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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 Length
55mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Canon EF
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
44°
Minimum Focus Distance
1.64' / 50 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.15x
Optical Design
12 Elements in 10 Groups
Focus Type
Manual Focus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.64 x 5.01" / 92.4 x 127.3 mm
Weight
2.27 lb / 1030 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.465 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
11.45 x 6.9 x 5.65"

ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 Reviews

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What extension tubes can be successfully used for ...

What extension tubes can be successfully used for this lens? Canon's do not work
Asked by: James
ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF is compatible with Canon Extension Tube EF 25 II https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/300603-REG/Canon_9199A001_Extension_Tube_EF_25.html
Answered by: Daniel C
Date published: 2023-06-01

Will Zeiss ever introduce another Otus lens ...

Will Zeiss ever introduce another Otus lens between the 28mm and 55mm focal length? I am desperate for a 35mm or 40mm Otus!
Asked by: Gregg
At this time, we do not have information on a new Zeiss Otus lens that is around 35mm. But Zeiss does have an Otus 28mm, ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZE Lens for Canon EF BH #ZE2814OC • MFR #2102-182 https://bhpho.to/3BkjMNN .
Answered by: Rob K
Date published: 2021-07-16

Will this lens work on the BMPCC6K? Do I need a ...

Will this lens work on the BMPCC6K? Do I need a Speedbooster?
Asked by: Stephen
Yes, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 ZE will work with the BMPCC6K camera. Given the APS-C format, the effective focal length of the lens is equivalent to approximately 82mm.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2019-11-25

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Does this lens have the focus confirmation chip that will allow the camera to know when focus has been achieved?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the lens features a focus confirmation chip to indicate when the subject is in focus with the camera. - Yossi
Answered by: Jeremy L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Does it show visible breathing?

Does it show visible breathing?
Asked by: Luca
The ZEISS Otus lenses show minimal signs of breathing when used for motion capture.
Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
Date published: 2019-05-09

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Does this lens have CPU coupling which provides aperture, program AE priority, aperture priority, shutter priority or manual exposure settings on camera models equipped with an electronic interface as my D800E ? Thank you.
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this lens has CPU coupling, and will communicate the distance and metering. However, it will only focus manually.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

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What adapter would I use for this lens on my SONY NEX FS 700?Would a sony LA-EA2 mount work?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sony NEX-FS700R Super 35 Camcorder body uses Sony's E-mount that gives you the flexibility to use a wide variety of E-mount NEX or Sony A-mount Alpha} lens via the optional LA-EA1/ LAEA3 mount adapters. You can also use 35mm SLR and DSLR lenses or professional cinema lenses with the use of optional third party adapters. The Nikon F Mount 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T Lens from Zeiss would require a Nikon to E mount adapter and would not be compatible with the Sony LA-EA1 or LA-EA3 adapters. The MTF Services Ltd Nikon G to Sony E Mount Adapter allows you to attach any Nikon-mounted lens to the Sony NEX-3, NEX-5, NEX-VG10, NEX-VG20, and the Sony NEX FS-100/700 cameras. It is compatible with DX and 35mm format lenses and also supports lenses with or without aperture rings. http://bhpho.to/1pe97dmThe Sony 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* ZA Lens is a normal-length prime lens that is compatible with both full-frame and APS-C-sized image sensors. This lens' construction integrates two glass-molded aspherical elements within its design to provide high image quality while reducing distortions and aberrations. This lens is compatible with a LA-EA1 adapter. http://bhpho.to/1nNMc7p
Answered by: Chuck C.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Does this lens have auto-focus capability?

Does this lens have auto-focus capability?
Asked by: Zach
No, the Zeiss Otus line of lenses are strictly manual focus lenses, as would be the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F.
Answered by: ericsc
Date published: 2023-03-12
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