fun factor - and I promised to try it on my 5DMkIII. Today was the day to do so: I took the lens on my camera and took some shots just on my way home. In Stuttgart, in the night @ ISO 3200 - a level which still delivers amazing images - and a color depth which might beat µ43 @ ISO 100....

 

The first shot came out pretty dark - so I had to play a bit with the sliders in 2 different environments: Above the Apple way to develop and below it´s DXO-Style...

It would be great to get a feedback which style you like more...

just a street scene of the crowded "Königsstrasse", the main shopping road in Stuttgart, nicely illuminated. 

This Lady was amazing... she was bagging - and singing... 

just a bycicle...

 

Just another bicycle patin@ a lantern... 

Another singing Lady, but this time much more nice, much better singing... really great...

 

The next "stop" had been the christmas market - or the part which is already active... 

One topic of the Stuttgart Christmas Market are the rooftops of the stands. They are really great - and here you see the museum of contemporary art of the city of Stuttgart in the background

Food....

These hearts are important: I do want just You... 

Fruit candies... delicious..

Glühwein: flavored hot whine - like Grog or Punsch ...

here you will get it from....  Lots of possibilities for more Glühwein....

Another topic there is skating the the "winter dream"

Construction work for the next shopping Mall DQ Dorotheen Qartier. Shot handheld...

here we are in the Justice Quarter of Stuttgart where the law courts are...

This is another Stuttgart specialties: the stairs going up the mountains. They give food walking people a shortcut - you will be as fast as the tram. Downwards... This one is named: Sinner Stairway...

This is the look backwards.... pretty high above the city...

Summary

Yes: this was really fun to do. The Nifty-Fifty on the Full Format Body is amazing. Not tripod just handheld.... But for the beginners a Full Format body is like a Stradivari in the hands of a violin beginner.... And it is way to expensive....

What does this experiment prove than: 50mm is a very nice starting point for street photography. Of course. Maybe 35mm will be even more interesting.... I will prove it. 

 

The next step 

I will have to repeat this experience with the GM5 and the Sigma 19mm f2.8. The photos will not show that amount of bokeh.. Definitely. But it will be interesting what will come out of it...

Some Remarks

All photos were shot with the EOS dDMkIII

If you want to have a closer look to the images: 

http://goo.gl/K4Hgao​

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Canon EOS_5DMkIII Lens Low-Light Nifty-Fifty http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/shooting-with-the-nifty-fifty-on-a-fullframe-body Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:59:09 GMT
µ43 for Photographic Beginners or the Lack of "Nifty-Fifty"-ness Part 2: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-43-for-photographic-beginners-or-the-lack-of-nifty-fifty--ness-part-2 The Canon EF 50mm f 1.8 STM: The "Nifty Fifty" - aca "the Plastic Phantastic"

As promised in Part 1 of this series: I bought the Nifty-Fifty in the actual version which is named "Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM" - officially. An I had to use it (mainly) on my APSC-Camera - an EOS 7D MkII. I know, this is kind of unfair because the 7D2 is a very special camera in terms of speed and autofocus. But I do have it and therefore it´s the one to use.

The Nifty-Fifty shooting experience....

Technically spoken this lens is a 80mm f1.8 lens on an APS-C body -beside all discussions of the f-numbers and multiplication with the crop factor because of less shallow depth of field etc. This means it is not a wide angle lens and it has a special look and feel. With 80mm it is a light telephoto lens, great in portraiture and some kind of landscape. But in street photography it will have some kind of limitations.

First of all: this is an amazing piece of glass. I own the 3x more expensive 1.4 50mm from Canon: I know I can scrap it: this lens is rubbish just in comparison of the image quality - but more about this later.

I took the lens on my camera and went shooting. just to get the feeling what I can do and what´s fun with it - and maybe what´s not... The first photos I shoot more to less in our backyard and on the way into our city. Here some excamples: 

 

For me the photos shot wide open came out too soft - I decided to prefer to use the lens mostly stopped down to f2.8 or f4 for these kind of environment.

