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Don't get your hopes up Carsten. Zeiss just won an iF design award for the 55/1.4. Also for a couple of the upcoming mirrorless system lenses, which have the same looking rubber rings.
Quote: The high-end SLR lens [55/1.4] that will come on the market at the end of 2013 reflects the new design language the best: the funnel-shaped form, a surface that is soft to the touch, the optimized focus ring and other details will contribute to even better manageability and an unmistakable look.
Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing of the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division, says: “For the first time,...Show more →
I guess I would live with the focusing ring if it really came down to it, but that is definitely a minus in my mind. I want some texture there so I don't have to think about whether it will grip, even if this smooth ring does grip. Why mess with perfection?
I am highly undecided about this lens. The few shots I have seen appeal to me, but I am not sure what I would do with it. I guess I need to see lots and lots of samples to decide if it would do anything for my photography. I am not sure that I would shoot so wide open much any more, and the ZF Planar is fantastic stopped down already.
If there is some 3D look to the results, that would help along my decision considerably
Essentially, this lens would have to be an improved drop-in replacement for the Planar for me to really want it. If not, it would be another lens, and I am unsure.