Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 – WORLDS BEST LENS???

ekopulsekopuls Posts: 6Member
edited February 2014 in Nikon Lenses
Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 – WORLDS BEST LENS???
http://www.nikon-tutorials.com/2014/02/zeiss-otus-55mm-f1-4-worlds-best-lens/

Your proposal?
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  • mikepmikep Posts: 280Member
    not for sports, wildlife, macro, portraits, landscapes, or underwater

    what do you think?
  • Vipmediastar_JZVipmediastar_JZ Posts: 1,708Member
    edited February 2014
    not for sports, wildlife, macro, portraits, landscapes, or underwater

    what do you think?
    for decoration or coin pictures.

    bokeh looks good and CA or fringe is almost non apparent and sharp at 1.4. Zeiss imags on flickr look good too.

    Good for coin pictures, automotive and dreamy shots. Its in my rent wish list in a few months.
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  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    Do you mean the Nikon 50 or 58?
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • shawninoshawnino Posts: 453Member
    Without AF, I for one would rather have either the 50 or the 58.

    I can see myself going for the Otus-85. Tripod, studio portrait, exact lighting control, giddy-up. But in the 50 range, 9 times out of 10 I need AF. Maybe 49 times out of 50.

    ...and at 85, only if it blows the 85 1.4D away which so far has been all that I've honestly needed.
  • BesoBeso Posts: 464Member
    edited February 2014
    I don't know if it is the "world's best lens" because no definition of the term is provided. I can tell you that it is a phenomenal piece of glass that is capable of producing far superior images to anything Nikon makes. It is extremely well built, has a buttery focus ring that turns something like 270 degrees, and the lens coatings virtually eliminate flare. In fact, all my Zeiss lenses are capable of shooting directly into the sun without flare. I cannot say the same for any Nikon lens. The Otus also produces great bokeh, has virtually no chromatic aberration, and has wonderful tonality and contrast. Yes, it is manual focus as are all Zeiss lenses. Some people have a problem with that. I grew up with manual focus and I don't find it to be a problem. Sure autofocus is a nice convenience but my Nikon professional lenses miss focus on a regular basis; particularly in low light and low contrast situations. Like all lenses, the Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 is designed for specific applications. It is not well suited to many situations but neither is a 35mm or a 400mm lens.
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    Occasionally a decent image ...
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited February 2014
    @Beso: If you have this lens, by all means post some image for us to look at. Maybe a set on your Flickr account would be best....thanks.
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    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • BesoBeso Posts: 464Member
    edited February 2014
    @Beso: If you have this lens, by all means post some image for us to look at. Maybe a set on your Flickr account would be best....thanks.
    Try this link. Most of these were test shots. http://www.flickr.com/photos/79203622@N02/sets/72157641345879934/

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    Occasionally a decent image ...
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    @Beso: Any chance you can let us see the EXIF info on those images?
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • BesoBeso Posts: 464Member
    @Golf007sd - you should be able to see the exif data now.
    Occasionally a decent image ...
  • mikepmikep Posts: 280Member
    nice pic pitchblack
  • IronheartIronheart Posts: 3,017Moderator
    edited February 2014
    You can always put a cheap filter on if you want to induce flare/glare etc... My 77mm promaster is a really a flaremaster :-)
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  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 5,295Member
    I have tired Vaseline on a cheap filter leaving the center clear and got some interesting results. A friend of mine has had the same experience as Ironheart with a Promaster filter.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
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