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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1,4/55 ZF.2 (Nikon) lens review: Outstanding Optical Performance

By Kevin Carter - Thursday November 21 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | New Zeiss takes first place in rankings | Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon lens performance | Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon D7100 vs Nikon D5200: How might it perform on the D800E? | Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G: New Nikkor Outclassed? | Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon versus competition: Zeiss eclipses rivals | Conclusion

It’s intriguing to see history repeat itself with optical makers such as Carl Zeiss resurrect their place as a maker of lenses for other companies, just like Nikon once did (as Nippon Kogaku) in the late 40s and early 50s.

With outstanding optical quality, the Carl Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 certainly represents a high water mark for a retrofocus fast standard for DSLRs. However, it might not be the high price that deters people, in practical terms the large size and lack of autofocus may be the more limiting aspects, but there’s no denying optical quality like this demands attention.