There’s something about Matt Granger that tends to get people’s opinions to be on the stronger side. If you take a look at the comment section of many of his videos, you’ll see what I mean. Anything from accusing him for fetishizing Asian women, to applauding him for just saying what he feels like without much thought to consequence, it’s all there. I tend to fall on the more favorable side of the fence, however. I like that he doesn’t pander to many, and sort of plucks us out of our PC, vegan, no E numbers photo-commentary diet. This behavior made me quite interested in seeing what would come from interviewing Zeiss Master Scientist, Dr. Hubert Nasse.
Dr. Nasse is a foremost authority on lens design and all things regarding optical wizardry. Having his background cemented with experience in physics and microscopic lens technology, his talents and hard earned knowledge are now put to work with Zeiss. You may have seen videos with him before as he discussed some recent Zeiss glass such as the 55mm f1.4. In this candid interview, Nasse is doing less direct marketing, and more shedding light on so much about lenses we all wish we knew. As a consequence, this may be the best bit of marketing Zeiss could’ve ever done.
Have you ever wondered why 50mm primes are almost always so small compared to other primes? He’ll explain. Perhaps you’ve been under the misapprehension that primes are always sharper than zooms? Well, he’ll delve into why some zooms in the middle range can, in fact, be sharper than primes. This should have some of you die hard Canon 70-200 shooters nodding sagely as you think about how gorgeous that lens deals with the 135mm range. It’s also interesting to hear his thoughts on the progress of optics, and what he thinks is to thank for the advancement.
I was torn on whether to actually write out some of the answers to the questions above, but I really would like you to watch all 36 minutes of this interview. Debate on lens tech and behaviors really fuel discussion between photographers, when, truly from my experience, most photographers really know very little about the subject, though they may use them to great effect. It’s like how an F1 driver knows little about the cars they drive compared to their engineers, but the engineers can’t set record lap times at Imola. Nonetheless, it’s an enlightening conversation, and have no fear about the discussion being over your head, because Nasse really breaks down the dialect and explanations down to their most easily digestible denominator, as only a master could.
Images are screen caps from featured video, and Zeiss’s website.
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