Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4
Carl Zeiss has always been a premium lensmaker, but it's outdone itself with the Otus 55mm f1.4 lens.
The German company flaunts its engineering heritage, perhaps to a fault: tight manufacturing tolerances and super-smooth focus rings will only get you so far in business. But the Otus marries that aesthetic with unparalleled image quality: the Otus does better wide open at f1.4 than most lenses do anywhere in the aperture range.
Basically, Zeiss decided to see what would happen if it let its designers build a lens without being troubled by pesky details like a prohibitively high price. The Otus 55mm was the result, and Zeiss plans 85mm and wide-angle models, too.
Sure, it's bulkier than other lenses of its focal length, and yes, it's only a manual focus lens. But it's a feast for the eyes.
December 31, 2013 12:00 AM PST
Photo by: Carl Zeiss
| Caption by: Stephen Shankland
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