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Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: November 18, 2013, 02:50:34 PM »

From LensRentals.com

Roger at LensRentals.com has done some initial testing on the new $4000 Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 lens. When Zeiss announced the lens, they claimed it would be the best SLR lens ever made. By all accounts, it appears Zeiss has come through on that claim.


Says Roger

“I won’t try to say whether the Otus is worth $4,000 to you. But I can certainly say that Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture. From a resolution standpoint, it is, as Zeiss said it would be, “the absolute best SLR lens in the world today.”


Read the full article | Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 at B&H Photo


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Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: November 18, 2013, 02:50:34 PM »

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 03:10:28 PM »
I wonder how well this lens would work on my wife's t4i??? ::)

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013, 03:22:23 PM »
Lenstip's review is out as well:
http://www.lenstip.com/2069-news-Zeiss_Otus_55_mm_f_1.4_ZE_ZF.2_-_lens_review.html

And for those keeping track, Carl Zeiss finally cleared up the filter size in their blog:
http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=4432#comments

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Carl Zeiss Lenses | November 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm   

Dear Myung Soo Lee,
Thanks for you question. To keep the outer dimensions of the Otus 1.$/55 as compact as possible, we managed it to reduce the orginally filter diameter from 82mm to 77mm without any side effects on performance, functionality and sturdiness. If you have further questions, just ask :)
Best regards,
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 04:07:12 PM »
He won't say whether it is worth $4000 to me, but I will.

..No.

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 04:21:01 PM »
He won't say whether it is worth $4000 to me, but I will.

..No.
Me, neither, but if they release a 24mm, as is rumored, then I might consider it.  It would have to blow away the TS-E 24mm, though.

If you shoot 55mm all day long (think fashion or advertising pros) and do huge enlargements (think fashion or advertising pros again), I think this lens would probably be worthwhile.  For the rest of us, no.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 04:25:16 PM »
I am really looking forward to get this lens. Everything looks promising so far. $4.000 is a lot, but less than for a 200/2 and cheap compared to a 300/2.8 (I need to justify the price ...) No confirmation date yet though.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013, 04:32:31 PM »
Sorry but the world's best DSLR lens would have AF....
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2013, 04:36:30 PM »
Sorry but the world's best DSLR lens would have AF....

It wouldn't, because that would add the camera as a big part of the equation. Then we would hear endless talks about Zeiss' poor QC :)

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2013, 04:40:04 PM »
It is very expensive to add a little better performance.  Its obviously a supurb lens, but it also cost a lot more than a merely excellent lens.
 
They are apparently very hard to get, so they are selling well.

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2013, 04:45:42 PM »
I'm a bit surprised by the mediocre vignetting performance of -2.05 EV per the Lenstip review, especially given how huge the lens is. 

http://www.lenstip.com/390.8-Lens_review-Carl_Zeiss_Otus_55_mm_f_1.4_ZE_ZF.2_Vignetting.html

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2013, 05:10:31 PM »
Sorry but the world's best DSLR lens would have AF....

Although I love my AF more than anyone, I have never experienced a MF lens jump to background or hunt.
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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2013, 05:29:22 PM »
And he didn't even mention how completely free of nasty LoCA/PF it is even wide open where the other fast 50mm are riddle with purple (and green) junk.

So between the res center and corners and the above, yeah pretty impressive as expected from the early Zeiss MTF and samples.

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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2013, 06:07:15 PM »
Best?  So, it's the lightest?  And has the greatest zoom range?  Is unprecedented in it's telephoto capabilities?

People that market "the best" anything drive me nuts.  Maybe it's the sharpest in the corners wide open.  Maybe it has the truest color representation and saturation.  Great, but that doesn't make it "best" in a million different other scenarios.

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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2013, 07:15:59 PM »
Honest question.  I don't get why a well made lens with half dozen machine ground lenses of a particular shape and in one configuration can cost 10-20x what another well made lens with a half dozen machine ground lenses of a similar shape and configuration?  How can the shape of a lens element or the coating cost so much more to produce?  What is special about this lens that Canon, Nikon or Sigma could not reverse engineer (i.e. lens shape) and produce for $400? 



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Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2013, 07:38:28 PM »
Sorry but the world's best DSLR lens would have AF....

Although I love my AF more than anyone, I have never experienced a MF lens jump to background or hunt.

Sure, but you can turn AF off whenever you want to. But not having the option for AF is a negative. Remember that their "world's best" claim was bold, and broad, and kind of outrageous.  But the WORLD'S BEST DSLR LENS would be able to do something as simple as autofocus.  When people discuss Bower or Samyang lenses or other cheap-o brands, no one bends over backwards to dismiss the shortcoming, unless it is to say that is forgivable "for the cheap price", which does not apply here with the Zeiss.  So a great lens?  Sure.  The world's best?  That is really bold.
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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2013, 07:38:28 PM »