First Impressions: ZEISS 1.4/55MM DISTAGON
This is an excerpt from an article I wrote almost a year back reflecting my first impressions of the Zeiss Distagon 1.4/55mm.
Zeiss has incorporated an entirely new design for the lens specifically for use on more demanding higher mega pixel cameras like the Nikon D800/800E.
And for the same reason I tested the lens on my Nikon D800 to be certain of the sharpness as each pixel would count here. The balance of the lens attached to the camera is great on the D800 I would imagine it to be better on a D3/D4.
Build Quality & Ergonomics
Construction feels solid with all glass housed in metal. The broad focus ring sits perfectly over the thumb, index & middle finger. Brilliantly smooth and precise, it takes about 270° to focus from the minimum focus distance to infinity. The Nikon F mount lens has an aperture ring and both Canon & Nikon mount are manual focus only. The lens that was provided to me for test shots seemed like a pre-production lens; Serial no. 00000001, it was missing the glass to cover the ‘focus distance’ ring which would result dust & moisture to get in fairly easily outdoors & render the lens for indoor use only. Also the rubber focusing grip seemed incomplete. On discussing the points with the Zeiss representative, I was told that the internal design/optics were finalized, although exterior of the lens barrel would undergo a few additional changes before the lens is put out for consumers.
Zeiss had the Nikon and Canon mount at the expo hence would expect them to put these two out to begin with starting the 3rd Quarter of 2013.
On first thoughts it seemed to be a challenge handholding the lens and getting the ‘perfect focus’, I was left surprised from the first image I made from this lens.
For more samples and my conclusion: Ziess 1.4/55 Distagon
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