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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Want to rent some MF lenses, Zeiss suggestions? |
Don't pay any attention to the terminology, it relates to technical stuff that doesn't matter much. The standard focal length and f/stop parameters are adequate guides.
The 21mm has to be used to be adequately appreciated. It is so much better than most wide angles that you might not imagine how good such a lens can be until you try it. It is ideal for landscape, interiors, street scenes. Also forgiving on manual focus because of short focal length. Surprisingly good for indoor shots of fast-moving kids, etc., if you don't get too close.
The 35mm f/1.4 delivers superb image quality. It's an extremely versatile lens for landscapes, people, dark events indoors. Some people use it for flower shots because of the great background blur.
The 50mm f/2.0 gets less attention than I think it deserves, probably because of a less popular focal length. It delivers spectacular color, contrast, and resolution. I have never seen a lens that did as good a job at making clouds seem to float in the sky, instead of being plastered against it. Less expensive than the other top Zeiss lenses. My choice for the best image quality available from a 50mm lens.
The 100mm f/2.0 might be the sharpest, best-contrast lens available for semi-macro shots, and for subjects at longer distances when you want to isolate them with selective focus. It is also superb for hyper-focal use at great distances, but maybe a tiny step down in that department from its closer applications. It can be brutal as a portrait lens, but you can mostly avoid that with wide apertures that put most of the subject slightly out of focus. Just don't shoot older women at f/5.6.