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Reader Comments: Zeiss, Nikon 60mm, Reliable Lens Information

Mary S writes to say:

I just felt compelled to write again to say thank you for providing so much objective and useful information. I just had a very frustrating internet interchange where I tried in vain to counter some atrocious misinformation being propagated by a well-known photographer. I turned to your blog and DAP for some relief from the nonsense! It's unfortunate that in this "information age", it is easier and more likely that one will be led into mis-information than to anything useful. And so many don't even realize it! No wonder things are a mess!

Just read the review of the 60mm macro lens. I've been using it since it came out, and it's become one of my most used lenses. It sometimes gets dismissed as having too short a working distance to be useful, but that's as usual, context-relative. I use it all the time to produce some fabulous close-ups of flowers blowing in high wind. It has fast enough focus tracking to be able to actually track something moving in the wind and end up with some really interesting sharp photos under what many would call adverse or impossible conditions. It's totally hand-holdable, fantastic wide open, decent at distance, nice bokeh and a decent price, a real gem........hell, what more could one want?

Also just became the very happy owner of a Zeiss 35f2 ZF. That's one stunner of a lens too. Can't say enough about how much I like it........even blown-out parts of the image seem to look good! Don't know why, but there's just something special about those lenses. Never cared much for the 50mm focal length on FX, and 35 is the equiv on DX, but that lens is so great that it has inspired me to rediscover the so-called "normal" lens. Love it, love it! Thanks for putting me on to Zeiss lenses through your enthusiasm and writing on them. Worth it 10 times over.

Now, if I could only afford the Zeiss 100 macro..........sigh!

Mac Performance Guide has come in rather handy as well. Great information. Thanks there as well.

DIGLLOYD: Than, you Mary. I shoot my Zeiss lenses 90% of the time on both Canon and Nikon— when I’m not testing something else. I agree that the Nikon 60mm f/2.8G is an excellent lens (as I show in my review).

That Zeiss 35mm f/2 also makes a great night-shooting lens.

Three Sisters at Patriarch Grove, Nov 2010
Nikon D3x + 35mm f/2 Distagon, 570 sec @ f/9, ISO

Reader Leonard S writes:

I open your site to get useful info about the various subjects you cover. But if you are short of new content, please don't fill the space with testimonials to yourself from readers. It appears self-serving.

DIGLLOYD: Most of my readers find the insights in reader emails from other photographers quite interesting. I started this site to be self serving: I could not find the information I wanted, so I began to create it.


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