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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2013, 04:14:50 AM »
Do we know what other focal lengths might be coming in the 'Otus' range?
That would be interesting to know. 55mm is probably the least interesting focal length for me. I would much rather have something in the 24-35mm and 85-100mm range.
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #31 on: October 10, 2013, 04:22:59 AM »

what the fuss????

calm down everyone.

NOT everyone needs AF !!
there is no linhof, sinar, alpa, arca swiss or horseman WITH autofocus.


The fuss is that it's new and we're grumpy!
And there's me thinking arca swiss just made tipod ball heads

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2013, 04:35:44 AM »
I like what it represents and what it can do.

Sadly, I do not take too much effort in photographing people neither am I inclined to buy another manual focus lens.

Nice try Zeiss.  ;D
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #33 on: October 10, 2013, 06:57:43 AM »

And Bob, when I hit that lottery, the first thing I'm doing is buying one of these lenses for you -- you're one of the major league guys who actually deserves one and knows what to do with it! I'll let you know what day to meet me at B&H!!!
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I don't "get" all the anger regarding this lens???   Looks like a celestial beauty to me...floating above the wannabes.
That's so cool. Perhaps the complainers just can't see what is actually "there there" with this lens. It looks to me like everything Zeiss says it is...WOW!
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #34 on: October 10, 2013, 08:52:06 AM »
So does it have IS?











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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2013, 08:54:58 AM »
So does it have IS?

Like your sense of humor! :)









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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2013, 09:24:54 AM »
 the thing about the Canon fifties is that they are a compromise... af  on  all,  excellent image sharpness when stopped down to 2.8,  decent bokeh,  but better on the 1.2,  but no is.

 so what I want is to buy a 1.2  or 1.4 50mm  that I can use wide open that is sharp and with a beautiful bokeh...  and I really want af  and I can do without is,  but I'd like that too.   sho Canon needs to get off their duffs  and make that happen...  and I'd happily pay $2000 ish for that lens.

$4000  is out of my price range...  at  the  moment  but I don't begrudge others who are willing to throw down the cash. 
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #37 on: October 10, 2013, 09:31:24 AM »
the thing about the Canon fifties is that they are a compromise... af  on  all,  excellent image sharpness when stopped down to 2.8,  decent bokeh,  but better on the 1.2,  but no is.

 so what I want is to buy a 1.2  or 1.4 50mm  that I can use wide open that is sharp and with a beautiful bokeh...  and I really want af  and I can do without is,  but I'd like that too.   sho Canon needs to get off their duffs  and make that happen...  and I'd happily pay $2000 ish for that lens.

The 50L is not a compromise. Apparently, IS on f/1.2 is technically impossible now. The 50L is designed for bokeh, not for sharpness. Even Zeiss says that you cannot have both (in their "bokeh" document).

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #38 on: October 10, 2013, 10:25:45 AM »
the thing about the Canon fifties is that they are a compromise... af  on  all,  excellent image sharpness when stopped down to 2.8,  decent bokeh,  but better on the 1.2,  but no is.

 so what I want is to buy a 1.2  or 1.4 50mm  that I can use wide open that is sharp and with a beautiful bokeh...  and I really want af  and I can do without is,  but I'd like that too.   sho Canon needs to get off their duffs  and make that happen...  and I'd happily pay $2000 ish for that lens.

The 50L is not a compromise. Apparently, IS on f/1.2 is technically impossible now. The 50L is designed for bokeh, not for sharpness. Even Zeiss says that you cannot have both (in their "bokeh" document).

 I've heard that from multiple sources,  but people  live the  Canon 85's   and the 135 L for their sharpness and the bokeh...
 and the sigma 35  gets a ton of praise for being sharp wide open...  and I  know we are  comparing apples to  oranges,  but I just can't seem to accept that it  has to be one or the other
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #39 on: October 10, 2013, 10:31:21 AM »
I could have written a better review!

Permit me to disagree.

I've seen your writing.

You're offended? Oh, really! Life IS offense -- get used to it.

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #40 on: October 10, 2013, 10:41:24 AM »
I could have written a better review!

Permit me to disagree.

I've seen your writing.
Allow me to support the latest speaker ;)
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #41 on: October 10, 2013, 10:47:31 AM »
Just how better is it?   Not on the test bench but in real life?   Take a 1Dx and this lens versus a 1Dx with an L lens of the same  focal length.  At size enlargement do you see a difference?  Of course I would want to photography a landscape or macro or something else real, not a test pattern

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #42 on: October 10, 2013, 11:03:08 AM »
the thing about the Canon fifties is that they are a compromise... af  on  all,  excellent image sharpness when stopped down to 2.8,  decent bokeh,  but better on the 1.2,  but no is.

 so what I want is to buy a 1.2  or 1.4 50mm  that I can use wide open that is sharp and with a beautiful bokeh...  and I really want af  and I can do without is,  but I'd like that too.   sho Canon needs to get off their duffs  and make that happen...  and I'd happily pay $2000 ish for that lens.

The 50L is not a compromise. Apparently, IS on f/1.2 is technically impossible now. The 50L is designed for bokeh, not for sharpness. Even Zeiss says that you cannot have both (in their "bokeh" document).

 I've heard that from multiple sources,  but people  live the  Canon 85's   and the 135 L for their sharpness and the bokeh...
 and the sigma 35  gets a ton of praise for being sharp wide open...  and I  know we are  comparing apples to  oranges,  but I just can't seem to accept that it  has to be one or the other
+1 here. 85L is amazingly sharp wide open.

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« Reply #42 on: October 10, 2013, 11:03:08 AM »

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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #43 on: October 10, 2013, 11:22:26 AM »
All that money and no autofocus.

Bleh.

I know a street style photographer that was using a zeiss 35mm at fashion week- constant focus, focus, focus...

simply impractical for folks like me :(
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 APO-Distagon Review by B&H Photo
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2013, 12:17:59 PM »
All this bashing about no AF is simply silly.  Sure, if Zeiss released a 500mm lens without AF I would steer clear of it because AF is crucial for that type of wildlife photography, but for this range AF isn't really necessary.  Many of my lenses do not have AF and even on my 70-200/2.8 I often turn AF off.  Once you get used to it, it's really not that difficult and for a number of cases it is better.

Personally I do believe the price of this lens is justified, though I have no plans to buy one because I do not use this focal length. 

Seriously, just because you do not understand something gives you no cause to bash it.
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« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2013, 12:17:59 PM »