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Zeiss OTUS 55mm F1.4 Apo Distagon T Zf.2 Lens for Nikon WFotoPro X-Go Tripod

Original price was: €3,900.00.Current price is: €1,950.00.
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Zeiss OTUS 55mm F1.4 Apo Distagon TZE Lens for Canon EF WFotoPro X-Go Tripod

Original price was: €3,900.00.Current price is: €2,950.00.

About Zeiss 55mm F/1.4

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.

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Description

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 is the best standard lens currently available. Let’s take a closer look at these claims.

First, while most lens image quality varies based on the chosen aperture, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 is said to offer the same high quality and maximum sharpness and contrast at f/1.4 as it does at f/5.6 or f/8. So, this lens can be used wide open and still show maximum image quality.

The lens has 12 elements in 10 groups, with a modern floating element design and T* Anti-reflex multi-layer coating. Overall, Zeiss says the lens’s performance is comparable to medium format lenses.

The lens barrel is made of high-quality metal alloy and has a rubber focus ring (the lens is manual focus only) that rotates 248 degrees-that’s a good amount of rotation that will make a difference when focusing at maximum aperture where depth of field is super shallow. There’s a 9-blade iris and Zeiss says it produces pleasing, “organic” bokeh. The lens accommodates 77mm filters.

The Otus 55mm f/1.4 is a pro tool that Zeiss believes will be embraced by studio, wedding, commercial and even architecture photographers.

Features

Zeiss 55mm F/1.4 Features

  • 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.

Spesifications

Zeiss 55mm F/1.4 Specifications


GeneralJump to…

Brand
Zeiss
MPN
2010-056
Lens Series
Zeiss Otus
Color
Black
Lens Type
Standard
Lens Mount
Canon EOS
Format Compatibility
Full Frame

FocusJump to…

Focus Type
Auto Focus
Focusing Technology
N/A
Closest Focus Distance
13.2″ / 33cm
Distance Information
N/A
Built-In Motor
N/A

OpticsJump to…

Focal Length
55mm
Angle Of View
43.7 deg.
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
Not Applicable
Coverage
9.69 x 6.42″ / 246 x 163mm
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Maximum Aperture
f/1.4
Maximum Magnification
N/A
Lens Coating
N/A
Aspherical Elements
N/A
ED Glass Elements
N/A
Filter Size
77mm

ConstructionJump to…

Lens Elements / Groups
12 Elements / 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
N/A
Dimensions
5.66 x 3.64″ (144mm) x 92.4mm)
Weight
36.3oz / 1030g

FeaturesJump to…

Image Stabilization Type
None
Tripod Collar
Yes
Waterproof / Water Resistant
N/A
Dust Resistant
N/A

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