As you can probably tell, there is plenty of sharpness. I have read alot of rewievs tough, that says there is no or little CA. i would not agree. there is CA in alot of the pics. The picture of my grandma for example. Look at the crop of her glasses, its tack sharp, but there is CA in there. Aswell as in the crop from the sign, there is little CA around the letters in the sticker.
But contrast and sharpness is great! and the lens is lighter then i expected 🙂 And it looks damn good on the A7r!
We´ll, dont know how satisfied i am with this “test”. My guess is that the Sony Fe 55 missed focus slightly on the F8 shot (The branch in front of the sign is more in focus on the Sony shot). The Minolta has no doubt the best center sharpness at f8, between these shots atleast.
Apart from that the Sony Fe 55mm f1.8 win on all fronts (wideopen). We´ll perhaps not shortest DOF in the first shot, the other 2 are f1.4 the Sony beeing f1.8.
As far as sharpness wideopen goes, the Sony wins. Contrast seems pretty much on pair with the Samyang (but the Sony is better 🙂 ), the Minolta lacks pretty heavy in that area. Wideopen the Minolta also got that Strange “Vail”. Same milky layer as the Canon 50mm f1.8 has wideopen if you ever used that lens.
The f1.4 of the other blurs the background just slightly more than the Sony, if you look at the numbers in the background the are more obvious, partly because of the better contrast of the Sony but also due to the longer dof of the Sony.
(its says f1.8~2 because the other 2 dont have an f stop for f1.8 so its somewhere between f1.8 and f2)
Thats it for now 🙂
100% crop from above
Added some extra sharpness to the Dynafit part of the this pic in PS with the High Pass filter function. it was taken at 1/60 so i got some blur.
Sharpend in LR and removed some CA from the bike spokes.
All pics above, Sony A7r + Sony Fe 28mm f2 @f2
Got some new found love for the Fe 28mm. I understood right away that it was a good lens, but after that it sort of fell in to the dark. 28 is not narrow like the 35 im used to, and its not wide like a 24. So it always felt wrong in my spine when i framed a shot and i didn´t get it right from the start.
But now, when its starting to settle, i realize this is an amazing lens.
200g or something ?(light as f…)
Fast af (Its got af! 🙂 im used to mf)
Even bokeh is nice!
This is a nifty 28! 🙂 Not quite pocketable but not far away either. Compared to the Nokton 17.5mm for m yEm5 i had befor i got the Sony A7r, the 28mm beats it on all levels. Its sharper, rather much sharper actually, so even though this is an f2 and its wider then the Nokton (35mm equvalent) and the Nokton would be an f1.9 in FF terms. The Fe28 feels like it gives more pop.
With the Mft system and the Noktons i always added some Highpass in PS when i was sharpening, even without highpass in the Fe28 shots you have more pop and sharpness. Editing can get you along way but the lack of detail, well, thats a fact. Kind of hard to get around.
CA is pretty apparent on the 28mm aswell, both green and purple, the difference is not that much better then the Nokton but, its clearly better.
And you get all this, at less then half the weight, half the price, in a smaller package, with AF, on a FF body, with less effort (both in post, and physically) …
I rest my case 🙂
My patience ran out today, my ebay adapter is running late. So i taped my Minolta 50mm to the Konica mount i got last week, it turned out alright 🙂
Really want the real adapter now, this lens seem to offer ALOT of bang for the buck. (140Usd, including customs/shipment, 115Us without :/)
Great sharpness, CA is well controled and nice bokeh! 🙂
Pics taken with A7r + Minolta mc 50mm @1.4 iso100 (Last one Em5 + Nokton 17.5mm @f0.95)
Em5+Nokton 17.5 pro list:
Body is smaller
Smaler RAW files
Faster camera (scrolling through pics, zooming etc.)
10(ish) pics per sec
Better allrounder (mostly goes for the camera body)
A7r+FE 28mm pro list:
Great dynamic range
Sharper? (By a really thin hair.)
Lighter (around 340g, the A7 strap is on the Em5 in the picture above:p)/smaller (shorter lens)
More “pop” (Even though f0.95 = f1.9 on fullframe)
Faster shutter speed
And the winner is…? Dont know really. That depends on alot of things. the 12-32, 7.5mm and the 40-150 probably weighs the same togeather as 1 zoom lens does for the A7r.
For allround use, the mft system is great, there are light and small lenses. Small bodies with IBIS. Sure the never A7´s got that too but then they will be alot bigger and heavier.
The MFT system´s got the Noktons, so you can get short DOF and great sharpness. And then we have the Fullframe sensor 🙂 It has alot of cons, but also a few important pros, too some people.
Am i one of those people? i Think so… Not totally shure though.
