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08

Sep

The Carl Zeiss 85mm 1.4 Otus lens

I count myself very lucky to have been one of a handful of professional photographers in the world to test the new Carl Zeiss 85mm 1.4 Otus lens. It has been an amazing piece of glass to work with. The first thing you will notice is the build quality. It’s an impressive piece of glass that takes up much of the space in my highly coveted fstop Tilopa BC. The second thing you will fall in love with is the throw. It’s a full 270 degrees of smooth as silk rotation. With a lens like this you will burn to shoot portraiture. I have found myself looking for a reason to shoot more. As if I don’t already shoot a lot. I now seek out destroy portrait. Weather it’s a drop dead gorgeous sports model like Aicacia Young or a living legend like Mountain Runner Rickey Gates or one of Canada’s best all time climbers ever Sean McColl.

I have had the chance to photograph each of these people with the Zeiss 85mm Otus lens. I can say that the image quality is unsurpassed! Which brings me to the 3rd and most impressive reason to love this lens! sharpness! This lens is so sharp that I often don’t apply any sharpening in post. It should be noted that I shoot a ZF.2 version for my Nikon D4, D800 and D610.

The bokeh is superb and the lens shines at f1.4 all the way through the range. Which is more than I can say about a few fast primes. This lens is manual focus only and is a perfect fit for pros making the transition into video. I use mine for stills, video and time lapse. On a RED epic this lens is a beast. We used it on our latest short film Wild and Tough about the 2014 Hard Rock 100!

It’s not for beginner or hobby photographers. It’s really for the discerning pro. Getting a tack sharp image at f1.4 isn’t a cake walk but when you nail it you really nail it.

I’ve had my chance to shoot with with lens and can recommend it to anyone who shoots portraits for a living. Mostly I hope you get to test drive one as well through Lens Rentals or Borrow lenses! It’s the kind of lens you want to rent for those clients you really want to make an impression with.

28

Jul

I’m excited to share this teaser from my latest short film project “Wild and Tough”. Much Thanks to Chuck and Kyle from @sparkshopclimbing for helping make this film a reality! #hardrock100 @carlzeisslenses #fstopgear @kilianjornet #hoka #salomon #trailrunner #trailrunnermag

16

Jul

Killian Jornet kissing the rock. Killian wins the 2014 Hard Rock 100 with a record breaking time of 22 hours 41 minutes and 35 seconds. #hardrock100 #redepic #sparkshop #davidcliffordphotography #killianjornet #salomon #cliffyrocks #zeiss #fstopgear #megalodon #kyleberkompas #petzl

Killian Jornet kissing the rock. Killian wins the 2014 Hard Rock 100 with a record breaking time of 22 hours 41 minutes and 35 seconds. #hardrock100 #redepic #sparkshop #davidcliffordphotography #killianjornet #salomon #cliffyrocks #zeiss #fstopgear #megalodon #kyleberkompas #petzl

14

Jul

Thank you Keen! Psyched to shoot some new footwear!

Thank you Keen! Psyched to shoot some new footwear!

04

Jun

The Trail Runner Magazine photography camps in Castle Valley Utah were amazing! Thank you Trail Runner, Zeiss, fstopgear and Hoka! Thanks to everyone who attended and all that made it happen especially the athletes!

25

Apr

Backbone media and the annual pov meeting at Steve’s guitar during 5 point film Fest.

Backbone media and the annual pov meeting at Steve’s guitar during 5 point film Fest.

18

Apr

APA 1st place for Action/Adventure/Sports. Thank you APA! #zeiss #5.10 @carlzeisslenses

APA 1st place for Action/Adventure/Sports. Thank you APA! #zeiss #5.10 @carlzeisslenses

17

Apr

The Running Connection. A little trail running video we shot last year in Telluride for Mountain Hardwear.

(Source: vimeo.com)

03

Apr

Blower pow with Emma Landé @emlande @marmotmountain @marmotpro @zeiss on snowmass. @aspensnowmass

Blower pow with Emma Landé @emlande @marmotmountain @marmotpro @zeiss on snowmass. @aspensnowmass

Powder day! Heading to Highlands and Snowmass. Nikon D4 w/ 70-200 plus 3 Zeiss primes.  Zeiss 15mm, 25f2 and 50f2 in my fstop Tilopa! @fstopdruid @zeiss

Powder day! Heading to Highlands and Snowmass. Nikon D4 w/ 70-200 plus 3 Zeiss primes. Zeiss 15mm, 25f2 and 50f2 in my fstop Tilopa! @fstopdruid @zeiss

01

Apr

Stoked to be the first featured artist on Plywerk! They make amazing prints on bamboo! @plywerk @zeiss @rockandice

Stoked to be the first featured artist on Plywerk! They make amazing prints on bamboo! @plywerk @zeiss @rockandice

10

Jan

Check out Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson as they tour CO this week! Shot with beautiful #zeiss glass. @gibsonguitars #soileddove, #crestedbutte, #avogadrosnumber, #stevesguitars (at Steve’s Guitar Shop)

26

Sep

Carlo Traversi and his girl Mary. A portrait I shot today with Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZF.2

Carlo Traversi and his girl Mary. A portrait I shot today with Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZF.2