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Carl Zeiss-F?

Discussion in 'photo' started by Joe P, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

  2. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

    sorry to be dim - i take it this makers lenses are special?
     
  3. auric

    auric pfm Member

    The future of photography :confused:
     
  4. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

    Hey Joe (sorry about that, a few glasses of wine this evening)
    Any comments re ZEISS ZM 35mm F2 Biogon V Leica 35mm f2 Summicron M ASPH
    Just thinking - i'm quite taken with the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder
     
  5. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

    Or does UK£700 V UK£1200 say it all ?
    :eek:
     
  6. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Martin,

    Dunno. I've not shot with either lens, but Carl Zeiss certainly has a great reputation. I'd love to try a CZ prime on my camera, but I suspect that the cheapest glass they make is too dear for me.

    Joe
     
  7. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

    Thanks
     
  8. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Rumours have become facts.

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    Joe

    * Inneresting... very inneresting
     
  9. Artioneer

    Artioneer tripath walker

    These high resolution lenses below are all very nice if only I could use them to their optimum.

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  10. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    The first two F-mount Zeiss lenses are more reasonably priced than I expected:

    From the Zeiss site -- http://www.zeiss.com/c12567a8003b58b9/contents-frame/098729cea9ef2428c1257118005d1d20

    Obviously not cheap, but Nikon users will soon have an excellent 50mm option available. (The CZ 85mm f/1.4 will likely be amazing, too, but then so is the Nikkor version, one of the few lenses Nikon really got right.)

    Joe

    * Hope this isn't an April Fool's joke. I know Germans are funny -- funny like clowns -- but they're typically utterly humourless when it comes to lenses. This is serious stuff, you know.

    P.S. These new lenses are supposed to be crazy sharp, too --

     
  11. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy

    joe.

    as a german friend recently pointed out to me, humour is eithier the product of a mistake or the premeditated, psychological defense against the production of a mistake.

    the germans do not make mistakes (except when they ally themsleves with the japanese).

    vuk.
     
  12. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Vuk,

    Well, these German lenses are actually made in Japan by Cosina, like Voitländer glass, so it's an alliance of sorts.

    From http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-7890-8183
    Joe
     
  13. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    If these pictures are any indication, the new F-mount Carl Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 has fallen well short of my expectations. I don't see anything to suggest that it's any better than the cheaper 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor -- the tonality isn't any more subtle, the sharpness isn't any greater and the bokeh certainly isn't any creamier.

    Terribly disappointing CZ 50mm f/1.4 image samples

    Joe, hoping this is just a bad sample and not a true indication of the new lens's capabilities
     
  14. guybat

    guybat [+]

    They just look like seriously crap photographs to me. Bugger the lens, it's the photographer.
     
  15. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Guy,

    No question -- they're crap pix. That said, the bokeh, sharpness and tonality aren't anywhere near as good as I had hoped.

    Joe
     
  16. guybat

    guybat [+]

    Are they genuinely Deutschefarken lens? Or Cosina? I've seen some absolutely stunning old Zeiss lens pix somewhere. If they made a 24mm one I'd rob a bank.
     
  17. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Guy,

    My understanding is that the glass is designed by Zeiss but manufactured by Cosina to keep costs down. More info is here --

    http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-7890-8183

    Note that your wish for a ZF wideangle may be granted --
    So, which bank tonight, boss?

    [​IMG]

    Joe
     
  18. guybat

    guybat [+]

    A beeg one. I think you should purchase the 50mm in the interests of group research.
     
  19. auric

    auric pfm Member

    Securitas.
     
  20. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    More ZF 50mm/1.4 sample pix...

    http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=17686084

    The last shot, of the FM3A, has nice tonality, but the bokeh of the first four shots isn't that impressive for a lens that was supposed to be, well, impressive. I'm withholding judgment until I can try a ZF 50 myself, but the samples I've seen on the Net so far have been disappointing.

    Joe
     

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