digital_AM wrote in post #17574028
I started researching Zeiss because I think that's where I want to be too. I did this before knowing you had arrived at a decision regarding your lens roadmap, David. Just wish they weren't so expensive.
I envy your 11-24 lens. That thing is a beast.
How does the Zeiss 55 compare to the FE 55, which is one of my favorite lenses.
The Zeiss (Canon or Nikon mount) lenses are superb imo; I've long been a huge fan. I really do wish that I could add a few more. I'm really impressed with the review that Lloyd Chambers has been developing on the new Batis line of Zeiss lenses. Chambers is actually suggesting that they are superior to any of the Canon or Nikon-mount Zeiss lenses (except, of course, the Otus 55, 85, and Apo Sonnar 135).
The FE 55mm f/1.8 compares quite favorably in some ways to the Otus 55mm. Center sharpness is right there. The Otus 55mm just takes everything to extremes. Most elegant bokeh I have ever seen from a 50ish mm lens. It's so good it has spoiled me rotten. And then there is the almost complete lack of any color abnormalities: near zero CA, etc. Zeiss really has designed the Otus lenses with a no-compromises mentality. But, for us users there are a few pretty important compromises: 1. crazy expensive, 2. very big, and 3. very heavy.
And those compromises, frankly, are true of all the lenses I have elected to go forward with. And to that end, to give myself a break, I may also try to sneak in that marvelous little FE 28mm for a sweet little walk-around. I love the focal length, the fact that it's a stop faster than the sharp little FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, and it's not a budget-buster. If I wait a little while, used ones might start popping up for sale at really nice low price.