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    Sweeeet. Can't wait for my A7!

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    And there will probably be a wide and tele version of this lens to follow.. this a snap of one on an A7R

    Wow - that's a big sucker of a lens ...
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    last one. I promise


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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    Beautiful rendering!

    A serious lens. Looks kind of big though (on the A7r)

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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    I bet it is a perfect fit on the D4......and I would love to see a pic of that combo.

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    I bet it is a perfect fit on the D4......and I would love to see a pic of that combo.

    Gary
    Not the best shot but better than nothing...

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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    Thanks! It looks pretty big, even on the D4. Does it balance and handle pretty well?

    I am so tempted by this lens, but I would have to buy a D800 again to really make it worthwhile.

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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    Looks weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Thanks! It looks pretty big, even on the D4. Does it balance and handle pretty well?

    I am so tempted by this lens, but I would have to buy a D800 again to really make it worthwhile.

    Gary

    Gary,I think it's worth the price,Everything i have seen of this lens makes it look outstanding and the old nikkor nocti costs more on the used market,they seek for $5k in the UK and there was one on ebay recently for 10k.. take a look at this snap from the Otus Flickr pool..


    Otus 1.4/55 - No Color Fringes, Sample 01 by Carl Zeiss Lenses, on Flickr
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    Lots more samples here too

    zeissimages.com - The photo gallery.

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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    Quote Originally Posted by RVB View Post
    Gary,I think it's worth the price,Everything i have seen of this lens makes it look outstanding and the old nikkor nocti costs more on the used market,they seek for $5k in the UK and there was one on ebay recently for 10k.
    When this lens was first announced, I was VERY skeptical re the price, but the more I see and read, the more I am convinced it may be worth the price of admission.

    I'm beginning to realize however, just how far down that slippery slope I've fallen since first coming to GetDPI. Almost all of my photo friends seem to think I must be crazy to even consider this lens.

    A few years ago I would have thought so too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    When this lens was first announced, I was VERY skeptical re the price, but the more I see and read, the more I am convinced it may be worth the price of admission.

    I'm beginning to realize however, just how far down that slippery slope I've fallen since first coming to GetDPI. Almost all of my photo friends seem to think I must be crazy to even consider this lens.

    A few years ago I would have thought so too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RVB View Post
    Be optimistic,it's an expansion of consciousness ...

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    ...and at the same time a contraction of the wallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    ...and at the same time a contraction of the wallet.
    You get nothing for nothing..

    These results should soften the blow to your wallet..

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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    One aspect of the Otus (range, presumably) that I have never quite understood is why Zeiss did not include a transparent cover over the focus distance markings. Wont the lack of a cover allow dust/moisture ingress?

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    Good question. I suppose you have to have one in your hand to tell if its an issue. I wish Zeiss would have released all the Otus line at once, because I think I'd rather have the WA (for a first Otus lens). Choices, choices...
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    John,

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBrew View Post
    I wish Zeiss would have released all the Otus line at once, because I think I'd rather have the WA (for a first Otus lens)...
    Me too. Unfortunately for both of us, according to this (Time = 2:22) an 85mm f/1.4 in Q1 2014 will be the next Otus lens released.

    Even an announcment of the focal lengths Zeiss intends to release would be welcome.

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    I was looking to buy one in the UK, but March 2014 was the date I was given off a store for them being in stock. Not sure I'll be able to hang onto the funds that long with the A7r, R lenses and PS4 etc all calling my name.

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    A friend of mine and me drove to Toronto to pick up this lens and the 15mm f/2.8
    He got the Otus and I the 15mm. The otus is drop dead sexy and soooo damn sharp with excellent colours, trying to figure a way to add this to my lens line-up, I think it's worth the money!

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    I'd save my pennies for this lens if I had a need for these qualities in this focus length. I'll wait for the other sizes before I start doing the scary cost/benefit analysis.

    This price point actually makes perfect sense. We should get used to it. It's only a problem if you've got that mania that makes you want the best of everything at any cost, regardless of need. This causes predictable problems when new categories are introduced at unprecedented price points.

    I try to stick to my actual needs. For a mid-focal length lens, I'm more than happy with the $200 f1.8g. For some of the wider angles, I'll consider selling heirlooms to get something better. Lucky for me, Schneider has been delaying their $6K 28mm tilt-shift. If it had been available when I did my most recent project, I'd be in serious debt right now.

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    A few from yesterday










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    Quote Originally Posted by ryc View Post
    A few from yesterday
    Wonderful images!

    I've decided I'm going to work my way up the chain to an Otus. First up is the Nikon 50/1.2 AIS then a Zeiss 50/2 Makro-Planar and finally the Otus. Yes, I'll be skipping the Nikon 58/1.4.

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    Re: First shots with the Otus

    Just posted my First Impressions here. Part 2 has more on the lens

    Nikon Df and Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon First Impressions and Image Samples [Part 2
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    Oh My

    Kristian,

    Loved the review...guess I need to add the OTUS to my list...

    Please look at the Df thread here...EXIFChanger will allow you to import images into LR or C1 until Adobe and Phase One catch up.

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    Lovely and informative write-up as usual Kristian! One of the things that impresses me about the lens is it's oof areas and bokeh which do resemble something akin to an 85mm lens. It will be interesting to see what other lenses Zeiss plans to release in the OTUS line of lenses and how they perform.

