#614. I used an Otus but purchased a Milvus

#614. I used an Otus but purchased a Milvus

<Pascal> Please welcome new contributor Dallas Thomas. Dallas has the good fortune of living in Australia and has faced the hardship of being introduced to DearSusan through the hands of co-author Philippe (PB, in the text below). In spite of this, Dallas decided to contribute to the blog and –

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#514. 28+85=55. Or how to save cash and your back!

#514. 28+85=55. Or how to save cash and your back!

Strange math, isn’t it? One would expect a man with an accounting background to do better. Such as: (25+85)/2=55. Or 25+85= 55×2. Unfortunately for the elegance of the math, I had a 28mm lens and not a 25, and, frankly, I didn’t feel the need for 2 55mm lenses. But,

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#455. (Re)building a system

#455. (Re)building a system

Ok, I have been very, very stupid. It is a two-act “tragedy”. Act one, I unfortunately let my gear bag slip from my fingers and drop onto the ground. Next thing I know, my Otus 55mm is no longer focusing smoothly over 2/3 of its focus throw. Uggggh! But it

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#448. Zeiss Milvus 85/1.4 : Best in Colour or B&W ?

#448. Zeiss Milvus 85/1.4 : Best in Colour or B&W ?

Ever since the Zeiss Milvus 85/1.4 (specs here) turned up on my doorstep, I’ve been meaning to compare it to my OTUS 85. It’s a natural comparison given the perfect match in focal length, aperture, size, weight and… huge price gap. And the clash of giants will indeed soon be

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#435. Autumn Otus

#435. Autumn Otus

Not every country is so lucky as to have lastingly gorgeous Indian summers, and fireworks of gold and copper foliage. In the Paris region, for example, autumn weather tends to be overcast with dull grey clouds and quite a bit of rain. Not the best weather for photography. So what

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#424. Salon de la Photo, OTUS 28 and Apo-Sonnar 135

#424. Salon de la Photo, OTUS 28 and Apo-Sonnar 135

How can you tell you’re fully satisfied with your photo gear ? You enter the doors of Le Salon de la photo, in Paris, and have no interest in anything else than meeting friends and taking a few fun photographs. Either that or I’m getting too old to care. Ouch.

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#415. Oh no! Not Another OTUS! 28 good reasons to run away …

#415. Oh no! Not Another OTUS! 28 good reasons to run away …

In April 2015, rumours rose from the East. Someone had apparently spotted an OTUS 24 prototype on a Zeiss senior designer’s desk. Forums lit up. A few months later, the magical number had risen to 28, and sources were now more than credible. Even since, at casa DS, it’s been

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#400. Mission to Oberkochen. Meeting the Zeiss team and the new Milvus range

#400. Mission to Oberkochen. Meeting the Zeiss team and the new Milvus range

It’s a long way to Tipperary. T’is an even longer one to Oberkochen, if you ask me. 9 hours in a train from Marseilles … … to Paris … … to Stuttgart … … to Aalen. Then a short bus ride to photography Mecca, Zeiss headquarters in Oberkochen. All made

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#376. Why DSLRs are deader than a doornail for top-quality photography

#376. Why DSLRs are deader than a doornail for top-quality photography

Fact is, just a few years ago, DSLRs accounted for 100% of top-quality cameras, excluding medium-format and other professional gear. Mirrorless cameras were all compact, with thimble-sized sensors, very limited in terms of performance. There was but one exception, a small market niche for rangefinder cameras, almost exclusively Leica. But,

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#367. A Brief Visit to ForumProImages – Zeiss & Leica Excitement

#367. A Brief Visit to ForumProImages – Zeiss & Leica Excitement

Oh, the uncertainty of my photo microcosm! Convinced and satisfied by the recent A7rII launch, I sold almost all my lenses to pre-order the new Sony body, and buy back my former Zeiss Distagon 1.4/3 ZM and Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85 review samples. All doubt had vanished. Zenitude once again permeated

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