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Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Zeiss claims their new Otus 55mm F1.4 APO-Distagon is the perfect standard lens. This new low-light companion might be a bit bulky or heavy for some, but it is nearly perfect wide-open, produces vivid colors, has razor sharpness, and great flare control. If you're looking for top of the line image quality in a normal focal length lens, your search is over.

Now available for preorder for Canon EF mount (ZE) and Nikon E mount (ZF.2) at $3,999 each. Expect first deliveries starting on November 11th.

Pre-order Otus 55mm F1.4 APO-Distagon

For more info and full specs, check out lenses.zeiss.com.




Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon




Oct 07, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #2 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


http://diglloyd.com/blog/2013/20131007_2-Zeiss-Otus-55f1_4-overview.html


Oct 07, 2013 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #3 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


Looks very sharp wide-open, almost like a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART


Oct 07, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #4 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


"Otus"...

I don't really get why they feel the need for such exotic names for the product line, but whatever.



Oct 07, 2013 at 05:02 AM
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p.1 #5 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


I've checked out the full review.

That's one amazing lens. Wide open it makes your "normal" 50mm look like a coke bottle.




Oct 07, 2013 at 05:35 AM
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p.1 #6 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


well, wow.



Oct 07, 2013 at 07:23 AM
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p.1 #7 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


I'd like to know what would be the Best of Medium Format lens that Otus aims for?
The black cat head at ACTUAL PIXELS pic actually isn't as good as Digiloyd said but it seems more like D800E sensor cause.



Oct 07, 2013 at 07:24 AM
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p.1 #8 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


snapsy wrote:
Looks very sharp wide-open, almost like a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART


Perhaps, but now with a nice bokeh.



Oct 07, 2013 at 08:55 AM
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p.1 #9 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


Am I the only one who doesn't like the Zeiss look? (honest question)


Oct 07, 2013 at 09:31 AM
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p.1 #10 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


no you're not
this one looks better though.



Oct 07, 2013 at 09:34 AM
 

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p.1 #11 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


AhamB wrote:
"Otus"...

I don't really get why they feel the need for such exotic names for the product line, but whatever.




Otus is a Genus... this wiki sample here Scops Owls are compact in size, small and agile.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otus_(bird)



Oct 07, 2013 at 09:48 AM
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p.1 #12 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


AhamB wrote:
"Otus"...

I don't really get why they feel the need for such exotic names for the product line, but whatever.


I am 99% sure that it is to give meaningful search results on the web. Try to search for Canon L, and then try to search for Touit.



Oct 07, 2013 at 09:54 AM
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p.1 #13 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


1000g is something to carry around... we are coming closer to cine lenses for size, weight and price. When will diglloyd make comparisons between the still camera lenses and the Zeiss Master primes? I would love to see a comparison between this lens and the MP 50/1.3T and then also the 100/1.3T compared to a future 100mm Otus.

Seriously, it looks great, as expected. Is there anyone with access who can tell us cheapskates what diglloyd found out about axial CA. How APO is it?



Oct 07, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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p.1 #14 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


I am still on the fence about this lens. I love the 50 Planar, in spite of its flaws, because of its lovely rendering, yet in spite of its strengths, the 50 Makro-Planar pretty much leaves me cold, except as a macro and portrait lens. This lens appears to have boke more reminiscent of the 50MP, which would kill it for me.


Oct 07, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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p.1 #15 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


carstenw wrote:
I am 99% sure that it is to give meaningful search results on the web. Try to search for Canon L, and then try to search for Touit.


Of course -- it's in line with Touit, but as far as a naming a product line for Zeiss goes it feels less meaningful to me, and it looks kind of weird to see it on a lens. It's something I'm used to see on things binoculars (which is unsurprising because they are very much used for bird watching) but not photographic lenses.



Oct 07, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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p.1 #16 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


carstenw wrote:
I am 99% sure that it is to give meaningful search results on the web. Try to search for Canon L, and then try to search for Touit.


"Otus" sounds like the name of a portly pig to me.








Oct 07, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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p.1 #17 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


Beni wrote:
Am I the only one who doesn't like the Zeiss look? (honest question)



Is there anything you do like?



Oct 07, 2013 at 11:56 AM
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p.1 #18 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


Tariq Gibran wrote:
"Otus" sounds like the name of a portly pig to me.



First the Touit, now Otus. Perhaps they were trying to outdo Leica's 'Elmar' and 'Hektor' in names awkward-sounding in English?

The wide-angle 'Wilbur' and telephoto 'Dolorus' series to follow...



Oct 07, 2013 at 12:02 PM
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p.1 #19 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


j.liam wrote:
First the Touit, now Otus. Perhaps they were trying to outdo Leica's 'Elmar' and 'Hektor' in names awkward-sounding in English?

The wide-angle 'Wilbur' and telephoto 'Dolorus' series to follow...


+1 Ha ha! Seriously, all Zeiss really needed to do was simply use "APO-Distagon"...Sounds much more serious and professional.



Oct 07, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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p.1 #20 · Official: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon


It reads like a lens directed specifically to the ultra-high resolution cameras out (and more to be coming out soon).

...from a product design point of view, I find the whole "trumpet-flare" design, counterintuitive to the notion of a serious offering.



Oct 07, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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