Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE Les - Canon EF-Mount

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Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE Les - Canon EF-Mount

ZEISS SKU: 2010-056 | Helix SKU: ZS2010056

With the unrivalled performance that sets all Otus® lenses apart from the rest, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 is the absolute measure of perfection when it comes to standard lenses. Now you never need to settle for less again.

Is a focal length of 55 mm always neither here nor there? A lacklustre lens somewhere between the excitement of super wides and the fascination of long teles? Not when it combines the more than 120 years of optical and mechanical excellence ZEISS is famous for throughout the world.

Experience the quality and look of medium format photography – with the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55. No matter whether you shoot in daylight or at night, close up or more distant subjects, people, objects or landscapes, this lens will simply take your breath away with its high resolution and outstanding sharpness in every photographic situation.

The ultimate in image contrast

Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.

No colour fringing

Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.

The medium format look

Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.


Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.

Aspherical design

The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.

Lens Design

ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

Originally developed for SLR cameras requiring a long back focal distance for short focal lengths because of the mirror box (the distance between the back lens element and the film plane must be considerably longer than the focal length), the Distagon lenses (retrofocus design) are also ideal for mirrorless system cameras thanks to their optimized ray path. Even with longer focal lengths, the high-performance Distagon optical design enables consistently good correction all the way to the corners of the image and very low field curvature.

 Distagon Design

 Lens with aspheric optical surface

 Lens made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion

 "Floating elements" design

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Technical Specifications

ZEISS Otus 1.4/55

Performance Focal length 55 mm
Aperture range f/1.4 – f/16
Camera mount Canon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
Format compatibility Full Frame
Focusing range 0,5 m (19.68") – ∞
Free working distance 0,33 m (13.2") – ∞
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.) 44° / 37° / 25°
Diameter of image field 43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)** 246 x 163 mm (9.69 x 6.42")
Image ratio at minimum object distance 1 : 6.8
Lens elements | groups 12 / 10
Flange focal distance ZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 46 mm (1.83")
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane) 101 mm (3.50")
Features Autofocus
Image Stabilization
Physical Filter thread M77 x 0.75
Rotation angle of focusing ring 248°
Diameter max. ZE: 92 mm (3.64") | ZF.2: 92 mm (3.64")
Diameter of focusing ring ZE: 83 mm (3.27") | ZF.2: 83 mm (3.27")
Length (with lens caps) ZE: 144 mm (5.66") | ZF.2: 141 mm (5.55")
Length (without lens caps) ZE: 127 mm (5.01") | ZF.2: 125 mm (4.93")
Weight ZE: 1030 g (2.43 lbs) | ZF.2: 970 g (2.22 lbs)