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    Senior Member Shane Betts's Avatar
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    I used to shoot model headshots on a Contax RTS with the 85mm f1.4. Pretty much required a #1 Softar for most models' skin. Only thing stopping that from being about as good a lens as I ever used was the super-thin focus ring that would distort and bind if you gripped it too hard.
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    According to a new blog post from Zeiss shipping will start at the end of this year.

    http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=4190
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    There is no where near as much info on this family of lenses as I'd like. Super intriguing, does anyone know if it's only the Nikon mount version that has manual iris?
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    Has anyone here tried this Distagon 55mm f/1.4 lens?
    Any test photos to see and compare with other lenses?
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    This should be a very good lens, it reminds me of the Hasselblad days...





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    Looks like what Matt Duclos was writing about a few weeks ago:

    http://matthewduclos.wordpress.com
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    Did anyone see this one at IBC? :)
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    I saw a prototype-almost-production model 55ZF1.4 on the IBC.. very long throw, pinsharp, no discernable CA.. Zeiss-pro-style yellow markings.. lovely! made some photo's but had to promise not to post them, sorry guys.. but worth the wait if you're already interested in buying the zf.2 50mm
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    Hehe yes I saw it at IBC ... I dragged David and Joost there because this thing is insane! And no, I am not exaggerating.

    The 1.4 has such beautiful highlights - as Joost mentioned: no discernible CA and his thing is pin sharp. We were shown some prints... They look like middle format prints. Tack sharp, deep blacks and super fine lines. Wasn't allowed to record/ shoot with it but what I could see through the zoom in on the DSLR, this lens is sick! Looking through the view finder feels like having a grey layer removed from it.

    Then lens looked exactly like in the pictures Ketch posted - sans hood.

    It's got a nice heft to it. Every other 50mm still feels like a child's toy next to it. This thing feels like a pro cine lens. I kid you not! as does the focus pull.

    Some Zeiss bird tweeted in my ear, that the Zeiss lens service also de-clicks your lenses, which seemingly could be done with the 55 as well from them... So I guess we would have to stay tuned, the aperture is pretty close to the mount, but with a RED this should still work.

    End of October we all will know what the new series will be called - along with all the other information.

    The next 2 lenses will be announced between October and beginning of next year with availability planned for end of 2014.
    2 more lenses (a wide and a tele) seem to be in planning but no info on if these will become real. Probably also depends on the interest in these.


    EDIT: the yellow markings also tell you a lot. They are trying to make sure this will be recognized as a pro lens in the master prime category :)
    The focus scale doesn't have any plexi cover on top either, which makes it look even more like a cine lens. The Zeiss guy asked me what I thought about it and if it would make me worry about dust inside the lens. When I said that it reminds me of cine lenses and that I wouldn't worry because I'd believe the lens is sealed, he smiled ... guess I gave the correct answer ;)

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    Thank you Patrick, have been waiting for a bit more info on this line of lenses. Bring on the end of October! Was that aperture ring you were talking about on a Canon mount?
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