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Kodak Medalist and Fuji GW690III comparison image

I've been playing with my new Kodak Medalist II the last couple of months, and suddenly realized I have a direct comparison image from the Kodak and Fuji GW690III taken during my mountain scene test shots.  I still haven't had the chance to do a proper test sequence with the Kodak, but I will once I get a few spare minutes, and of course take some other sample shots too.

Fun fact; the Kodak Medalist 100mm lens is so sharp, you have to be very careful about focusing, you can't just crank it out to infinity at long distances like you do with other cameras, like the Fuji GW690III.  Crazy, but I screwed up most of the Kodak mountain test shots because I focused on the ridgeline behind the houses in the center, instead of the center house, oh well, $20 in film and processing down the drain...

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A quick comparison between 135 and 6×9 film

Here's a quick comparison of the resolution between two excellent fixed lens cameras, the Olympus 35 SP, and the Fuji GW690III.  Both cameras have the same aspect ration, and about the same coverage and depth of field, that's why this comp will have some value if you want to know the quality you'll need for large print sizes.  Of course there are other differences between the two films sizes other than just resolution potential, but this is just a quick write up until I dedicate a post to the subject.

The Olympus 35 SP has a 42mm lens, and uses 135 cartridge film, known by hobbists as "35mm" film, which isn't actually 35mm for the imaging area, but that's for another post.  Image area is about 24x36mm

The Fuji GW690III has a 90mm lens and uses 120 roll film, with a size known as 6x9, but it isn't actually 6x9cm, that's also for another post.  Image area is about 56x83mm

Both lenses are widely known to be extremely sharp, and have very similar coverage areas; the Fuji would be about 40-41mm converted to 135 format, so it's at a slight disadvantage for this comparison.

To sum up the two images quickly; I'm actually surprised...

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Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm F/4 and Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM comparisons

Here are some comparison crops for you to check out, this time it's between the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM, and the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm F/4.  This is the final comparison that I have for the Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM lens. I've compared this lens with four others over the last month; two primes, the Sony Zeiss FE 55/1.8, and Sony Zeiss FE 35/2.8, plus two zooms, the Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/4 OSS, and finally, the one in this post.

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Sony 24-70mm GM, Zeiss lens comparsions

I've finally completed the comparison page for the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM, and Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/4 lenses.

I'm surprised at the results at 24mm, and 70mm, the Zeiss is not really that much different at wide apertures.  The GM lens really shines in the centers at all apertures and focal lengths, and it's very noticeable in these crops.

The Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM (B&H Photo) would be great for someone (with deep pockets) that likes to shoot street scenes and landscapes, and wants near prime lens performance, but is not bothered by a large and heavy lens.

The Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F/4 (B&H Photo,) is about half the price (and heft), of the GM, but is totally adequate for day to day shooting if you don't plan on printing tack sharp 24x36" posters.  I never print that big, and find the Zeiss will continue to meets my needs in the future, so I'm not going to add the GM lens to my stable at this time.  Both lenses offer a lot of performance for the money, you just have to figure out how you're going to use the lens, and what features and qualities are important to you...

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Zeiss 35/2.8 and Sony 24-70/2.8 GM comparisons.

Here are more comparison crops for you to check out, this time it's between the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 GM, and the Sony Zeiss 35mm F/2.8; which is a good little lens (reviewed here), but is it as sharp as a zoom lens?  If you aren't interested in reading the whole post, I'll save you some time; the zoom is sharper for the most part all the way around!  Read more...

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Zeiss 25/2, and Rokinon 24/1.4 resolution comparison.

Check out some comparison crops, and the full size versions too of the Rokinon 24mm F/1.4 which I'm currently reviewing. The relatively inexpensive Rokinon is not to bad in resolution in the centers and corners, but contrast is lacking, as is quality control, see the bottom of the comp for more info.

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