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

Without doubt Zeiss has achieved their goal of producing the finest fast standard prime available on the market today for full-frame DSLRs, but at a shade under $4000, image quality like that doesn’t come cheap.

There are a couple of other concessions to consider as well. The Zeiss lacks autofocus and being slightly larger and heavier than the firm’s Apo Sonnar T* 2,0/135 it’s not particularly discrete.

Despite that the Zeiss Otus T* 1,4/55 is a breathtaking example of what’s possible, and will likely go down in history as one of the classic fast standard designs of our time.