Zeiss Biogon 28/2.8 ZM first impressions

Today, I received my new Carl Zeiss Biogon T* 28/2.8 ZM, which I decided to get after I realised how much I liked the ZM line’s rendering on the M8. So I sold my 28/1.9 Ultron, which I had only bought a couple months ago, but with which I never really got friends completely.

After pickung up the Biogon from the post office, I put in on my M8 immediately and started taking a couple of test frames. Initially, I was a bit disappointed as the colour rendering was not how I remembered it from my 35/2 Biogon, but then I realised that was because the UV/IR filter was lacking and it was harsh mid-day light … So when I got back home, I attached the 46mm filter I still had from the Ultron and — there it was, the famous Zeiss rendering with bold colours, strong contrast and the so-called “3D-pop”.

Granted, a 28mm f/2.8 lens has a considerably larger depth-of-field than a 35mm f/2 lens, thus exhibiting less background blurring and less subject separation. Still, the 28 Biogon shows the same rendering as the other lenses in the Zeiss ZM lineup — to a certain degree.

To illustrate what I am talking about, here are two frames I snapped this afternoon before heading off to work:

Leica M8 + Biogon 28/2.8 @ f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 160

Leica M8 + Biogon 28/2.8 @ f/2.8, 1/45 sec, ISO 160

So far, I am very pleased with how this lens renders, and it’s exactly the same way (albeit with a shorter focal length and slower aperture) as my old 35/2 Biogon which, in retrospective, I loved very much. We’ll see how I get along with the one stop slower aperture compared to the 28/1.9 Ultron, but I think the gain in image quality more than makes good for the lack of speed.

A day out

Yesterday, we took advantage of the nice (well, nicer) weather (it’s slowly getting warmer) and went for a little trip. Here are some impressions of that day.

"Ice cream" | Leica M8 + Nokton 50/1.5 @ f/1.5, 1/90 sec, ISO 160

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PAD-Project: Week #1, Picture #6

Today, the weather was fine and we used the opportunity to go on a little trip and have a good time. We also used the opportunity to get our first ice cream of the season!

PAD #5 | "First ice cream" | Leica M8 + Nokton 50/1.5 @ f/1.5, 1/180 sec, ISO 160

I tried to give the picture a bit of an old-fashioned colour slide film look with some grain, but I don’t know if I succeeded. Comments & critique welcome!

A photographic review of 2010

So 2010 is over. And as it is with things past, we tend to forget them through the daily work that occupies us. 2010 was quite a year, though. Many things happened. I’ve learned a lot of stuff. I have so many great and some not so great memories. I can’t do justice to all of them. So, here’s a little photographic review of 2010. One picture for each month — except for April, since I’ve lost all my pictures from April due to a harddisk crash in late 2010. (This is one of the not so great memories …)

January: Emil watching the snow fall through our balcony door. (This picture was featured in Steve Huff’s “Daily Inspiration” column.)

Olympus E-P1 + OM Zuiko 50/1.8

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First walk in the new year

"New Year's walk" | Leica M8 + Ultron 28/1.9 @ f/4, 1/1500 sec, ISO 160

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