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| p.2 #7 · Zeiss ZE/ZF.2 35mm f/1.4 (according to Roger Cicala/lens rentals.com) |
I have to admit I find it slightly unethical to have one of the first production lenses in the world sent for testing purposes and not share it with everyone. I am not sure what Zeiss has been thinking. I am sure that everyone who is subscriber there disagrees, but as I said, given the circumstances I believe it is a bad decision and not ethical..
How do you figure that? Zeiss is a company, and Lloyd Chambers runs a business. It's a regular commercial agreement for both part. It's Zeiss' property and fully their right to decide who should get test copies. We're talking about a privately owned company, not some government organization funded by tax payers' money.
You could possibly argue that it's unethical of Lloyd to receive special favors from Zeiss as it would affect his objectivity. However, saying no to test the lens early would have been far worse in practice for the reputation/reliability of his service.
Finally, it's not true. This is what he posted a few days ago on his blog:
"Zeiss USA finally received press samples yesterday of the new 35mm f/1.4 Distagon. For various reasons, it will take Zeiss a few days to ship one to me, so I expect to have it next week for testing, the ZE version for Canon EOS (EOS mount seems to have priority now, due to the large numbers of lenses being sold for video work with the Canon 5D Mark II)."
So he is definitely not the only one who's got one. It's just that he is faster at testing and reporting than more mainstream magazines.