ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount

ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount

ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount

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Product Highlights

  • For Canon EF Mount DSLR Cameras
  • Optimized for Full-Frame Camera Sensors
  • f/1.4 - f/16 Aperture Range
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Lens Coating
  • Floating Elements Design
  • All-Metal Lens Housing
  • Manual Focus, 20" Close Focus Distance
  • 77mm Filter Thread
  • Highly Visible Yellow Scale Markings
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ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 overview

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The Canon EF Mount 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens from ZEISS is a standard focal length premium lens optimized for full-format DSLR camera sensors. A wide maximum aperture combined with ZEISS' renowned optical glass and T* lens coating allow the 55mm f/1.4 to transmit an impressive degree of detail and color rendition even in low light situations. A floating element design equips the lens for consistent image quality, minimal aberration and field distortion throughout the focus range.

Complementing the premium optics of the 55mm f/1.4 Otus lens is a metal lens housing as evidence of a build quality that matches the lens's imaging prowess. Additionally, an all-metal focusing mechanism with an extended rotation angle allows precise manual focusing from 20" to infinity. Borrowing from their cinema lenses, ZEISS labels the focus scale with highly-visible yellow markings. The rubberized focus ring improves tactile feedback and helps to enable exact focus placement.

Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture for shallow depth of field and low-light performance
Engineered for optimal image quality using a DSLR with a full-frame sensor
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coated lens system enhances image contrast and clarity
Floating element design with 12 elements in 10 groups
All-metal internal focus mechanism with extended angle of rotation for precise focus placement
Cinema lens style yellow scale markings on lens barrel enhance visibility
In the Box
ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited Two-Year Warranty
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    ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 specs

    Focal Length 55mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4 - 16
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 43.7°
    Minimum Focus Distance 19.7" / .50 m
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 10 Groups
    Image Stabilization None
    Autofocus None
    Filter Thread 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.64 x 5.66" / 9.25 x 14.38 cm
    Weight 2.27 lb / 1030 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.2 x 6.8 x 4.0"

    ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 reviews

    55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Great as Hoped For 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!
    Date published: 2015-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Canon EF Lens in the Market 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again and... again. 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 :)
    Date published: 2015-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Landmark Lens 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!
    Date published: 2014-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes I would buy this lens again I have been using this Zeiss Otus 55 mm ZE for 2 weeks now. Here are my humble comments about it. I am a 44 y.o. keen enthusiast in photography and I do not make a living from it either. I have no sponsors or affiliation with any brand names or stores. This is my first Zeiss lens. I have been shooting Canon L glass for many years now. I used to own mainly zoom lenses and I shoot with a Canon 5D mark IV. The Zeiss Otus 55 mm ZE is a truly amazing lens. The construction is superb altough its black finish will scratch very easily. They do not include a protective pouch which is a pity for such an expensive lens. It feels super solid and yes, it is heavy for a 50 mm lens but if you are used to f2.8 zoom lenses, there is absolutely no problem. The focusing ring is so smooth. Manual focus is doable with a 5D but i use liveview and a loupe magneticaly attached to the camera in order to increase my keeper rate when fully opened at f1.4. If the subject is moving fast and erraticaly (aka kids) forget about using this lens. It is not weather sealed and will need to be protected from sand and rain. The image quality is just out of this world. Sharpness is just amazing. When reviewing pictures on my camera's LCD screen at full magnification you can't see pixels or noise or any kind of artifact. On a screen, it is medium format quality, period. No chromatic aberration visual, distortion is minimal. Ok, I know, lots of people will say that people who pay 5K for a lens will not be able to tell others they have been ripped off. I would just sell it back if I were mot satisfied. This is a keeper for me. I will probably buyan Otus every year (28mm and 85mm). They are that good. This is by far the best lens I have ever owned in my life and I have always used excellent pro glass. It is a no compromise lens in terms of Image quality. If manual focus is for you and weight and not being stealthy are no issues and oh... I was forgetting, the price tag. Go buy it
    Date published: 2017-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Otus 55mm Amazing. will not find anything better
    Date published: 2015-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously Beyond My High Expectations Despite seeing the great lab testing results and numerous stellar reviews on this lens, I still took a long time deciding to buy it..but I'm so glad I did. It arrived on a a flat, cloudy day, so it was a good situation for running it thru some tough photographic experiments in my yard. I focused on both natural and man-made objects, at varying distances, using 10 different apertures and a variety of ISO settings. When later viewing the images on my computer, I could only shake my head in wonder. What superb sharpness, color rendering and general image quality! I cannot wait to travel with the Otus 55mm and see what it can do under more ideal conditions. In short, it is easily the finest lens I have ever used, (including the Canon 300 2.8L and the Zeiss 100mm Makro).
    Date published: 2015-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So sharp, I cut my fingers. 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.
    Date published: 2014-05-29
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