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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

    Design

    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

    Features

    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.

    Apochromat

    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

    Up to the top
    Photographic Genres | 2016-06-30 13:42:25 |

    Up to the top

    Everything had already been planned for Renan Ozturk’s vacation over Christmas 2015: sun, beach and some chilling out. But then he got a call from three young men in Great Britain who wanted to do something really different before starting their university studies: instead of getting drunk like many of their peers, they had another plan for how to test their limits: they wanted to cross Iceland unassisted from its northern to its southern tip. And they wanted to do it in December, Iceland’s coldest time of the year.Such hopelessly extreme experiences are just the type of thing that Renan, a professional climber, photographer and filmmaker, seeks out for his work. Extreme cold is his normal working temperature. For these conditions, Renan will happily travel to Nepal or other far-off ...

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    Tilt-Shift Adapters and the ZEISS Otus lenses - A great addition to your camera bag
    Gear | 2016-02-24 07:00:58 |

    Tilt-Shift Adapters and the ZEISS Otus lenses - A great addition to your camera bag

    The main purpose of the ZEISS Otus lenses is admittedly for high-resolution stills and video, I like to do things differently. This is why I spent a few weeks in France testing them, and I was especially interested in seeing how well they would perform with long exposures, or when they are shifted, tilted, and of course how sharp they are wide open. Using the ZEISS Otus lenses and the HCam Master TS adapter on my Sony a7RII is the most exciting experience I've had with gear and artistically speaking in a very long time.Thibault RolandThe purpose of this article is to share some of the images I shot with these lenses and some of my impressions. ...

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    The most unforgettable day in one’s life
    Photographic Genres | 2016-02-11 16:18:11 |

    The most unforgettable day in one’s life

    Mike Colón loves math, the regularities in the numbers. Chess is his favorite game. Where the average person might still be trying to figure out the original Rubik’s cube with 3x3x3 boxes, Colón has already solved the 10x10x10. So it was no surprise when young Mike decided to study electrical engineering in college.But there was something else about math – the visual side of it. “I like things to be in order, especially my photographs,” says the Californian. So when Mike was 20 and still in college, he started creating order in photographs.  Architectural photography would have been the most logical field for him to enter. Instead, he took a surprisingly different path and became a wedding photographer. “I’m an adrenaline junkie and can really let the adrenaline run free during the stress ...

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    ZEISS Otus in Focus
    Ambassadors | 2016-01-29 15:26:58 |

    ZEISS Otus in Focus

    These last few years have been a very special imaging journey. Camera and lens technology has advanced greatly while I've been presented with some unprecedented shooting opportunities around the globe. The clear focus for much of my motion and still work as of late has been to create the highest possible quality image while maintaining a sense of artistry to the frame. That concept is pretty much what attracted me to the first ZEISS Otus lens. Now that the Otus line-up has expanded to three focal lengths I thought I'd share a few thoughts and images from the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, Otus 1.4/55, and Otus 1.4/85 lenses as they are three of the most extraordinary lenses I've used in some time. ...

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    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 ...

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    Reviews & Awards

    Otus 1.4/55

    Reviews

    dxomark.com
    "With outstanding optical quality, the Carl Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 certainly represents a high water mark for a..."
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    lensrentals.com
    "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..."
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    mattgranger.com
    "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..."
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    dustinabbott.net
    "What came out of their design rooms was the best standard prime lens the world had seen..."
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    diglloyd.com
    "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..."
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    blog.mingthein.com
    "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..."
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    lensvid.com
    "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..."
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    Dustin Abbott
    "Photographer Dustin Abbott shares a thorough, real world review of the world's best standard lens..."
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    lenstip.com
    "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..."
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    3d-kraft.com
    "The Otus marks a new reference. It delivers incredible detail, contrast as well as smooth bokeh across the whole image frame..."
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    newsshooter.com
    "I recently had the opportunity to try out the beautiful Zeiss Otus lenses. There are currently only two lenses in the range..."
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    Awards

    lenstip.com 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

     

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