When I go through my gear bag and I pick out a lens I get visions that flash through my head. What if it snags on the bag? What if I drop it as I put it onto the mount of the body? Will I pass out if it hits the ground?
I have always known Zeiss lenses to be built very well. I did not know what kind of testing they go through before they leave the factory. We get to watch examples of the tests a lens goes through in this video from the Carl Zeiss Group.
I will warn you that the first thing that happens… ok I can’t. Just watch the video, it’s a great look into what these lenses go through. Let’s just say that Zeiss feels confident enough to make the following statement: “A device that doesn’t work is like not having it all”.
The lens drop test in itself is a testament to the build strength of the Zeiss lens. Seeing that the lens has the ability to take such harsh climate changes is something that I personally am happy about. I live in an area where the climate is cold and then walking inside you can see a drastic temperature change. I take precautions to ensure minimal fogging or condensation while shooting in cold weather but its nice to know a piece of glass can take the abuse.
Its not recommended to put your lenses through any of these tests that Zeiss goes through but again its great to see a company go through the quality tests to ensure they are giving their customers a product that can take the abuse if needed. (which maybe explains why they charge $4,690 for their 85mm f/4)
Anyone have any stories about lenses taking a spill and living to see another day…or not? Leave some comments below and let me know!