ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 – Review by Bryan Carnathan
by Bryan Carnathan
Few (if any) lenses have been introduced with the significant marketing hype that accompanied the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 Lens announcement. Snips from ZEISS marketing literature include: “absolutely no compromises”, “highest-possible image quality”, “accept no substitute”, “exceptional performance”, “spectacularly detailed”, “optical and technical excellence”, “perfect optical correction”, “highest contrast performance”, “outstanding sharpness”, “exception to the rule” and … “The best standard lens in the world”
Those are big claims to substantiate, but ZEISS is not company that I associate with unfounded marketing claims. Adding credence to these claims is the price tag of this lens – more than double the price of any competing 50-something mm lens. To be viable in the marketplace, this lens must deliver impressiveness.
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