Sigma: the new L?

Started Apr 8, 2014 | Discussions thread
Blake Cook
Blake Cook Senior Member • Posts: 2,800
Re: Possibilities from the fringe of possibilities notwithstanding..

technic wrote:

Blake Cook wrote:

technic wrote:

But I don't agree that top quality means that you have to use a bright (f/1.4 or something) lens with all the weight, size and cost that goes with it. I'm looking forward to a much smaller f/2.0 50-55mm Otus or Sigma, but I guess they will never build one because it is commercially not attractive.

They already have built one. It's the Zeiss f/2 50mm Macro-Planar. Only the Otus is superior with a very slight edge in the centre and a bit more in the corners. (I have both lenses)

I guess the Macro-Planar is a VERY different design, optically (haven't checked but Planar usually indicates the design). A retrofocus design with excellent macro properties sounds unlikely to me. But if they can make an f/2 lens with great macro and almost the same quality as the Otus, they could probably make an f/2 Otus (without macro) with even higher quality

I use the 50 f/2 almost exclusively for landscapes. I don't know about you comments above, but it's anything but just a macro lens.

But adding macro to the slower lens is commercially a good idea, because it separates the lens from 'normal' (usually cheap) standard lenses and allows them to ask a much higher price.

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