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Aug 21, 2014 12:03 |  #181

Seth1983 wrote in post #17108869 (external link)
Hi everybody,

2. Go with the nikon mount and an adapter and the downsides of no fokus confirmation.

I would be fantastic If your could help me with the experience your gathert by using the lense.

Specally manual fokusing without fokus confirmation at 1.4 - 2.8.

Thanks.

Welcome to the forum!

Currently, all of my lenses have Nikon mounts, but I use them on a Canon 1D mark III with an F-EOS adapter.

I have never had a need for focus confirmation. I primarily use live view with this lens.

I prefer the flexibility to use this lens with Nikon and Canon camera bodies. I also prefer to have the option to change the aperture on the lens manually.

Will a Nikon mount lens meter on the 5d mark3? I don't know, but that is something else to be sure about before you make a decision.

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Aug 21, 2014 13:38 |  #182

Seth1983 wrote in post #17108869 (external link)
Hi everybody,

first I want to say thanks for all the effort your put in here to give others a fantastic impression of this lense.

Because of that I decided to buy one as well. The only decision I have to make is what kind of mount I take (Canon or Nikon).

I want to use the lense on my 5D mark 3 and I have two options:

1. Go with the canon mount with all the benefits (fokus confirmation etc.) but no chance to use the lense on a Nikon camera if I ever want to change.( I see the lense as a long time investement)

2. Go with the nikon mount and an adapter and the downsides of no fokus confirmation.

I would be fantastic If your could help me with the experience your gathert by using the lense.

Specally manual fokusing without fokus confirmation at 1.4 - 2.8.

Thanks.

Smart move and though I don't own this wonderful lens, I have been in your shoes and to make long story, I opt to go with Nikon mount.

Don't even be worry about AF confirmation.
First of all it is a joke to say the least.
Then for 55mm or wider focal length lens, you really don't need it.
Third, Once you learn how to critically focus with live view, you don't do anything else.
Forth, in the case that you have an intense itch for some bright red spot to shin when you are in near (NEAR) focus, you can always get one of these:

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Other side of coin is that Canon mount lenses have much more customers as (Especially in USA) most photographers use Canon by far compare to any other brand so even if you switch to Nikon later on, you can sell it with a good return to move on with your future plans.

Best of luck and I really like your way of thinking.


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Aug 21, 2014 15:18 |  #183

Seth1983 wrote in post #17108869 (external link)
Hi everybody,

first I want to say thanks for all the effort your put in here to give others a fantastic impression of this lense.

Because of that I decided to buy one as well. The only decision I have to make is what kind of mount I take (Canon or Nikon).

I want to use the lense on my 5D mark 3 and I have two options:

1. Go with the canon mount with all the benefits (fokus confirmation etc.) but no chance to use the lense on a Nikon camera if I ever want to change.( I see the lense as a long time investement)

2. Go with the nikon mount and an adapter and the downsides of no fokus confirmation.

I would be fantastic If your could help me with the experience your gathert by using the lense.

Specally manual fokusing without fokus confirmation at 1.4 - 2.8.

Thanks.

I prefer Canon-mount Zeiss lenses. I use mine with both the Canon 5D III as well as the Sony a7R. In my opinion, the Sony a7 series cameras are the current ideal platform for Zeiss lenses because of the built-in focus peaking and focus magnification in the camera's superb EVF. Also, although the a7 is very small (and the Otus is huge) the lens handles awesomely on the a7 (with Metabones adapter) and the much lighter weight of the a7 greatly reduces shooting fatigue.


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Aug 22, 2014 04:50 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #184

Thanks for the fast, numerous and helpful answers.

My tendency is more to the nikonmount because I can us it on a canon as well and I use the live view at problematic focus situations anyway.

@samsen: Do you have any experience with the adapter you recommended?

Thx.


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Aug 23, 2014 18:25 |  #185

Well, one of the firsts shots taken with my new 6D/Otus 55. I think it's too early to have real conclusions but it is very promising so far

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Aug 23, 2014 18:27 |  #186

^Looks grate....I mean great!! :)


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Aug 23, 2014 20:46 |  #187

Seth1983 wrote in post #17110891 (external link)
Thanks for the fast, numerous and helpful answers.

My tendency is more to the nikonmount because I can us it on a canon as well and I use the live view at problematic focus situations anyway.

@samsen: Do you have any experience with the adapter you recommended?

Thx.

Yes I do. In fact I have installed the chips only that is sold alone to back of some of my older adapted telelenses. They come in two different versions. The simple first generation ones (Older) that by default give you a set combination of focal length and F stop in your EXIF record, usually 50mm and F1.4 and you cant set it differently. Typically these are half the price. Then the newer second generation chips (Newer generation) that are programmable. You can set it according to you exact lens in use.
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The only benefit is that it provides a correct set of numbers in EXIF for future reference otherwise has no impact on shooting by any means. These second generation chips are called EMF AF Confirm. However I must confess though the manual to set the numbers is in English or at least look that way, they are written in real Chines way and there is usually no way at least for me to set them right. So I stick with the cheapest If I have to get one.
But then as said before, these are only a suggestion for correct focus, not the critical focusing. I use most of my manual lenses for astrophotography and there is no use of any form of these chips or for that matter any AF lens. I know how to use critical focusing utilizing LiveView and there is no substitute for that. But then if specially you have eyesight impairment and feel these red dot AF confirmation (Suggestion) is of any assistant, you can surely use any one you like at very low price but again don't count on them. And I am pretty sure same goes with the chips installed by Zeiss too. I don't have the Zeiss version so if anyone has first hand experience please provide further input.


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Aug 24, 2014 05:48 |  #188

David Arbogast wrote in post #17113772 (external link)
^Looks grate....I mean great!! :)

hehehe :) :)


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Aug 24, 2014 05:49 |  #189

Another test. f1.4

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Aug 26, 2014 05:28 |  #190

@Patras: Beautiful pictures, I´m looking forward of your first real experance report with the 6D+ Otus.

@samsen: Thx for all the infos now I have to do the legwork to find the right adapter but it´s part of the fun.


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Aug 27, 2014 13:10 as a reply to  @ Seth1983's post |  #191

I use one of the adapters sold by cameraquest. Here is an article about adapters that might be useful:

http://diglloyd.com …/lenses-LensAdapters.html (external link)


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Aug 27, 2014 19:52 |  #192

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Aug 29, 2014 23:41 |  #193

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Sep 01, 2014 03:18 |  #194

Hi,

so today was the day the order for the otus is out.

@t60p: Thx for the link it was very helpful.


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Sep 02, 2014 04:22 |  #195

David Arbogast wrote in post #17109958 (external link)
I prefer Canon-mount Zeiss lenses. I use mine with both the Canon 5D III as well as the Sony a7R. In my opinion, the Sony a7 series cameras are the current ideal platform for Zeiss lenses because of the built-in focus peaking and focus magnification in the camera's superb EVF. Also, although the a7 is very small (and the Otus is huge) the lens handles awesomely on the a7 (with Metabones adapter) and the much lighter weight of the a7 greatly reduces shooting fatigue.

I totally agree with you David. Zeiss lenses really perform suberb on the a7r. This camera is really working for you when you shoot with MF lenses.

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Hi,

so today was the day the order for the otus is out.

you sure will have a lot of fun with this great lens :)


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