$4,000 ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 / misaligned aperture blades / unhappy customer.

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Ufuk Ozturk New Member • Posts: 18
$4,000 ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 / misaligned aperture blades / unhappy customer.

Hi all, I'm new in photography and wanted to start from a good point.

I bought and D850 and a $4,000 ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 in last month.

Yesterday I just aware I my copy have an alignment problem in aperture blades at f16 and immediately contact to Zeiss customer services for a replacement in Germany.

After see a lot of perfect or near perfect aligned lenses on the net, mine $4,000 Otus annoyed a lot and it increased after the reply from ZEISS. Zeiss promotion these Otus lenses as Uncompromising image quality and I just started to understand not uncompromising in mechanical quality.

A reply from German customer service is like in below;

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Dear Mr. Ufuk Ozturk,

Thanks for your inquiry and congratulations to your OTUS lens!
Regarding the shape of the iris in your pictures:
The aperture blades of this lens are adjusted to allow photometrical correct exposure at all f-stops. So they can differ in their shape at different f-stops and do not always show a circular opening.
Because every lens is adjusted individually, different lenses of this type can appear different regarding this point.
A small amount of unsymmetry at f/16 as shown in your pictures is unavoidable.

With Best regards

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1- What do you think for the misalignment and reply from cs?

2- Can Otus owners check and send a photo of your Otus's aperture blades at f16.

Thanks & best regards

 Ufuk Ozturk's gear list:Ufuk Ozturk's gear list
Nikon D850 Zeiss Otus 1.4/55
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55
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