All posts tagged ZEISS

“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.” Berenice Abbott
1898 – 1991


April 20, have been testing my Canon 300 L vs a Canon 100-400 L ( version I ) . Maybe I’ll post some test shots, but long story short… the 300 L is the better lens, hands down. To make things more fair I want to buy a TC like a Canon Extender EF 1.4X III. That would make my 300 L about 420mm on my Canon 5D full frame camera. Of course then I wont be able to get f4. Maybe then things will even out. More about this later.

This is my blog, not a portfolio. Just me taking shots everyday and put almost no effort in them. Write about the cameras and lenses I use, and write about pros and cons about my gear.


Also a tought…. what about the wonderful Canon 70-200mm L IS II. And a Canon Extender EF 2X III. That should be like a 400mm f6,3 on full frame ?  Want to try out that combo too. Dont know if the 2x converter will work properly with the 70-200 2.8 L IS II. But well worth a try. It’s the AF that’s worry me.

The Canon 300mm L f2.8 IS version II + the Canon Extender EF 2X III is of course another possibility to get more reach.



Here is pictures of Canon’s Tele Converters, they are mounted between lens and camera body. You gain focal length and loose light, to explain it simple.


April 10, this Sunday was used for a long walk with my Canon 5D. Here is some shots from this day :







April 5, one of my all time favourite pocket cameras is the Canon S95. Not a perfect camera in any way. But it’s very very small, easy to use and has a pretty sharp lens with 28mm to 105mm ( i think ) zoom capability. Also use it some for video. It’s a rough camera you always can trust. Always works and have never had any problems with the S95’s. Like that little camera a lot.736-2016-Ulf-Greger

I have bought a S95 three times. All given away as gifts to family members and friends that wanted to have something better than a mobile phone camera, and learn more. After returning the Fujifilm X70 i have borrowed a S95 again to use as street camera until I buy something better again.

I have to work some with the Canon S95 jpg’s. Poor ISO performance and small sensor makes the jpg’s a little grainy. But for street that does not bother me much. In black and white I think it looks pretty good. I dont use RAW with my pocket cameras. Only my DSLR’s. Another bonus is very small jpg files. Just about 1,5MB each, so a cheap 16GB SD card last forever on that thing.  Edited in PS they are just 160kb each.

Here is a couple of shots done with the Canon S95 last days :



April 3, have returned the Fujifilm X70 and are using my Canon 5D with a 35mm as walkaround camera. Sometimes I have the ‘new’ 300mm L lens with me. Seagulls shot with the 300.
also use my Pentax ME Super, analog film camera with ILFORD Delta 100 black & white film.


April 1, some random pictures.







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There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
Ansel Adams






Had to open my Kenwood KA-5500 and do a cleanup and service. Fixed the VU meters. It’s working fine now.





A picture of my old dog. Had to post a snow picture. There is no snow here in Hvaler, Norway right now.

603-klipsch-heritage-Ulf-GregerA new set of loudspeakers this month too. Klipsch Tangent 4000. Basicly a ported Klipsch Heresy II. A very rare loudspeaker only made one year. The sound is awesome. Sounds like a true Klipsch Heritage loudspeaker.  Better images will be posted, it’s the black larger ones.

607-klipsch-heritage-Ulf-GregerA picture to show that unusual Klipsch Heritage logo sign on the Tangent 4000 speaker’s.

All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger. Feel free to contact me about anything. email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

The biggest cliche in photography is sunrise and sunset – Catherine Opie

November is here. Starting to get cold here in Norway again. Here is some of this month’s random pictures.




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This is my photoblog, random everyday shots. Not a portfolio. Just sharing some pictures I take. So far this month I have used a borrowed Canon S95 compact camera and my Canon 5D mk III with Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2.

