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Zeiss55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Nikon F Mount
 
4.9

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Pros

  • Strong construction (8)
  • Durable (5)
  • Nice bokeh (5)
  • Rugged (5)
  • Consistent output (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Low light (6)
  • Night photography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Stunning

By TeeCee

from New York

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Everything about this lens is as advertised. If you know what you want to do with this lens and can cope with its "drawbacks" (manual focus, bulky, heavy, significant 270-turning radius), you will find no finer 35MM lens. It simply blows away Nikon's best--across the board. In the first shoot that I used it, I was able to deploy it in a situation where I would normally use the 70-200 2.8. At about 40 feet from the subjects, it captured greater resolution, superb color rendition and next to zero chromatic aberration. If you don't believe me, go to the B+H counter and take one demo shot with it. Stunning.

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      5.0

      The Pinnacle of Zeiss zf Lenses

      By Giant Tristan

      from Stamford CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

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

      I own already Zeiss zf 25/2, 35/2 and 100/2 and they are my most used lenses on the Nikon 800. I was pleasantly surprised that the Otus 55/1.4 is in many respects even better than my other Zeiss lenses.
      Notably, the excellent sharpnes wide open over the entire FOV, the very smooth transition from in-focus to out-of-focus parts of the image, plus the beautiful color rendering. Manual Focus is quite easy due to the wide throw of the focus ring - I have clibrated the focus confirmation indicator, and I have no problems getting tack sharp picture when hand holding.

      I use this lens mainly for landscape, for architecture and for general photography.

      I believe the lens is best at medium and far distances. For close-ups and bokeh I prefer the zf 100/2.

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      5.0

      Big but beautiful

      By Camerahead

      from Singapore

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

      Huge lens with equally hugely excellent performance - sharp even wide open but I'm experiencing some field curvature.

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      5.0

      55mm f/1.4 Otus

      By CUBYDC

      from Corolla, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens is amazingly sharp throughout its f stop range. I test each new lens for its sweet spot for maximum resolution. This one is sweet throughout. Paired with a Nikon D800E, it gives even better results than the Makro-Planar 2/100 ZF.2. Recent application in dark recesses of a restored historical fort were very satisfying.

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      5.0

      Built like a tank

      By Stechert

      from Brooklyn

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

      So sharp, even when wide open, that it shows itself best on high megapixel bodies like the D800e or D810. Manual only operation makes it best suited to studio work.

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      (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely the Best Lens for a DSLR

      By Jake

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Detail
      • Consistent Output
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This lens is beyond anything I have ever used for Nikon. It gives a whole new perspective as to what I thought a sharp lens was. The contrast is superb; the detail is magnificent; the color renditions are flawless. The Bokeh is buttery-smooth wide-open and just melts away any background to isolate your subject with incredible clarity.

        I use this lens mostly for portrait and landscape work, but it is so ridiculously sharp that I can even crop tight enough for some macro-like shooting as well, while still retaining amazing detail.

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        • Yes

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        (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Worth the Wait

        By Hobbit

        from Fairfield County, CT

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Difficult to focus
        • Heavy
        • Long Wait To Get

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

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

        Use it with a Nikon 800e. Mainly for general photography. Somewhat difficult to focus with 800e.

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        (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Big !

        By DCFOTO

        from Washington DC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

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

        This lense performs as advertised. It is very sharp wide open at 1.4 with just a few small hints of CAs... but beware that it is also very hard to see the focus point with the standard optical viewfinders found in today's SLRs such as the Nikon 800s or the Canon 5D3s.

        This is a must lens if you work mostly near F1.4 but not so if you shoot F5.6 to F16 as the difference between this stellar piece of glass and another less expensive but premium design will quickly vaporize.

        The lens is way too large to use with EVF cameras like the Sony A7R and for me it is not a lens that I would use to shoot street scenes. Perfect for the studio and tripod work!

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        (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing optics, but...