Time will tell…
Em-5+Nokton 17.5mm f0.95, Iso 1000, 1/20
A7 + Nokton 35mm f1.2, iso 1600, 1/30
Both shot at Aperture priority, WB auto.
Here is some sort of comparison between the A7 and the Em5 both with Noktons, both is wideopen, almost same angle and distance from the glass, about 40cm?
As you can see it could have been done alot more accurate, its a bit off.
We were just having a köpp (coffee) and talking while i was trying som casual shots with my buddie, Rickards new A7.
(He just started posting pictures and his thoughts on the A7 here: http://www.mstadfoto.se/blogg/ )
Sharp stuff! Creamy bokeh! 🙂
And my thoughts? Well, like i said, i just took a few pics while we had a köpp. So i have´nt really made upp my mind about much yet.
BUT Bokeh is totally awesome on the A7. In the comparison shots above, there is more detail and such in the 17.5mm shot, but with in body image stabilizer and a longer DOF then you get on FF @1.2, so ofcourse you will have more detail/sharpness. Dof on Full frame f1.2 at this distance is almost nothing.
There is less noise on the A7 thats for sure. And that totally blown out background, i cant deny thats what i want in my photos, perhaps the 2000 USD Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 is the way to go ? 🙂
The shutter button on the A7 is kind of saucy, the em5 totally wins on that regard 😉 And as far as looks go, i think the A7 looks awesome, lens with the adapter, maybe not so much.
But al in all it still looks good.
Weight is about the same (em5 with part one of HLD6), more glass in the 17.5mm f0.95 then in the 35mm f1.2 but the A7 weighs more then the em5? (i am not shure about this)
And the shots above, to me, the A7s auto WB is alot better, and i think colors are to. I had to change the WB of the em5 quite alot befor it looked somewhat like reality.
But in the end the A7s colors still look better, more calm then the Em5 produce with the Noktons.
Stay tuned 2 www.mstadfoto.se if you are looking for more A7 shots!
Thats all folks!
The crops in the shots are not of the same size, and thats due to the differens in MP of the sensors, 21.1 vs 16 i think? And i had to stop down the Sigma to get ~equal dof. (f1.9 would have been better..)
The sigma appears a tiny bit sharper, and that is stopped down (wideopen its not) and thanks to the bigger sensor. Well thats about as far im prepared to go in to that discussion.
Have a look at the pictures and make up your own mind as what combo you would prefer.
My empression so far? Well, its not going to come of my Om-d for some time i am guessing. I totally love it, i love the 17.5mm aswell.
The 17.5 has somewhat wideangle wich makes it a bit harder to shoot with. but when you get it right, it is right.
When you get it right the same goes for the 42.5. But with the 42.5 you can take a dump right where your standing. Then take a picture of it, and its going to look awesome.
Its not quite that easy with the 17.5 even though its awesome.
(but thats my opinion when it comes to most quality 35&85mm FF equivalent lenses. 35mm looks better but is harder to shoot with, due to the wider angle)
More updates later.
So the Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f0.95 just arrived today! Totaly Stoked!
And i have to say, so far it has exceeded my expectations. Compared to the Nokton 17.5mm its better in everyway. Sharper,less distortion,less CA. to name a few.
These are only my first impressions, as i said i got it earlier today.
And as you can see in the pictures above, there are plenty of CA in some situations. Around text in shot 1 and the camera in shot 7.
But its sharp! as you can see in picture 1. The text in that shot is not big, and its readable. with some highpass in PS and some CA correction that would look awesome i think.
Focus is smooth as it is on the 17.5mm, its got the same feel to it as far as handling goes.
Colors are alot better in the 42.5, compared to the 17.5 and so is bokeh, but not as big difference as i believe the colors are.
In shot 6 ithink you see some sort distortion, again, not as much as in the 17.5.
And the ability to isolate subjects comes alot closer to that FF feel that you, perhaps same as me, feel you are missing ever since you switched to MFT. The noktons, atleast the 17.5 and the 42.5 will get you alot closer to that. Havent used the 25mm much, but from the very little i have used it, it seemed to be alot less sharp then these 2 badasses.
Settings and gear info:
OM-D Em-5 + HLd6 + Voigtländer Nokton 42.5mm f0.95
Pic Nr :6 shot @f8 with B+W ND110 and B+W ND8 60 sec shutter
The rest is shot wideopen (f0.95 ! 🙂 ) with either no filter, B+W ND4 or B+W ND8.
Well thats all for now, gotto get back out there befor the sun goes down!
ill post some more shots as soon as i can!
(and for those who will scroll down and look at my previous post shot with the 17.5mm, they will look sharpeer because i have shaprend them more
not because the lens is sharper, i thought i would try and demonstrate the “actuall” sharpness of the 42.5mm here.)