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Snowy trip - first real shootout with 24mm CZ

Discussion in 'Nature' started by Poki, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Today the weather was good for the first time for weeks now, so I instantly decided to go out and give my 24mm a long shootout. For comparison and 'cos the weather was pretty bad the last time I chose the same route as on December 25th with the 16mm Pancake.

    Here's the first shot. It was pretty hard to get - I had to went about 150 meter through deep, soft snow where I sinked in up to my knees. In the end I stand about 50 minutes at the same place, hip deep snow around me, waiting for the perfect moment. Finally the moment came with two birds crossing in the perfect light. Afterwards, my jeans were frozen up to my knees which didn't make it any easer going back through the snow ... But yeah, that's a hobby photographers life. ;)

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    The second one I shot later on from a hidden place I discovered today and processed from a single raw. It turned out pretty well, if you like this type of photographs.

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    I'll post more tomorrow - have to take a warm shower now. ^^

    Some words on the 24mm Zeiss: It's amazing how sharp corner-to-corner it is even wide open and it seems like it doesn't have any real weakness (if you don't count the easy to correct CAs). It's just about perfect. :)

    Here's one for comparison I shot on december 25th at almost exactly the same place with the 16mm pancake, just to show one more side of this landscape.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/48126456@N05/6569370425/" title="Winter Landscape by Poki5, on Flickr">"1024" height="682" alt="Winter Landscape"></a>

    What do you think?
     
  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Looks very good.
     
  3. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    hey, this is indicative of the quality of the lens, heck, I love the sunset, the first pictures are beautiful
     
  4. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    This is beautiful mountain country! Your first photo has a stunning impact on me... I cannot tell if it is because of the unusual shade of cadmium yellow which I only see in paintings and very seldom in photographs... or maybe it is the wide open snow-covered landscape.

    I admire your perseverance, and it's nice to see that you have been rewarded. Thank you very much for sharing this experience with us.
     
  5. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Thanks for your feedback!

    @freddytto: The color rendering and character of this lens are really nice. :)

    @Dioptrick: The snow-covered landscapes are really nice here - at least to photograph. But sometimes you just wish it was summer when you live here. ;)
    And yep - I'm pretty happy with the results today. Usually I just get one shot a day I'm happy with - this time I got at least three (have to raw-convert the rest) which feels pretty rewarding. :)
     
  6. lapdog99

    lapdog99 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    Colorado
    The golden hour makes it worth the hike. Freehand or tripod? What settings? Any filter on the lens?
     
  7. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    @lapdog99: This shot was freehand with ISO 200, f/8 and 1/200 shutter speed. This was the only shot I made with the Auto-HDR function of the NEX in Aperture priority mode. I think it would be possible to process about the same image from a raw file, but after some tries the HDR-function seemed pretty compelling and besides a little sharpness loose compared to the normal picture it turned out better than my raw files.

    And I used no filter. I don't want to use a cheap filter on this lens, and I'm still thinking which filter to buy.
     
  8. lapdog99

    lapdog99 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 3, 2011
    Colorado
    Thanks for the info. Recommend B&W filter.
     
  9. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Heliopan, same level as B+W, but these 49mm UV filters cost more than what I payed for my 55mm Takumar! :)

    Hoya UV filters are high end Japanese and a little cheaper... the multi-coated are best, but also consider the "slim" types to avoid vignetting because your CZ is a wide angle.
     
  10. Jin Han

    Jin Han TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 19, 2012
    Malaysia
    nice one poki! :)
    hey its a ziess!
     
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    I might give these a go, as I'm using a vivitar variable ND filter and I'm getting vignetting on my lens.
     
  12. jfazer

    jfazer TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 1, 2011
    Spain
    Great pics of landscapes!
    I like especially the second one! Awesome silhouette!
     
  13. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

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    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    John
    wonderful vistas!!
     
  14. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    NYC
    First 2 have lovely colors, excellent.
     
  15. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Thanks for the tips for the filter. I'll order a UV and a B1 Skylight filter today in combination with a Kinetronics Speckgrabber for sensor cleaning. Oh man, photography gets more expensive year over year ... ^^
     
  16. tdekany

    tdekany TalkEmount Rookie

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Portland OR
    Beautiful pictures Poki - what part of Austria is that? I used to live around Gmunden.