Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Review

November 17, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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Reviews of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* from around the web.

the-digital-picture.com »

Regardless of how impressive a lens is, it first needs to have the right focal length for your application. While the 50mm focal length is most popular, 55mm is not relevantly different. The 50-something mm lenses including the Otus 55 frequently find themselves being used in fashion, portraiture, documentary, lifestyle, architecture, landscape and general studio photography applications.
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slrgear.com »

Hot on the heels of our Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art lens review comes its intended competition, the $4,000 Zeiss 55mm ƒ/1.4 Otus Distagon T*. This stupendously large, all-metal, normal focal length prime lens is aimed squarely at professional photographers who demand the utmost in sharpness, resolution and contrast for portrait shooting.
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blog.mingthein.com »

I’ve used a lot of 50mm and near-50mm lenses in my time*. I’ve had the privilege of owning or having on long term loan some of the legends – the Leica f0.95 Noctilux, for instance, the 50/2 APO-Summicron-ASPH; the Nikon 58/1.2 Noct-Nikkor; the Zeiss ZF.2 2/50 Makro-Planar. However, I can honestly say, hand on heart, that the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon is quite possibly the best of them all.
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petapixel.com »

The Zeiss Otus is easily the biggest DSLR 55mm currently available. I say currently, because I’m sure in some lab in the depths of upper Siberia a technician made a 50mm the size of a small child, just because. But the Otus shouldn’t surprise us, Zeiss will never shy away from the pursuit of image quality at the expensive of “convenience.”
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