These are just test shots around town between sunset and dark. The 12mm does not focus at infinity when at the infinity stop on most bodies. SLR Magic has confirmed this. You need to focus a little closer than infinity for maximum infinity sharpness. I must admit that this is a nuisance. The build quality of this lens is otherwise superlative.
There is only one shot at f/1.6, which I consider for emergency use only. There is tremendous flare wide open, although the resolution remains fairly high. The one clip has been sharpened much more than the others. I also increased the contrast a lot, and so had to reduce the saturation. Nearly all of the other shots are at f/2.0, which is the aperture I'm most likely to use. I have the much sharper Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 zoom:
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I will use that until I get into serious low light. The 12mm seems to be much better at f/2.8 than at f/2, but I'll mostly be able to use the 7-14 until I have to crank the ISO way up.
ISO: early at 200, gradually increasing (in one-stop increments) to 1600. Noise is not much of a problem even then.
Camera settings: I'm still fooling around, but for now I've standardized on -5, -5, -2, 0, which is how all of these shots were taken. I run the camera in Movie mode, manual exposure, manual ISO, and auto WB.
Editing: I'm using Sony Vegas 12 Movie Studio edition. It's not a bad deal for about $40 on Amazon, although I'm having stability issues that are probably related to my machine, not to the software. It's generally more stable than Vegas 10, and the output using the 35Mb/s XDCAM codec is very nice. I'm hoping that I've conformed to IRE standards in this edit.
You can download the original XDCAM render, but Vimeo's recompression is really very good.
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