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  1. #1
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    Red face A picture is worth ... quite a bit, it seems

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    Yes, Don's camera with a new passenger ...

    so... yes, Virginia, you can add this one to the gear list ...
    Got a two-year, anti-drop on it, too. It weighs more than you think, believe me (35 ounces! That's more than the Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6).

    Respectability is pricey.

    These two images straight from the A700, with resize and sRGB convert.

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    You can probably tell the DOF on this a little too shallow (man, what a problem, huh?) I was focused on his wingside .. and his face was just far enough out of the focal plane to look a tad bit fuzzy. I actually need to close it down to 2.5 or 2.8 (chuckle) ... How many lenses can you say that about?

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    White-crested Touraco, from Central Africa


    I think I have Nick-prime-itus! My, my ... won't CW be surprised? Gotta start sometime, I guess. I suspect this is going to be pretty "hot glass" in the coming year. 85mm's look kind of teeny on Full Frames.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-18-2008 at 02:52 PM.
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    Another thing about this lens, which I found amazing, because I have fought it like ... forever ... is purple fringe. I took an image of a giraffe, last year, using a Canon EOS 20D with the TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-II LD ... and wound up with some nasty purple fringe when I shot against the bright sky. It was less than other lenses, but still really a problem for the high contrast.

    Well .. same situation using the SONY 135mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar, today:

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    Oh brother ... it is going to be real hard going back. Yikes!

    Q: How do you eliminate purple fringing?

    A: Use really excellent glass!

    I hate to admit it, but I think I just got religion and it is going to be a really expensive ride out from here. Thanks CW ... Yeah, the 135mm f/1.8 is "killer!"
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-17-2008 at 09:18 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Talking Birds of a feather ...

    Frank,

    I took this bird shot ... thinking of your recent entries. He was so cool looking, I had to share him.


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    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Cool DOF ... 1/4 to 3/8 inch?

    Here's a DOF shot @ f/1.8 and MFD (2.5 feet)

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    EXIF: 135mm @ f/1.8 - 1/15 sec - ISO-400 - WB: Fluorescent-2 - D-R+ - Handheld

    Pretty telling, huh?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-17-2008 at 11:18 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    Nice shot Don. Was that at the zoo. I have been trying to get to the zoo all summer. I think it is too hot now. May wait till the fall.
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    Yep ... Brookfield Zoo, about 20 miles south of me. In the Penguin exhibit. They have rooms where the birds fly free ... and you had better duck or get a free haircut.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Telling ain't the word...

    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Here's a DOF shot @ f/1.8 and MFD (2.5 feet).....
    Man, that is one thin slice!


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    nice pictures

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    Man, I gotta tell ya ... despite the Zeiss 135mm f/1.8's incredible capability and clarity ... this bad boy is HEAVY ... with a capital HEV. I mean your hand actually has serious inertia toting this thing around.

    Anyone remember the tidbit of advice I gave about putting staples through your camera strap (securing those loose ends, to keep them from slipping through)? If you use a lens like this, you had better do it.



    You truly appreciate how lightweight the TAMRON lenses are, after a day with this one. Wow.

    I actually feel guilty about having this good a lens and not being paid to use it. LOL I tell you, it's weird.

    I know, I'll just share another image of the White-crested Touraco:

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    I have to snap this guy in flight ... you simply would not believe the breath-taking colors. Just strikingly beautiful.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-18-2008 at 07:20 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Cool Some other ideas and issues

    A little more about the lens. It doesn't do well with a 2x T/C slapped on it. Admittedly, it is a tamron T/C ... but, the IQ is hideously soft. Well, it's a good thing to know before you try shooting shots with it, only to get home and find them ... all a mess.

    Just gotta go naked, I guess. I still need to try serious polarized-stuff, but initial test shots ...


    I can see right thru it ...

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    Here's a misadjusted or no CP shot:

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    Then, the correct use of a CP shot:

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    Those nasty old distracting glare and reflections, in the truck's paint, just seem to vanish ... even the dog seems to know it.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-19-2008 at 05:16 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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