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Sony Alpha 7r and vintage and modern Fities
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:13:36 pm »

the fifties shootout on Flickr

I am guilty of owning a bunch of 50mm lenses, so I tested them against each other on the A7r.

The distance is around 1m, focus is in the GMB Card, light is one softbox from the side and one small flash in the upper corner.

I tried to focus on some of the problems I encounter in my daily life as a food photographer:

- Strong backlight with flare
- high contrast
- fringing on metal reflections
- textiles and moiree
- banding in reds
- dark, mushy shadows
- blown highlights

I was amazed how bad some lenses did, especially the EF 50mm 1.2

My two most favourite lenses, the Leica 50mm Lux asph and the Olympus OM 50mm f2 macro did just great, as did the 80 year old screwmount Elmar.

Unfortunately my metabones Mk3 stopped working, so I had to use the Mk1, which vignettes a lot, but you should get the idea.

these are plain shots Raw to Jpg, no adjustment was done, the difference in exposure is due to inconsistencies in F-Stops, I used a Profoto D4, which is very consistent.

Which is your favorite lens?

have fun

p.s.: If you don't like my methodology, I don't care a bit, I did this for me, not for you!


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Re: Sony Alpha 7r and vintage and modern Fities
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 04:15:13 am »

Thank you for this test Stefan!

The summilux is the best, the microcontrast is stellar, it makes me think about the Contax 120mm makro for the 645.
Flare control it is also really good.

So what do you think of the A7r? I have followed with interest your posts about shooting with the Canon and the MF which you didn't found good for your way of working.
Are you able to tether the camera and what's the software used?

I'm doing still life too so your opinions are really welcome.

Best regards

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