Look, the reviewer obviously hasn't read the commentary on this website regarding the lens because quite clearly, without autofocus, this lens is not worth $4000 and nobody will buy it without autofocus, even if it is the sharpest lens since the big bang.Nobody will buy it? Leica's entire M lens line is manual focus and in the price range of $1,500 to $11,000. They sell as many as they can make, so photographers certainly do buy expensive manual focus lenses. Not every photographer has the same needs, or the same budget.
"as many as the make" indeed, there's ONE guy putting them together. But the Leica people have a completely different patience than Canikon people do. I used to work at a shop were we sold Leica and if a lens had to be serviced 3 months was FAST, and 5-6 months the average to wait, lol. And here their 24 f1.4 is 8400 usd
One guy? Not really. And they do sell. The idea that "no one" will buy a $4k manual focus lens is unfounded. It won't sell a lot, but it will sell. The initial samples online look superb, easily comparable with Leica lenses in the same price range. Based on that, this lens will sell.
I wasn't really being that literal
But you can see the name of the guy who put it together, that says something.
And I have never said the 55 is too expensive, I am the first person who posted about this here lens when I first heard about it and have been waiting a long time for. Unfortunately they took too long so I bought the 200 f2 instead. Someday I will buy the Zeiss, it looks to perform in the way they hyped it.
I saw (almost) the same 3D pop from a 55 image as I get with the 200, and that is waaay above any other 50 I've seen.