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Zeiss55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Nice bokeh (5)
  • Strong construction (5)
  • Consistent output (4)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Low light (5)
  • Night photography (4)
  • Weddings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

As Great as Hoped For

By ChuckNonverbal

from Portland, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

Upon delivery, I did my usual lens protocol (just to be sure all was A-OK), and took the new Otus out to my backyard. It was a very dark, flat, overcast fall day. I took a variety of shots at varying distances. I ranged between using 1.4 and 8.0 apertures, never going more than 400 iso, and most often 100 iso. I shot both material objects and plant life, all handheld. Viewing these images later on my computer, caused me to to just shake my head in wonder. Every single one was crisp, artful, with beautifully rendered colors, and all had that "Zeiss Otus magic."

I cannot yet imagine what a tripod-mounted, good weather day will yield with this lens, but I'm pretty excited thinking about it.

I deliberated a long time before making this special purchase. I'm so glad that it lived up to, and surpassed, my very high expectations. Fantastic!

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again and... again.

By YoniKs

from Israel

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Long Focus Ring
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Long Focus Ring

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Studio
  • Video

Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

I use the zeiss 55 1.4 for Videoclips and Wedding videography - also for street photography with the zacuto viewfinder. 1.4 is sharp as hell. not like other 50mm lenses that 1.4 means they are sharp at 2.2

distortion - NON - zero distortion (I've checked by shooting straight sidewalks at the end of the frame.)

great colors, original and beautiful.

ALOT OF vignette. and I love it.

not durable in rain and dust.. so be careful with it.

enjoy :)

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5.0

Otus 55mm

By Frank

from Cen Cal

About Me Pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Amazing. will not find anything better

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    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Canon EF Lens in the Market

    By Joey

    from Los Angeles, Ca

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Rich color
    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    A lot of attention when people see you carry around this big but ONLY a 55mm lens. Maunal Focus is what keeps this lens out of sport and animals. and Maunal Focus keeps your eye busy on object if you were so used to Auto Focus. Make sure you can deal with that and be Ready if you are a AF guy. Other than that, you are not going to find the Sharpness, rich color else where. If $4000 is what you are willing to spend, you will have the best 55mm lens on your hand in today's market, and maybe the best 55mm lens for another 10 years. some time I asked myself, if I were use that $4000 to buy the other canon red line lens, I can have 2 to 3 more lens on my hand. but as soon as you have that Otus on your hand, you just can't be anymore happier with any other lens.

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    5.0

    So sharp, I cut my fingers.

    By Isen

    from Santa Clara

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    I would say this would be the best in it's class.
    Sharp corner to corner even when wide open.
    Little to no barrel distortion at all.
    Contrast is.. contrasty and colors are rich.

    CA control is not stella wide open and is a heavy beast to carry around.

    Just in case you haven't figured it out, this is a manual lens. It does not have auto focus. If you do not know how to manual focus, there is no way you can enjoy using this lens.

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    (24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Landmark Lens

    By Fret Spider

    from Chicago, IL, USA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Aberration Free
    • Consistent Output
    • Distortion free
    • Durable
    • Extreme sharpness
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Optical performance

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Slow Focus
    • Wide open vignetting

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Stills

    Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

    Let's get the potential detractors for some buyers out of the way ... this lens is manual-focus only (not a good lens for action). It is heavy and really,.., really expensive (and the expense might continue if you insure your items). Like many of the other newer Zeiss lenses, the rest is pure optical reverie and exhalation.



    The build of the lens is superb, no plastic here, all metal and glass - contributing to its hefty weight. The rubberized focus ring is quite comfortable and the nearly 270-degree throw feels smooth, solid, and precise - no drifting. One thing worth mentioning however, if wearing gloves, sometimes it's a bit more difficult to get traction on the rubberized focus ring as compared to the grooved metal rings as found on their 135mm f/2 APO.

    The new Zeiss' optical performance is beyond reproach, save for some vignetting while wide open, but that pretty much clears up by f/2. Otherwise, it is practically aberration & distortion free with a sharpness (even wide open) that is truly remarkable. The Zeiss performance reminded me, in terms of optical performance, of Canon's TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II or EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM - arguably the very best in their stable.



    The nine rounded-blades of the aperture keep bokeh and out-of-focus areas beautifully rendered even when the aperture is clamped down significantly. Color saturation is incredible. In this review I have added a few photos taken wide-open.



    I have been renting quite a few Zeiss lenses lately and have dedicated a set with more examples of those lenses on that flick-site under the user name - Fret Spider. Please enjoy! I had rented this lens and put it through its paces with much, much enjoyment. While I could try to sell everyone of the opinion that a manual-focus lens connects the photographer more their camera, it is mostly a personal preference. My only real suggestion is rent this lens and find out if this shooting style suits you. If manual lenses are your thing and you have the funds, this lens will not disappoint in any way.



    Happy shooting!

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    5.0

    Exceptional Lens - Manual Focus Only

    By Hoot

    from Austin

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

      Just received and using on a CANON 1Dx and so far photos exceptional in resolution, sharpness and color. May be the best lens at this format I have used and I will consider this combination my mini Leica S.

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      5.0

      This lens produces amazing photos.

      By J

      from florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bokeh Is Outstanding
      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction
      • Subjects Pop Off The Phot

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount:

        for group portraits and landscape this lens can't be beat. Contrast, color and sharpness are superb.

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