ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Nikon F Mount

ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Nikon F Mount

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Product Highlights

  • For Nikon F 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 Nikon F 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 Nikon F 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 Nikon F
    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 5.55" / 9.25 x 14.10 cm
    Weight 2.13 lb / 970 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.8 x 5.6"

    ZEISS 55mm f/1.4 reviews

    55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Nikon F Mount is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning 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.
    Date published: 2015-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big ! 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!
    Date published: 2014-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome !!!! I should have known better - the photography magazines are filled with articles telling you to buy the lens you really want, and telling you it's costly to buy something now and change it later. Sigh ! Anyway, without telling the world whose standard prime is no longer fronting my D810, I am now using the Otus 55m instead. And it is SOOOOOOOOO much better - it's simply the best! Wouldn't suit for sports photography, I imagine, because it's manual focus. But the clarity of the images it produces and the subtlety of the colors it captures are amazing. I'm giving it 15 out of 10 !!!!
    Date published: 2016-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Pinnacle of Zeiss zf Lenses 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.
    Date published: 2015-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Believe the hype 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection is Expensive I purchased the Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus lens to use on my Nikon D810. I have found that many lenses are not up to the performance of this camera's 36 megapixel sensor. Test images with a lens resolution target show that this lens is capable of outperforming the sensor. It is even close to the sensor's performance at f1.4 (wide open). Nice job, Zeiss. In order to achieve consistent maximum performance, focus has to be done through the rear LCD screen in Live-View mode with the aid of a magnifying loop. This may be more effort than some photographers are willing to use, but I think it's worth it when reviewing the startling images. If manual focus isn't your thing, then you might consider the Sigma Art lenses. In my opinion, they are the next best choice, have auto-focus but are not quite as sharp as the Zeiss Otus series.
    Date published: 2015-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's real As a two-system user for many years (currently Leica M9 and Nikon D810), I was used to using each system for what it did best. Nikon excelled when I needed AF, telephoto, zoom, or macro, Leica when those did not apply and I just wanted the best possible (i.e., most realistic) image quality. Except for a few special lenses (200 Micro, 200/2, etc), The Nikon lenses were clearly send-tier, in my opinion, to Leica M lenses. The Zeiss for Nikon lenses were sometimes great (21/2.8, 100/2), but there was nothing outstanding near 50 mm. This lens has changed that, and how! The D810 images shot with this lens now bear a close resemblance to M9 images shot with a 50 Summilux ASPH (except it's 36 MPX!). Clearly this lens is not for everybody, most don't need it, some even like to ridicule it (and it's purchasers) because of the price, but believe me, it's a stunning leap forward for what's available in F mount.
    Date published: 2015-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have Sold my Leica M9 and three Lux lenses due to low hit rate. When it was on though, Wow, hard to beat the Leica glass. So, decided to try the Zeiss 55. Got it used from B&H. Saved a few hundred and the lens was essentially brand new. Have to say, this lens and a D810 is the ultimate. Much easier to focus than the range finder and this lens does not take a back seat to Leica glass. Very pleased.
    Date published: 2017-02-26
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    Designed for use with:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D800
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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