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New Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon

We’re told that the new Zeiss 55 f/1.4 will be part of the new “Otus” family and will appear for preorder some time in the next 24 hours. This lens is the start of a new family of lenses from Zeiss that will set the gold standard of optical quality.


The price for this new lens is apparently $4000 and is manual focus. The lens will be available on November 11, 2013.


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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2013, 07:17:03 PM »
for 4000$ it better be perfect.... and people complain about maybe 400-500$ for a 50mm f1.8 IS from canon...  ;D
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2013, 07:23:07 PM »
I cannot see how this price can be correct. Truly dumbfounding. I think Sigma is going to embarrass the S___ out of Zeiss when they update their 50mm f/1.4.
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2013, 07:48:40 PM »
at this price tag it better have the best quality all around the frame from any lens on the market. What fool would buy a lens at this price AND manual focus if its not the best ever..
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2013, 07:50:40 PM »
For $4000, I expect the lens to have fastest & accurate AF
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2013, 07:50:44 PM »
Had this lens in my hand at the last Photokina and talked about it with a Zeiss rep. He *did* say the price point would be very steep, but I don't remember the number he gave. 4k does seem a bit too much, would have guessed ~2k.

Couldn't put it on a camera, but the sample shots they had looked incredible concerning sharpness, color reproduction and in particular edge performance.

We'll see :)

*Edit: I also remember him saying something like bringing medium-format standards to the 35mm world (and the accompanying prices, so maybe 4k is right after all).
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2013, 08:09:08 PM »
I'll wait for the $799 equivalent from Sigma.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2013, 08:13:07 PM »
For $4000, I expect the lens to have fastest & accurate AF

that was a good one...

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013, 08:31:17 PM »
My mom shared a saying with me as a kid... "A fool and his money are soon parted".

For $4000, there better be a laundry list of things it does better than anything and everything else, and that's not limited to photography  ;D

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 08:31:45 PM »
I watched a video on this lens a few months ago. The optical quality difference is astounding. This lens makes everything else look like crap. I do recall that the price was way up there. $4,000 sounds right and it is manual focus.
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2013, 08:38:39 PM »
I watched a video on this lens a few months ago. The optical quality difference is astounding. This lens makes everything else look like crap. I do recall that the price was way up there. $4,000 sounds right and it is manual focus.

How could you tell from a video?
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2013, 08:52:29 PM »
This is true.  It was actually up on B&H for preorder yesterday at a price of $3999.  However, it was taken down, probably at the request of Zeiss since it wasn't officially announced yet.  Digilloyd had a post up briefly too, but Zeiss asked him to take it down until late this evening.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2013, 08:54:29 PM »
my personal favourite advantage of the lens: the corner sharpness wide open is way sharper than on ANY other 50mm lens.  shooting video at night means this feature can be essential and worth the price.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2013, 09:07:23 PM »
How could you tell from a video?

The video showed a comparison of this lens with other unidentified popular 50mm lenses.
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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2013, 09:09:41 PM »
Well, they can price it any way they want. I am sure they will sell enough to make it worth their while.

What amuses me is that it will leave those complaining about Canon prices a little breathless.

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Re: Zeiss 55 f/1.4 Distagon Availability Coming in the Next 24 Hours? [CR2]
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2013, 09:09:41 PM »