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ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

Accept no substitute.

Spectacularly detailed portraits full of contrast. High fidelity images and exceptional performance into the corners even at full aperture. The ZEISS Otus® 1.4/55 makes absolutely no compromises and brings together over a century of ZEISS optical and technical excellence. This standard lens is the exception to the rule: perfect optical correction eliminates nearly all possible flaws, from color fringes and distortion to chromatic aberrations. With the highest contrast performance over the entire image field, even at an aperture of f/1.4, this lens offers the spectacular medium format look when working with a modern SLR camera. Phenomenal detail and exceptional performance, regardless of whether it’s using available light or in the studio, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 is the absolute best lens in the world today.

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


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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Otus 1.4/55

News | 2013-10-07 11:48:01 |

Otus 1.4/55 – the perfect SLR standard lens

The new lens stands out with excellent features for demanding use with 35 mm DSLR cameras The Otus 1.4/55 contains all the expertise and experience that ha ...

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News | 2013-10-02 16:14:44 |

“Create a perfect picture with perfect optics”

Through its special optical design, the new family of high-end SLR lenses exploits the full potential of high-definition sensors. At the end of 2013, the Distagon T* 1.4/55, the first member of the new high-end SLR family of lenses will come on the market. The most important goal in developin ...

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News | 2013-08-05 19:38:59 |

No compromises

From the initial idea to develop a new high-end SLR lens family to the preparations to bring it to market, ZEISS has come a long and exciting way.The development of the new high-end SLR lens family posed a special challenge for the ZEISS product managers. The design of the new high-performanc ...

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News | 2013-03-28 15:00:46 |

From brand personality definition to prize-winning design

How Carl Zeiss found an aesthetic identity for its new high-end SLR lensesWhen the 1.4/55 focal length comes onto the market at the end of 2013 as the first member of the new high-end family of SLR lenses, it will not only introduce a new lens with uncompromising image quality. The lens’s new ...

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News | 2013-02-15 10:45:57 |

The new high-end SLR lens Distagon T* 1,4/55

Dr. Hubert Nasse, Staff Scientist at Carl Zeiss has already seen a lot in his long career. But he is particularly impressed by the Distagon T* 1,4/55, the development of which he has shaped significantly. He shows examples of image results of this new ZEISS lens that has been designed without compro ...

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News | 2012-09-19 08:00:10 |

New dimension of full-frame imaging

Carl Zeiss is heralding a particularly powerful new full-frame SLR lens at photokina 2012.  Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Product and Program Manager in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lenses Division, is addressing strengths and technical details of the new high-end SLR lens family in a Q&A. ...

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Reviews & Awards

Otus 1.4/55


"With outstanding optical quality, the Carl Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 certainly represents a high water mark for a..."

"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..."

"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..."

"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..."

"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..."

"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..."

"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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