We visited the Photokina a few weeks ago, Christian and I. One of the items on our list where the Zeiss Otus lenses.
They are normally described as “The Holy Grail of Lenses” “Lensporn” and “The best Lenses in this focal length”.
Seen that you normally don’t see these things, let alone get the chance to test them, we were excited. And they had both the 55mm 1.4 and the 85 1.4.
Just to give you en example, we are talking about a 3500€ lens for the 55 1.4 Nikon mount at Amazon. Or around 4000€ for the 85mm 1.4 Nikon mount.
These things aren’t cheap!!
So as I said, we or at least I was excited. My first impression was “God damn!! They are heavy”. And I don’t mean that in the “They do feel well build and are very solid and sturdy” kind of way. I mean it in the damn they are bloody heavy kind of way. The 85mm weighs 1,15 kg and the 55mm weighs 970 gramm. Compared to other lenses that may not sound like much, but they aren’t as long as a 70-200mm lens. The balance is ever so slightly off.
The lenses where mounted on an Nikon D800, that means there is an additional 1 kg (the camera) you have to hold. Try to handhold 2 kilo of equipment and manually focus at f1.4...Read More