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Is the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens Worth $4,000?

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Zeiss lenses are well known for their stunning optical quality, but along with that quality come high price tags. This great video review takes a look at the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens and the sort of performance you can expect from it in practice.

Coming to you from Christopher Frost Photography, this excellent video review takes a look at the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens. The Otus 55mm f/1.4 is a manual focus lens that features a very long throw focusing ring for extra precision. It employs Zeiss’ Distagon concept with an apochromatic design that has six anomalous partial dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity, one aspherical element for reduced distortion and spherical aberrations and increased sharpness, Zeiss’ T* coating to reduce reflections and increase contrast, a floating elements system for image quality across the entire focusing range, and an all-metal lens barrel with rubberized focusing ring for high durability and control. If you have not shot with a Zeiss lens before, they are certainly a real joy to use and can be rather addictive, but it is also important to consider their price and if the high cost is worth it for your work. Check out the video above for Frost’s full thoughts.


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