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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 (7)
  • Nice bokeh (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Consistent output (3)
  • Rugged (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Low light (6)
  • Night photography (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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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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    4.0

    Worth the Wait

    By Hobbit

    from Fairfield County, CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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    • No

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    5.0

    Big !

    By DCFOTO

    from Washington DC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    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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    5.0

    Amazing optics, but...

    By Chia-Ming Yang

    from Hengchun county, Taiwan

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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    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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      5.0

      Hard to beat

      By Bernardl

      from Tokyo, Japan

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      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

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

        Verified Reviewer

        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

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        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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