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

Compared against Canon’s premium ultra-fast standard, the EF 50mm f1.2L, the Zeiss is a significantly better performer. Although the Zeiss has better uniformity throughout the aperture range the principal benefits are to be seen at the widest apertures. It has much higher sharpness and excellent homogeneity at full aperture with significantly lower levels of chromatic aberration and vignetting. For instance, on the Canon chromatic aberration is noticeable in the outer 50% of the image field.

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