A very interesting video about the new Zeiss 50mm. They don't say what lens they were comparing with, but the results look impressive to the eye. At $6000 USD, it's a tad out of my price range, so I won't be purchasing.
Good info. Thanks. But you would be surprised at how many lenses they'll sell, even at this price. But it's not even close to the most expensive 50mm lens on the market. The Leica 50mm f0.95 is over $10,000. I know a couple people that have that one.
At least they chose the right camera for their test. The video shows the D800/D800E.
I was just toying around with my 50mm F 1/1.2 AIS. Wide open the image is not the greatest, F/2.8 Not bad. Though I have seen some nice photographs taken with the Nikkor, it does have it's limitations. I guess if your into sharpness and detail, start saving.
"Things are'nt always quite as cherry, as they first seem"
Tue 19-Feb-13 01:26 AM | edited Tue 19-Feb-13 01:45 AM by JimH
I thought I'd post the images I had mentioned.
I shot theese a few nights ago. Again just fooling around. With the camrea on a tripod and at minimum focusing distance heres what the images look like. You can easily see wich one was wide open and wich one was at F/2.8 - Straight out of ACR, no adjustments except for sizing. D3s, ISO 3200, Shutter speeds were 1/60th & 1/20th
Sat 23-Feb-13 12:26 AM | edited Sat 23-Feb-13 01:50 PM by GiantTristan
Apparently, this lens is very good wide open which is quite unusual for an f/1.4 lens. Aside from the price, the weight of the lens does not make it very attractive. I am quite glad that 50mm is about my least favored focal length.
>Apparently, this lens is very good wide open which is quite >unusual for an f/1.4 lens. Aside from the price, the weight of >the lens does not make it very attractive. I am quite glad >that 50mm is about my least favored focal length.
Perhaps not that unusual anymore these days. The new Sigma 35/1.4 has staggering sharpness and microcontrast at f/1.4, more than any f/1.4 lens I used before. It's probably a sign of the times, with modern computer-based design tools such achievements are becoming more common. At 50mm, I think nobody had put in the effort yet to make a truly modern lens. Perhaps when Sigma updates their already very good 50mm f/1.4 we will get a more affordable version of this Zeiss.
I'd like to see it compared to the new Leica 50mm f2 Aspherical. Of course that is Leica M-mount so a direct comparison on the same camera would be difficult at best. The price tags are about the same though.