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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

Being the equivalent to a 85mm, the field of view of the 55mm focal length works particularly well on an APS-C sensor, albeit with less promising differential focus. And the Zeiss performs exceptionally well on both the Nikon D5200 and the Nikon D7100, but this comparison is intriguing for the gain in sharpness between the two models. Both have 24-Mpix APS-C size CMOS sensors with a pixel pitch of 3.9µm, but the Nikon D7100 lacks an AA filter and boasts a substantial +17% improvement in Sharpness (acutance) over the D5200.

Although we’ve yet to test the Otus on a D800E, it seems that a 30+P-Mpix score would be highly likely. In all other tests the Zeiss performed similarly on the two APS-C cameras.