#839. Monday Post (01 April 2019) – Leica and Zeiss to merge!

#839. Monday Post (01 April 2019) – Leica and Zeiss to merge!

In my last post of 2018, I forecasted that, due to the continuing contraction of the market for cameras, and thus for lenses, there would be mergers between competitors and/or companies exiting the market. Frankly, my suppositions were that, for example, Panasonic and Olympus could/would merge their camera divisions as

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#837. Caesar takes on Thor (Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

#837. Caesar takes on Thor (Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

Is a tiny retro lens on a modern digital modern format a waste of pixels or a copacetic match ? Zeiss and Hassy duke it out.

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#836. Monday Post (25 March 2019) – Love Vs. Hate, or Leica Vs. Zeiss, or Q2 Vs. ZX1

#836. Monday Post (25 March 2019) – Love Vs. Hate, or Leica Vs. Zeiss, or Q2 Vs. ZX1

7 years ago, Sony introduced a UPhO, or Unidentified Photographic Object, the RX1, and the world went: OMG, what have they done? A diminutive camera which, at first glance, could pass off as one of the then so-many compact cameras. Except for for a very, very un-minor detail. It had

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#835. When Audrey met Mjölner (Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

#835. When Audrey met Mjölner (Zeiss Distagon 1.4/35 ZM on Hasselblad X1D)

They are named Novoflex, but should really call themselves the match makers. When cameras and lenses have Romeo and Juliet upbringings and their parents refuse to see them wed, Novoflex swoop in and make the romance happen. This post is the story of an unlikely and forbidden love between my

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#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

#783. Reviewing the Zeiss Loxia 25

I must be getting rusty. As the time comes to write a review of the Zeiss Loxia 25 that co-author Philippe so kindly lent me for a 2-week trip to Japan, words fail me. The thing is, there isn’t a lot to say about this lens, if you stick to

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#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

#782. The coming of Julia (an un-review). A brilliant new Zeiss with just a hint of Leica

For all those of you familiar with  Faust and similar myths, whereby a man loses/sells his soul to the Devil, you know how hard it is to get it back, and it usually involves the love of a fair maiden. Like that is going to happen to a man of

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#767. Recent new camera announcements from Nikon, Canon, and even Zeiss have me asking “why?”

#767. Recent new camera announcements from Nikon, Canon, and even Zeiss have me asking “why?”

Who, I wonder to myself, is buying these new cameras and lenses and, again, why? Are they more capable? Depends on your definition. Large of sensor while incrementally smaller and lighter than their predecessors? Appear to be. But, towards what end? What are enough of us doing with these state-of-the-art

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#632. Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 – 2 Months On

#632. Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 – 2 Months On

After 2 months of ownership and some 900 images, these are my thoughts on the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50. Here is a link to the original article #614. I used an Otus but purchased a Milvus Firstly, yes it’s a keeper why, I will go into that a little later, the 50

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#588. Zeiss ExoLens. Down the Smartphone Photography rabbit hole?

#588. Zeiss ExoLens. Down the Smartphone Photography rabbit hole?

Smartphone photography is a bit of a polarizing topic, here on DearSusan :  some photographers herald it as the definitive solution for close-up, spontaneous, huge DOF explorations, while the arrière-garde argue that they’re perfectly happy with their large bodies (cameras, that is) and super lenses. I personally fall in both

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#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

#512a. New Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 : the full review

Meet George. Small, unassuming, George is (our codename for) the newly introduced Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens. It was sent to me in July, shortly before my departure for Western Australia, with the usual instructions of telling it like I feel it. Well, at the time, I admit to thinking the

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