Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1,4/55 ZE (Canon) mount lens review: Peerless Prime

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday November 26 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Best prime on the 5D Mark III | Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon lens perfomance | Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon Vs Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM | Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE vs Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE vs Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZE | Conclusion

After the results of the Nikon mount version, it’s not really a surprise to see the 1,4/55 Otus outperform every Canon mount standard prime in our database. It achieves a very high DxOMark score of 38 points and a peak sharpness score of 21P-Mpix on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III.

Best standard prime on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III:

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon39993821
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZE Canon12803018
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM15742916
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Canon4992915
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM2492918
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II992816
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM3852717
Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE Canon7252516
 

Best prime on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III: 

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon39993821
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Canon9693520
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Canon8993419
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM4403316
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM8503320
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZE Canon18403220
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM10703220
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM65993222
Canon EF 85mm F1.2L USM15993220
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM18693118
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZE Canon10303117
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM15503119
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZE Canon18433118
Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZE Canon12803018
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF Canon2853015
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM14203016
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM104993021
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM15742916
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Canon4992915
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Canon5992914
 

When benchmarked against all the Canon mount primes we’ve analyzed on the Canon EOS 5D Mk III, the Zeiss Otus 1,4/55 convincingly occupies the top-slot sitting above highly regarded models such as the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM and the Art series 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A. In terms of peak sharpness it doesn’t quite topple the recently upgraded Canon EF 300mm f2.8L IS II USM (which achieved a 22P-Mpix score) but it matches the Canon EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM at 21P-Mpix. However, the Otus 1,4/55 remains one of the sharpest lenses available for Canon users.