Carl Zeiss to announce new 35mm f/1.4 lens on Septtember 1

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Bruce, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    To be officially announced September 1, 2010:

    The new manual focus Carl Zeiss 35mm f/1.4, which will be made by
    Cosina of Japan, will initially be available in ZE and ZF2 versions
    for Canon EF and Nikon F mount respectively.

    Both versions have built-in CPUs. The Nikon version offers
    compatibility with matrix metering and supplies some EXIF data.
    Bruce, Aug 30, 2010
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  2. Bruce

    Bruce Guest

    cross-posted to r.p.d.
    Bruce, Aug 30, 2010
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    ... although Nikon DX users also have the choice of the excellent compact
    and lightweight Nikon 35mm f/1.8, at only 210g, not too costly, and with
    the AF motor built in:

    Can't see the Zeiss lens having much appeal in that market.

    David J Taylor, Aug 31, 2010
  4. Bruce

    Me Guest

    All very nice, but "sharpness" in normal/wide lenses is one thing (and
    you're unlikely to need sharpness corner to corner at maximum aperture
    with these focal lengths in any practical situation)
    Bokeh is another...
    The Zeiss ZF 50mm 1.4 hasn't got nice bokeh. Will the 35 be better?
    Excuse "Ken Rockwell" cite - he can be a bit of a wanker - but he nailed
    Comparisons I've seen with the ZF 85 1.4 show that "Digilloyd's"
    assessment that it has "very pleasant" OOF blur is also wrong, even with
    the obsolete Nikkor 85 f1.4. (OTOH, the severe SA with that old lens
    perhaps adds to the "character")
    "Sharp" and "great" aren't synonymous, except for brick wall shooters.
    Me, Aug 31, 2010
  5. You can stop right there. It really makes no sense to use Zeiss FF
    Yes, what suits you doesn't necessarily suit me. I place high value of
    compact and lightweight, and I don't do very large prints (usually A4
    maximum [297 x 210mm], and I very rarely print in any case). For me, DX
    is the perfect compromise between size, weight, cost and high-ISO.

    David J Taylor, Aug 31, 2010
  6. Bruce

    Me Guest

    Except that landscape shooters stop the lens down, so all that money for
    the extra stop(s) of lens speed just got flushed down the toilet, plus
    the problem of flare with fast lenses. I'm absolutely certain that the
    best landscape lenses would probably be high quality but simple wide
    primes or limited range zooms with a maximum aperture of f4 or even
    less. They don't get made because the perception would be that they're
    too cheap, unfortunately because quality perception has been based
    around lens aperture.
    IMO the concept of shallow DOF and good bokeh has been completely
    stuffed by low resolution viewing. If it looks okay a web resolution at
    f1.4, it might look like a blurry mess as a 15x10" print. I don't think
    you can really "tell" how a shallow DOF 5000x3000 image looks on a print
    by zooming in on a 1920x1200 screen, when you only see a fraction of the
    composition. We need large 300dpi screens (about the same as the dpi on
    some higher end dslr lcds).
    Me, Aug 31, 2010
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    You always sound so serious, David, sorry!

    Hardly irrelevant to Nikon DX users - they already have a Nikon auto-focus
    35mm f/1.8 lens available, at a reasonable cost (US ~$200), so they need
    not waste their money on this Zeiss manual focus lens.

    David J Taylor, Aug 31, 2010
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    Peter Guest

    Peter, Sep 8, 2010
  9. Bruce

    Peter Guest

    It was intended as such. I don't beleive every shot has to be ultra-sharp,
    with vibrant colors. Many of your shots that I've seen have a soft quality,
    which is too often underappreciated.
    Peter, Sep 10, 2010
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