ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F

B&H # ZE5514ZF2N MFR # 2010-055
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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Six Low Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Distagon Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
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Lens Mount: Nikon F

Canon EF Nikon F
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ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Overview

  • 1Description

Employing a no-holds-barred design, the Nikon F-mount ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 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 FX-format Nikon F-mount cameras, however can also be used with DX models where it provides an 82.5mm 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.
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ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F
  • 77mm Front Lens Cap for Otus 55mm f/1.4
  • Rear Cap for Nikon F-Mount Lenses
  • Lens Shade for 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    • 1Description

    ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Specs

    Focal Length 55mm
    Maximum Aperture f/1.4
    Minimum Aperture f/16
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 44
    Maximum Magnification 0.147x
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' / 50 cm
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 10 Groups
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.6 x 4.9" / 92.4 x 125.3 mm
    Weight 2.1 lb / 970 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.335 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.4 x 6.95 x 5.75"

    ZEISS Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Reviews

    Otus 55mm f/1.4 ZF.2 Lens for Nikon F is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22.
    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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    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


    Does the lens have an aperture ring or is that controlled from the camera body?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    While you can control the aperture of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Nikon F Mount on the camera body, the lens does feature an manual aperture ring which allows you to manually control the aperture on older SLR and DSLR cameras.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I understand that the focusing screen of D810 cannot be changed. Without a central telemeter, how can one check proper focusing?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    If you are concerned with focus on the D810, you could use the Nikon DG-2 Eyepiece, which will magnify the viewfinder by 2x: http://bhpho.to/10diQr9
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    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


    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.
    Asked by: Greg
    The ZEISS Otus lenses are not weather sealed. As long as the lens is not exposed directly to rain or dusty environments, there is little risk of damage. When used in high humidity conditions, care should be taken to acclimate the lens to prevent internal fogging of the elements. Storage of the lens under these conditions should be done in sealed bags using a desiccant.
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is this lens fully compatible with the Nikon F6 film camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    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>
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Hi.Is the lens hood integrated or separate?Thanks.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The lens hood is separate and is included with the lens.
    Answered by: Chuck C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Besides focal length, weight, and price, what are the other differences between the Zeis Otus 55 and the Zeis Milvus 50? Specifically, what are the optical considerations? And are there any issues with adapting to Sony NEX cameras like the FS700 and F7?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Otus 55 is amazing -- its close focus is indisputably the best. Once you master (or re-master manual focusing) -- The Bokeh is phnemonial but it is heavy to carry in your backpack. I can compare it to the Milvus 50. But is is every bit as good a Lecia 50mm -- the best I have ever used or seen!!!
    Answered by: James S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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    Designed For Use With:

    • Nikon D4s
    • Nikon D5
    • Nikon D500
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D7100
    • Nikon D7200
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D7500
    • Nikon D800
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Nikon D810A
    • Nikon D850
    • Nikon Df
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