        By Chia-Ming Yang

        from Hengchun county, Taiwan

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        Pros

        • Best Overall Optics

        Cons

        • Suboptimal Cosmetics

        Best Uses

        • Just Not For Action

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

        I'm the lucky one for owning this gem since this February. The image quality is second to none. I was not a lover of "normal lenses" before, but now I definitely am. The size of this lens doesn't bother me at all(I only used other ZF lenses in the past years), and should not bother others who were used to pro zoom lenses. However, the cosmetic details are not at the same level. Just out of the box, there's a scratch on the lens cap. The marking filling of the depth of field was uneven due to some dust particles. The most obvious defect was a small area(about 0.5 x 0.5cm) of the lens shade contaminated by white painting(though I could clean it just by nail). Maybe I'm just nitpicking, but I do expect a better quality control and detail from this premium price. No doubt this lens deserves five stars for its optical performance. But I wound minus half a star just because its cosmetic defects.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Believe the hype

        By Vil

        from Dubai

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits

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

          After four months of high anticipation and waiting, the otus finally arrived. When you open the box, the size of otus needs to be seen in person to realize just how big it is. It is roughly the same size as the Nikon 24-70mm, but with a fatter barrel. The focus ring is smooth as reported by many, and with enough resistance to limit any further movement when you've hit focus. I'm on the fence with the rubber ring, as it attracts dirt from dusty hands, especially when you're out in the field. Apart from that I'm extremely happy with the images. Large aperture can produce an extremely thin DOF, and the out of focus area is just millimeteres apart. Images from this are crisp and sharp. Focusing is not too bad with the D800E, which aleviated one of my earlier concerns with this lense.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hard to beat

          By Bernardl

          from Tokyo, Japan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Remarkable Image Quality

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Poorly Weather Proofed

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          I have been using one on my D800 for about 2 months. Just love the lens. It of course excellent on tripod where I do lost of stitching, but does also well hand held where I have a surprisingly high number of well focused images.I have experienced some issues with condensation inside the lens after if came back inside following a cold shooting session where the lens got wet with snow. It may be wise to take special care in such circumstances. this is just one thing to be aware of.

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          (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This Lens Delivers

          By RAG

          from Florence, SC

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            I compared this lens to a Nikon 58mm f/1.4 and a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 set at 52mm using a D800E on a tripod with ISO 100 1/1.3 sec f5.6 and at ISO 1600 1/20 sec f5.6. All at a distance of about 10 feet. When I zoomed in on the images and subjectively analyzed them the Zeiss lens seemed about 15% sharper than the 58mm and 10% sharper than the 24-70mm set at 52mm. I sure would like to have auto-focus, but the manual focus is smooth and feels substantial.

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            5.0

            Tested this lens against a medium format

            By Jilm

            from Brooklyn, NYC

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Considered Every Aspect
            • Extremely Sharp

            Cons

            • Obviously Price

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Studio

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

            Tested this lens on a D800E against an IQ180 mounted to a RZ ProllD, with a 90mm lens. The Zeiss Otus / D800E were able to hold their own against the goliath medium format system. I am in full agreement with Zeiss's claims on this lens, a new higher standard had been achieved.

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            5.0

            Groundbreaking

            By Amudgarden

            from Phoenix, MD

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Just received the lens today from B&H, and have only taken a few shots with it, so this review is based on very limited experience.That said, what experience I have with the lens has been unlike that of any other DSLR lens I've used. Right out of the box, the lens look and feels like a medium format lens: big, heavy, and sturdy. Mounted on the camera (a D800E), it makes the camera significantly front-heavy.Focusing the lens is not unlike every other Zeiss lens I've used. The focus ring moves as smooth as warm butter, and sturdy enough to make perfectly precise adjustments.The images I produced with this camera were very impressive, even though it was only a few shots. It gives the image that soft, subtly contrasty "Leica look", which is the trademark of most lenses of the highest quality. Detail is superb...very sharp but not overly crispy or harsh. The image I posted with this review was shot at f/1.4. My focus target was the nose of the cat. If you look closely, you will see that, while the nose is in focus, the eyes are already outside the circle. Fully opened up, the lens has a razor thin depth of field, without any noticeable image degradation, distortion or vignetting as you approach the corners of the lens. Even though it's not an ideal length for portrait photography, I will most definitely give it some use in portraits...I am very enthusiastic about how it will perform in rendering faces outdoors in moderate lighting (i.e. sunsets). I wanted to wait until I shot more with the camera before writing a review, as I can only attest to how it renders a cat in low indoor lighting. But, even in this limited testing, the lens clearly shows me that it's on a totally different level than any other DSLR lens I've used. It's not cheap, but if it fits in your budget, it is very much worth the investment.

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