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The best standard lens in the world

Otus 1.4/55

With the unrivalled performance that sets all Otus® lenses apart from the rest, the Otus 1.4/55 is the absolute measure of perfection when it comes to standard lenses. Now you never need to settle for less again.

Otus 1.4/55

The best standard lens in the world

Otus 1.4/55

The best standard lens in the world

Otus 1.4/55

The best standard lens in the world

Otus 1.4/55

The best standard lens in the world

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    ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

    The best standard lens in the world.

    Is a focal length of 55 mm always neither here nor there? A lacklustre lens somewhere between the excitement of super wides and the fascination of long teles? Not when it combines the more than 120 years of optical and mechanical excellence ZEISS is famous for throughout the world.

    Experience the quality and look of medium format photography – with the ZEISS Otus® 1.4/55. No matter whether you shoot in daylight or at night, close up or more distant subjects, people, objects or landscapes, this lens will simply take your breath away with its high resolution and outstanding sharpness in every photographic situation. In short – it’s the best standard lens in the world.

    Technical specifications:

    Focal length 55 mm
    Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
    Focusing range 0,5 m (19.68 ″) – ∞
    Number of elements/groups 12/10
    Angular field, diag./horiz./vert. 43,7° / 36,7° / 24,9°
    Coverage at close range 246 x 163 mm (9.69 x 6.42″)
    Filter thread M77 x 0.75
    Dimensions (with caps) ZF.2: 141 mm (5.55 ″)
    ZE: 144 mm (5.66″)
    Diameter of focusing ring ZF.2: 83 mm (3.27″)
    ZE: 83 mm (3.27″)
    Weight ZF.2: 970 g (2.22 lbs)
    ZE: 1030 g (2.43 lbs)
    Camera mounts F Mount (ZF.2)
    EF Mount (ZE)

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    Otus 1.4/55


    Otus 1.4/55

    In contrast to its predecessors with similar focal lengths and speed, this is first time that the Distagon type has been selected for the optical construction of a standard lens. Only this optical design with its considerably longer construction makes it possible to already realise consistently excellent correction from corner to corner of the frame and extremely low image field curvature at a very large initial aperture.

    Distagon with 12 lens elements in 10 groups
    Lens with aspheric surface
    Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion
    "Floating Elements" design


    Otus 1.4/55

    The ultimate in image contrast

    Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.

    No colour fringing

    Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.

    The medium format look

    Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.


    Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.

    Aspherical design

    The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.

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    Blog Articles

    Otus 1.4/55

    Gear | 2015-11-13 14:43:59 |

    ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 Review - Uncompromising Quality

    The Almighty Otus - by  Chris Lin / SLR LoungeWhen the Otus first hit the market 2 years ago, many people were shocked at the sticker price of $4,000 for a focal length and aperture that can be easily purchased for a quarter of the price. But the point for ZEISS wasn’t to make a lens for the common photographer, but instead to make a high-quality lens second to none. I’ve been using the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 for a few months now, taking this massive lens with me everywhere I went, and I can say it has performed remarkably well. If I could give the Otus 6/5 stars for Performance and Quality, I would. ZEISS has created a masterpiece that can reliably deliver exceptional images with unparalleled corner to corner sharpness and virtually no chromatic aberration. To ...


    Gear | 2015-10-07 14:42:00 |

    "What ZEISS is doing currently with their lens lineup is truly second to none."

    Sony Artisan of Imagery Otto Schulze shares his experience with the different ZEISS lenses:What ZEISS is doing currently with their lens lineup is truly second to none. And I mean that in every possible way. From the range of lenses - Otus, Milvus, Batis, Loxia etc, all the way through the focal lengths offered. And quite simply, and lets be honest this is why we shoot ZEISS, the image quality produced by these lenses are truly the very best. And coming from being a long time Leica shooter I do not say this lightly. The first time I opened a image on my monitor at the studio taken with the Otus I was just blown away. I have not ...


    Food and Lifestyle Photography with Jennifer Adams
    Photographic Genres | 2015-09-24 13:04:59 |

    Food and Lifestyle Photography with Jennifer Adams

    Iam a food and lifestyle photographer, and as such, my subject matter varies week-by-week. Depending on the day, I could be running along the beach for a family portrait; waiting on a newborn's yawn in a dimly lit home; or working from a tripod, tethered to a laptop, capturing food or cocktails for an editorial feature. I rely on equipment that may see me through all of these scenarios successfully and with ease. The Otus 55 delivers.The first thing I noticed about this lens was how sturdy it is. The design is simply lovely to look at and hold. In hand, the lens manually glides into focus so smoothly and with utter precision. It's actually quite a comfortable lens to hold and maneuver.I appreciate the control that manual focusing lends to the creative process.I was ...


    Gear | 2015-06-03 07:29:56 |

    ZEISS Otus Distagon T* 1.4/55mm Review

    Photographer Dustin Abbott shares a thorough, real world review of the world's best standard lens backed up by sample photos and the observations of an experienced photographer. ...


    A lens class of its own
    Gear | 2014-09-09 09:33:44 |

    A lens class of its own

    But now the time is ripe for a new level of excellence in full-frame photography. With the Otus 1.4/85 and Otus 1.4/55, ZEISS offers high-performance lenses that can compete with the medium format. Otus 1.4/85“The term ‘medium format’ evolved historically,” explains Dr. Hubert Nasse, Staff Scientist with ZEISS Camera Lenses. “Its origins lie in a period when the same film emulsions were used in practically all camera formats. Cameras with a larger film surface offered better technical quality in a larger positive image. That meant lower visible grain, ...


    Reviews & Awards

    Otus 1.4/55

    "With outstanding optical quality, the Carl Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 certainly represents a high water mark for a..."
    "As you know, I usually like to have a half-dozen or more copies of a lens before testing, but in this case getting a..."
    "If you are one of those 'give me a star rating' types, then... I guess this is 7 stars - like that hotel in Dubai - or as high as the scale goes..."
    "What came out of their design rooms was the best standard prime lens the world had seen..."
    "The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon is the first lens in the new ultra high-grade 'Otus' line for Nikon and Canon DSLRs..."
    "You’ll find it’s so outstandingly good that you too will feel a small pang of disappointment when you have to use anything else..."
    "What is so special about the Otus line? well, the way Zeiss explained it to us, this line was designed to produce the best possible..."

    Dustin Abbott
    "Photographer Dustin Abbott shares a thorough, real world review of the world's best standard lens..."
    "You can’t complain about the lack of classic 50 mm f/1.4 lenses, available currently on the market. However, all of them seem to..."
    "The Otus marks a new reference. It delivers incredible detail, contrast as well as smooth bokeh across the whole image frame..."
    "I recently had the opportunity to try out the beautiful Zeiss Otus lenses. There are currently only two lenses in the range..."

    Awards editor's choice

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Advanced Photographer Award

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Pop Award 2014

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Pictures Magazin Award

    Kamera & Bild Toppklass

    ColorFoto Award - Canon 7D

    Profi Foto Award