This lens has to be beyond amazing to be worth the price. i have the 55mm and as a photography lens if one is looking for sheer image quality I can see there are better alternatives to this lens.
As a hybrid lens, nothing beats it though with its quality build, long focus throw and beautiful rendition.
Are you saying there are better alternatives to the Otus 55 f/1.4 when considering just Image Quality ?? If there's something out there that produces better Image Quality than the Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 I'de be very interested to know what, I'm not being critical here, just interested to know, what ??.
If your looking in the +/- 50mm range, f/1.2 through f/2.8, Canon mount, there are a multitude of alternatives to the Zeiss Otus 55, better ?? Not in my view, close ?? maybe.
If your looking for something though with AF then the Zeiss Lenses aren't what your looking for.
Currently I have & use the Zeiss 15f/2.8, 21f/2.8, Otus 55 f/1.4 & 135 f/2 all are amazing Lenses (I also own & use the Canon 8-15f/4, 24f/1.4, 50f/1.2, 85f/1.2 & 135 f/2), at least in the Canon Range nothing comes close to the Image Quality of the Zeiss Lenses, nothing, maybe the Canon 135f/2 gets as close as any, but close isn't the same as "as good" or "better", I honestly wish Canon would produce an AF Lens as good as any of these, but they don't & aren't likely to anytime soon, there's always hope though.
And where Canon is concerned they've pretty well screwed ease of use of the better Body they produce, the 5DMK III for using any Manual Lenses, by making the Focus Screen almost impossible to change out (as against the 5DMK II, 1DMK IV, 1Dx etc), one of the more obvious decisions of Canon Management & Engineering that they seem to have lost some of the plot.
And use of "Live View" isn't a replacement for a split screen focussing screen, maybe in video work, not my area, but in walk around photography, trying to Manually Focus with "Live View" is at least for me almost a waste of time, "Live View" on a Tripod different story & no problem, makes sense.
Zeiss Otus 85f/1.4 ?? Love it already.
Having said that, it's likely to be the last Zeiss Lens I feel I need to own, unless they produce a Zeiss Otus 35f/1.4