Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* First Impression (it’s “scharf”)

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 OtusZeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus

Scharf is a German word that can mean “sharp” or “hot”, depending by the context. That’s the notion Roger Cicala starts his review of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* lens – Zeiss’ latest $4000 optical marvel:

After testing our first copies of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens I felt the term scharf was just perfect to describe this lens.

It’s a pity they tested the lens on a Nikon instead of a Canon. However, I think the test is interesting anyway. About building and handling:

I can’t say what you’ll think of the appearance, but I love it. Very sleek and minimalist. The focus ring has the typical smooth Zeiss throw with a cinema-like 248-degree rotation. I found it extremely accurate.

In the conclusion Roger writes:

I won’t try to say whether the Otus is worth $4,000 to you. But I can certainly say that Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture. From a resolution standpoint, it is, as Zeiss said it would be, “the absolute best SLR lens in the world today.”

As written before, this is a $4000 lens – not everyone’s toy. Check the price and availability of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus

Shot with a Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* – Image courtesy: lensrentals.com

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  • Sky

    Lenstip got a really good review: http://www.lenstip.com/index.php?test=obiektywu&test_ob=390

    Fragment about comparison with Leica 50 f/1.4:

    “We also decided to compare the performance of the Otus and that of the Leica Summilux M 1.4/50, a lens which costs roughly the same amount of money. Its resolution was tested by us with the help of the Leica M9 camera and the graph below shows how the Summilux fared in the frame centre and on the edge of full frame. (…) You would have to admit the Zeiss wins hands down. In the frame centre the Summilux provides useful images only on stopping down near f/1.8. It also fares very weakly on the edge of full frame, where, near the maximum relative aperture, the image is simply weak until you stop down the aperture to f/5.6. It is clear that the Zeiss performs better even than its very expensive rivals.”