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Unboxing the $4,000 55mm F1.4 Zeiss Otus (Postman Fro)

Jared Polin September 10, 2014 Comments Off

I had the opportunity to get my hands on the Zeis Otus 55mm F1.4 not to long ago from AllensCamera.com. As some of you know I have already done a comparison review of the Outus vs Sigma 50mm F1.4 and you can find the results right here.

What would you expect when unboxing a $4,000 lens? Amazing packaging, quality sniff test or simply a lighter wallet. Like I said during my review, I personally can not see spending that much money on such a specialized lens.

But as is my goal with everything I post on the site, it is up to you to determine based off the information I present whether or not these items are right for you.

Please check out AllensCamera.com

For GERMAN Eyes Only Or Anyone Going To Photokina

Jared Polin September 9, 2014 Comments Off

I will be spending two full days walking around the show floor at Photokina on Tuesday 9/16 and Wednesday 9/17. If you see Stephen or I feel free to stop and say hello, we would love to talk with you.

There wont be a RAWtalk this time around but there will be a FREE Meetup on Wednesday evening at 8pm. We will meet at the Kolner Dom on the stairs facing the train station.

The plan is to meet there with you guys and than make our way to a bar for some drinks.

The last time we were in Colgne we had a fantastic time, I hope we can match it this time around.

I look forward to meeting you all.

Extended Lightroom Portrait Edit!

Adam Lerner September 8, 2014 Comments Off

In this video, I take you thru my portrait photo editing process from start to finish. I share with you tons tips and tricks and unlock so many excellent nuggets in Lightroom!

So much of what can make a good image great happens in post processing. I firmly believe that it’s essential to edit your RAW photos. It’s one thing to take a great photo and another thing to do a great edit and I feel an image isn’t finished until it’s properly edited.

In this video, I start by using a Lightroom Develop preset as my baseline. I love presets and often start with them and tweak from there. Not all presets work well just as they are, but can provide a great starting point for an edit. I then go thru the Develop module and show you guys my process for editing and retouching an image all in Lightroom every step of the way.

Lightroom is incredibly robust and full of amazing features. There is no right or wrong with editing, but I feel that less is more and when editing it’s about a gradual progression. My goal is to elevate a photo without making it look overly processed or surreal. This is a fine balance and takes some practice and the great thing about shooting RAW and editing in Lightroom, is that you can always revisit and re-edit a photo as your editing process progresses.

I hope you find all the Lightroom tips, tricks and nuggets I share in this video helpful to your workflow.

Please subscribe and leave your questions and comments below.

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RAWtalk Episode #102

Jared Polin September 7, 2014 Comments Off

Screen Shot 2014 09 07 at 9.46.03 PM RAWtalk Episode #102

Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art Vs Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4

Jared Polin September 6, 2014 Comments Off

The big question since the Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART and Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4 were announced is which is better. The Sigma clocks in at $949 which is pretty expensive for a third party 50mm F1.4 lens. The Otus on the other hand clocks in at an astronomical figure of $3990.

First off we have to acknowledge that the Sigma is a 50mm and the Otus is a 55mm. But for comparison purposes they are pretty much the same focal length.

If we take a quick look at the other 50mm F1.4 lenses on the market, the Nikon and Canon both come in right around $400. Have we ever seen this to be the case, where a third party lens like a sigma costs twice as much as a first party Nikon or Canon?

As many of you know my type of reviews tend to be on the more practical side. There will be no charts shot, there will be no pixels peeped, just personal observations and sample images for you to do as you please. I leave much of the review open to your personal interpretation of the results I found.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 RAW Files (100 megs) Sigma FULL RES Jpeg’s
Zeiss Otus 50mm F1.4 RAW Files (100 megs) Otus FULL RES Jpeg’s
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