The Mighty Fifties – Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 vs Loxia 50mm f/2 vs Sigma 50mm f/1.4

The 50mm is not only nifty, it is mighty. It is a standard normal prime, meaning it gives a close approximation of our eyes’ field of view. This lens comparison will feature Disneyland, an $650,000 original Banksy piece, a beautiful model on a Malibu beach, a Shepard Fairey mural, and this peacock.

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“Yippee ki yay.” Shot by a Loxia 50mm f/2.

The 50 is also the favorite focal length of the legendary street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. As he explained it when asked why the 50mm lens was his favorite,

“I worked with a 90. It cuts much of the foreground if you take a landscape . . .The 35 is splendid when needed, but extremely difficult to use if you want precision in composition. . . [the 50] corresponds to a certain vision and at the same time has enough depth of focus . . . .”

This comparo will again be broken into 5 rounds:

  1. Build quality
  2. Sharpness
  3. Vignetting and Flare
  4. Bokeh and 3D Pop
  5. Real World Handling

The Contenders & Their Specs

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The Zeiss Sonnar 55mm f/1.8 (left); Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar (center); Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art with a Commlite autofocus EF to E adapter (right). Note: the Commlite adapter did not autofocus with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Only aperture and exposure could be controlled.

On the left, weighing in at a welterweight 281g with a $998 price tag (grey market $740), is the standard setting Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8. In the middle, weighing in at 320g with a $949 price tag, is the brand new Zeiss Loxia T* 50mm f/2 Planar. On the right, weighing in at a morbidly obese 810g with a $949 price tag, is the highly acclaimed Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art DSLR lens,

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Tips from Pet Photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio

A few weeks ago we at iLHP featured the renowned animal photographer, Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio. As promised, Alex agreed to share some of her animal portrait tips with us this week.

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iLHP: Hi Alex, thank you for joining us again. What inspired you to become a photography tour leader and can you tell us about your trips?

Alex: Thank you for having me! I’m a huge advocate for getting out and seeing the world. I love that most places in the world are accessible within 24 hours – you just need the time and funds to get to them. Travel has opened my eyes to the way other people live. I’m humbled to see those who have less than we have here in Australia. I think travel broadens a person’s mind, and exposes them to circumstances and situations that fire up the soul and senses. The first thing I always want to do when I get back from a trip is to go again.

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A Caucasian Model’s Experience Working in Asia

Everybody is familiar with the traditional major fashion markets, New York, Paris, London, and Milan. Models and supermodels roam their catwalks and sidewalks because the fashion houses, ad agencies and magazine publishers are headquartered there. The demand for models in those cities are real.

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What some don’t realize is that, on the other side of the world, Asia is a major consumer of those luxury fashion goods. China and Japan make up the #1 and #2 markets for luxury goods, with the former accounting for more than 20% of the global market alone. This means, cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul also have a huge demand for models.

Wanting to learn more about the modeling industry in Asia, we reached out to Audrey M., a successful Canadian model who’s worked in Tokyo and Hong Kong for the past 3 years.

iLHP: Hi Audrey. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us! Could you tell us about yourself? 

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Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Andreas Bildgestalter is one of those amateur photographers whose talent is outstanding and should be showcased widely in the photography world. iLHP is constantly on the lookout to find new talents and showcase professionals as well as amateurs who produce constantly breathtaking pictures. Andreas is one of them in his field: Architecture. His world is made of straight lines, tight curves and with a lot of purity. Let’s discover together his philosophy. Don’t miss out the link below to the “making of” of his most rewarded photograph!

iLHP: First of all, thank you very much Andreas for taking the time to answer to our questions. How long have you been into photography?

Andreas: I’m into photography since the beginning of 2011. I’ve been interested in photography before but never really jumped in it until then. I did shoot with a small digital camera during vacations though, and I bought my first digital reflex camera, which was a NIKON D90.

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iLHP: How old are you if I may ask and where do you live?

Andreas: I’m 50 years old and I live in Gelsenkirchen which is a town in the Ruhrarea in West-Germany. It’s quite a good and central location to reach a lot of places around which are interesting for me.

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A Comparison of the Canon 70D and Sony A7

I feel like I have been trapped indoors in the Great White North for ages due to the horrific Toronto weather. I have had the worst cabin fever ever and was dying to be able to shoot outdoors but my body immediately rejects the cold as soon as I take one step outside. So here I am in beautiful sunny Miami Beach and am finally able to dust off the cobwebs from my camera and shoot outside.

I have been wanting to do a comparison between my Canon 70D with 18-135mm STM lens and the Sony A7 and 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens for awhile but hadn’t had the opportunity until now.

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Shot with Canon 70D 18-135mm lens | 30 sec at f/11, ISO 100 |

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