All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger.
.Feel free to contact me about anything. email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.  ~Lewis Hine

The Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/35 ZE lens review. Not a pro review but
my opinion with test shots and having fun with it. Going to be my only lens for a long time so bookmark this blog if you want to know more about the Zeiss Distagon f/2.

Walked a friends Rottweiler for a couple of hours at the beach near my house and got this shot I liked a lot.Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

After a week or two I bought a new Carl Zeiss. The Distagon T*2/35 lens this time. Wanted to test it before parting with my cash this time so bought it at my local Japan Photo shop in Fredrikstad.  Smaller and much lighter lens. Same build quality as the CZ Distagon T* 35mm 1.4but only f2, so not as fast. This time NO more error messages and lost photos 🙂 This one is a keeper for sure and after two months with Canon 24 L mk II as my only lens it’s Distagon time for the rest of this year 🙂
I really love this lens.
This is my very first shot. Took about 100 shots in the shop at Japan Photo to make sure there was no error messages on this one too. Focus point on top of the monitor, not the man behind it. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

The Weight is 530 grams, VS Distagon 35 1.4’s  850 grams it feels lightweight. My only camerabody is my two year old Canon 5D mk II, and it feels just right balanced with the The Carl Zeiss Distagon T*2/35 lens.

It renders photographs in a different way than Canon’s 35 L that I also have owned. I think the Canon 24 L mk II is much better than the 35 L. But ZEISS lenses is different. Better than the 35 L and different from the 24 L mk II. I dont know why I like it so much. Part the image quality and part the micro contrast. Also love the build quality. All metal and glass and super smooth operation. Even the lens hood is metal. This lens is built like a tank!

Here is something that happens with the ZEISS Distagon a lot. Missed focus. This is the drawback with this manual focus lens. Only myself to blame. I had focus but there was movement and at f2 there is not hope in h**l that it gets sharp. At wide open you have to know the camera and lens. But I get the feeling for it now.

Here the focus is right on the compass over the the orange/red rescue bag. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Here is a crop from picture above. Not 100% crop. As you can see, when you hit focus it’s sharp. All out of focus shots I can only blame myself., not the Distagon lens 🙂 Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

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Distagon T* 2/35 ZE. ( only one Photoshopped in this post )

From old fortress town in Fredrikstad, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE. Quote from a photography forum : Zeiss glass has remarkable color. I can’t say if it’s the design, the T* coatings or heck.. magic fairy dust.

Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

I had a dream of a Lecia M9. But just signed a contract for a new roof on my house. So I have to stick with my Canon /ZEISS combo for at least another year or two. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

From old fortress town in Fredrikstad, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Another old Canon 😉 From old fortress town in Fredrikstad, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE Wide open.

Another canon, same place. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

This is where we put those Nikon owners in Norway 😉 Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Caterpillar Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Same caterpillar picture cropped ( not 100% crop ) Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

A friend and her dog. It’s an Akita named Sherry. Hvaler, Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

View from a old Volvo, Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Another picture from testing the lens at the shop. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Warranty card and box. At home. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

Some flowers by Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35/2,0 ZE / Canon mount

A rope. Location – Hvaler , Norway. Distagon T* 2/35 ZE

It’s manual focus only, but on 35mm on down, this is really not a big issue. When you apply a bit of sharpening to this and the other Zeiss glass it’s like a mystical event. The images are sharp to begin with, but move it up a bit and all of that micro contrast reveals images so detailed and real it has to be seen to be believed.
It’s not all perfect, it vignettes like crazy at f2, but by f2.8 this pretty much clears up. I’ll take it though as the balance of performance is amazing. Their are sharper lenses like Zeiss Makro Planar 100 and Canon 135 L, Leica Summilux M 50mm F1.4 ASPH ( and many other Leica lenses ) , though this is very sharp, the micro-contrast is where the Zeiss products shine. They can appear sharper and more real because of this they 3D pop like nothing else.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T*2/35
This is what this lens looks like.

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35/2,0 ZE . Canon mount.


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