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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #105 on: October 09, 2013, 02:46:40 AM »

"roughly f4" ? I think it's actually f2.5.


not realistically. shoot an f/2.8 lens and it makes a HUGE zone appear to be in focus and it's not easy at all
realistically I'd call it closer to f/5.6 to be honest terms of how well you can use it, especially if you don't take 10 minutes to rock back and forth to it

Set the lens to 5.6 and push the dof button and you don't see a difference in dof and brightness?
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #105 on: October 09, 2013, 02:46:40 AM »

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #106 on: October 09, 2013, 04:06:46 AM »
It depends what you wanted to do with it and what type of pro you were. Plenty of pros don't shoot anything that needs crispy corners at 24mm FF or care about purple fringing branches against skies. Then again some do. It depends what you wanted/needed out of it.

I also see a ton of pros praising the new version and saying it was well worth the price over their old version.

If you don't care, don't pay, but enough with the high and mighty act.

That's as silly a tired old statement as saying that only the lens matters.

The funny thing is that so far from what I've seen, 80% of the people who write what you just did end up having nothing but some shots of a few cats in their back yard in their galleries and the amateur twiddler lab techies end up having giant galleries from around the world or big time sporting event, etc.

I've not seem much purple fringing with my 24-70L, although I do see a bit from my 85IIL. My 24-70L shows a bit of CA maybe but not that much to be a problem, my 2nd photographer's 24-70L is a tad sharper than mine and is a really nice lens. Yes the new version is an amazing upgrade to the mkI in almost every area, although probably not to my 2nd photographer's copy...hers is stellar. I am waiting for a new one, but I rarely buy new equipment during a wedding season. I like to learn and shake a lens down in my own time and not introduce a risk into a wedding. It's a fantastic piece of kit and the two which i've tried were very impressive. Much like this Zeiss lens I guess.   

If you think I have a high and might act then you really don't know me at all.

The lens an important component in a chain of important components and skill sets...and my statement was not silly.   

You are welcome to look over my flickr account and professional wedding blog site to see if I fit into your view of your 80% view...I hope not. I'm not hard to find and I have plenty to show! Just google GMC Photographics.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #107 on: October 09, 2013, 04:25:15 AM »
This is an interesting lens for sure and I'm probably not Zeiss' target audience, so my thought and opinions of this lens are largely irrelivant to Zeiss. If we compare Canon's 50L, there is a stark comparison here between two dinstinct markets / buyers.
I have no need for manual focus lenses. I have only two in my collection, the TS-e 17L and 45. Both of which, I rarely use.
The Canon 50L has probably the best AF, contrast, build quality and flare control of any 50mm lens currently made. It's a very nice piece of engineering which is quite apparent when handling one. But optically, it has some weak spots, particularly with sharpness wide open. It's expensive compared to the consumer and prosumer counterparts. But the feature which seperate it from those other lenses are the features which most working pros desire and need.
This Zeiss is a lot more expensive and therefore attracts a different kind of personality. One who views optical performance as the highest priority, before eye watering cost, AF, build and all other considerations.
I could buy a new 400mm f2.8 L IS II for the same price of this new 55mm lens...which puts this new lens into perspective!   

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #108 on: October 09, 2013, 04:31:57 AM »

"I could buy a new 400mm f2.8 L IS II for the same price of this new 55mm lens...which puts this new lens into perspective! " 

Where can you buy a 400mm 2.8 L mk2 for 3000euros??

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #109 on: October 09, 2013, 04:48:29 AM »
My 2c are:

I. People spend that much on 5Dmk3 + 24-105mm f/4, I guess some studio photographers would spend that much on a top of the line normal lens.

II. The lens would get cheaper in a couple of years, so when Canon upgrades it's 50mm L & 85mm L, it would have to make the lenses competitive with this one. That could have a cascade effect, as in how expensive & good the 85mm f/1.8 upgrade would have to be.

[I'm assuming Canon would want to upgrade the 85mm f/1.8 to compete with Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 eventually.]

I might be wrong, but I have some hope this would do some good to future upgrades.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #110 on: October 09, 2013, 08:38:14 AM »

"I could buy a new 400mm f2.8 L IS II for the same price of this new 55mm lens...which puts this new lens into perspective! " 

Where can you buy a 400mm 2.8 L mk2 for 3000euros??

