Probably the best 85mm lens in 135 format, Zeiss Otus 85mm lens just became the newest member in my camera bag. No doubt it’s a fantastic portrait lens. But you can use it to shoot landscape as well. I’ve been using manual focus lenses almost exclusively for years and I totally agree with what others said, i.e., the focus ring on the Zeiss Otus 85mm lens is a joy to use.

Prairie, Owen Park © Ting-Li Lin

My initial impression is that the image quality of the lens on the Canon 5Ds is comparable to that from Pentax 645D and Pentax 90mm macro lens. Although 2:3 is still not my preferred aspect ratio, I’m happy that I can achieve similar image quality with the Zeiss Otus 85mm lens. I don’t want to keep both systems. Overall Canon is still a better system – more lens selections – than Pentax 645. Although the sensor is smaller, I am confident that the compromise is minimum.

After giving up on Canon 7 years ago, I guess I can give it another chance now.

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