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Andre Labonte wrote:
I've long wanted a nice 55mm f/1.4 AFS lense (with VR).
Today Zeiss announced a 55mm f/1.4 manual focus ... no AFS or VR, but hey, at least they got the focal length and aperature right.
But what in the name of creation were they thinking on the price? $4000 for a "normal" lens! I don't car how corrected the lens is, it's not worth it. Honestly Zeiss ....
Needless to say, it's not on my list of lenses to obtain. But I do like that someone thought to make a 55mm f/1.4 instead of a 50mm...Show more →
There is really no other 50mm-ish (non-cinema) lens that can compare optically. The MTF data indicates the Zeiss is quite a bit stronger than the comparably priced Leica 50 summilux at f1.4. It appears to be much better corrected overall as well, more on par with the 50 APO summicron, which costs almost twice as much and is a stop slower.
The fact that the lens is not worth it to you (or me...or most people) at $4000, does not mean it is priced inappropriately. I suspect there is a decent, though obviously niche market for the lens at this price. Cinema folks in particular will probably view it as a bargain.