Reader Bud J writes:
I wanted to also let you know that I've been a Canon shooter since high school (almost 40 years, eek!). My current bodies are the 5DMkII and 1DsMkIII. I have an assortment of Canon "L" glass: 24-70mm f2.8, 24-105 f4 IS, 100 Macro, 70-300 IS, 70-200 f4 IS, 70-200 f2.8 IS, 16-35 f2.8 MkII, and a non "L" normal 50mm f1.4.
My first Zeiss lens was the 50mm f1.4 that I purchased about a year ago. Aside from the manual focus, the lens is a beauty and has produced some very fine images. A week ago, I purchased the Zeiss 21mm f2.8 and 100mm f2.8 makro lenses. Although I've only shot a 100 frames or so with each, the results are totally awesome! I'm taking my family on a 2 week cruise in August that starts in Venice, Italy and hits Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, a couple of Greek islands and ends up in Barcelona, Spain. I'm very much looking forward to shooting with my new assortment of Zeiss lenses. In fact, I might take my Canon 24-105 f4 IS as my normal lens, but try to shoot only the Zeiss primes for the non-family snap shot stuff.
Thank you for your excellent blogs and for wealth of information that you present in a concise and very readable and usable format. Anyone serious about their photography should be a subscriber to your guides.
DIGLLOYD: It’s also nice to know that the all metal and glass Zeiss lenses will last nearly forever (barring mishandling or fungus or mold from improper storage).
See my handy list of Zeiss lenses for Canon and list of Zeiss lenses for Nikon. I recommend that Canon users start with the 21/2.8 Distagon for quite an experience, filling in with the 50/2 Makro-Planar and 100/2 Makro-Planar if those focal lengths fit one’s working habits, along with the 35/1.4 Distagon or 35/2 Distagon.