Yep, apologies, I got my numbers all wrong. I thought his was retailing at 8K...although I probably could pick up a S/H mkI for close to the retail or this lens. I couls certainly pick up a 135L 50L and 24IIL for the same price!

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #111 on: October 09, 2013, 09:25:33 AM »

"I could buy a new 400mm f2.8 L IS II for the same price of this new 55mm lens...which puts this new lens into perspective! " 

Where can you buy a 400mm 2.8 L mk2 for 3000euros??

Yep, apologies, I got my numbers all wrong. I thought his was retailing at 8K...although I probably could pick up a S/H mkI for close to the retail or this lens. I couls certainly pick up a 135L 50L and 24IIL for the same price!

It's a lot of money but like high end audio you pay a lot for the extra 10% in performance ,the main attraction here is the superior performance at wide aperture's and control of aberrations,focus shift is barely evident and the same for LOCA,I ordered one today here http://www.dalephotographic.co.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/DalePhotographicOnline/_2010056/301525/Zeiss%20Otus%2055mm%20f1%2E4%20Apo%20Distagon%20Canon%20ZE%20Lens I just couldn't resist trying it out,I will ebay some unused gear to cover the cost,also I think that a speciality lens like this will hold its value well over time..

The is a 21mm version on the cards and also an 85mm according to this Zeiss rep Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Distagon, Sony NEX, and 135mm f/2.0 APO-Sonnar

My main system is a Leica S which offers amazing performance with A.F and Leaf shutters so for me this purchase is all about low light shooting..

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #111 on: October 09, 2013, 09:25:33 AM »

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #112 on: October 09, 2013, 11:01:05 AM »
The is a 21mm version on the cards and also an 85mm according to this Zeiss rep
I could definitely get on board with a 21mm version, but need to start saving now, I suppose. 

Also, I can't believe everyone's shock over the price.  It was announced and designed as a no holds barred lens and given what Canon's charging for the superteles (not to mention Leica [35mm & MF], Hasselblad & co.), I don't think it's crazy.  From LLoyd's mini review on B&H, it looks like it delivers and is built to be tough as nails.
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #113 on: October 09, 2013, 11:02:05 AM »
>People spend that much on 5Dmk3 + 24-105mm f/4, I guess some studio
>photographers would spend that much on a top of the line normal lens.

I totally agree with that.

>II. The lens would get cheaper in a couple of years

No, they never do. The opposite is on Zeiss, they rise in years. For example:   http://geizhals.at/de/?phist=369893&age=9999]


>That could have a cascade effect, as in how expensive & good the 85mm f/1.8
>upgrade would have to be.

The 85mm 1.8 needs no update, this is one hell of a lense. And if you need more
light, there is an unbeatable lense available (85L 1.2).

>[I'm assuming Canon would want to upgrade the 85mm f/1.8 to compete with
>Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 eventually.]

I don't think so. Canon has really done great lenses for the 85mm range.

>I might be wrong, but I have some hope this would do some good to future upgrades.

There are a lot of Zeiss distagon/planar-lenses out there for ages, rangin from 1000-2500
Euro. There is no impact on canon because they don't compete... manual lenses with
perfect optics are another class than AF-lenses, I guess most of em are sold to videomaker.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #114 on: October 09, 2013, 01:09:37 PM »
Photography much like any other hobby has products that vary in quality and pricing. And much like other hobbies, things get exponentially more expensive as you get to the top end. If this lens is in fact optically capable of what Zeiss is claiming, then it is unmatched by anything else on the market. If you look at any other line of products for any activity, the absolute top of the line item will almost always seem outrageously priced unless you happen to want/need what that item can do that all the competing items of that type cannot.

While I agree that it is a large sum of money for a normal lens, the fact that it is able to do something which no other lens can currently do makes it worth the price of admission (for the consumer that needs/wants that level of performance for their work). They could ask 5k for the lens and it would still be justifiable in my book since NO OTHER LENS CAN DO WHAT IT DOES (optically). No, it doesn't have AF or IS. But the guys that are looking at buying this lens aren't necessarily concerned with that. Not that I am an expert on this, but based on the little I do know, both of those features could cause restrictions on obtaining maximum optical quality and aberration control.

Yes, there are plenty of other normal lenses that will get YOUR specific job done for a lot less cheese (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that). But guess what, that doesn't mean there aren't people out there that can make good use of the optical quality this lens offers.

