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Shot with the Loxia 85 mm
Shot with the Loxia 85 mm
Shot with the Loxia 85 mm  ... do not pay too much attention to the first two columns on the left; the image was shot at f 2,8
Shot with the Loxia 85 mm ... do not pay too much attention to the first two columns on the left; the image was shot at f 2,8
Shot with a shitty kit- lens
Shot with a shitty kit- lens

Review of the Zeiss Loxia 85 mm f 2,4

This photo has been cropped slightly, to make the columns look straight and to crop some stuff on the right; it has been shot at f 2,4. Since the model has been moving, the focus is not perfectly on her face.

 

Pay attention to the incredible micro contrast and the rich tonality

85 mm is the ideal focal length to take portraits and at f 2,4 this lens has a very nice transition from in-focus-areas to out-of-focus areas even at f 2,8.

Some complain that the lens renders colors muted; others describe punchy colors. In my view, what is described as muted colors is the incredible way in which this lens renders skin colors.

 

 

The lens has god contrast and renders tonal transition very nicely

The grain has been inserted for artistic purpose in post. Some color grading done also
The grain has been inserted for artistic purpose in post. Some color grading done also
Again, a cropped image to straigthen the columns and to get rid of some clutter
Again, a cropped image to straigthen the columns and to get rid of some clutter
a more artistic take with the widely spread orange and teal look added in post
a more artistic take with the widely spread orange and teal look added in post

M.ZUIKO 12‑40mm 1:2.8 PRO review

M. Zuiko 12- 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12- 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12- 40 mm
M. Zuiko 12- 40 mm
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro
M. Zuiko 12 - 40 mm pro

my most favorite lens in the mft system

Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
Olympus 45 mm F 1,8
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Nocturnus 50mm F0,95 review

As you can see from the sample images, the lens is rather soft wide open. In my view, this is no disadvantage since the overall- look of the image is more harmonic like that; the character of the photo becomes painterly, feminine dreamy. Like this, the transition from in- focus- areas to out- of- focus- areas is very pleasing.

On the second photo you can see that the bokeh balls are rendered egg shell shaped, even at the center of the image. Yet, the overall quality of the bokeh is very pleasing.

 

The colors which are coming from this lens are saturated and punchy, which befits well the way this lens renders in general. The way this lens renders tonality, which is best seen in black and white is it's biggest weakness in my opinion, when compared to other expensive lenses. You can get punchy black and white photos, but I wished the gradual transition of values would be a little better.

 

Chromatic aberration can cause some problems, as you might expect from such a fast lens. Just be aware of it.

 

The construction of every lens is a trade- off. Since the Nocturnus is built for extreme speed, there are some downsides by definition. I actually do love this lens and it gave me fantastic images; Even though, this lens has some downsides as well, I would say that some of my most favored images I have been taken with this lens. It gives you enormous artificial possibilities. I would never give this lens away anymore.

Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
Nocturnus 50mm F0,95
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M. Zuiko 75mm F1,8 review

M. Zuiko 75mmm F1,8
M. Zuiko 75mmm F1,8
M. Zuiko 75mm F1,8
M. Zuiko 75mm F1,8
M. Zuiko 75mm F1,8
M. Zuiko 75mm F1,8
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