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| p.5 #8 · How bad is Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar? |
Edgars Kalnins wrote:
I have never needed a lens cleaning solution . I would not give a second thought to the brand as far as cleaning cloths go, microfiber is good, just make sure you rinse it sometimes to to get rid of any particles of sand or other dirt. T* coating is very durable, I rarely see Zeiss lenses with cleaning marks. But it does happen. E.g. I have handled some 15 contax G lenses, 3 out of which had some marks. Two came from a careless owner. Never seen a cleaning mark on contax slr or modern Zeiss lenses (have only had a handful of the previous and the ZF line has not had that much use yet).
Actually I have a bottle of Zeiss cleaning liquid that I bought many years ago and it's still full. I almost never use it, except for hard to remove rain drops (or beer ). Usually breathing on the glass and wiping with the microfiber is enough. Not all microfiber cloths are created equal. I found the ones from Zeiss to be the softest and have the smallest knits and do not leave fibers behind even when old. I cannot say the same about other cloths I have used. I also agree about the T* coatings being very durable, but they are not scratch free. The Schneider coatings are much harder and scratch resistant, and claimed to be harder than the glass they are applied on. In fact I find T* coatings to be usually softer than other manufacturers coatings, which is ok, because their job is to eliminate reflections not to protect the glass
Interesting about Schneider - I have been hearing lots of good things about them lately, pity that we rarely see any images from 35mm format here. I only have their 121mm f8 super-angulon which turned up from Germany covered in tiny scratches. I believe it is single coated though.
From my experience Zeiss usually age better than most other lenses, possibly because expensive lenses are more cherished. I think I read about the toughness of T* on Zeiss website - got to believe what's written. On the other hand I have not had any cleaning marks on Leica R and Minolta lenses which I have had a few as well.