The 50mm Lens

Last weekend while recording the podcast with Cody and Thomas, we were discussing 50mm lenses and our love of them. I knew I owned a bunch of different ones over the years, but didn't realize how many until I started counting them off. Holy crap - I have issues I think. I can't believe the number of 50's I have purchased in the last 10 years (give or take).

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Nikonos V Review

Today I am taking a look at the Nikonos V in a sort of mini-review. The reason this isn't my comprehensive review (yet) is due to the fact that only roll I've pout through so far I pretty well botched (see note below on putting camera into rewind mode). I took it out on May 6th for the 5th annual New England Walk (NEWLK) on Nantucket Island. It was the obvious choice for me because the weekend was expected to be downpours - and what better camera for this than a camera designed for underwater photography. Equipped with the Nikonos 2.8/35 and a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus, I put the camera to work.

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Carl Zeiss 2/100 Review

It is amazing how quickly a month goes by when you have such an amazing piece of glass in your hands. ZEISS was nice enough to loan me this lens over a month and I have to say, without a doubt, the ZEISS Makro-Planar T* 2/100 is one of the highest performing macro lenses on the market in both Nikon and Canon mounts. I loved it so much, in fact, that I ordered my own copy as this one was on the way back to their HQ.

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Carl Zeiss 3.5/18 Review

You've asked for it, so here is my spin on the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 3.5/18 ultra-wide angle lens. Once again, I won't get all geek/techie on you, rather I'll just give you my experiences, thoughts and impressions on using this lens. As you know from other reviews, I shoot with a Nikon D700 in full manual and keep my post-work in CS5 to a minimum - usually a contrast adjust or the occasional cross-balance when the mood strikes me. I love to keep my shots as close to SOOC as I can. With my Zeiss glass, I really find no need to do much post work. No need for color correction, sharpness layers, curves or what have you. A few people have questioned if the shots I post here are truly that good from Zeiss - I assure you they are. I keep my EXIF in tact so you can see for yourself. 

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Carl Zeiss 1.4/85 Review

After such an amazing response to my Carl Zeiss 2/35 review this weekend (and thanks to the article being posted by Carl Zeiss Lenses on Twitter and Facebook), I thought a review of the gorgeous Planar T* 1.4/85 was in line. Though this will by no means be a technical review, it'll be my impressions about using this lens (mainly for portraits). This lens ranks #1 in looks of any piece of glass I have held in my life. But this slice of heaven goes well beyond looks. Of my three CZ lenses in my bag, this is another almost permanent mount on my Nikon D700 (second only to the mind bogglingly amazing CZ 2/35). When I am not using my 2/35, chances are pretty good I am using my 1.4/85. And though I use this mainly for portrait work - don't limit yourself just to that. This is actually quite the versatile lens.

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Carl Zeiss 2/35 Review

The Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 is easily the favorite lens in my bag right now. And having a favorite among a bag of Carl Zeiss primes is no easy task, mind you. This "bokeh machine" has become my everyday walk around lens - mounted like a permanent fixture to my Nikon D700. I use it for vast nature landscapes, portraits and near macro photography. This is the king of all Carl Zeiss lenses in my humble opinion (though, they just came out with the Distagon T* 1.4/35 which is looking to be an absolutely stunning lens).

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