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Zeiss OTUS 55mm F/1.4 Apo Distagon T* ZE Lens for Canon

 
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Dec 05, 2013 22:52 |  #1

First lens to come out for Zeiss ultra high end OTUS line of lenses. These babies cost $4,000/focal length.

As of this time reviewers on the net consider this the most optically perfect SLR lens on the market today.

Video introduction to the lens can be seen at http://youtu.be/5DILwP​yQKDA (external link)


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Jan 18, 2014 21:48 |  #2

Mine came today. :D

[Image below captured with Sony a7 with Zeiss 2/100 ZE @ f/5.6]

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5D III with Zeiss Otus 1.4/55mm ZE @ f/1.4:
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Jan 18, 2014 21:49 |  #3

Very nice! :)


5DIII, 24L f/1.4 II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II, 

  
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Jan 18, 2014 23:02 |  #4

WOW congrats David! Please more photos, I'm thinking about buying one for my 5diii




  
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Jan 18, 2014 23:09 as a reply to  @ strancali's post |  #5

Finally!! I have been waiting to see this show up on POTN for so long. I'm glad to see it in great hands. David, I love your first shot here. I can't wait to see more shots from this lens... even if they are just snapshots around the house.

David, do you prefer using this on 5d3 or the a7?




  
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Jan 18, 2014 23:36 |  #6

kevinstinks wrote in post #16617140 (external link)
Very nice! :)

Thanks!

strancali wrote in post #16617267 (external link)
WOW congrats David! Please more photos, I'm thinking about buying one for my 5diii

Thanks, I'll do my best to keep posting. It is a stunning optic. In just a few hours of testing around the house I am very impressed by the sharpness and contrast at f/1.4, and I've yet to see a hint of CA.

t60p wrote in post #16617284 (external link)
Finally!! I have been waiting to see this show up on POTN for so long. I'm glad to see it in great hands. David, I love your first shot here. I can't wait to see more shots from this lens... even if they are just snapshots around the house.

David, do you prefer using this on 5d3 or the a7?

Thanks for the encouraging word! I don't plan to junk the thread up with more stuff-around-the-house shots, but I had to make an exception today. :)

The a7 and a7R are particularly well-suited for shooting Zeiss ZE lenses (with metabones adapter). The EVF performs so well that it feels much like an optical viewfinder, but with user-defineable focus peaking to aid manual focusing. I also appreciate its diminutive size and weight. But, I enjoy shooting Zeiss lenses on the 5D III as well. For now the a7 is my dedicated walk-around camera with no tripod bracket, and I plan to use the 5D III for tripod-based shots.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a good-weather day here in KC, so hopefully I'll have more Otus shots using both cameras very soon. :)


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Jan 19, 2014 00:32 |  #7

Can't wait to see more. And please, junk up this thread. ;)


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Jan 19, 2014 00:48 |  #8

Yes, very nice @ 1.4.


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Jan 19, 2014 03:16 |  #9

Are you sure about 1.4?

According to flickr exif data you took the pic @ 1.6:rolleyes:

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Jan 19, 2014 07:54 |  #10

MacmoX2 wrote in post #16617552 (external link)
Are you sure about 1.4?

My apologies everyone. I had the aperture set to 1.4, but apparently must have inadvertently bumped the aperture dial during the session. Per the exif in Lightroom this was indeed an f/1.6 capture.

I hope to post some genuine f/1.4 captures today so MacmpX2 can ease up on the :rolleyes: emoticon usage. Seriously, though, thank you for reporting the error. :)


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Jan 19, 2014 07:57 |  #11

How difficult/easy do you find MF wide open with the 5DIII? I have a hard time nailing focus at f2 with MF lenses, so no idea how I'd fare with an even faster lens.


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Jan 19, 2014 08:32 |  #12

Sirrith wrote in post #16617896 (external link)
How difficult/easy do you find MF wide open with the 5DIII? I have a hard time nailing focus at f2 with MF lenses, so no idea how I'd fare with an even faster lens.

So much depends on the subject/type of shot. For medium distant subjects, I typically rely on the focus confirmation in the viewfinder and that is very easy and accurate. However, when the DOF gets very thin (close subjects) it can get quite challenging and the focus confirmation indicator in the viewfinder is insufficiently precise (imo). So, as with the shot above, I drop into Live View mode and zoom-focus. That's another reason I appreciate the a7: I can zoom-focus right in the viewfinder.


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Jan 19, 2014 13:26 |  #13

I really wish I shot at that focal length... :) how's the feel of the focus ring?


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Jan 20, 2014 08:15 |  #14

dolina wrote in post #16618682 (external link)
I really wish I shot at that focal length... :) how's the feel of the focus ring?

Build quality overall is a nice step up from ZE/Zf.2 lenses. The focus ring feels as good as ever, but the smooth rubber ring (vs. the old ribbed metal) is not my favorite sensation.

This grouping was shot with the Otus on the a7:

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Rustic Furniture (external link) by David Arbogast (external link), on Flickr

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Texaco (external link) by David Arbogast (external link), on Flickr

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Jan 20, 2014 08:18 |  #15

And these are with the 5D III:

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Park University (external link) by David Arbogast (external link), on Flickr

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On the Banks of the Missouri (external link) by David Arbogast (external link), on Flickr

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