mpgxsvcd: Hasselbad thinks this is a good deal. They might want to re-badge one with an all wood finish.
Hasselblad offer a superb 50mm HC lens with Autofocus and leaf shutters which is only 650bucks more than this at B&H photo.. unless I really needed 1.4 I would buy the hasselblad lens every time over this..
Hauer: Lens prices are really becoming absurd!
And they're going to get worse ...
huyzer: I would like to see samples (with no software defringing) in these two situations:
1) Backlight objects that are dark, against a bright sky, to see if there's purple/blue fringing. 2) Bright shimmering ripples gleaming with the Sun's light in front of the camera (like the backlit scenario), to also test the above.
@Hiepphotog: Yeah maybe just a little better at handling flare but it's 3x the weight of the Cron APO... too heavy to carry around I think
plevyadophy: Review of this lens===========
For those who wish to read a review of this super lens, go here: http://diglloyd.com/articles/ZeissZ/ZeissZ-Otus-55f1_4.html
It seems that at last, there is a lens that can match the super high pixel count densities of the latest generation of of DSLRs; and reading the review, it seems that with this lens mated to the Nikon D800 there is even less need for entry level medium format (and begs the question "what purpose does the Leica S serve?"). I guess now, medium format doesn't make much sense unless you start from the 50Mpix systems.
Leica S lenses are as good or better than this and have Autofocus and leaf shutters with a huge bright viewfinder... so in my opinion the question is why spend this much on a 35mm format manual focus 55mm lens .. and the Leica S sensor with D800 size pixels is over 70MP and with D7100 pixels is over 100MP.. big sensor is always better
vFunct: I guess they compromised on the auto-focus...
SeeRoy: Now and again, whatever you think about Krockwell, he speaketh the truth.
"Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 ZF2 für Nikon... Normal lenses for the truly crazy.For $4,000 instead of one-tenth the price or less, you get a much heavier lens with no autofocussing. Wow! Chart shooters will love these giant lenses. Zeiss makes the lenses we use to read newspapers from space, but we don't need that much performance for creating art — but don't let me stop you!I'll bet you there's no visible differnce between these and the Nikon 55mm f/2.8, which is an extraordinary lens, and autofocuses, for about $175 used..."
It takes all kinds: Lloyd Chambers is swooning with pleasure and breaking out his charts. Just the lens you've always needed for shooting that decaying mountain cabin.
@Anastigmat;The Nikon 50mm 1.2 manual focus lens will do what you mention for a hell of a lot less..
Robgo2: Anyone who cannot see the superor output from Photo Ninja is either in denial or needs an eye exam. And this superiority holds for other cameras and sensors as well.
Really??I have PN,it's quite good but I prefer C1P7 for most of my files,DXP is also very good and I prefer the UI,there ids no RC that is absolute best for every sensor,DXO will be best for some files,C1P for others,I prefer the colour from C1P to PN...
Maciejewski: Wonder if they need testers for this lens. I'm available!!!
This is pretty light compared to the 400mm 2,8 mk1...
Amazing lens,all we need now from canon is a top knotch sensor,and maybe they can knock a few hundred grams from the weight of the 1DX successor while they at it..
Sigma is a company in ascension,and It's nice to witness someone shaking up the Japanese paradigm ..
(unknown member): What do you get the D800e user who has everything?
A medium format camera... ;-)
samhain: $1809? That's gotta be a typo. In 5 years these will be $100
You mean in 2yrs ...
Tonkotsu Ramen: Serious question, would this be an affordable option to take pictures of the moon? or is there a similarly priced lens that does better? thank you
It's not really long enough.. try to pick up a used 100-400 if you can afford it..
reginalddwight: A bit creepy and voyeuristic, no?
You need to get out more...
Ron A 19: Seems to me that these new zeiss lenses are aimed at the medium format crowd. Instead of getting a Leica S and 70mm f2.5, you can get a Nikon D800 and 55mm f1.4 (both for less money than the 70mm S lens and much less than the S camera). Should have similar DOF and similar resolution. Looks like they're ultimately designed for studio work.
@silvarum,,, Leica S lenses are amazing...and the S viewfinder,leaf shutters and auto focus is excellent..
Kali108: I sure wish Zeiss would at least tell us what FL's they intend to release with the Uber design. Enough with the vague hints, "landscape" etc. I'm very interested in these lenses. Appears to be significantly narrowing the gap with MFDBs at a fraction of the cost.
Np A.f and no Leaf shutters mean's that no matter how good it is it has little chance of stealing medium format user's...
photo_rb: I hope when this lens comes out in the market, people will not look and the name and the price and blindly say it is the sharpest lens in its class. ...as people sometimes do...
Test the heck out of it.
I own Leica,Hasselblad,Nikon,Zeiss and canon lenses.. I have seen a few shots taken with this new Zeiss and they were very impressive...
I would have considered buying it if it ran Android....
Could be worse,You could be addicted to planes or boats.. or worse,high maintenance women...
I am very curious to see if this sensor improves on the banding and pattern noise problems of previous sensor's..The only issue's preventing me from buying a canon body(still have most of my L glass..)