What do you get when you build a lens without caring overmuch how much it'll cost? Carl Zeiss's new Otus 55mm f1.4.
"By f/2.8, this lens is already sharper than most excellent lenses will get at any aperture...Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture," said Cicala, who tested the lens on a Nikon D800e. That camera has a very high resolution 36-megapixel image sensor and, for a little bit of extra sharpness, omits the antialiasing filter that's present in its D800 sibling.
And DxO Labs put the Otus 55mm at the top of its ranking of dozens of lenses, with an "excellent" DxOMark score of 45 on the D800. The closest rival is Nikon's 85mm f1.4 with a score of 40. … Read more