ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF

BH #ZE5514ZEC • MFR #2010-056
ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Six Low Dispersion Elements
Employing a no-holds-barred design, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZE is an optically refined normal-length prime characterized by its bright maximum aperture and advanced optics for high sharpness and color accuracy. The fast f/1.4 design excels in difficult lighting conditions and is also suitable for adjusting depth of field to isolate subject matter using selective focus. A Distagon optical concept is used to promote edge-to-edge sharpness and low field curvature, and, through the use of low dispersion and aspherical elements, this lens also achieves a well-corrected image quality void of aberrations, color fringing, and distortion. A floating elements system is also used, for consistent performance throughout the focusing and aperture ranges, in order to achieve even sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
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ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 Overview

Employing a no-holds-barred design, the Canon EF-mount ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZE is an optically refined normal-length prime characterized by its bright maximum aperture and advanced optics for high sharpness and color accuracy. The fast f/1.4 design excels in difficult lighting conditions and is also suitable for adjusting depth of field to isolate subject matter using selective focus. A Distagon optical concept is used to promote edge-to-edge sharpness and low field curvature, and, through the use of low dispersion and aspherical elements, this lens also achieves a well-corrected image quality void of aberrations, color fringing, and distortion. A floating elements system is also used, for consistent performance throughout the focusing and aperture ranges, in order to achieve even sharpness and clarity. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and lens flare for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.

Its manual focus design is complemented by a rubberized focus ring for fine-tuned, precise control over your focus position. Additionally, Otus-series lenses also feature an equally aesthetic and durable anodized metal lens barrel surface along with engraved focusing scales and distinctive high-visibility yellow paint.

Normal-length prime lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides an 88mm equivalent focal length.
Impressively bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Distagon optical concept affords high sharpness, well-corrected image quality from edge-to-edge, and very low field curvature.
Apochromatic optical design utilizes six anomalous partial dispersion elements to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and color fidelity.
One aspherical element controls distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater sharpness and more accurate rendering.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Floating elements system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from 1.6' to infinity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales, which are filled with a high-visibility yellow paint, along with hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
All-metal lens barrel has a frosted, anodized surface along with a rubberized focusing ring for both durability and improved tactile control.

ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 Specs

Focal Length55mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View44°
Minimum Focus Distance1.64' / 50 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design12 Elements in 10 Groups
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.64 x 5.01" / 92.4 x 127.3 mm
Weight2.27 lb / 1030 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.465 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.45 x 6.9 x 5.65"
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Look at the 14 minute video attached/linked in the overview section. The Zeiss Rep' explains the difference between Zeiss' Milvus and Otus lenses. He explains the optical design for the Otus in plain, simple terms.
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Is this lens fully compatible with the Nikon F6 film camera?
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For a list of compatible cameras, please visit the ZEISS website using the link below: <a href= https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/int/photography/content/camera-mounts.html target= _blank >https://www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses/int/photography/content/camera-mounts.html</a>
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How un-sealed against weather is the Otus? I have a Milvus 15/2.8, and now an Otus 28/1.4. The 50 or 55 is next, which I plan to use for landscape and astro-pano with my 810A. I don't plan to be in rainstorms or sandstorms, but the lack of weather-sealing has me a bit concerned, given its expense what was Zeiss thinking?, and the fact that I will be taking pics in marine shore and humid environments.
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Can the lens hood be reverse mounted on the lens for storage like classic Zeiss ZF.2 / ZE primes, or does the hood have to forever be either on or off the lens?
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Yes, you can reverse mount it. Unless you need the extra 4cm of space I would recommend just keeping it on the lens all the time.
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