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Carl Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4

Carl Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens
 

Full frame sized image

Lenses that create APS-C sized image are designed for digital only. They cannot be used on cameras that have image sensor larger than the APS-C format. These lenses are not suitable for film cameras either.

 

No stepping motor AF

Lenses with stepping motor focusing mechanism are better for contrast based focusing, and are quiter and faster than traditionally focusing lenses.

 

Metal mount

Cheaper lenses are usually equipped with plastic mount, while more expensive, professional lenses have metal mount. In general, metal mounts are more durable, and a good thing to have when lenses are changed a lot. When a camera is used mainly with one lens, the material of the lens mount is not that important.

 

Internal Focusing

Internally focusing lenses don't change their size while setting focus.

 

The front lens is fixed

The fixed front lens is not rotating during zoom and/or focusing. This allows the photographer to use petal shaped lens hood. Fixed front lenses also make the use of polarization filters a lot easier.

Carl Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Specification

Available mount(s) Canon EF, Nikon F
Application(s) Portrait, Landscape, Special effects
Category(s) Telephoto prime
Multiplier
Stabilizer N/A
Focal length 55 mm (prime)
Lens construction 12 elements in 10 groups
Angle of view 35mm: 43.7°
digital: 29.9°
Number of blades N/A
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Minimum aperture f/16
Minimum focusing distance 50 cm
Magnification 0.15×
Filter size 77 mm
Size ∅ 83 × 141 mm
Weight 1030 g
Notes
AF speed N/A
AF sound
Internal focusing yes
Internal zoom N/A
Fix front lens yes
Mount type metal
Weather sealed N/A
Drop in filter N/A
Ultrasonic AF N/A
Stepping motor AF no
APS-C sized circle no
Low dispersion lens element N/A
Hard case N/A
Soft case N/A
Lens hood N/A
Tripod adapter N/A
Carl Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Specification

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