October 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm #1635
Very nice review.
Does the lens have hard-stops at min and max? What is the minimum focussing distance? (I should just google for these, but I’m here now…!)October 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm #1636
Loxia 50/2 has hard stops for focus (and accurate infinity, which is really great) and minimum focus distance is 0.45m.
ViktorOctober 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm #1641
Very nice to hear! I have the 55/1.8 which is really fantastic, but these Loxia lenses look nice. Between these, the 16-35, and the 70-200, I’m not sure which I would enjoy more. Perhaps the 70-200 as it would be most different to everything else I have to date.October 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm #1648
it could well be that 70-200 will give you different point of view. It’s a nice lens for sure and to be honest, I can’t see some dramatical difference in a subject isolation at this FL between f/2.8 and f/4. So for once, I am glad that it is smaller than my f/2.8 Canon and Nikon.November 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm #1804
U mentioned the pro photographer who shoots arty shots which r never focused but always “off” a bit to make the difference distinguishable. And u mention the great degree of control mechanical focusing makes versus the fly by wire of FE lens u included in the comparison. Could u take some shots comparing the distinctions u r able to achieve? If u were trying to say the choice of lens is all about what one perceives as having some objective/subjective advantage I would like to see what the advantage is in practice. Especially when it comes to resolution it is less important if one detects virtually no difference. But clearly some of the shots are darker than others at the same aperture, and of course different poses will influence ones objectivity. BTW the article is very informative and well written.November 4, 2014 at 1:01 am #1806
I sold my Loxia 50/2 and I am waiting for Loxia 35/2 for test. My note about pro photographer and out of focus shots is rather sarcasm toward artsy look, that some photographers try to force either via de-focus or via post processing (or other formal technique). Key to my point of view is – formality. I literally hate to see, when photographer is trying to hide lack of idea and/or content behind fancy image look.
But focus is one of the most important creative tools in photography and being able to take full control of it is more than pleasing experience, that no other E-mount lens can deliver.
To answer your question, difference between focus by wire and mechanical coupled one is hard to express by words, and even harder to define, where that can become creative limit. In practice, I found much easier to make fine focus adjustment at wide aperture, let’s say at models eye iris, than with AF or focus by wire. Hope that makes some sense to you…
Regarding some shots being darker than other at the same aperture, we would have to compare shutter speeds too at the first place and also to consider often changes of lighting in exterior as well as light fall off, affecting camera exposure measuring. There are simply too many variables to compare lenses on a live model shooting outdoor in terms of technical performance. Only possible comparison is thus subjective – you either like one of the shots in the series more or you don’t.
That’s why my review has several situations including few controlled ones for some technical (objective) evaluation (however useless those test charts are).
Honestly, any of those lenses is far beyond my photographers skills anyway.
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