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Nathan Padgett
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p.1 #1 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


I did a fast backlit comparison and I was surprised by the differences. I haven't revealed which is which yet. I've always enjoyed the "tests" on here and thought I'd give you guys a chance to guess which was which.

http://adampadgettweddings.com/2013/03/26/testing-nikon-50mm-lenses/



Mar 26, 2013 at 07:10 PM
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p.1 #2 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


The lenses used:

Nikon 50mm 1.8 Series E
Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI-S
Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-D
Nikon 55mm 2.8 AI-S Micro
Nikon 24-70mm 2.8
Zeiss 50mm ZF.2 f/2 Makro

I also tossed in the Nikon V1 with Nikon 18.5 1.8 (50mm equivalent).


































Mar 26, 2013 at 07:17 PM
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p.1 #3 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Well, I know that #10 is the V1 + 18.5mm


Mar 26, 2013 at 07:46 PM
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p.1 #4 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


What's the answer? Too many to guess.


Mar 28, 2013 at 03:47 AM
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p.1 #5 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


So much flare. No.1 seems to be the most flare resistant.


Mar 28, 2013 at 04:08 AM
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p.1 #6 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


#1 has pretty good skin tones, ;-) Does this guy have one dark eye like David Bowie? I think 'Nikon' is the correct answer to this question, and by the way what was the question? Anyway, Nikon it is.


Mar 28, 2013 at 04:22 AM
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p.1 #7 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Too many choices to guess, but the Zeiss ZF 2/50 is not exactly a point-freely-at-the-sun type of lens.
The ZF.2 I tried was worse still than the ZF, due to an apparent change in the AR coatings.



Mar 28, 2013 at 04:35 AM
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p.1 #8 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Keith B. wrote:
The ZF.2 I tried was worse still than the ZF, due to an apparent change in the AR coatings.


This was said once by an dpr owner that then became confused about what he did or didn't own Somehow then it became the legend. I've owned both zf and zf.2 of the same lenses and there is no such difference from either inspection or use and Zeiss themselves have never offered any such.

It was never true and so your problem needs to be blamed on something else.



Mar 28, 2013 at 08:16 AM
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p.1 #9 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Nathan, interesting comparison, it would be nice if you could also post the whole frames so we can see the drawing differences overall. I wonder which is 50mm 1.8 Series E.


Mar 28, 2013 at 09:07 AM
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OneAnt wrote:
This was said once by an dpr owner that then became confused about what he did or didn't own Somehow then it became the legend. I've owned both zf and zf.2 of the same lenses and there is no such difference from either inspection or use and Zeiss themselves have never offered any such.

It was never true and so your problem needs to be blamed on something else.


Correct. Zeiss ZF and ZF.2 are completely identical lenses apart from a manual versus electronic aperture.



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p.1 #11 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Curious what ISO the Nikon 1 shot was at...that's a good bit of noise...passable, but looks to be about what I get at ISO 1600 on the OM-D.

#1 is the sharpest and highest contrast of the bunch, that's for sure.



Mar 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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p.1 #12 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Looking forward to the reveal.


Apr 06, 2013 at 01:51 AM
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p.1 #13 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Here is the reveal:

1: Zeiss at f2
2: Nikon AI-S at @1.4
3: Nikon AI-S @ f2
4: Nikon 55mm micro @ 2.8
5: Series E @ 1.8
6: Zeiss again at f2 (I had to shoot it again because the difference was blowing my mind)
7: 24-70 @2.8
8: 1.4 AF-D @ f2
9: 1.4 AF-D @ 1.4
10: Nikon 1 with 18.5 @1.8



Apr 06, 2013 at 03:16 AM
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p.1 #14 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Jman13 wrote:
Curious what ISO the Nikon 1 shot was at...that's a good bit of noise...passable, but looks to be about what I get at ISO 1600 on the OM-D.

#1 is the sharpest and highest contrast of the bunch, that's for sure.



The Nikon 1 shot was at ISO 400.





Apr 06, 2013 at 03:19 AM
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p.1 #15 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


not a shock to me.

while I understand the MP is not the best Zeiss lens in terms of flare suppression, I have shot my ZM lenses into the sun with no problem.



Apr 06, 2013 at 04:47 AM
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p.1 #16 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Wow, in this test the Zeiss 50MP sets everything from Nikon far behind.


Apr 06, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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p.1 #17 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


wiseguy010 wrote:
Wow, in this test the Zeiss 50MP sets everything from Nikon far behind.

No surprise from those (like me) who shoot both Nikkor and Zeiss



Apr 06, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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p.1 #18 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Ripolini wrote:
No surprise from those (like me) who shoot both Nikkor and Zeiss


Of course. :-) But the difference with the Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 for example is much larger than I expected. The Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 is widely considered as a high quality lens, but that doesn't show here.



Apr 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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p.1 #19 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


Well, actually in those shots the 24-70 suffers from flare more than from lack of resolution (there are not so tiny details in the test pictures).
Flare reduces the 'contrast' dramatically.
The Zeiss 50 MP has 8 elements in 6 groups. AFS 24-70/2.8 has 15 elements in 11 groups. Therefore, the former has 12 air-glass interfaces, the latter has 22 air-glass interfaces. No surprise the zoom suffers from flare much more than the 50 MP, even if the Nikkor claims nanocoating.



Apr 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #20 · Nikon - Zeiss 50mm comparisons


What surprises me is how well the 24-70 does against the Nikon primes. Only the 55mm micro comes close (to my eye).


Apr 06, 2013 at 05:48 PM





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