Waiting...waiting for my new lens. Hello ZEISS!

It's been a long time between lens purchases, and as much as I love my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L lenses, I've been debating whether to get a specialist macro lens (such as the Canon EF MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x macro lens or the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100) or a faster prime lens for portraits.

I've been eyeing off Zeiss lenses for some time, and while I think the Zeiss Makro would be an awesome lens, I'm really looking for something with more than 1:1 magnification. The Canon MP-E lens shoots up to 5x magnification! So that lens remains on the stalker list.

But, with some big photography plans in the wings for 2012, I decided that a fast prime would be the better way to go at this stage. I finally settled on the Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 lens, and take delivery of it this week! Cue HAPPY DANCE!

According to the Zeiss website, "pinpoints of light in the background envelop the individual and conceal a mysterious message. The Planar T* 1,4/85 lens brings out the best in its subject, while masterfully manipulating both sharpness and soft focus. This classic portrait lens captures people in their surroundings, playing with a range of sharpness, soft focus and contrast effects. Its distinctive circular bokeh is a crucial creative element."

It's a purely manual focus lens, which will be a new experience for me. I use manual focus a bit on my current macro lens, but pretty much stick to auto-focus on the two Canon lenses. I suspect it will force me to slow down when taking my shots - which is a good thing.

Anyway, I'm now waiting (patiently?) for the call from Camera's Direct to let me know this baby is on its way. I've got big plans for this lens...stay tuned for blog post on my photography challenge for 2012!

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