So I was actually going to Norway for a bit of R&R, but luck would have it that I went to the local camera store to pick up a Gitzo tripod for my trip, and randomly asked how their Zeiss Otus 55 delivery times looked like. The salesman looked surprised and said that they had one out back… ZE version… and if I wanted to see it. I said yes, just out of curiousity.
As I was paying for the Gitzo he joked wether I wanted that Otus as well…. I smiled, thought for a few secs and said… ok, sure.
So what was mainly a peaceful trip to go hiking in the "fjell" took a turn towards testing out this promised lens.
I have to apologise on beforehand. I didn't think story or storyboard into this video. Just tried to find and pick up shots I found pleasant to look at. So in no way is this a scientific test though I tried to cover the basic moves where possible (tilt, pan, focus shift, near and far).
The lens is damn amazing, but I think this will really show once we into the 4K cameras this year.
One thing though I noticed is that I enjoy the microcontrast of the lens… and the fact that it is sharp across the frame all the way to 1.4.
I missed my followfocus and baseplate for the focus shift shots. The throw is looong (very cinema like) and going from 50cm to 10metres makes a challenge for even the steadiest of hands.
Is the lens worth the price tag? You be the judge…. I personally think Zeiss are doing a pretty damn good job.
- Shot with 5D3 in MLV raw (no sound module running).
- MLV files had the dngs extracted with mlv_dump.osx
- Imported the dngs into AE CC and did first light with Adobe Camera Raw (de-noised with 50 denoise and 70 detail)
- Rendered out ProRes 4:2:2 HQ files with a small amount of USM.
- Imported those into Premiere and did a quick dirty edit.
- Exported as 1080p25