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Most adorable 50s - UPDATED: Sigma Art 50/1.4 DG HSM Review


Since a couple of chart based reviews of the new Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 on a Canon 5D Mk3 claimed, it comes close to the majestic Zeiss Otus 1.4/55, this lens has drawn my attention. If you have read the article about the "Most Adorable 50s", you may remember my conclusion that the Zeiss Otus is currently the reference for me in the range of 50mm lenses, providing results on a 36 MP sensor comparable to current medium format cameras and that the Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 1.8/55 was an "Otus light" for me. Time for another REAL WORLD comparison!

The candidates this time tested on a Sony A7R:
  • Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Nikon mount version)
  • Zeiss FE Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8
  • Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Zeiss Otus Apo Distagon T* 55mm f/1.4

As pricewise the Sigma Art 50/1.4 and the Zeiss FE 1.8/55 are closest to each other, this test focuses mainly on a direct comparison between these lenses but some aspects are compared in similar settings with the Summilux and the Otus as well.

Although the Sigma Art was designed for DSLR cameras, there are options to use the Canon EF-mount version with autofocus and aperture control also on the mirrorless A7 / A7R using a Metabones Mk III or IV or the A-mount version using a LA-EA4 adapter. The A-mount version is expected to come later this year. The Sigma Art 50/1.4 DG HSM is a complex optical construction with 13 lenses, the aperture has 9 blades and it weighs about 815g.


Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM with lens hood and quiver

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Fitness

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Fitness-Model: Yasmin

Camera: Sony A7R
Lenses for video:
- Leica Wide Angle Tri Elmar 16-21/4 ASPH
- Voigtlander Nokton 1.2/35 ASPH
- Zeiss FE 1.8/55

For the stills:
- Voigtlander Ultron 1.8/21 ASPH
- Zeiss FE 2.8/35
- Zeiss FE 1.8/55
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 1.8/85 G
- Sony STF 2.8/135

 

Flammenspuk - Fire Artistry Show "Rotkäppchen und der Wolf"

Enjoy "Rotkäppchen und der Wolf" performed by Caro and Kathleen from "Duo Flammenspuk" in Wildpark Schwarze Berge:

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Unfortunately there was heavy rain during the prformance. The video was recorded using Sony A7R with Voigtlander Ultron 1.8/21 and Zeiss FE 1.8/55 with SLR Magic Anamorphot.

For more information about "Flammenspuk", please visit http://www.flammenspuk.de

 

Greet the Merry Month of May


Just some spring shots that proof: Merry month of May has begun!

Flowers start blooming everywhere, weeds as well...

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Venetian Carnival, Fire Show and Masked Ball (more anamorphic productions)

March 2014 - Enjoy the mystic and colorful world of fairies, ice dragons, venetian masquerade and costumes. Follow them to the place of fire artists and dancers (filmed anamorphic, stretched to wide screen):


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The video was recorded using Sony A7R with Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 1.8/55 and SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x 50 described in more detail in this article: http://www.3d-kraft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=152&catid=40&Itemid=2

Another challenging application for the Anamorphot was using it on the Masked Ball 2014 in Hamburg:


(1080p version: https://vimeo.com/88542696)

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A journey from Chilean Patagonia across the land of Volcanos to Valparaiso captured with the Sony A7R


(Video available in 3K and 4K (1440p and 2160p) as well here: http://youtu.be/TlB-MIRYqRo)

If you ever thought about travelling to "the end of the world", this article may give you an impression, how I saw this terrific part of South America through my eyes (ok, to be more precise: through the Sony A7R with some lenses mentioned at the end). On this journey from Punta Arenas, the southernmost city on the South American mainland we crossed Patagonian snow capped mountains "Torres Del Paine", volcanos, fjords, exotic flora and fauna, chilled on Chiloe and roamed the narrow alleys of the Unesco world heritage Valparaiso.

For a better orientation about the locations shown here, you may use this interactive map:

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Anamorphic Project - First Tests of the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50, Updated!

09. Feb. 2013 - Part 1 & 2, testing the wide screen effect and image quality of the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x 50:

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This wide screen (21:9) sample video was recorded in Full HD (1920x1080p) using the Sony A7R with Zeiss FE 2.8/35 and Zeiss FE 1.8/55 combined with the new SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50 anamorphic ancillary lens. Subsequent horizontal stretching in postprocessing was applied in order to save more information from the original sensor resolution than simple letterboxing. Sorry for the sometimes a bit jittery pan shots but on that beautyful day I did not have a fluid tripod head available at my fingertips. There may be some additional jitter due to the uncommon video format that forces many decoders to switch from hardware to software decoding. Further test videos will focus more on creating flare and bokeh effects.

Here you see the diopter set and the Anamorphot used for the video attached to a Sony A7R with Zeiss FE 2.8/35mm lens and some additional step up adapter rings.


Looking through the lens shows the 1.33x squeeze:

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Most Adorable 50s - Zeiss Otus & Sonnar, Leica Noctilux & Summilux, SLR Magic HyperPrime


Some time ago, we already compared a large selection of more or less adorable 50mm lenses on an APS-C crop camera (NEX-7) here. Now it's time for a sequel where we squeeze out the currently most adored 50s attaching them to the 36 MP full frame Sony A7R.

The candidates this time were (from left to right, the Leica M bodies this time only acted as lens cap ;-)):

  • Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Zeiss FE Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8
  • Zeiss Otus Apo Distagon T* 55mm f/1.4
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95
  • Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

As far as I can remember, 50mm lenses always were a compromise and optimized for a certain purpose. So you had to decide between large aperture (typically f/1.4) portrait lenses designed for available light and optimized to isolate a subject in a range of 1 to 3 m from its environment with a smooth background blur or for a landscape lens that is perfectly sharp all over the frame at f/5.6 - f/8 on large distances. But 2013 Zeiss stepped in with a "no compromises" lens demonstrating that it is possible to build a lens covering all purposes with maximum image quality, the "Otus 1.4/55".

Only the Zeiss FE Sonnar T* 1.8/55 is a native lens that was launched by Sony together with their new series of full frame cameras, the A7 and A7R. All other lenses had to be adapted using a Leica M to E-mount adapter or (in case of the Otus in ZF.2 mount version) a F-mount to E-mount adapter. I do not want to bother you with too many details about these lenses. Some of them were already covered in other articles here and on other web sites and I am sure, you will be able to find out all technical data you need - otherwise feel free to contact me by E-mail.

In the first part of this comparison review we will use the lenses in real world situations where they are best suited for:

Portraits

The following series was taken at a subject distance of about 1.2m (approx. 4 ft.). All images are

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