Posted on December 11, 2013
I shot this in the evening light on a very cloudy day with a Carl Zeiss 135mm f2 APO Sonnar lens, and I don’t think any other lens could have pulled this much color and quality out an ordinary scene that was terribly washed out by the cloudy grey light of the day. This is straight out of the camera with no processing of any kind.
Posted on December 8, 2013
The irony of this photo is twofold: 1) the dark clouds and harsh colors of the lighting are so ominous and spot on with the daunting feeling that entering the city for a new work week can produce, 2) this photo was taken with a lens that I purchased, tried for one day, and returned the very next day because I didn’t like it at all (but I love this photo!).
The photo was taken with a Canon 24-70mm f2.8 II zoom lens which has rave reviews consistently across the board. I decided to give it a try because of all the hype, and I ended up returning it within 24 hours. The optics were exceptionally good for a zoom lens, but it could not compare in any way to my standby wide angle street lenses, the Zeiss 25mm f2 and the Zeiss 35mm f1.4. The Canon focus ring was short and stiff, and it felt like an overpriced piece of plastic in my hand. The 70mm focal length is awkward and particularly unaesthetic, and the optics start to suffer at the most useful end of the zoom, 24mm.
Great photo. Not-so-great lens.