When I entered the city i did some more street photography style of images. Here the autofocus system of the 7D2 helps a lot delivering tack sharp images....​

ISO 200, f2.8 1/1250s 

ISO 200, f4 1/200s 

ISO 200, f4 1/200s 

ISO 200, f4 1/500s 

ISO 200, f4 1/320s 

ISO 200, f4 1/600s 

 

ISO 200, f4 1/1000s 

ISO 200, f4 1/800s 

 

The lens delivers what you can expect: Nice Bokeh, and a really kind of focused view angle:

 

Bokeh!!!!

 

In total I am quite happy with the photos I can take with the lens. But the feeling of shooting close by get lost: due to my taste this lens is easier to handle on a full frame than on an APS-C body. In the other side: for beginners it is maybe better to get a closer shot without getting that close....

Some Remarks on Image Quality

As said earlier: the image quality has blown me away. Especially in comparison to the EF 50mm f1.4. But it has some limitations, too. My main concerns are: Beeing soft wide open paired with chromatic abberrations....

Here are 2 excamples for CA which I do not find very nice. It show the limitations of the lens to shoot really wide open...

This can be corrected in Camera Raw but it will soften the image additionally.

 

Another topic is the lens softness wide open, mainly at short distances

f1.8 vs f4 @ ISO 800

f1.8 vs f4 @ ISO 400

This image shows the comparison wide open f1.8 vs. 2.8: interestingly @ infinity the difference is less.

 

Comparison between the EF 50mm f1.4 USM and the EF 50mm f1.8 STM

I do have an old Zeiss 1.4 50mm since ever: I love this lens - it gave me really nice shots... even in the Canon environment. But than I decided to have an autofocus lens - and the EF 50mm f1.2 L USM was a bit expensive.... Therefore I decided for the f1.4. At this time maybe the right decision. But today: clearly the wrong decision. The following shots were all shot on a tripod with cable remote. Best conditions for really sharp images....

In the following images the f1.4 is left, the f1.8 is on the right...

This photo are shot @ f2 ans 100 ISO. It is the upper left side - and the result is terrible - but only for the f1.4 version. the f1.8 looks pretty acceptable.

The difference is reduces @ f4 - but still not acceptable.

The next test was @ f11. I thought that the f 1.4 ill be comparable - but this is definitely not the case.... The f1.4 is softer - even stopped down.

Showing stars... These crops represent the center of the images.  Both shots @ f8. The f 1.4 has less stars in comparison to the f1.8 - even if the number of blades are less....

These crops represent the left side of the images but not the extreme.  Both shots @ f8 - and the f 1.4 is again pretty disappointing for me.

Verdict

The Nifty Fifty is really an asset in the Canon ecosystem. It delivers very nice results.  Due to my taste: it´s even better on FF than on APS-C - but due to the focal length. Maybe I will add some photos in the near future. 

And I clearly see: there is a lot of space for improvement: And I will fill this. I do want a lens which is sharp wide open without chromatic aberrations...

What´s next

After this experience the next step will be a side by side comparison between the nifty fifty and the nifty thirty@ µ 43.... But this will include some remarks - and maybe some video sequences about the usage of both ecosystems - which makes a huge difference on the fun factor side...

And I will look for really good 50mm lens, maybe one of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses...

Some Remarks

All photos were shot with the EOS 7DMkII - with the exception of the photo of the 7dMkII itself: this was shot with the Lumix GM5 and the Leica Elmarit 45mm f2.8.

If you want to have a closer look to the images: 

http://goo.gl/tGF3By

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Canon EOS_7DMkII Nifty-Fifty http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/-43-for-photographic-beginners-or-the-lack-of-nifty-fifty--ness-part-2 Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:09:12 GMT
µ43 for Photographic Beginners or the Lack of "Nifty-Fifty"-ness Part 1 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/-43-or-the-lack-of-nifty-fifty--ness-part-1 The µ43 Challenge: Affordable High Performance Lenses for Beginners

Or: the APS-C Advantage: The Nifty-Fifty: f1.8 50mm @ < 150€

If we look at photography and how to bring good photography to beginners there are some important things to bring fun: the possibility to make really good photos with affordable glass. Canon has it since generations with the EF f1.8 50mm. The price was a long time even below 100€, with the latest update it´s just 119.- €. Interestingly there exists a Nikon and a Sony equivalent, too.

