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

See my Nikon mirrorless wishlist and Canon mirrorless wishlist.

Chris R writes:

Been really enjoying your lovely Autumn shots with various lenses, the Aspen shots this time of year are a perfect subject for lens testing of which you do so well.

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Regarding the Canon RF 50/1.2L USM, would be great to see this up against the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon, but of what I’ve seen so far, this new RF 50mm is is superb. Shame it won’t fit the EF mount cameras such as my 5D4 Canon R against the Nikon Z7.

We’ve spoken in length about this in the past so no need to go over about general colour again, but I noticed last week when you shot the cameras together there was a quite a big difference in the colour balance between both bodies, I understand that they are totally different systems and also that ambient light can change quite quickly whilst shooting, but was curious, which camera seemed to give the most natural colour rendition generally.

DIGLLOYD: given the fantastic performance of the Canon RF 50/1.2L USM and native mount vs awkward adapter and manual focus and half a stop slower for the Otus, I’d just stick with the Canon RF 50/1.2L myself. There is just too much convenience in favor of the Canon. If it comes to landscape and when Canon has a higher resolution camera body, then it might be worth poking at the performance differences more.

If one already has the Otus, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon performs beautifully on the Canon EOS R. It is better corrected in some ways, but probably has more field curvature.

Regarding the bizarre white balance of the Canon EOS R raw files, the Nikon Z7 has a bizarre Tint but either way, one just has to get the WB and Tint right and both are excellent. I show the necessary settings in my respective reviews of those cameras. Every camera sensor has an inherent tint. Maybe Adobe will implicitly build in a fix to bring those values to the usual ones and maybe not—but it doesn’t really matter for raw shooters.


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