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ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

The standard lens.

With the unrivalled performance that sets all Otus® lenses apart from the rest, the ZEISS 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.

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.

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  • Features

    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.

  • Data

    Lens Design

    ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

    Originally developed for SLR cameras requiring a long back focal distance for short focal lengths because of the mirror box (the distance between the back lens element and the film plane must be considerably longer than the focal length), the Distagon lenses (retrofocus design) are also ideal for mirrorless system cameras thanks to their optimized ray path. Even with longer focal lengths, the high-performance Distagon optical design enables consistently good correction all the way to the corners of the image and very low field curvature.

    Distagon Design

    Lens with aspheric optical surface

    Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion

    "Floating elements" design

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    Technical Specifications

    ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

    Performance Focal length 55 mm
    Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
    Camera mount Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
    Format compatibility Full Frame
    Focusing range 0,5 m (19.68") – ∞
    Free working distance 0,33 m (13.2") – ∞
    Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.) 44° / 37° / 25°
    Diameter of image field 43 mm (1.69")
    Coverage at close range (MOD)** 246 x 163 mm (9.69 x 6.42")
    Image ratio at minimum object distance 1 : 6.8
    Lens elements | groups 12 / 10
    Flange focal distance ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 46 mm (1.83")
    Entrance pupil position (front of image plane) 101 mm (3.50")
    Features Autofocus
    Image Stabilization
    Physical Filter thread M77 x 0.75
    Rotation angle of focusing ring 248°
    Diameter max. ZE: 92 mm (3.64") | ZF.2: 92 mm (3.64")
    Diameter of focusing ring ZE: 83 mm (3.27") | ZF.2: 83 mm (3.27")
    Length (with lens caps) ZE: 144 mm (5.66") | ZF.2: 141 mm (5.55")
    Length (without lens caps) ZE: 127 mm (5.01") | ZF.2: 125 mm (4.93")
    Weight ZE: 1030 g (2.43 lbs) | ZF.2: 970 g (2.22 lbs)

    *) Canon is a trademark or registered trademark of Canon Inc. and/or other members of the Canon Group. Nikon is a registered trademark of Nikon Corporation. Sony is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Fujifilm is a registered trademark of Fujifilm Corporation. Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

    **) Referring to 24x36 mm format

    ***) Referring to APS-C format

  • Pictures

    Your pictures made with our lens

    ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

    Every day, thousands of impressive images are captured and every shot tells a different story, as you can see in these images below, all made with this ZEISS lens. The objective of the ZEISS Flickr Group is to gather the best of your images together and show them to the world.

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  • Accessories
    ZEISS Accessories - Filter

    Filter

    Accessories

    These filters feature T* ® anti-reflective coating and are optimal for protecting your front lens. The UV filters afford your pictures more brilliance, the POL filters reduce reflections on nonmetallic surfaces and increase color saturation.

    • High fitting accuracy for fast filter change
    • Can be used with a lens shade
    • Available in all standard sizes
    More details about the ZEISS T* UV and POL Filters
    ZEISS Accessories - Cleaning Products

    Cleaning Products

    Accessories

    From finger prints and grains of sand to the smallest particles of dust, dirty or scratched lenses compromise picture quality. It is essential that lenses are clean, and especially that they are properly maintained. ZEISS offers a range of professional cleaning products that perfectly complement your unique product experience. Our specialists have developed these products to meet the precise needs of high-quality optical surfaces.

    More details about the ZEISS Cleaning Products
    ZEISS Accessories - Camera Strap

    Camera Strap

    Accessories

    The ZEISS comfortable camera straps ensure that carrying your equipment does not lead to shoulder and neck strain, even when used for longer periods.

    More details about the ZEISS Camera Strap
    ZEISS Accessories - Lens Gear

    Lens Gear

    Accessories

    ZEISS Lens Gears make ZEISS Otus, ZEISS Milvus and ZEISS Loxia lenses a proper cine-style lens for professional filmmakers. They are available in four different sizes: mini, small, medium and large.

    • Quick mounting – no tools needed
    • Made of lightweight aluminum
    • Hardened surface coating
    • Features a 0.8 pitched gear
    • Follow focus runs smoother than ever before
    • No more screwdrivers, worn-out belts or straps that stick out
    More details about the ZEISS Lens Gears
  • Stories

    Stories on Lenspire

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  • Community

    Community Comments

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  • Awards & Reviews

    Awards

    ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

           

    Reviews

    ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

    dxomark.com (Canon)
    "With a DxOMark lens rating of 38 points the ZEISS Otus 1,4/55 is highest performing lens we’ve measured on a Canon body..."

    dxomark.com

    dxomark.com (Nikon)
    "The ZEISS Otus 1,4/55 has the highest optical quality of any retrofocus 35mm format design to be assessed by the labs at DxOMark..."

    dxomark.com

    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..."

    diglloyd.com

    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..."

    blog.mingthein.com

    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..."

    lensrentals.com

    3d-kraft.com
    "The Otus marks a new reference. It delivers incredible detail, contrast as well as smooth bokeh across the whole image frame..."

    3d-kraft.com

    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..."

    mattgranger.com

    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..."

    lensvid.com

    newsshooter.com
    "I recently had the opportunity to try out the beautiful Zeiss Otus lenses. There are currently only two lenses in the range..."

    newsshooter.com

    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..."

    lenstip.com

    dustinabbott.net
    "What came out of their design rooms was the best standard prime lens the world had seen– the Zeiss Otus APO Distagon T* 1.4/55mm"

    dustinabbott.net
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  • Registration
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