Well then. I think I've recovered from my little blurt of yesterday (it doesn't quite rise to being a rant). Sometimes one just runs out of patience, you know? There are other things that can make me irascible. Thousand-horsepower cars, for example. There are times when I think we've all gone nuts. Lost the thread, no longer seeing—pun intended—the—big—picture.
Despite what I said yesterday and what I believe about it, I also think you should treat yourself to whatever lens(es) you really want. The two aren't mutually exclusive. We do have a marvelous cornucopia of optical treasures being proffered to us today. Why not accept?
I, for instance, own the perfect lens.
A friend wrote the other day: "I was traveling today and happened on a camera store that had a Nikon Z7 in stock, and if you haven’t handled one yet, you should hop a Greyhound to NYC and B&H and try one out. Very different than the D800 series, or any other DSLR. The one I handled had the new zoom, and it looks and feels excellent. Bigger and heavier than my GX8, but not uncomfortably so. When I get back home, I think I’ll probably order one, though I’ve still got to think about it a bit.
"The viewfinder, by the way, while not really as good as optical, is very close, and would probably be better in low light.
"I thought I’d like it, but I actually liked it better than I thought I would."
And if he wants a Z7 with the lenses God Nikon intended to go with it, what's to stop him? Not I, Gunga Din. Nor would I ever dream of discouraging you from owning whatever lens your heart desires. Is not life short? Is not a lens a harmless reward?
Sony/Zeiss Planar T* 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA for Sony SLT's
I can't guess what your flavor of perfect lens would be. Confining my examples to lenses between 35mm and 55mm FOV equivalents (just to whittle the panoply into something manageable), you might hanker after the Leica Apo-Summicron-M 50mm ƒ/2, or the much more affordable (yet still good!) Zeiss Otus 55mm ƒ/1.4; the Voigtländer Nokton 40mm ƒ/1.2 Aspherical or the Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 ART; the Sony/Zeiss Planar T* 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA or the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH.; the Canon EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L II USM or the Nikkor Z 35mm ƒ/1.8 S; the Tokina Opera 50mm ƒ/1.4 FF or the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm ƒ/1.2 PRO (have I left anybody out?), and who's to say you shouldn't? It's your photography. Don't let the Internet tell you what to do. Even when it's (ahem) me. If you want to seek the perfect lens, go for it.
Of course, as anyone sensible knows, however, the perfect lens is actually this one:
Fuji XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 R for Fuji APS-C
Why? Well, you might point to optical considerations such as its unperturbably consistent performance, the superb resolution, the excellent shadow detail, its freedom from flare, and the fact that it has no bad habits of any sort; or you could point to operational felicities such as the full-time manual override, the real aperture ring, or (yes!) its reasonably small size and light weight; or you could mention its attainable price and the fact that it fits on ideally balanced cameras such as the Fuji X-T3. But the real reason this is the perfect lens is...
...I own this one.
And there you have it.
Tea is for "Ctein"
There might have been other reasons I was crabby yesterday—I had a full day scheduled and I was racing out of the house with only forty five minutes or so to put together a post, and rants are faster to write than anything else. Or it could possibly have something to do with the fact that I am in the process of switching over from coffee to green tea for reasons of health. That is to say, I am switching from a rich, full-bodied, aromatic, tasty and deeply satisfying elixir, to water that has been made to taste bad. I am ambivalent about it. But I'm sleeping better. (A link: Ctein on tea.) Also in health news, I am pleased to report that I have finally, at long last, and after much questing, unlocked the secret to weight loss. I shall report when I conclude month three, because it is never good to jump the gun.
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