Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer

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Zeiss ZF.2 Lens Test Chart


Charts are not very sexy I know - but they are very useful. I completed this test to evaluate where these lenses perform the best so that I can get the most out of them. When wide open, the chromatic aberration, and the slight softness that the lenses produce means that for my tastes, I'll be using them stopped down at least one stop. Once they are stopped down by one stop, everything looks sharp, and the chromatic aberration goes away. The 85mm seems to be the worst offender, as the image is not clear until around T4 / T5.6. And both the 28mm and 35mm seem to hold up better then the 50mm or the 85mm. Overall, I'm happy with the results as they bear out what I have experienced first hand when using these lenses in a production environment. I'll be using these lenses in the T2.8 - T8 range going forward. Download the stills after the jump.

***If you want to download the 4,928 x 3,264 JPEG's, you can do so HERE. (302 MB)

Equipment used to make this video:
Adobe Creative Suite
Nikon D7000 & Canon 7D
Zeiss ZF.2 Lenses: 28mm / 35mm / 50mm / 85mm
Kessler Pocket Dolly
Letus Talon 1DmkIV
Letus 10" Accessory Arm
OConnor Matte Box
5.6" TV Logic Monitor
Sekonic L-758Cine

Until Next Time - Get Out There And Shoot!
Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer
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