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Archive 2011 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens ...
  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Roger Cicala, proprietor of www.lensrentals.com has this to say in an essay posted on his site and entitled, "Stuff I Would Buy If I Bought Stuff":

"So the Zeiss 35mm f1.4 is first on my list even though itís a couple of weeks away from being released. It is just that good. (Yes, Iíve gotten to shoot with it already. Trust me on this one.)".

I've been an avid follower of his insightful and provocative musings and after testing out equipment for myself, find his analyses spot-on.

Has anyone out there been fortunate enough to have used this promising optic, especially if that includes experience with the Nikkor 35/1.4 G to compare?

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Mar 03, 2011 at 02:26 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


I have high expectations for this lens. And I will buy it at soon as it's released. And I have not owned a 35mm lens in a long time. I never really liked the Canon 35/1,4 L at large apertures.


Mar 03, 2011 at 02:32 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


While I won't commit to buying it yet, I am very interested in this lens. I have in the past considered the C/Y 35/1.4, but due to high price for a product without warranty and a potentially difficult repair situation, combined with the fact that it would not work that seamlessly with my D3 (opposite rotation direction, stop-down metering, ...), I have put it off. This lens could change that, if it is anywhere near as good.


Mar 03, 2011 at 03:19 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


carstenw wrote:
While I won't commit to buying it yet, I am very interested in this lens. I have in the past considered the C/Y 35/1.4, but due to high price for a product without warranty and a potentially difficult repair situation, combined with the fact that it would not work that seamlessly with my D3 (opposite rotation direction, stop-down metering, ...), I have put it off. This lens could change that, if it is anywhere near as good.


+1 on that



Mar 03, 2011 at 03:23 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Lloyd Chambers expects to get one for testing next week (Press samples have arrived in the US). He is going to spend some time and make a thorough test.



Mar 03, 2011 at 03:25 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


I'm considering it, someone has to show me that there would be a serious improvement from the already stellar ZF 35/2 though- for one i can't see shooting 1.4 all that much, second the increase in size (which could be good or bad) - balancing better on pro size bodies is something I would like. side by side pictures of both samples at comparable apertures and physical size is what i need to see.


Mar 03, 2011 at 03:36 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Also own(ed) the ZF 35; one of my top three lenses. Despite that, couldn't resist selling it and putting my name on the wait list after reading Roger's take and Lloyd Chambers' preliminary notes & images. Its size is a bit daunting, nearly equal in every respect to the Nikkor 24-70 but it would appear to be highly corrected and by f/2, without the falloff visible @f/2 on the ZF 35/2 or (hopefully) noticeable color fringing in high-contrast lighting situations. The bokeh looks to be remarkable.


Mar 03, 2011 at 04:14 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Lloyd Chambers will be getting his ZE copy next week and will compare it with the Nikon 35/1.4 G and Zeiss ZE 35/2. Supposedly, the ZF.2 version will be released in April after the ZE version.We will see hopefully soon whether the new 35/1.4 has the same bokeh/rendering as the old Contax version or not.


Mar 03, 2011 at 07:23 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


I had 20 mn of shooting time with one, in comparison to a 35mm f:2.0. I posted some pics earlier on the Z* thread. Basically, the two are very close indeed in terms of rendering, closer than any other two Zeiss lenses. The main difference is that the f:1.4 is clearly superior from f:2.8 onwards. Other differences are that the f:1.4 is slightly more detailed and subtle than the f:2.0, which may seem less sharp to some. That is all I could ascertain in 20 mn. I ordered one, which I was supposed to get this week, but was told today that it wasn't going to happen in time for my trip the Lofoten in two weeks...:-(
This delay mirrors the fact that Lloyd Chambers was told earlier to expect his lens at the end of January or early Feb....



Mar 03, 2011 at 07:38 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Yes, the big question, whether to move from the f2 to the f1.4.

I find shooting at f2 challenging enough to manually focus. However the rewards of the new f1.4 maybe too much to resist.

I will be waiting on Lloyd Chamber's review with interest.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


I let you guys try it out for a start
anyone who wants to sell off their 35/2,0 in Europe give me a shout

I think the weight would bother me.



Mar 05, 2011 at 04:04 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


philber wrote:
The main difference is that the f:1.4 is clearly superior from f:2.8 onwards. Other differences are that the f:1.4 is slightly more detailed and subtle than the f:2.0, which may seem less sharp to some.


What do you precisely mean by this and why would it seem less sharp?



Mar 06, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


ZE release at B&H has been moved to May ...?
ZF to March ...?

...??

B&H Photo Zeiss 35/1.4



Mar 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Well, Lloyd Chambers just received his 35/1.2 which is going to be even more exciting than the 35/1.4


Mar 10, 2011 at 05:38 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


edwardkaraa wrote:
Well, Lloyd Chambers just received his 35/1.2 which is going to be even more exciting than the 35/1.4


Is that a typo in the title in his blog? The picture on the main page and the B&H wishlist that he links to both say f/1.4.



Mar 10, 2011 at 05:47 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


...and the monster photo of the thing on Chambers' blog is probably actual size


Mar 10, 2011 at 06:21 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


It's an f/1.4. He's fixed the typo.


Mar 10, 2011 at 08:25 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


I wish that the May arrival date was a typo too


Mar 10, 2011 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


j.liam wrote:
What do you precisely mean by this and why would it seem less sharp?


Slightly less fine details with high acutance/edge may give the impression of higher contrast, I imagine. Analogous would be to sharpen an image with a big radius. The edges jump out at you then, but fine detail is lost (and halos become visible more quickly).



Mar 10, 2011 at 08:42 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com)


Diglloyd has part 1 of his review up. I must say so far Im in no hurry to sell my 35mm f2.

Looks like a real "character" lens. Field curvature and uncorrected spherical design. I suppose for the price you cant expect a high tech Leica design.

The next part of his review should show the lens in a better light, when he shoots 3D subject matter rather than planar.



Mar 13, 2011 at 12:29 AM
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