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Milvus 50mm f/1.4

Outstanding build and optical quality in a normal lens..

Milvus 85mm f/1.4

Outstanding build and optical quality in a medium tele..

Milvus 135mm f/2

An Otus, in effect. Milvus garb for the 135/2 APO, with improved lens coatings on one element. See the ZF.2/ZE 135/2 review pages..

Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Fast high performance APO wide angle..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Ultra high performance apochromatic normal lens, first in the Otus line..

Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Rendering Style

Rendering style, bokeh and beauty..

Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar

Ultra high performance apochromatic medium telephoto, overview and technical..

Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Rendering Style

Rendering style, bokeh and 'transparency' without peer..

85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Night Vision

Peering into shadows at night with the very best..

135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

Beautiful bokeh, razor sharp, superb color correction..

Nikon D850

The best becomes better..

Nikon D800 Monochrome Conversion by MaxMax.com

D800 with the RGB Bayer matrix removed for a true monochrome sensor..

Nikon Df

Full-frame 16 megapixel Retro Style DSLR..

Nikon D800E vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Comparing the 2012/2013 high-res pro DSLRs..

Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Canon’s best-ever medium telephoto and with image stabilization..

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma’s fast high performance normal lens..

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art

Fastest 135mm lens yet, with ultra high performance..

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G

Nikon’s High performance normal lens.

Nikon AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED

Nikon’s best-ever f/1.4 lens?.

Adapting Other Lenses to Fujifilm GFX

Adapting lenses delivers degraded results in most cases..

Leica M Typ 240 With Alternate Lenses

With Live View and EVF, non-M-mount lenses become feasible..


Blog posts, reverse chronological

2019

2019-02-07 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Examples: Snowstorm Lundy Canyon (Nikon D850)

2019-02-06 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Sprinter in Snowstorm (Nikon D850)

2018

2018-11-03 Reader Question: Canon RF 50/1.2L USM vs Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Plus White Balance and Tint

2018-10-20 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Aperture Series: Waterfall Amid Aspen (Nikon Z7)

2018-10-19 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Waterfall Amid Aspen (Canon EOS R)

2018-10-15 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Lundy Canyon at Dusk (Nikon Z7)

2018-08-31 Zeiss Lenspire Articles—Read all 17

2018-07-15 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Examples: Monitor Pass Area

2018-03-11 Shootout: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar vs Nikon 85mm f/1.4G: Boreal Ski Slope at Night

2018-02-27 Shootout: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar vs Nikon 85mm f/1.4G: Tools Closeup

2017

2017-12-04 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Getting started with Focus Stacking – How to achieve more detailed images”

2017-11-07 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Some New Focus Stacking images (Nikon D850)

2017-09-19 Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4, Now Have my Own ZF.2 Sample

2017-09-03 Shootout: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon vs Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4: Lundy Painted Face Rock (Nikon D810)

2017-08-29 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Micro Contrast and the Zeiss 'Pop'”

2017-08-27 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Zoom or Prime Lens? Normal Lenses”

2017-08-03 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Ellery Lake at Dusk

2017-06-21 REVIEWED: New Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4

2017-05-22 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Zoom or Prime Lens? A series by Lloyd Chambers”

2017-05-14 Fast Aperture Blur (Zeiss Milvus 135mm f/2)

2017-05-11 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: the Reigning 135mm Makes Short Work of Sigma (at least at 1:5)

2017-05-10 Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Shootout vs Nikon 70-200/2.8 FL ED VR vs Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar

2017-02-21 Huge Savings on Top-Class Zeiss Lenses

2017-02-16 New Article on Zeiss Lenspire Site: “Zoom or Prime Lens? A series by Lloyd Chambers”

2016

2016-11-29 My Articles on the Zeiss Lenspire Site

2016-08-04 My Articles on the Zeiss Lenspire Site

2016-05-31 My Articles on the Zeiss Lenspire Site

2016-05-19 Nikon D810 + Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Focus Stacking 'Ultegra Cassette'

