Is anybody going to use the 40 mm f2 on the Z50/Zfc?

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Re: Is anybody going to use the 40 mm f2 on the Z50/Zfc?

p5freak wrote:

thisisbenji wrote:

p5freak wrote:

iljitsch wrote:

p5freak wrote:

I am going to try the 40/2 on the Z50. But i am pretty sure it wont beat the 12 year old 35mm f1.8 DX, which only costs half the price. Its an excellent lens, razor sharp even wide open.

Really? So far my impression was that the Z lenses were pretty much in a new class, and even though the 35 f/1.8 DX is very good and works well on my Z fc, with the FTZ in the middle it gets a bit unwieldy so I could see myself getting the new 40 mm. Also nice that it's full frame so useful when I upgrade to a full frame Z camera at some point in the future.

But forget that if it's worse than the 35 DX. Or even just not any better.

Yes, really. The 35 DX is razor sharp wide open, and it costs only half the price of the new 40/2. I dont find it unwieldy, it would be similar with the 35mm Z f1.8, which is about as long, and as heavy as the DX with FTZ. I will never upgrade to FF, to much weight. I already went down that road, and didnt like it. I want compact and light.

My 35/1.8S is noticeably sharper than my 35/1.8DX and as you mentioned it’s about the same size as the DX lens and the FTZ. If this 40/2 is even 75% as sharp as the 35/1.8S it’ll be sharper than the old DX lens. It’s also going to be a whole ton more compact on the Z50 which as you mention above “I want compact and light.” That’s certainly not a phrase I would use for anything attached to a FTZ.

I was not going to pay 5 times the price of the 35 DX for a 35mm 1.8 S. There is no size or weight difference to the DX with FTZ. It may be a bit sharper, but thats not worth 5 times the money to me. Also, i think using FF lenses on DX make no sense, when there is a DX alternative. FF lenses are huge and heavy. I will post samples from my 35 DX later.

Oh, I agree with you, I don't want to get the 35 mm Z FX for a APS-C camera. It's big and expensive. But still, I have seen what this S lens can do and the 35 mm DX F mount is not even close in terms of sharpness. That is not to say that the DX lens is bad (it is not, it's still sharp and overall good optically for the price), but the Z lens really took the optics to a new level.
That said, we don't really have much choice in terms of Z DX AF lenses right now. I am hoping that Sigma and Tamron come to the mount, as that would solve almost all lenses problem we currently have, bar a cheap UWA zoom (Tamron has a 11-20 mm f2.8, but that's a rather expensive lens). If Sigma brought their 30 mm f1.4 to Z mount I would buy it right away, as it's exactly the focal length I want.

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