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Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO for Close Up Work
« on: June 17, 2015, 15:52:47 »
The deeper I get into the quality of the Zeiss 55mm Otus, the more I continue to be impressed. Here is a single shot of a cultivated grape leaf taken with the Nikon D810 and the Zeiss Otus 55mm at ISO 64, f/16, and 1/13 sec. Also included is a 100% crop of part of the leaf edge, so you can see the remarkable clarity of this Zeiss lens.
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO for Close Up Work
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2015, 16:10:00 »
Delightful, Michael.  :)

It is one of the Zeiss Triumvirate I coveted (ignoring the price tags) before I realized the size of them.  I will buy a Leica AA 50/2 sometime in the future.  Compact goodness.
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO for Close Up Work
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2015, 16:29:55 »
Yes, from what I have seen they perform very similar! Only the Leica is 1/8 the size and weight :)
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO for Close Up Work
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2015, 17:10:01 »
I am not bothered by the size, and have all three of them. The quality of these lenses is what is paramount in my view. I don't do a lot of backpacking anymore, so size is not an issue.
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO for Close Up Work
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2015, 17:22:54 »
Michael, Apologies if there was negativity in my earlier post.  That was not the intent at all.

These 3 lenses (55/1.4, 85/1.4 and 135/2) from Zeiss are nothing but a pinnacle in lens design with performance to prove.

My camera gear is ever shrinking in its size and that is due to what I use them for.  Otherwise, I would have sprung for them one by one.  Absolutely no question about it.
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Re: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO for Close Up Work
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2015, 17:23:32 »
Here is another photo taken this morning with the Nikon D810 and the Zeiss 55mm APO f/1.4 lens. It also shows the degree of resolution, etc.

The original and a 100% crop.
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