2016-04-11 A Few Deals and Recommendations

2016-04-03 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Pre-Dawn to Dawn in 20 Mule Team Canyon, Death Valley

2016-04-03 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Mining Cabin Interior

2016-03-04 Astrophotography with Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

2016-02-14 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar Aperture Series: Yellow Aspen at Meadow’s Edge, Blue Dawn (Canon 5DS R)

2016-02-04 Sony Diffraction-Free Computed Fantasy MTF

2015

2015-12-27 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Frosty Pomegranate

2015-12-23 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar and 55/1.4 APO-Distagon are Discounted (Instant Rebates)

2015-12-04 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon to Ship in February

2015-11-18 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: It Has the Magic No Other Normal Lens has

2015-10-23 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Examples: Mountains

2015-10-20 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Yellow Aspen

2015-10-19 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Peering into the Fir Forest

2015-10-15 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Ming Thein’s Take

2015-10-14 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Size and Weight vs Classic 28mm f/2 Distagon

2015-10-14 Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon MTF

2015-10-14 Zeiss Announces the new Otus 28mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

2015-09-13 On Secondary Color: Collective Context-Dropping regarding Zeiss Milvus 50/1.4 Distagon

2015-08-30 Reader Question: Sony A7R II with Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

2015-07-09 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series at 50 Megapixels: Moots at Barcroft (Canon 5DS R)

2015-07-05 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series at 50 Megapixels: Summit Building on White Mountain Peak, North View (Canon 5DS R)

2014

2014-11-16 Zeiss 55/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Glacial Blue, Winter’s Icy Hint (Nikon D810)

2014-10-08 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar: Full MTF Series from f/1.4 - f/16

2014-10-02 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar: Flare Control

2014-10-02 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar: First USA Shipments at Dealers Today

2014-09-14 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Aperture Series 'DeChambeau Yellow Wagon'

2014-09-10 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Aperture Series 'Trees, Tiles, Tower'

2014-09-09 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar: Versatility for any Challenge

2014-09-09 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Arrives Soon at B&H

2014-09-08 Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar Aperture Series 'Wet Aspen Trunk'

2014-09-08 Yes, it snows in August

2014-09-08 Uber Lens: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar offers Unprecedented Performance

2014-09-08 Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar: Exceptional Optical Efforts

2014-09-08 In Depth Review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar

2014-09-08 Image Circle Size for 55/1.4 APO-Distagon and 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

2014-09-08 Filters for the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO-Planar

2014-08-23 Zeiss 55/1.4 APO-Distagon Aperture Series: Thunderstorms over Pine Creek Drainage (Nikon D810)

2014-04-30 Wide Aperture and Sharpness Workshop with Zeiss APO Lenses For Participants

2014-04-19 Diglloyd Photo Tours with Zeiss APO Lenses For Participants

2014-04-02 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Secondary Color Correction Comparison (Canon 5D Mark III)

2014-03-16 Zeiss ZE Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon for Canon

2014-03-13 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon goes IN STOCK at B&H Photo

2013

2013-12-29 Nikon Df Examples: Pescadero Creek with Otus APO-Distagon

2013-12-22 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon on the Sony A7R: Red Barn Aperture Series

2013-12-22 Handheld Optical Nirvana with the Sony A7R and Zeiss Otus 55m f/1.4 Distagon

2013-12-21 Supporting the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon on the Sony A7R

2013-12-05 Nikon D800 Monochrome with 135/2 APO-Sonnar, More Examples

2013-12-04 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Aperture Series on Nikon D800 Monochrome

2013-11-28 A 36-megapixel Pure Monochrome Camera (Modified Nikon D800)

2013-10-11 Zeiss Otus 55/1.4 APO-Distagon with Adapter on Sony A or NEX or Similar?

