D800E test: Zeiss 21mm

My Nikon D800E arrived yesterday and I thought “what better way to start to get to know this camera than to take it for a walk?” So I did, along with my two kids. We headed out of the house and up the old San Pedro Mountain Road choosing test subjects as we walked.

My basic plan is to repeat this walk, each time with a different lens. On this walk I had the Zeiss 21mm ZF. I shot three versions of each image: one at f/2.8, one at f8, and one at f/16 f/22. I let the camera do all the metering on Aperture Priority at its default settings. In the few minutes of playing with the camera before the walk I did discover the nifty–and long overdue–feature where you can delay the shutter release for a few seconds. The mirror raises as soon as you press the button but then the camera pauses to let any vibrations from the finger-press die down. Then the shutter fires. This will greatly reduce the need to carry–and attach–a cable release.

Below I’ve posted the middle image from each trio–the one shot f/8. If you wish to download the original NEF file to look at in detail please feel free to do so with the link below each image. You are also welcome to repost a link to this article but please don’t post links directly to the image files themselves.

The exposures aren’t optimum (as I said above, I left the camera on Aperture Priority to see how it would do) and I made no changes in Photoshop. What you are seeing is the raw material, straight out of the camera. (Update: I just entered in my “non-CPU lens data” to the camera–the upshot is that for these images the camera used a more primitive metering method but for future shots it will use its advanced color matrix metering. We’ll see what sort of difference, if any, that makes.)

Coming up I’ll share images made with a variety of Zeiss lenses (the 25 f/2.8, the 35 f/2, both 50s, and the magical 100mm) as well as an older Nikkor 180 and a Nikkor 45 PCE.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

Click here to download the original NEF (Nikon RAW file) of the above image.

2 thoughts on “D800E test: Zeiss 21mm”

  1. I’ve downloaded #6 and #9. Both are showing the lens used as 100mm/f2 in the Exif. You may want to check the non-CPU lens data every time you mount a Mk1 version of any ZF lens. On my D700 I keep it as the 1st item on ‘My Menu’ !!
    Good luck with your D800 !