    Just a question....its been reported by some that this lens exhibits a fairly high level of vignetting when shot wide open. I guess this should be expected. Did you experience this?

    Again thanks for the link to your initial impressions.

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    Hi Dave thanks. It was just a quick first impressions writeup. No time for a full review unfortunately.

    I didn't notice any noticeable vignetting. If it's there is very little and complimentary to the pictures I took. None of the pictures I posted had any editing done. Converted from NEF to jpeg only so very impressive performance to say the least.





    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Lovely and informative write-up as usual Kristian! One of the things that impresses me about the lens is it's oof areas and bokeh which do resemble something akin to an 85mm lens. It will be interesting to see what other lenses Zeiss plans to release in the OTUS line of lenses and how they perform.

    Just a question....its been reported by some that this lens exhibits a fairly high level of vignetting when shot wide open. I guess this should be expected. Did you experience this?

    Again thanks for the link to your initial impressions.

    Dave (D&A)

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    Quote Originally Posted by leicashot View Post
    Just posted my First Impressions here. Part 2 has more on the lens

    Nikon Df and Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon First Impressions and Image Samples [Part 2
    Terrific shots! Did you only shoot @ 1.4? Gorgeous model, btw.

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    You get nothing for nothing..

    These results should soften the blow to your wallet..


    If we go to the measurements we will see how good it really is and how "bad" the 58mm f1.4G is out center.

    The only "weakness" of the Otus is vignetting, ah and the lack of autofocus .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBrew View Post
    Terrific shots! Did you only shoot @ 1.4? Gorgeous model, btw.
    Yes all were shot at f/1.4 for this first look as it's where Zeiss say we will notice the biggest improvements over other lenses, and boy they were right about that and then some!

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    If we go to the measurements we will see how good it really is and how "bad" the 58mm f1.4G is out center.

    The only "weakness" of the Otus is vignetting, ah and the lack of autofocus .
    Let me tell you, these results mean absolutely nothing when you look at real world results. IMHO, there's even no need to do side by side comparisons because it wouldn't even be close to a fair contest. There are those who will feel it's best to not believe just how good it is because they don't really want to buy such a large lens, so it will take some time for people to warm up to using it. Yes it's large for a 50mm lens, but people happily use similar sized 85/135mm lenses, so why not this for it's amazing quality in a lens that will be more useful to a lot of people compared to other lenses. The Otus is clearly the best lens ever made for 35mm photography, period.

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    leicashot;554011The Otus is clearly the best lens ever made for 35mm photography, period.
    Working for Obama ? Just joking. I just had to get that in there. Period.

    I agree. Best lens and am glad to own one.

    Tell me how you shot the night pictures. Auto iso?

    Thanks for posting.

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    Working for Obama ? Just joking. I just had to get that in there. Period.

    I agree. Best lens and am glad to own one.

    Tell me how you shot the night pictures. Auto iso?

    Thanks for posting.
    No I never use anything in auto. Too unpredictable. You can never trust a camera in regards to exposure if you want consistent results.

    I just selected ISO's from 800-6400, depending on the light to keep the shutter at a respectable speed to ensure sharp results at f/1.4.

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    So for the daylight shots were you using an ND filter? Just curious, but
    I'm sure I'll find out for myself as my rental Otus arrives tomorrow...
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    I'm impressed by this lens and the results, but just don't bond with the FL. When will Zeiss offer different focal lengths for these newly formulated designs?

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    patience grasshopper

    The 55 is actually quite practical. From normal to portrait use. I would like to see an 85 or 90 next. That would round up my lineup nicely.

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    A not so exciting picture in B&W for K-H


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    Thanks. Excellent tonal ranges. Interesting shed design.

    I am thinking of ordering an Otus 55/1.4 lens.
    How long would I have to wait for its delivery?
    Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k-hawinkler View Post
    Thanks. Excellent tonal ranges. Interesting shed design.

    I am thinking of ordering an Otus 55/1.4 lens.
    How long would I have to wait for its delivery?
    Thanks again.
    I have one ordered and I have been told to expect it in march...
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    wow. thats a long time to wait. i saw on on ebay the other day at a premium.

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    Start saving for this one..
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    Awesome results. Still not in love with the look of this lens. I know results are what counts. but it just doesn't have that appeal when I look at it to me like some lenses do. The heavily smoothed industrial look just doesn't say buy me to me. I am keeping my 50mm Zeiss MP 2.0, and my 58mm noct for my needs. :-)

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    Doug, I'm doing exactly that tomorrow - it's the big face off between the Zeiss Otus and the 50 Makro-Planar! I'll post images.

    Up to this point I believe the Otus to be an exceptionally sharp lens. But then so is my 50 Makro. Is there $3K worth of difference here? Time will tell...

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    I have had the 50 makro. If I didnt own the Otus now I would just pickup anther 50 f2. Problem is I really don't need the otus but like owning it. The makro is so much more practical in size. but the otus delivers such outstanding results. I would not recommend the otus unless you need that level of performance. I just happen to have been fortunate enough to get one of the first ones and am not willing to part with it. I may put it back in the box and shelf it for a while. However, I will say, I will probably use my 50mm 1.4 AIS more often now because of size.

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    at 1.4 night time. Had to do the B&W cause it looks better than color


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    Kristian, very nice review and images. In using the Otus with your Df and M240, could you provide some comments comparing the Nikon and Leica sensor performance in general use and in low light? Many thanks!

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