Why buy lenses like Zeiss if you can buy cheaper lenses like Sigma or Nikon

12 Sep

Why buy lenses like Zeiss if you can buy cheaper lenses like Sigma or Nikon

The prices of lenses like Zeiss are higher, and sometimes twice as many as the lenses of the most common companies in the market, and the question is asked "why?" What is so good about them is that you have to pay such a high price for a lens

Zeiss lens in a talc test for a few hours

Photographers, and certainly in the beginning, in most of their main consideration in buying a lens is first and foremost the price. I definitely think this is the right thing to do. In the beginning, not only is it still difficult to know how much longer we will continue to photograph, if at all, but we are also not always sure what we like to shoot the most, so we often see amateurs walking around with more general lenses like zoom lenses at large ranges like 18-200mm, and in some cases because Lack of understanding and inexperience both duplication, like holding a 17-55mm lens and an 18-200mm lens,. I see it many times in my students. On top of that, they always carry a 50mm f/1.8 lens, because everyone tells them that it is a must-have lens, without them understanding what to do with it, and it usually mostly raises dust in the bag

Photographers who start working in photography are also still trying to save, because they do not have the necessary income in the beginning to buy the best lenses. Professional and experienced photographers get into dilemmas, whether to really buy Zeiss lenses, or stay with the higher quality models of Nikon, Canon and more

One of the arguments against the Zeiss lens is the manual focus, and the main argument is the price. I will present here the reasons that make me work with Zeiss lenses

Dust resistance test while rotating the focus rings

The auto focus problem today is not like it used to be. Because once there are electronic contacts, there is a focus confirmation, so you can know if there is a focus in the right place. Aperture control is also through the body. You're probably wondering why there is no lens focus motor in Nikon and Canon cameras, while Sony and Fuji cameras have auto focus. The reason is the law in Japan that prevents the production of lenses with auto focus for Nikon and Canon cameras, which is due to reasons of patent registration


Another argument of professional photographers why not buy Zeiss lenses is that in not all cases the lenses are sharper than other companies. While this is true of old lenses, such as the problem of shading the corners of the frame with open apertures, in the new Zeiss series, which have just hit the market, the sharpness and contrast have been significantly improved, and it is still a manual lens that does not have complete integrity

So why anyway? In choosing a lens, there are two parameters that make the lens better quality - sharpness/contrast and durability. And in both Zeiss leaves Nikon and Canon, and companies at this level, far behind

The optics in Zeiss lenses at the highest level. I can tell you as an example when I work with their 135mm f/2 lens and also in a completely open aperture the lens is very sharp and not just in the center of the frame like in other lenses and it is not the only Zeiss lens that behaves like this, the glass has an amazing ability to correct distortions in wide-angle lenses. For those of you who photograph apartments or landscapes with trees know that wide-angle lenses produce distortions on the sides of the image, but Zeiss seems to have managed to overcome this, and they produce lenses without distortion or very minimal distortion

Speaking of lens durability, Zeiss is the Rolls-Royce of lenses. These lenses are resistant to falls and weather damage

Today, even the highest quality lenses from Nikon and Canon, and Sigma's Hart series, are made not only of metal, but there are a large number of plastic parts. One of the things that bothers me the most is that the connection ring for the filters is made of plastic, and threading at the wrong angle of the filter and even for a slight moment, will damage the connection ring of the lens, and the repair will cost a lot of money. There is no doubt that these companies are building on the fact that the lenses will not live long, and the photographer will buy the new model as soon as it comes out, and the life of the lens should not be long. Lenses like Zeiss on the other hand are designed to live for many years. All parts of the lens body includes even a sun visor made of durable aluminum. So many times I have come across second-hand Nikon and Canon lenses whose sun visor is broken. Zeiss lenses are not excited by blows, and unlike other lenses, when the lens falls, it will not reach the treatment straight. The lenses pass drop and vibration tests that other lenses will not withstand, and the elements inside the lens will move, while the zeiss lenses come out of the drop tests, as if nothing happened

Zeiss lens is weather resistant, even the most extreme. For dust, for example, to get into the lens, it has to go through so many barriers that it can't get inside. Extreme weather resistance is also carefully tested. The lenses are resistant to extreme heat (as a landscape photographer who works in the desert even at temperatures of 50 degrees it is very important to me), and also at temperatures well below zero the lens works. The water resistance is also above any other lens, and you can shoot quietly at the beach, without worrying about the fate of the lens
Both Nikon and Canon used to make aluminum lenses without all the plastic, but it has been many years since and their optics are no longer suitable for today's modern bodies, in contrast to Zeiss which ensures that not only the body is durable but the optics are modern and suitable for lenses with 50 million megapixel sensors And more

In the next 
video you will see what Zeiss lenses need to go through before they hit the market. From experience Nikon or Canon lenses will not withstand such abuse

Surely there are those who ask, why the durability of the lens is so critical, and if it is impossible to keep an eye on the lens and avoid accidents. Every wedding photographer knows that his photographic equipment gets beaten up non-stop and that the durability problem is a serious problem. I personally shoot in extreme weather conditions from sandstorms to sea waves and heavy humidity. But it's enough to go out to take a photo once in a sandstorm on powdery soil, for dust to appear inside the lens, or to take a picture on the beach at the waterline, and shards of water like to get into the lens. One or two exposures are enough to destroy a lens. With these lenses I really am Feels confident I will continue to shoot for years in all weather conditions without having to replace them. I know I have a tank in my hand that from the level of the blow to the level of the weather and probably problems of shading, sharpness across the frame even in open apertures this lens will continue with me even though Nikon produced an 80 million megapixel sensor

And for those who held a Zeiss lens in their hand once (and if you did not go out then go to the nearest store to take some pictures in the store) will understand even without reading this whole article about what I am talking about. The lens feels amazing under the palm. Really feel that you hold quality and strength. The focus ring slides at just the right pace under the fingers and is very easy to reach with great precision. When you look into the lens you see incredible sharpness, and one picture is enough to discover how much contrast and resolution the lens produces with such vivid colors that it is impossible not to fall in love. Even in black and white the resolution is sharper than any other lens.

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