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MarkWelsh
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« on: December 05, 2005, 04:48:40 PM »
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I know, we've all wondered at some point: which is the best 28mm lens on earth? Is it the new Leica  Elmarit? Is it the Hollywood Distagon? Or is it the f1.4 D Nikon?

Well I couldn't afford to do that test at the moment, so here's a vitally important and utterly amazing comparison of the much cheaper 28mm candidates for the title: the Nikon 28mm f2.8 AIS, the Zeiss 28mm Distagon f2.8 and the Olympus 28mm f2. Watch this space for the really expensive second round, and the crowning of the world's finest 28mm lens early next year.

 28mm Group Test: Nikon f2.8 AIS v Olympus f2 v Zeiss f2.8
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005, 09:20:06 PM »
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I know, we've all wondered at some point: which is the best 28mm lens on earth? Is it the Leica Super Elmarit? Is it the Hollywood Distagon? Or is it the f1.4 D Nikon?

Well I couldn't afford to do that test at the moment, so here's a vitally important and utterly amazing comparison of the much cheaper 28mm candidates for the title: the Nikon 28mm f2.8 AIS, the Zeiss 28mm Distagon f2.8 and the Olympus 28mm f2. Watch this space for the really expensive second round, and the crowning of the world's finest 28mm lens early next year.

 28mm Group Test: Nikon f2.8 AIS v Olympus f2 v Zeiss f2.8
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Thanks! I know the work that goes into these tests, and it's much appreciated.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2005, 09:48:03 AM »
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Mark,

Thanks for another terrific test. Confirms what I have found with my Contax 28mm.

I am looking forward to your 24mm tests as I am looking to buy a prime of this focal length. I have heard that Contax is not very good in this category and hope to find something in the same league as their 21 and 28.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2005, 07:30:56 PM »
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The Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 will produce a rather nice 8x10. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It will autofocus. The diaphram will close down automatically to working aperture. It's hard to find a fault with it, unless you get out the magnifying glass. But I prefer to look at my prints from a comfortable distance. ;-)
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2005, 06:36:10 PM »
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mark,
i think i've read posts of yours on fred's forums. just as an aside, could you recommend a us zeiss dealer? looking for the vario 35-70 but can only find the shadiest of brooklyn (crooklyn!) camera houses listing it.
greatly appreciated,
dabreeze
sedona, arizona
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2005, 07:24:10 PM »
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I have a related question. I am a Nikon user. I expect to be in The North shooting Aurora. The experts recommend both wide and fast lenses. The 28 - 1.4 is fast however the crop increases the FL to 42. has anyone seen tests or had personal experience with 14 MM or 17-35 for this purpose. I have been looking at primes initially.
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2005, 05:33:58 PM »
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I have a beautiful guaranteed ultra-sharp CZ35-70mm f3.4 for sale if you're interested - you can contact me at mark (at ) 16-9.net
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2006, 01:47:30 AM »
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I have a related question. I am a Nikon user. I expect to be in The North shooting Aurora. The experts recommend both wide and fast lenses. The 28 - 1.4 is fast however the crop increases the FL to 42. has anyone seen tests or had personal experience with 14 MM or 17-35 for this purpose. I have been looking at primes initially.
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    i use a 16-35  f2.8  on my Canon MKII with a 1.3 crop factor.  I often have to put it in portrait and shoot a series of 5 or 6 shots to create the pano's that I like.  I know I would feel highly constrained if I had a 28mm on a 1.4 crop. You would be relegated to only catching a small part of the aurora at any given time. Primes are indeed a great thing but with a zoom you can come in a bit closer if there is an appropriately tighter shot.  My advice is to keep the lens at f2.8 or faster so the exposure is not longer than 30 sec max, and get it as wide as you can in a rectilinear lens.
[a href=\"http://www.pbase.com/santa/aurora]http://www.pbase.com/santa/aurora[/url]    The more recent shots the last few months are much better than the early ones, I hope.
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