What are the main success factors for these lenses

  • Price
  • Auto Focus
  • Optical Performance
    • a fast lens with f 1.8
    • really sharp
    • nice bokeh

If we would want to have an equivalent for µ43 what should be an equivalent there? let´s analyze. Typically these lenses are used with entry-level cameras - which are APS-C Cameras with a crop of 1.6 (Canon) or 1.5 (Nikon & Sony). An equivalent for µ43 would be

  • 50mm@ APS-C: 80mm@FF: 40mm@µ43
  • f1.8@APS-C: f2.8@FF: f1.4@µ43

 Due to my taste the focal length of 80mm I consider as a downside for the Nifty-Fifty: On FullFrame it´s really great to start with 50mm. My first camera was a Zeiss Contaflex SLR with a fixed lens of f2.8/45mm... Always considered as a very good camera and I remember: it was really great!

If we look into the product range of µ43 it will be pretty hard to find the equivalent. There are lenses in the range of f1.4/40mm Yes! And good ones, like the 42.5 mm Panasonic Lenses in 2 Versions:

  • f 1.2/42.5mm Nocticron @ 1.400.- €
  • f 1.7/42.5mm Lumix G @400.-

Optically we see the "nifty-fifty-ness" but pricewise it´s fa away! Are there any lenses for µ43 ≤ 200€? Really sharp? I did found that Sigma has a nice series which are compact, with Auto-Focus and for fair prices: In their Art Series You find:

  • Sigma f2.8 30mm DN Art @ 170 €
  • Sigma f2.8 60mm DN Art @ 200 €

@ Amazon I saw the 30mm @ 156 € delivered at home and decided to give it a try. 

 

The first experience with the Sigma f 2.8 30mm DN Art

Build Quality

First of all: it is a Sigma lens from the Art series. The Art series stands for high build quality as well as for a superb optical performance. In terms of build quality: the lens really represents a high level of quality which you can feel and see. The bajonett mount is metal, Very nice is the robust "click" when you mount the lens hood or the metallic focusing ring: yes this all stands for high build quality.

Sidewise the lens is "ok". It is made for APS-C as well why it is a bit larger than a µ43-native lens - but it is still ok. Especially on the GM5 in combination with the lens hood it becomes a little bit larger than the f1.7 15mm or 42.5mm but it is smaller than the Summilux f1.4 25mm.

In combination with a G7 the Sigma f2.8 30 looks maybe a bit better in its proportion...

 

Image Quality

First of all: I did not expect a "bokeh-monster"! How? In terms of "bokehliciousness" the lens is comparable to full-frame standards a f 5.6 60mm. You cannot expect a very shallow depth of field with tons of bokeh. My question was: will it produce enough bokeh to make nice and impressive shots. The focal length works great and the minimum distance of 0,3m works perfect. It is not a macro lens but you can have nice close photos and the bokeh is really good. Chromatic aberrations and purple fringing - yes you might see it bit it is more a no brainer

This is a sample shot @ f2.8 to show the amount of bokeh produced by the Sigma lens: due to my taste: not bad, it could be more but for the beginning. 

This photo @ f 2.8 I had taken to look for chromatic aberrations / color fringing. It is very well controlled. 

 

Lens flare @ f 2.8, shot against the sun but a bit overcast sky.

At f8 there something green visible. not very nice. but I have seen more lens flare already...

 

Shooting experience.

What I did I took the camera with me for some food and hospitality shots: accompanying me making my first pulled pork as well as some photos from the Stuttgart market.

First of all: the handling: This is great. It is fun to have the lens on the camera. I had only this lens with me and it shows a really good performance. But look yourself on the images below:

Preparation of the gas grill: Smoking chips. And please look at the nice bokeh...

The same with the red wine bottle: this is nice as well. How we ant to have. Bokeh, no color fringing.

The meet is ready for bbq. in the tup are the wooden chips....-and the photo is nice as well, or?

The stuff is on the grill

The temperature is controlled by this device - and on my iPhone as well.

The temperature in the machine by the build in thermometer...

But some stuff was missing: We had to go to the market...

The market shots give you bokeh especially in the close ups. But in the portraits: well there could be more - but on the other side: It is more than every kit lens gives you without being to difficult like an f1.4/85mm on a full frame body...

The meat ofter 17h on the grill....

And here I am pulling it....

