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Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T Lens for Nikon F Mount
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- Apochromat: Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image are reproduced almost free of color artifacts
- The ultimate in image contrast: Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.
- No colour fringing: Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinalchromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.
- The medium format look: Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentialsof contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.
- Aspherical design: The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout theentire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.
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Zeiss Zeiss has introduced its first premium lens designed specifically for high-end, high-resolution DSLRs, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4. Zeiss has decades of experience designing lenses for both 35mm and medium-format cameras, and with the Otus, they've pulled out all the f/Stops. First, a bit of background: Over the last 10 years, most medium-format film camera users who migrated to digital adapted the 35mm sensor format. As the resolution of these cameras has increased, many lenses simply haven't kept up. High resolution revealed that edge sharpness was not as crisp as the center, and image quality changed based on the aperture used. Zeiss set about to create a new line of lenses that take full advantage of high-resolution DSLRs, with no design restrictions based on weight or size, using the best possible material. The result would be a line of premium-priced lenses capable of delivering the best possible images with little or no optical distortion. The Otus line was born, and the 55mm f/1.4 is the first product. The Zeiss Otus uses the APO Distagon design, which is a more complex design using more elements and Apochromatic design for sharper and contrastier images with fewer chromatic aberrations. Lower-end lenses have the Planar designation. Bold Claims, Sharp Optics Zeiss makes the bold claim, based on its internal MTF optical bench tests results, that the Otus 55mm f/1.4 is the best standard lens ever made by Zeiss and
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For IQ - if the Otus 55mm was a 5 out of 5 the Sigma would be 4.8 out of 5... the Nikon would be in the 2.5 out of 5 range.
So if you are looking at this lens you need to ask yourself a few questions.
1) Do you know EXACTLY how and why you will use this lens? For me, I have a certain number of shots that they added IQ will help my business be more profitable. For these photos I have time to set up the composition and fine tune things until I have the exact shot I am looking for. If you have the time to set-up the composition nothing will surpass the Otus lenses.
2) You need excellent photos, but most of your shots are not in a studio , or static, setting. If this describes you, buy the Sigma Art 50mm.
The Otus is better lens IF you have the time to compose your shots. The Sigma Art 50mm is very close in terms of sharpness, contrast, and saturation (to my eye) but it also has a very fast autofocus (not to mention you can buy 3 of them for the price of the Otus).
Notes on the Otus
1- First and foremost - before buying this lens know WHY you are buying it. This is an advanced lens for professionals who know exactly what they want in a photo. If you are a casual photographer just looking for the absolute best lens money can buy.... this is it, but without practice you will be much better served by the Sigma Art 50mm.
2- I use a Nikon D750, but honestly this lens really needs to be paired with the D810 camera. It is kinds of a waste pairing this medium-format type of lens with anything other than the highest resolving sensor.
3- Yes it is manual focus, but it really is fun to use.
4- The best way to describe the Otus line up is that they are fantastic *static* lenses. Pictures with no moving objects (or very few) where you can fine tune focus and really play with the DOF to compose the photo as you see it in your mind's eye. Not necessarily in a studio setting, but you can fully utilize this lens when you have a time (seconds... or minutes) to think about your shot.
5- Not a lens for street photography, sports, or anything dynamic. The Sigma Art 50mm should be your option if you need this focal length for those types of shots.
6- Comparison between the Otus and the Nikon lenses. There really is no comparison. The sharpness, contrast, and saturation of the otus is light years better than the Nikon 50mm (which I also own). The Otus creates a 3D look, and when done properly, the images jump out of the frame.
7- Yes, it is kind of heavy, but really that is a minor point. This is not a great walk around lens for street photography anyway. I could see people using it for nature photography, but even then they will probably miss a few shots.
8- Bokeh - unmatched.
9- Build quality - again unmatched. The lens hood is its own wonder.
Things to consider
- It does vignette when wide open. Obviously Lightroom can correct it with ease.
- Manual focus on Nikon can be a painful experience. In fact, the focus indicator (the little dot that appears) isn't always correct. Be prepared to lose a few shots when working at shallow DOFs due to challenges of manually focusing. However, again this is part of the joy of actually taking photographs instead of just being a button pusher.
- If you have this lens on your camera you can forget about handing the camera to someone so that they can take YOUR photo. Even a lot of pros struggle with manual focus lenses (on Nikons).
Final verdict - An absolutely great lens, but only buy it if you know why you are buying it. If you have doubts on how, where, or why you would use it just save some money and buy the nearly equally excellent Sigma Art 50mm (and maybe even throw in the Sigma Art 24-35mm) lens. However, if you have a defined need no other lens can top it.
Since my main interest is photographing warships, this lens' superb capability at handling lens flare [always an issue with sunlight on water] is simply an added plus. In the same vein, since I am not photographing rapidly moving objects, and intend using a tripod wherever possible along with timed/remote release, the weight and size of the lens become non-issues.
This is a specialized tool, and not every photographer will (or should) want it, but those who have needs which this lens meets superbly will not begrudge the cost -- and as a physical object, I think this has no peer.
1. Manual focus is a deal breaker and makes this lens unpractical.
Answer: a typical AF lens with MF option has a quarter turn focus rotation while this Otus has somewhere close to 320 degree focus rotation. An AF lens is designed for AF and of course MF will be hard, but this Otus is designed for MF. I have absolutely no issue with MF on this lens while shooting a moving baby. Sure, one might miss a shot here and there, but I have never achieved 100% focus accuracy on my AF-S and AF-I lenses either.
2. This lens is too big and bulky.
Answer: well, not really. the lens body is a bit shorter than a 24-70. With hood, the Otus is actually much smaller than a 24-70 with its ginormous hood. Let's be honest here, I bet most people who are looking at this lens right now do have one of those gold ring mid zoom lenses. If you don't mind the size or the weight of a standard zoom then there is no reason to complain about Otus' size. And be a man, if the weight of this lens scare you, how about doing some curls every night and bulk up your muscle a bit.
3. This lens is ridiculously expensive.
Answer: have you priced the latest apochromatic lenses with aspherical elements from Leica? Yeah..... NO, this lens is NOT expensive. you are getting a bargain actually. Quality glasses don't lose value. Look at the nikkor 58 noct or the nikkor 6mm fish eye.
4. Value, nikon lens offer 90% of the performance for 1/20th the price.
Answer: hmmm... not really. nikkor lenses aren't even close in color rendering, resolution, and micro-contrast at anything below f2.0. At f1.4, the Otus is as sharp as nikkor's f2.8. Color rendering is rich and saturated and micro-contrast literally "pops". Comparing the two doesn't really work, and no, nikkor won't give you 90% of Otus' performance.
Why 4 stars.
The focus value indication is not protected from dust (no cover). This worries me a bit and is a design flaw in my opinion.