Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount

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Weight 2.27 lb (1030 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.64 x 5.66" (9.25 x 14.38 cm)
Filter Thread 77 mm


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 43.7°
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7" (.50 m)
Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Focal Length 55mm
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 12/10
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4 - 16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF


Tripod Collar No
Autofocus None
Image Stabilization None


Operating/Storage Temperature Not Specified By Manufacturer
Expert Reviews
The digital picture.32823291
15 February 2014

A number of the good applications for this lens include people as subjects. A 55mm lens used on a full frame body is modestly too wide angle for tightly framed head shot portraits (for my taste), but 55mm is very nice for less-tightly-framed head and shoulders, partial body and full body portraits.

Photo net.32822890
27 March 2014

Photo above: To make this image of a nautilus shell on black velvet, I stopped my Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 down to f/16 and used a shutter speed of 1/8 of a second with the camera mounted on my tripod.

31 January 2016

Designed with the highest performance in mind, the Otus range is expensive, bulky and heavy. But, billed as “The best standard lens in the world” on the Zeiss website, let's see how this 55mm f/1.4 stands up to this brave and unequivocal claim, and especially if the price tag can be justified for a...

Pop photo.32824722
15 February 2014

The Zeiss Otus APO Distagon T* 55mm f/1.4 ZF (Nikon) and ZE (Canon) large-aperture, full-frame normal lenses are the largest and among the most expensive lenses in its class. While the $3,999 street price induces sticker shock, it calmed us to recall that it still costs several hundred dollars less...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
28 December 2015

I took a lot of images with this lens over the family Christmas gathering and was greatly impressed with the quality. When reviewing the images on the back of my D810, they appear more colorful and contrasty than my other lenses. They almost appear as if they've already been processed in lightroom.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Great image quality, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction

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    Heavy, Slow Focus

20 June 2015

by now you've likely heard hyperbole after hyperbole about this lens. and now here comes another. before we get to the guts, my kit (and frame of reference) includes: nikon d810, sigma 35mm art, nikon 14-24, nikon 24-70, nikon 70-200 2.8 VR, nikon 85mm 1.4.

Product Highlights
  • For Canon EF Mount DSLR Cameras
  • Optimized for Full-Frame Camera Sensors
  • f/1.4 - f/16 Aperture Range
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Lens Coating
  • Floating Elements Design
  • All-Metal Lens Housing
  • Manual Focus, 20" Close Focus Distance
  • 77mm Filter Thread
  • Highly Visible Yellow Scale Markings
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In The Box
  • Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens for Canon EF Mount
  • Lens Hood
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited Two-Year Warranty
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