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

Nikon’s new premium $1699 AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4 is notable for its extremely low lateral chromatic aberration and it can even boast better correction of vignetting at full aperture. Both lenses have the same 1.7Tstop transmission however the Zeiss has lower distortion and it achieves a +11P-Mpix increase in Sharpness over the Nikkor. It’s not just the higher peak sharpness levels that are attractive but an unusually complex optical construction resulting in a flat field has achieved superior sharpness and uniformity across the frame from the initial aperture to f5.6.

Full aperture performance of the new Zeiss is remarkable.