Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 Review: Sweet Colossus

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A few days ago Carl Zeiss announced the second lens in its Otus series, the 85mm f/1.4 companion to the 2013 1.4/55 Otus. The first Otus got raving reviews, including on this site. The company introduced the Otus line with the aim to build lenses without compromise, in quality, construction, size, weight and cost.

The 85mm follows the same pattern. It’s large (10 cm wide), it’s heavy (1000+ grams), it’s solid and it’s costly ($4,500).

The question is if that combo once again delivers pure goodness.

Here’s the quick summary:

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Answering the Question – Canon 5D Mark III versus Olympus OM-D E-M1

A little while back I asked myself on this blog if I should keep my Canon 5D Mark III after I got my Olympus OM-D E-M1. In short, I was wondering if it was worthwhile keeping the Canon if the Olympus is easier to carry and can deliver the kind of experience and results the Canon could.

Olympus tells me I was one of a lucky handful that got their E-M1 early and so I have had little more than a week to seek the answer to my question.

A week isn’t very long, but in the that week I have tested the areas that matter most to me, which are resolution, performance in the studio, low light and autofocus. Like in my other posts, I have tested in situations that are similar to the ones I normally shoot in. These tests are thus not exhaustive. Also. I haven’t shot any video.

I won’t discuss some glaring differences between the two cameras, such as price, weight, bulk , stabilization and availability of lenses and accessories. I assume my readers are well aware of those considerations.

Neither am I sharing my pure test shots with you. They’re boring. Plus, I think any blog can only host a limited number of pictures of puppies or passing cars.

Let’s go.

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