 

Mmmh! Yummieh!! Delicious!!!

Verdict

The first experience with the Panasonic shows that this lens has a remarkable price performance ratio. The optical quality is remarkably good. Excellent sharpness, good contrast, controlled color fringing and a low level of flare shooting against the sun. 

Bokeh is there but not too heavy, a bit of a downside but due to my taste it´s in an acceptable range.

From that point of view: a great lens and for µ43 an affordable price: Thumbs up! 

With this experience I found my "nifty thirty" to recommend friends and photographic beginners...

 

What´s next

First I would like to have my own shooting experience with the "Nifty Fifty": I will buy one and review it.

Second I will compare the Sigma f2.8 30 mm with all the other 30 mm lenses which are around like the Panasonic kit lenses but also with the Summilux f 1.4 25mm as well as my old Zeiss f2.8 28mm - fully manual..

And as a third step I would like to try the  Sigma f 2.8 60mm because this should give a more comparable bokeh due to the longer focal length (120mm FF equivalent)

 

Some Remarks

The photos were shot with the Lumix GM5 as well as the G7. The photos of the lens were taken with the Elmarit f2.8 45mm

If you want to see the photos in a larger scale: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p519162859 and some more...

 

 

 

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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) Lumix Nifty-Fifty Sigma µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/-43-or-the-lack-of-nifty-fifty--ness-part-1 Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:44:36 GMT
Ballade Photographique a Cogolin http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/ballade-photographique-a-cogolin  

France, the Provence and the Cote d´Azur is known for its touristic megaspots like Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez etc. But these places are going to loose its character as soon as it becomes more and more a spot of the tourist map....
 
 
But luckily there are places which are less touristic and therefore more traditional Provençal. One of these places is Cogolin. It is not at the sea, it exists nearly 1000 years and it has a low amount of traditional touristic attractions. But this little town (a bit above 10.000 people) is a place where people live who work in the region have been growing up there and most of them will die there, too... But even if its not touristic - most of the people are earning money which is related to the tourist industry.
 
This Blog entry tells you about a morning walk through the village to shop for breakfast... I did this walk with my LUMIX G7 and the phantastic Leica Elmarit 2.8 45mm lens - a bit unusual combination for kind of street photography but decide on your own...
 
 
One thing I like very much is the amount of flowers in the streets. Even if the streets are really narrow and covered with asphalt mostly every house has some flowers.
 
But not only the flowers are amazing, there are much more details to be seen, like this fence....
 
 
What is interesting is the level of cleanliness in these village. The roads get cleaned really often  and the litter is collected daily...
 
Shopping is an amazing experience - in terms of quality and variety...
 
 
And there a re so many flowers -everywhere...
 
 
Ok... walking to the shop to buy some cheese and rillettes I made a little stop for a cup off coffee... 
 
Petit DejeunerPetit Dejeuner
 
The Cote d'Azur is known for its wine. And especially for rose. It is a very special taste and some people like it even for breakfast....
 
 

Boulangerie du Platane in Cogolin. I do love this place! The pastry there is the among the best on the planet. Definitely! I can prove this.... Some of the specialties are shown here, but even a simple croissant or a pain au chocolat: I could die for it...

You will find it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pâtisserie-Boulangerie-du-Platane-Cogolin-

 
 
 
On my last steps to the flat where we had the breakfast I passed some of the old houses of Cogolin. The vibrant colors and the geometrical forms are really nice...
 
 
And there is one more topic: cats. Many people have one or two cats, and they live an the street and on the roofs. If you have a balcony in the 2nd floor, it may happen that one of the neighbors cats will enter your flat from the balcony...
 
Some remarks:
 
This was not the first time I was with my camera in this village. Here are the links to 2 more ballades, 
 
http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p156871022
http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p944618512
 
Both were shot with my iPhone... 
 
All photos are JPGs right out of the Camera, as usual it take some time to get the RAW converter from Apple...
 
 
Isn´t it amazing how many nice stuff you can see walking a couple of meters through a village...
 

 

And if you like to see these photos in detail: You will find them here: http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/p714610571

 
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jft@delight-photo.biz (DE.LIGHT PHOTO) G7 Lumix. µ43 http://delightphoto.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/ballade-photographique-a-cogolin Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:23:41 GMT