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  • Nov5

    Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE - Sample Photos by Kevin Chung

    Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of falling in love with my favourite focal length all over again. After saying a painful goodbye to the 50L, I picked up the Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE after a long withdrawal from the 50mm prime.

    Though the Zeiss lens is a manual-focus lens & limited in live-event settings, to me it represents the best-available option to Canon shooters at the 50mm focal length. The aforementioned 50L produces to-die-for output most of the time from f/1.6 to f/2, but severe/complex field curvature hampers the focusing accuracy of the lens at close portrait distances. Sigma 50mm options, while sharp, lack character & also present additional AF-consistency issues to boot.

    With 2:1 (50% reproduction) macro capabilities & outstanding image quality at all apertures & subject distances, the Zeiss 50MP represents a flexible all-purpose lens. Wide-open, the extreme edges are uncorrected & show slight softness, making the lens favourable for natural environmental portraits. At the center of the frame, the lens is already very sharp at f/2 & bitingly so at f/2.8. In both studio (f/5.6 – f/8) & macro situations (f/8 – f/16), the Zeiss 50MP is sharp & consistent across the frame, boasting a natural but distinct sense of that Zeiss micro-contrast.

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    Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE - Sample Photos by Kevin Chung Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE - Sample Photos by Kevin Chung Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE - Sample Photos by Kevin Chung Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE - Sample Photos by Kevin Chung Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE - Sample Photos by Kevin Chung
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    Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE – Landscape Examples

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    Additional Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Sample Photos

    A Night at the Art Gallery of Ontario

    Equipment List: Canon EOS 1D X & Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE.

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  • Nov12

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II Review by Kevin Chung

    Earlier this week, Adobe finally released its official lens profiles for Canon’s recent high-priced lens offering: the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II (introduced to market in Sept, 2012). Allowing for automated vignetting, distortion & chromatic aberration corrections made in Lightroom 4, the new lens profiles also finally allow me to conclusively comment on the new lens’ performance in its entirety, though I’ve been using the lens extensively in both event coverage & studio shoot situations over the past two months already.

    The Mark II (otherwise known as a 2nd iteration or design) version of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L lens follows in the hugely successful tradition of it’s earlier predecessor, the EF 24-70 f/2.8L Mark I (introduced in 2002). At a regular list price of $2499 before taxes, the 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II now sits squarely atop Canon’s list of zoom lens offerings despite not featuring image stabilization, a popular request for the updated lens amongst Canon shooters.

    My review of the lens will primarily focus on the performance of the new 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II lens relative to the original 24-70L as well as Canon’s notable prime lenses within the same focal range, drawing on my personal experiences with each lens – for more numerical test-chart-resolution oriented reviews, you should visit other more technical review sites.

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II at 24mm Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Mark II at 70mm

    While covering the same focal range at the same constant f/2.8 aperture as the original EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, the new 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II has a completely re-worked design (shown above at both 24mm & at 70mm). Boasting a larger filter thread (82mm compared to 77mm – which theoretically allows more light into the lens) & different new lens elements, the new 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II lens is noticeably faster to focus & much sharper throughout the focusing range.

    Photos from the new lens also showcase a level of micro-contrast & colour richness normally only found in Canon’s best large-aperture primes such as the EF 24mm f/1.4L Mark II & the EF 35mm f/1.4L. Both flare control & bokeh from the 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II is also incredibly impressive (you’ll see the pleasing tonal transitions in the photo below), given the new lens’ updated coatings & 9 rounded aperture blades respectively.

    Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Mark II - Sample Photos

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  • Nov8