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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

When evaluated beside the firm’s existing fast standard Planar designs, the Distagon Otus 1,4/55 shows superior sharpness and uniformity. As for vignetting all three are very similar though when it comes to distortion the Planar 1,4/50 has noticeable barreling compared to the Otus and the Makro. And like the Canon EF 50mm f1.2L, the Planar 1,4/50 has similar levels of chromatic aberration extending from the central 50% of the frame to the edges and corners. 

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