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p.1 #1 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Posted this morning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mEj6CqZWMk

Looks amazing.



Feb 15, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Yes, indeed. Tx for sharing.


Feb 15, 2013 at 04:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Yes, thanks, plastic.

If that's the contrast wide open, I hope it doesn't pick up too much stopped down.



Feb 15, 2013 at 05:14 PM
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p.1 #4 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Is this lens worth buying a D800 for? Best 50-55mm ever?


Feb 15, 2013 at 06:13 PM
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p.1 #5 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Depends. An M9 + Summilux might be in the same price category (or even cheaper) as the D800 + 55/1.4 and still offer "sufficient" IQ.


Feb 15, 2013 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #6 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


D800 ($2700) + 55/1.4 ($4000) = more than the rest of my equipment combined and doubled.......I do wish I could the combo though or just the lens will do.

I really wish they showed exactly what the comparison lens model was. I wonder if the current 1.2 and 1.4's are really as bad as their examples?



Feb 15, 2013 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #7 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


I think the 'bad lens' comparison is actually quite good, all things considered. Or at least pretty typical of fast 50mm wide open performance.

jotdeh: ME (M9) or M240 & 50 Lux ASPH is in the $9500-11000 range. Isn't this lens supposed to be around $3000+?

The sample crops they showed do look extremely impressive if that's wide open. The 50 Lux ASPH will not give you that high a level of wide open edge/corner performance. The more apt comparison will be against the new Leica 50/2 APO. I'm sure someone eventually will put the two lenses on the new M body for a direct comparison.

The question for me at least is whether the size and weight are worthwhile tradeoffs for the apparently outstanding technical performance.

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Feb 15, 2013 at 06:56 PM
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p.1 #8 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Particularly awesome is the lack of defocus color fringing.

The comparison lens isn't too far from a Planer 1.4/50 in character.



Feb 15, 2013 at 06:59 PM
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p.1 #9 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


rscheffler wrote:
ME (M9) or M240 & 50 Lux ASPH is in the $9500-11000 range. Isn't this lens supposed to be around $3000+?

The sample crops they showed do look extremely impressive if that's wide open. The 50 Lux ASPH will not give you that high a level of wide open edge/corner performance. The more apt comparison will be against the new Leica 50/2 APO. I'm sure someone eventually will put the two lenses on the new M body for a direct comparison.

The question for me at least is whether the size and weight are worthwhile tradeoffs for the apparently outstanding technical performance.
...Show more

My guess is $3500. Other than Leica, other manufacture always price it make it barely/magically happen to slip it in your bag
I feel the first comparison should not be WO, though that unknown/suck regular lens look like is.




Feb 15, 2013 at 07:01 PM
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p.1 #10 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Coma and Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration are for suckers, apparently!

I wonder if the other lens is their own 50/1.4?



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p.1 #11 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Yes, I believe that he said it was an older Contax of some kind, from the '50s, maybe from the Contarex camera. That would kinda make sense, since that was the best they could make in those days.

The price is expected to be around 3000 Euro/$4000.



Feb 15, 2013 at 07:42 PM
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p.1 #12 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


That is what he had in his hand, but I didn't get the impression that it was the source of the 'inferior' sample.


Feb 15, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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p.1 #13 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


i think the old lens was a contarex 55/1.4 introduced in 1961


Feb 15, 2013 at 08:39 PM
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p.1 #14 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


It's a Contarex lens, probobly the 55.

The Contax 50mm f1.4 is much smaller than that Contarex. Stopped down, even just to f2, I imagine there wouldn't be much difference in IQ between the lenses. Is it worth 3K+ and the huge size for just f1.4 performance?



Feb 15, 2013 at 08:57 PM
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p.1 #15 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Yes!


Feb 15, 2013 at 09:01 PM
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p.1 #16 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


OK


Feb 15, 2013 at 09:05 PM
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p.1 #17 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


briantho wrote:
The Contax 50mm f1.4 is much smaller than that Contarex. Stopped down, even just to f2, I imagine there wouldn't be much difference in IQ between the lenses. Is it worth 3K+ and the huge size for just f1.4 performance?



Silly question. ;-)





Feb 15, 2013 at 09:09 PM
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p.1 #18 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


I won't sell my ZF.2 50/1.4 though, even if I buy this behemoth. I love its aberrations.


Feb 15, 2013 at 09:14 PM
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p.1 #19 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


Performance looks awesome, but after carrying such light equipment the past two years, I don't think I could force myself to lug around a 1.2 kg normal lens, no matter how good. I mean, it's almost the weight of a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. Heck, this makes the Sigma 50/1.4, which is huge, look tiny.

Though, for those who want the best no matter what, it looks truly awesome.



Feb 15, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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p.1 #20 · Zeiss 55/1.4 Video


briantho wrote:
The Contax 50mm f1.4 is much smaller than that Contarex. Stopped down, even just to f2, I imagine there wouldn't be much difference in IQ between the lenses.


Hm, is the Contax so much better than the Z* 50 1.4?
The Makro-Planar 50 is significantly (IMO) better wide open at f/2 than the ZF 50 1.4 at f/2. Only talking about contrast in the image centre. Now bring in the whole frame and the color correction....

A better match for f/2 performance would be the new APO-summicron Leica flagship.



Feb 15, 2013 at 09:26 PM
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