Everything has it's place. Different strokes for different folks.

I personally own the 50/2 Makro alongside the 50L, and Conurus modded Contax Zeiss 50/1.4. I love all three for their unique characteristics and they all have their place depending on what I am trying to accomplish. Many would say that is a waste of money and I COULD get the job done with just one of them. But hey, if you can afford to have something and it does what you want it to do, why not? No reason to knock people for purchasing something when you don't necessarily share their set of needs/wants.

All of this is neither here nor there anyway. I just want to see what this lens starts yielding once it gets in the hands of consumers as it could be stunning.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #115 on: October 09, 2013, 01:33:55 PM »
>That could have a cascade effect, as in how expensive & good the 85mm f/1.8
>upgrade would have to be.

The 85mm 1.8 needs no update, this is one hell of a lense. And if you need more
light, there is an unbeatable lense available (85L 1.2).

I use fast primes mainly to shoot bands on stage, where I'd like to have fast focus. I've heard the 85mm f/1.2 is slow to focus, and not making money from my equipment*, I'm hesitant to spend that much for an extra stop (not to dis the f/1.2's IQ, which I've heard is legendary).

Sigma released it's 85mm f/1.4 after I bought the Canon f/1.8, and I see no reason to switch, certainly not for a fraction of a stop.

Some of my friends bought the Sigma for that fraction of a stop,  even though it costs twice as much as Canons 85mm f/1.8, which is where I think Canon loses money.




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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #116 on: October 09, 2013, 02:31:18 PM »

"roughly f4" ? I think it's actually f2.5.


not realistically. shoot an f/2.8 lens and it makes a HUGE zone appear to be in focus and it's not easy at all
realistically I'd call it closer to f/5.6 to be honest terms of how well you can use it, especially if you don't take 10 minutes to rock back and forth to it

Set the lens to 5.6 and push the dof button and you don't see a difference in dof and brightness?

compare the DOF difference to when using liveview and try actually focusing an f/2.8 or f/4 lens through the VF in real world scenarios

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #117 on: October 09, 2013, 02:39:17 PM »
I could buy a new 400mm f2.8 L IS II for the same price of this new 55mm lens...which puts this new lens into perspective!   

If only! You can't even buy the 300 2.8 IS II for the same price. Or even a used 300 2.8 original Mark I for that price (I'm glad I got mine, new, for this price though, just before the prices went all crazy for the super-teles).

(I didn't look over your website much but you are not the 80% cats only. You do seem to focus mostly on weddings and, on top, mostly B&W (which also limits some types of artifacts) and such shooters often have different needs and priority than many others and they are the other group that tends to say such things often.)

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« Reply #117 on: October 09, 2013, 02:39:17 PM »

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #118 on: October 09, 2013, 02:47:26 PM »

The is a 21mm version on the cards and also an 85mm according to this Zeiss rep Carl Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Distagon, Sony NEX, and 135mm f/2.0 APO-Sonnar


The 85mm sounds the most potentially interesting. It is a shame about the loss of AF though as it does relegate the line, especially with today's VF, to more specialized shots, of which plenty can be made so you could get a lot out of it, but at these prices it is rough to be locked out of so many other scenarios.

It seems perhaps a bit overkill for 21mm since that is really wide and edge non-landscapes subjects might start looking weird and you have sharp ones to the corner now stopped down and ones that fight off PF well and ones that offer T&S effects. Although even with the 24 1.4 II and 24-70 II you do have to watch the corners a little bit even stopped down and the current zeiss 21 already has a bit more biting micro-contrast than those.... But the 24-70 II already is just about APO and you get AF and ZOOM so you don't need to crop as often or as much and the 24 and 17 T&S primes, well, offer T&S effects. So a $4500 21mm has a lot of competition in serious ways.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #119 on: October 09, 2013, 02:50:33 PM »
The 85mm 1.8 needs no update, this is one hell of a lense. And if you need more
light, there is an unbeatable lense available (85L 1.2).

They are super sharp stopped down and not too bad wide-open, but they could be sharper at the edges wide open and even at the center (especially the 1.2L isn't 100% sharp wide open). But more than that, they suffer from LoCA. The 85 1.8 has about as much LoCA as I have ever seen from a lens! Even under weak indoor lighting in a gym white uniforms become absolutely riddled with PF all over the place. They toss tons of purple in front and green haze behind all over stuff.



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