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ZF.2 Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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Otus 55/1.4 APO-Distagon Overview

The Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon is the first lens in the high performance Otus (“owl”) line. It is unusual for a normal lens in being a Distagon design that is typically used for wide angle lenses (35mm and wider). This design was chosen to meet certain performance objectives for high resolution digital cameras.

At 2.2 pounds, the 55/1.4 is large and heavy, easily the largest ~50mm lens on the market. This might be expected from a goal of uncompromising image quality.

First available in late 2013, Zeiss plans to offer a line of uncompromising high-end lenses for Nikon and Canon.

Zeiss states that there are three lenses already in development and more planned. It is the necessary and natural course of events given cameras like the D800E, whose 36-megapixel sensor invariably flushes out all optical weaknesses.

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