2013-10-10 Interview with Zeiss on the Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

2013-10-09 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Night Shooting

2013-10-08 MTF of Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon Wide Open

2013-10-07 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: The Medium Format Look

2013-10-07 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Sets a New Metric for Lens Performance to Rival the Best of Medium Format

2013-10-07 Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Ideal for Video?

2013-10-07 Zeiss Otus 55m f/1.4 APO-Distagon: Ordering and Cross-platform Notes

2013-08-05 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Weathered Branches / Red Flowers (Canon 5D Mark III)

2013-07-13 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Glacial Erratics in Tuolumne River (Nikon D800E)

2013-07-13 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Glacial Erratics in Meadow (Nikon D800E)

2013-07-13 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Bristlecone Branches Bokeh (Nikon D800E)

2013-07-13 Lens 'Presence' with Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar and Leica M 24/3.8 Elmar-M ASPH

2013-06-18 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar in Harsh Daylight (Bristlecones)

2013-06-14 Work Planned for Mountain Trip

2013-06-13 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar as a Landscape Lens

2013-05-17 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar at Night

2013-05-05 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: f/2 - f16 Aperture Series for Nikon D800E and Canon 5D Mark III

2013-05-02 Nikon D800E vs Canon 5D Mark III: Sharpness

2013-04-25 Zeiss ZE 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar for Canon and Nikon

2013-04-23 Reader Comments: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

2013-04-18 Zeiss ZF.2 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar Adapted for use on Leica M Typ 240

2013-04-15 Zeiss ZE 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar IN STOCK for Canon

2013-04-02 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Performance at Distance f/2 - f/16 (D800E, Mosaic)

2013-03-27 Compared: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar vs Canon 135mm f/2L (Canon 5D Mark III, Dolls)

2013-03-23 Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Distagon and 135/2 APO-Sonnar and Build Tolerances

2013-03-23 Reader Comment: Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar

2013-03-22 How Does the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar Perform on a 56-Megapixel DSLR?

2013-03-22 Apropos Apochromatic: Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar vs Leica 100/2.8 APO-Macro-Elmarit-R and 180/2.8 APO-Elmarit-R

2013-03-19 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Just How Good Is It?

2013-03-19 MTF at f/22 with the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

2013-03-16 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Examples (Hakone Gardens)

2013-03-16 Tulips #10 @ f/13 Finished Print (Nikon D800E + Zeiss 135/2 APO-Sonnar)

2013-03-15 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Peach Blossoms

2013-03-15 Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA (a relaxing venue to shoot)

2013-03-03 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar vs Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar

2013-03-03 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar vs Nikon DC-Nikkor 135mm f/2D

2013-03-03 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar Examples (Golden Gate Bridge)

2013-03-01 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Tulips at f/2

2013-03-01 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: How Does f/2 compare to f4?

2013-03-01 What Happens if the Sensor is not Exactly Plane Parallel to the Lens Mount?

2013-02-28 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Tulips Aperture Series from f/2 - f/13

2013-02-28 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: General Comments

2013-02-28 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: As a ~Macro lens at 1:4?

2013-02-27 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Tulips

2013-02-27 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Out of Focus Specular Bokeh

2013-02-27 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Examples for Bokeh Evaluation

2013-02-27 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Critical Evaluation on Nikon D800E

2013-02-27 Portraits: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar

2013-02-26 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar: Might it be the Best Lens Yet for the Nikon D800E?

2013-02-26 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar In Hand

2013-02-25 Discussion: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar vs Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar

2013-02-23 On the Way: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar

2013-02-03 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar Soon

2013-01-09 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar Available for Pre-Order

2013-01-01 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar

2012

2012-11-13 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar for Nikon and Canon — Not Far off Now

2012-10-13 Reader Asks: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar or Nikon 135mm f/2 DC?

2012-10-08 Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar or Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar?

2012-09-27 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar for Nikon and Canon — Superlative Performer

2012-09-13 Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar MTF from f/2 - f/16

2012-09-07 Zeiss ZF.2 / ZE 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar for Canon or Nikon

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